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3 November 2012
• Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 26072
B. Johnson 44'
The full time whistle is blown at Carrow Road after almost five minutes of stoppage time concludes a confident Norwich performance that brings the Canaries' third successive home win. Stoke offered little in attack in the first half and deserved to fall behind through a Bradley Johnson header from a corner. The Potters grew into the game in the second half and went close through Kenwyne Jones after he was brought on as another striker alongside Peter Crouch. Chris Hughton's defence however remained firm despite having to reorganise following the departure of two of their number, while Stoke's poor away run continues.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Matthew Etherington
90' + 3'
Norwich's defence take more than one attempt to head the ball clear following a Stoke cross and Jones heads over, before Matthew Etherington is booked after an altercation with Sebastien Bassong.
90' + 1'
Stoke throw centre back Ryan Shawcross forward alongside Crouch and Jones, and the giant is embarrassed when he fails to connect with the ball properly as he takes a shot from the left edge of the box following a knock down from Jones, though he was called offside anyway.
Substitute striker Steve Morison receives a clearance from Norwich but is unable to hold the ball up as he unsuccessfully attempts to win a corner.
Snodgrass fires his shot into the wall after a short lay-off from the free kick.
Yellow Card Ryan Shawcross
Ryan Shawcross receives a yellow card after hauling back Grant Holt after the forward had controlled a long pass forward and threatened to break beyond him.
Left back Andy Wilkinson departs for midfielder Glenn Whelan.
Norwich manage to string a series of passes together before Pilkington concedes a throw-in under heavy pressure on the left flank.
The Canaries have been under siege in the last few minutes but have a respite when Charlie Adam gives away a free kick on the half-way line.
Kenwyne Jones controls on his chest following a neat flick-on from Peter Crouch, but drags his shot wide of the left post after shaping to shoot. It was a good chance and Stoke will be frustrated after threatening to get back in the game but failing to convert either of their last two chances.
Whittaker has moved to left back and was alert to clear the danger after Jones received the ball on the edge of the box. The ball broke to Crouch who turned and fired an acrobatic effort over the bar.
Kenwyne Jones meets Charlie Adam's free kick from just inside the Norwich half with a firm header which flies straight at keeper John Ruddy.
Hoolahan leads a break for the Canaries and runs at the defence before finding Holt on his right. The forward's cross is blocked by Ryan Shawcross and falls to Tettey who shoots wide from the edge of the box.
Tall, pacey striker Kenwyne Jones comes on up front in place of John Walters.
Norwich take a corner with a short pass to Snodgrass, whose inswinging cross from the right flank curls wide of the far post.
Norwich were under pressure from Stoke but broke spectacularly through Alex Tettey, who burst forward to the edge of the box and found Holt to his right, before the forward crossed for Pilkington to volley over.
Right back Geoff Cameron displays both athleticism and technical ability to win the ball with an interception and retain it under heavy pressure from the Stoke midfield. The Potters are pressing more successfully now and displaying more ambition going forward.
Tony Pulis brings on left winger Matthew Etherington in place of Michael Kightly.
Charlie Adam hits an excellent cross from the left flank that arches over the Norwich defence and reaches Walters on the right side of the box, and the forward volleys first time over the bar.
Yellow Card Alexander Tettey
Crouch appeals to the referee after appearing to be restrained by Garrido and Bassong, but to no avail.
Stoke are beginning to have more of a say in the match after a series of throw-ins, but Charlie Adam is embarrassed after over-hitting his cross from deep on the left flank by some margin.
Michael Turner is substituted for fellow centre back Ryan Bennett after suffering an injury.
John Ruddy makes his first save of the match after John Walters darts into the box before shooting under pressure from Bassong after Crouch headed on a long pass but Michael Turner failed to intercept.
Pilkington takes an inswinging corner, his side's eighth, from the left flank, but Crouch heads clear.
Norwich win a second corner in a confident start for the home side, but Michael Kightly gets the opportunity to break down the left flank before good work from Steven Whittaker stops him.
Hoolahan thinks quickly when Norwich win the ball following a long kick from Begovic, and he shoots from just beyond the half way line winning a corner from the nervy goalkeeper as he tips his effort behind.
Norwich get the second half underway, and Garrido soon breaks down the left flank and loops in a cross which is gathered by Begovic.
Ryan Benson at Carrow Road: "Halftime at Carrow Road and Norwich go into the break with a deserved lead. The hosts have been the only side who have offered anything of an attacking threat with Anthony Pilkington going close before Bradley Johnson's opener and generally controlling the play. Stoke's midfield have struggled to cope, particularly with Wes Hoolahan who has been outstanding yet again for Norwich."
