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February 1, 2014
• Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 26748
C. Bellamy 49'
K. Jones 50'
R. Snodgrass 5'
Shots on Target
So a priceless three points for Cardiff, who secure their first league victory under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to move off the foot of the Premier League table. Norwich will feel hard done by after laying siege to the Cardiff goal in the last quarter of the game, but they only have themselves to blame for spurning so many glorious chances. Bye for now.
90' + 6'
Frantic finale in south Wales as Nathan Redmond cuts in from the left and lets fly but David Marshall gets down well to make the save at the near post. Cardiff eventually manage to break out of their own area and force a corner at the other end before Mark Clattenburg blows the whistle for full time.
90' + 4'
WHAT A CHANCE! Robert Snodgrass plays in superb ball right into the path of Sebastien Bassong, who only has to keep his effort down to net the equaliser but ends up heading well over the crossbar. Wasteful.
90' + 2'
Into FIVE minutes of stoppage time. Nathan Redmond wins a corner for Norwich with a deflected effort but Robert Snodgrass' delivery is swatted away by Cardiff. Time running out for the visitors.
Yellow CardRobert Snodgrass
Norwich are throwing the kitchen sink at Cardiff now. Gary Hooper heads into the net but the effort is chalked off by the linesman's flag. Incredible scenes.
OFF THE POST! Another chance goes begging as a Norwich corner is headed into the near post by an unmarked Robert Snodgrass.
Into the last five minutes and Nathan Redmond shows some silky footwork to go past a couple of defenders but his delivery into the box fails to clear the first defender.
OOH! Cardiff cannot get out of their own penalty area at the moment as Russell Martin has an effort deflected behind for a corner. Leroy Fer then has a great chance to score from point-blank range but David Marshall makes another incredible stop to keep out his header.
Cardiff get a moment of reprieve as play is stopped after a clash of heads between Steven Caulker and Sebastien Bassong in the Cardiff area.
DRAMA! Cardiff are under siege with Nathan Redmond drawing a world class save from David Marshall. Craig Bellamy is then forced to head the ball off the line at the end of an almighty scramble in the 18-yard box.
Alexander Tettey slips in Nathan Redmond with a neat angled pass and the winger fires into the net past David Marshall. The goal won't count, however, as Redmond was in an offside position.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Norwich make all three changes in one go with Leroy Fer, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Nathan Redmond on for Jonas Gutierrez, Bradley Johnson and Johan Elmander. Cardiff, meanwhile, take off Fabio and bring on Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Fabio Da Silva
Kevin Theophile Catherine
Another lung-bursting run from Wilfried Zaha before the winger feeds Craig Bellamy. The veteran striker collides with Bradley Johnson and goes down in the penalty box but Mark Clattenburg waves away appeals for a spot kick.
Cardiff's turn to have a few corners in succession now but Norwich stand their ground. Robert Snodgrass then has a cross from the right headed away by Steven Caulker.
Jonas Gutierrez has a cross intercepted by Steven Caulker and Cardiff can counter-attack. Craig Bellamy's march up the field is ended by a Martin Olsson tackle, however.
Norwich force a succession of corners as the look to force and equaliser. Alexander Tettey's deep cross results in a goal-mouth scramble but referee Mark Clattenburg eventually stops play for a foul on Aron Gunnarsson.
Aron Einar Gunnarsson
Fabio is down with cramp and there is a break in play. Cardiff make their second change during the break, bringing on Aron Gunnarsson for Jordon Mutch.
Norwich aren't out of this yet. Johan Elmander goes on a driving run before letting fly just wide of goal with David Marshall scrambling to cover his post.
OOH! Jonas Gutierrez swings in a cross from the left towards the far post that Robert Snodgrass heads over the crossbar. Great chance.
Craig Noone goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. The midfielder takes the free kick himself but Cardiff clear.
Yellow CardCraig Noone
Here come Cardiff again as Fabio slips in Craig Noone but the latter's centre is headed clear by Ryan Bennett. Kenwyne Jones then unwittingly deflects an effort into the post. It's all happening at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Wilfried Zaha and Craig Bellamy combine on the left again but Norwich stand firm to win the ball back. The visitors are in danger of crumbling here after that barnstorming start to the second half.
Whew. What drama. I have to take a deep breath after all that. Wilfried Zaha is on fire and this game has been well and truly turned on its head.
CHANCE! Norwich nearly pull themselves level this time as Bradley Johnson's effort is palmed on to the crossbar by David Marshall. What a start to the second half.
