thumbnail Hello,

Premier League

  • 26 November 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 26781

Norwich 2-1 QPR: Supersub Grant Holt scores winner as Paul Lambert’s men win battle of the promoted sides

Norwich 2-1 QPR: Supersub Grant Holt scores winner as Paul Lambert’s men win battle of the promoted sides

Getty Images

The club captain pulled off yet another miraculous goal as he came off the bench to make the difference, after Luke Young levelled from Russell Martin's first-half opener

Grant Holt once again came off the bench to score for Norwich City as they emerged triumphant in an end-to-end battle at Carrow Road, with the captain's goal securing a 2-1 win over QPR.

Russell Martin had put the Canaries into the lead after 15 minutes when he capitalised on a scramble at a corner, but Luke Young levelled it on the hour mark, putting away the rebound after Jamie Mackie had hit the post.

But, just minutes after being introduced, Holt first had an effort cleared off the line before putting away a cool finish on 73 minutes which proved decisive, as the Canaries got back on track having failed to win in their previous four games.

Paul Lambert rang the changes in an effort to arrest a slump in results, bringing Simeon Jackson, Andrew Surman and Ritchie de Laet into the starting line-up in an attacking 4-4-2 formation.

Neil Warnock, with Joey Barton suspended, also had to contend without goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, who pulled out due to injury, Radek Cerny taking his place between the sticks.

Steve Morison should have put Norwich ahead in the opening minutes. Tussling competitively with Danny Gabbidon as he chased the ball, the Welsh forward did well to break free and bear down one-on-one, but he let Cerny get too close and dribbled an unthreatening shot into his waiting arms.

Having just moments before sliced a shot wide from the edge of the area, Martin made up for the earlier narrow miss by capitalising on QPR's failure to clear from a corner, and making no mistake when the ball presented itself to him as he put the home side ahead.

         Eyes wide shut | QPR's Derry wins the header but Norwich took all three points

Morison then again went close to extending the home side's lead. He first tried a volley on the turn with his right foot which was closed down by a QPR defender, but then just a minute later he found himself in more space and attempted it again, this time his effort fizzing just over the top-left corner.

After the half-hour mark the hosts’ superiority began to dim, though Warnock’s men could not find a genuine opportunity to capitalise.

Just before half-time, the chance to get back into it finally arrived for QPR. Shaun Wright-Phillips finally delivered with an excellent probing free-kick from around the left flank which bounced awkwardly near the far post, but Shaun Derry fluffed the chance and rightly hung his head.

Moments later, Wright-Phillips threatened once more, embarking on a mazy run into the area and forcing goalkeeper John Ruddy to parry his shot. The onrushing Mackie reached the rebound but only had enough space to hit the side netting.

The match resumed after the break in a continuation of the quiet affair that characterised the latter stages of the first period, until, on the hour, Mackie drove forward centrally and unleashed a rasping shot that beat Ruddy and came back off the post, finding Young, who needed only to pass the ball into the net.

Their tails up, QPR had all the momentum and Lambert gambled by playing his hand early and introducing Holt and Wes Hoolahan with 20 minutes to go, his final substitutions.

It paid off immediately, with Holt first having a headed effort cleared off the line from Morison’s cross, before being set up in the aftermath by Hoolahan for a cool six-yard finish.

QPR streamed forward in search of another equaliser but saw an attempted cross bounce just on top of the far post before the disappointing Alejandro Faurlin wasted a promising position by shooting high over the bar, as the Canaries held on to secure all three points.

Follow the Premier League LIVE on
Commentaries, Stats, Player Ratings and much more,
Visit Live Scores!