45' + 2'
Stoke look for Crouch with a long ball but Norwich bring the ball back quickly and finish the half much the stronger of the two sides. Pilkington advances into the box from the left by-line and finds Snodgrass running towards the near post with a low cross, but the Scottish international cannot get a firm connection in the last act of the first half.
Assist Robert Snodgrass
Goal Bradley Johnson
Bradley Johnson gives Norwich the lead! Snodgrass takes the freekick and curves a well-shaped inswinging cross into the box, which Bradley Johnson runs away from goal to meet with a header that flies into the top right corner.
Yellow Card Andy Wilkinson
Andy Wilkinson, unfamiliar at left back having made the majority of his appearances on the right of defence, receives a yellow card after bringing down Snodgrass who had got beyond him on the right flank and was bearing down on the edge of the box.
Yellow Card Dean Whitehead
Dean Whitehead receives his fifth yellow card of the season for a foul on Bradley Johnson.
Grant Holt controls the ball after Tettey accidentally slices his attempt to feed the ball back into the box, but is offside.
Adam collects the ball in the middle of midfield and he takes stock before firing a firmly struck effort at John Ruddy. Decent strike but it was straight at him.
Ryan Benson Live from Carrow Road: "I think the lack of exciting action here is summed up well by the fact that Norwich fans are singing at other Norwich fans about not signing. They also had a rather amusing plethora of Tony Pulis-related chants, but I won't be repeating them."
Crouch receives a long ball from the right flank and tries to control the ball before shooting, but Michael Turner is on hand to clear the ball.
Crouch takes the ball on his chest and turns towards goal inside the box, but miscues his shot and it flies high and wide.
Begovic nervily beats a cross from the right wing out for a corner. The Potters struggle to clear their lines and Hoolahan swings a cross from the left flank towards Holt before the Canaries win a throw in by the right corner flag.
Yellow Card Charlie Adam
Anthony Pilkington receives a pass from Wes Hoolahan after running from the left flank into the box following a neat exchange, but shoots tamely into keeper Asmir Begovic.
Another Norwich move breaks down following a break-down in communication. Snodgrass expected Whittaker to go having given the ball to his Scottish colleague. The former Rangers man elects to hold back but the return ball had already been played and it rolls out of play. Pretty much sums up a dire opening to this match.
Norwich have looked to play along the ground more but each side has made mistakes in possession so far in a match that has got off to a slow tempo so far.
Stoke have a free-kick just inside their hosts half but the delivery from Adam is poor. The ball breaks to Michael Kightly on the left flank and loses the ball in trying to make space for a cross.
Stoke attempt to advance through the middle of the pitch but give the ball away to Alex Tettey. He finds Wes Hoolahan who runs at the defence and passes to Grant Holt and the forward's cross is blocked for a corner.
Snodgrass attempts to get beyond his markers on the right wing but gives the ball away to Stoke, who aim a long ball towards Crouch but Bassong heads clear.
Stoke enjoy their first spell of possession but soon give the ball back with a long ball forward into Walters.
Charlie Adam shoots just wide of the left post after making an interception on the edge of the Norwich box from a loose pass from Javier Garrido.
Steven Whittaker is invited forward by Snodgrass but the right back accidentally allows the ball to run out of play for a Stoke throw in.
Tettey combines with Anthony Pilkington on the left flank but gives the ball away to John Walters, who looks for Crouch who benefits from a Sebastien Bassong error but cannot find the back of the net.
Norwich pass the ball across their back line under heavy pressure and eventually work the build an attack through Wes Hoolahan. Robert Snodgrass receives the ball on the right wing and gets past Andy Wilkinson before launching a cross into the box which is blocked for a corner. The ball is headed clear and breaks to Alex Tettey who shoots, and his shot is blocked for another corner, which is headed clear by Peter Crouch.
The referee gets the game underway at Carrow Road!
Tony Pulis is still without Glenn Whelan through injury so Dean Whitehead continues in central midfield. Andy Wilkinson starts at left back in place of the injured Marc Wilson.
Chris Hughton opts for Robert Snodgrass on the right wing in place of Elliott Bennett, and with Russell Martin out injured brings in Steven Whittaker at right back for his first game in the Premier League following his summer arrival from Rangers.
Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson; Whitehead, Adam, Nzonzi, Kightly; Crouch, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Palacios, Jones, Upson, Etherington, Jerome.
Norwich: Ruddy; Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington; Hoolahan; Holt. Subs: Bunn, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Barnett, Ryan Bennett.
Hi and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage as Norwich face Stoke at Carrow Road. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the events, and you can make your voice heard on Twitter @GoalUK.
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