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31 March 2012
• Craven Cottage, London
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 25700
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME! Fulham see off a late Norwich fight-back to end a run of three defeats. Early goals from Dempsey and Duff were enough to see the home side through after they dominated the game for large parts.
90' + 2'
Fulham still trying to break away and finish this game. Norwich come again though and it falls to Wilbraham who volleys wide
Schwarzer claims yet another cross, this time from a free-kick. Fulham break on the right but it fizzles out
Yellow Card Dickson Etuhu
Norwich getting a little desperate now. Throwing crosses into the box regularly but Schwarzer can claim those all day
Norwich make their final change, bringing on Elliot Bennett as they go all out for the equalising goal.
Great play by Dempsey. Nice turn on the edge of the box from the forward and he plays a one-two with Diarra before breaking into the box. His shot is blocked though, Fulham corner
It's all Norwich now. Fulham are penned back in their own half looking to defend their lead. Dickson Etuhu is ready to come on to help their cause
Assist Wesley Hoolahan
Goal Aaron Wilbraham
GOAL! Norwich are back in it! Wilbrahim, just after missing a good chance, finds the ball in the box. His cross-shot is deflected past Schwarzer. Game on now
No real chances at the moment. Both teams playing some good stuff but it's Norwich who need more urgency as they two down with 15 minutes left
Norwich breaking sporadically now. The home team are dominating the ball and look confident that they can score at any moment.
Dembele finding space in midfield again and nearly finds Kaciniklic inside the box but the ball is out for a corner. Murphy's delivery is caught by Ruddy who immediately sets off Hoolahan on the break. Norwich get all the way into the box but the ball is blocked by Hangeland. Murphy comes off for Diarra
Riise with a chance this time. The left-back drives into the box and shoots hard across Ruddy but the Norwich goalkeeper is eqaul to it.
The home team stepping it up again now. Good football between Murphy and Ruiz, the latter then finds Kaciniklic inside the box, but the youngster is offside. End-to-end stuff now
Kaciniklic with another good piece of play. The ball falls to him just outside the box and after selling the defender a dummy his shot is blocked by Bennett once again
Another good chance for Fulham. Kelly breaks forward from right-back and plays it wide to Ruiz. The defender continues his run and is found with a pinpoint through ball from Ruiz, but is tackled by Bennett in the box
Fulham playing solely on the counter-attack now. Norwich keeping the ball without threatening as the home team remain comfortable.
Hoolahan is fouled off the ball as he tries to play a one-two. The away side with a free-kick 30 yards from goal, but Surman fires it straight into the wall and it goes out for a corner
Fulham with some good pressure. A couple of corners in a row, but Norwich continue to work hard and keep plugging away on the break. They still can't find the killer pass though
Yellow Card David Fox
Norwich with a chance now. Hoolahan's shot is well-saved from Schwarzer, who then collects a Martin header from the resulting corner
A break in play due to a Danny Murphy head injury gives both teams a chance to take a breather
Fulham hit the cross-bar! Kacanikilic cuts inside and curls a beautiful shot towards goal. He beats Ruddy but it bounces back off the bar. Good start to the second-half from the home side
Great play in and around the box from Fulham. Dembele, Ruiz and Dempsey passing it at will. The ball eventually goes out for a throw and Norwich break
Fulham get the second-half underway. Simeon Jackson comes on at half-time for Norwich as they look to get back into this.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME! Fulham see off a late Norwich free-kick to go in 2-0 up. Goals from Dempsey and Duff put them ahead early on. The home team have been comfortable since then and should've gone three up but Dembele's shot was blocked by Bennett with the goal gaping
Fulham almost go three-up. Great play between Dembele and Dempsey. The former finds the American inside the box with a great pass. Dempsey's shot hits the post and falls to Dembele, who volleys it at goal but his shot is blocked brilliantly by Ryan Bennett
Norwich still huffing and puffing but can find no bite in the final third against a soled Fulham defence. The home team sitting in now, waiting for the half-time whistle
Zak Whitbread comes out of defence to support the Norwich attack but takes and ambitious shot from 30 yards which Schwarzer saves comfortably.
Howson misses a chance to get Norwich back in it. Surman turns and plays the ball to Morison. The ball breaks back to Surman and he finds Howson, who chests the ball down but pokes it wide
Pogrebnyak is struggling and comes off for Kacaniklic. Fulham with no out-and-out striker now, Dempsey will most likely play furthest forward for the home team
Fulham playing well now. They inject some pace into the game before moving the ball across midfield through Dempsey and Dembele. The ball finds its way to Duff on the right, whose cross is met by Pogrebnyak, but the Russian can't get a clean connection and the ball goes over
Duff delivers the ball well, but Dempsey can only head the ball over
Free-kick given against Ward, who has just been booked. Fulham to take the free-kick on the right touchline
Norwich finding it harder to get through the midfield now. They are still passing the ball well, but it isn't in an area where it can hurt Fulham
Yellow Card Elliot Ward
Kyle Naughton takes a shot from 25 yards which goes harmlessly wide. Norwich getting a little frustrated perhaps while Fulham are happy to soak up pressure and counter attack when they can
Fulham seeing more of the ball now, but are giving it away too easily in midfield. Ruiz with two poor passes in a row but the away side can't capitalise
For all their passing, Norwich can't find the final pass. Fulham break again and Dembele shimmies on the edge of the box before shooting. His deflected shot is well saved by Ruddy
Norwich still passing the ball well. Howson, Hoolahan and Fox are creating triangles all over the pitch. The home team look very dangerous on the break now, with Dempsey and Dembele in particular
Assist Clint Dempsey
Goal Damien Duff
GOAL! Fulham score again against the run of play! A fantastic through ball from Dempsey finds Duff on the inside right channel. The winger opens up his body and curls it past Ruddy.
Both teams are working hard without the ball, pressing high up the pitch. Its the Canaries though who are playing the better football as Fulham look to play on the break
Great football from Norwich. Hoolahan shows great skill to turn on the halfway line. he plays it to Howson, who then plays a one-two and lays the ball to Morison but his cross is wayward
The visitors are passing the ball well early on. Fulham's only attack led to the goal, but neat passing between Hoolahan and Howson mean the home side can't get hold of the ball
Assist Bryan Ruiz
Goal Clint Dempsey
GOAL! Dempsey scores for Fulham. The home team barley have had a kick but the ball breaks to Bryan Ruiz who cuts on to his left foot and shoots. His shot is parried by Ruddy but the ball bounces off Dempsey and into then net
Norwich get this first-half underway at Craven Cottage
Norwich are playing with four natural centre-midfielders, while Fulham like to attack through the centre. This one looks like being a battle to see who can keep the ball better
Norwich name Wes Hoolahan as captain for this game and it is also a debut for Ryan Bennett. It will be intriguing to see how the Canaries do without talisman Grant Holt.
Fulham recall Danny Murphy to the starting line-up, along with Bryan Ruiz as they name a very attacking midfield in the hope of creating more chances.
Norwich City: Ruddy; Ward, Whitbread, R Bennett; Martin, Naughton; Fox, Surman, Howson; Hoolahan, Morison subs:Steer, Drury, Johnson, Crofts, Jackson, E Bennett, Wilbraham.
Fulham: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Ruiz, Murphy, Dembele, Duff, Dempsey; Pogrebnyak. subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Diarra, Etuhu, Frei, Kacaniklic, Trotta
Good Afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Fulham v Norwich City. The home team have lost three in a row and it will be interesting to see how they respong against the Canaries - who are missing their top-scorer, Grant Holt.
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