UNBELIEVABLE! Jordon Mutch goes desperately close to giving Cardiff the lead but his effort is deflected behind for a corner. The set-piece results in a goul-mouth scramble and Kenwyne Jones is on hand to thump an effort into the net for a debut goal.
GOAL! Incredible scenes as Craig Bellamy tucks in a perfectly weighted pass from Wilfried Zaha to draw Cardiff level. Game on.
Robert Snodgrass has an effort blocked from long range before the midfielder has another effort deflected behind for a corner after good work from Johan Elmander. Bradley Johnson's header from the set-piece loops up and is caught by David Marshall.
Off we go again in the second half. No changes made by either side.
So a decent half for Norwich, who were in firm control in the first half hour before Cardiff staged a recovery of sorts, buoyed especially by the introduction of Wilfried Zaha. Do stick around for the second period.
45' + 2'
Into two minutes of stoppage time and Norwich have a chance to break through Johan Elmander. The striker finds Gary Hooper, whose first-time effort is straight at David Marshall. That's the last action of the half and the half-time whistle is blown.
OH! Craig Bellamy slips in Kenwyne Jones with a slide rule pass but fails to follow up with a run into the far-post to meet Jones' cut-back and Norwich escape.
Super play from Wilfried Zaha as he motors down the left before nearly playing in Craig Bellamy. Sebastien Bassong cuts out the pass and makes the clearance, and Norwich can breathe again.
Cardiff fans are in fine voice now following the introduction of Wilfried Zaha. The fleet-footed winger's first contribution is to win a free kick after being fouled by Russell Martin.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen enough of this and opts to act immediately by bringing on Manchester United loanee Wilfried Zaha in place of Peter Whittingham. Bit of a strange call that with only a few minutes to go for the half-time break.
CHANCE! Cardiff concede possession near the centre circle and Norwich break. Johan Elmander lays the ball off into the path of Bradley Johnson, whose effort is deflected over the crossbar by a Cardiff defender.
All Cardiff at the moment as the pass the ball around looking to force an opening. The home fans do not like it, however, as they urge the side to press forward with more intent.
Alexander Tettey is the first Norwich player into the book for a lunging challenge on Jordon Mutch. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick from just outside the box but his attempt flies embarrassingly high over the crossbar.
Yellow CardAlexander Tettey
Half chance for Cardiff as Fabio picks up the ball in a great position by the byeline but is unable to pick out a team-mate with his cut-back. The Bluebirds then force back-to-back corners but Norwich stand firm on both occassions.
Ryan Bennett's long ball towards Johan Elmander is overhit and David Marshall gathers. Norwich still very much in control of this game.
A decent spell of possession for Cardiff is brought to an end by Fabio's needless foul from the back on Jonas Gutierrez.
Some decent build-up play from the Blubirds ends with Fabio having a cross cleared by Sebastien Bassong, before Craig Noone fires just wide of the post with a driven effort. Better from the home side.
Yellow CardJohan Elmander
Norwich win the first corner of the game through Snodgrass but the set piece is headed away by Jordon Mutch. Johan Elmander then finds his way into the book for trying to impede a Cardiff free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez and Martin Olsson look to combine again on the left but Fabio is up to the task this time as he nips in to win a throw-in. The defender then attempts to release Jordon Mutch with an aerial ball but the midfielder had strayed into an offside position.
Cardiff concede possession again as a throw-in from the home side lands at the feet of Sebastien Bassong. New signing Kenwyne Jones is yet to get into the game here.
Cardiff continuing to live dangerously as they concede possession cheaply. The home side are trying to play their way out from the back but Norwich are not allowing them to and are closing them down with urgency.
Fabio has a chance to fire in a cross from the left after being found by Jordon Mutch but the ex-Manchester United defender's delivery is straight into the arms of John Ruddy.
Yellow CardRyan Bennett
Ryan Bennett is penalised after going through Craig Bellamy for a second time. The defender is booked for his trouble. Peter Whittingham's delivery from the free kick is poor and sails into the stands.
OOH! Craig Noone's cuts in from the right and fires in a centre that Jordon Mutch nearly latches on to. Good response from the home side.
Good work from Jonas Gutierrez as the winger beats Fabio and picks out Johan Elmander, who in turn manages to lay the ball off into the path of Bradley Johnson but the midfielder fires well over with a rushed effort.
Cardiff seem shellshocked by that early blow as Norwich continue to press and probe in the final third. Terrible opening few minutes for the home side.
GOAL! Norwich strike early as Martin Olsson is allowed to run down the left unchecked before the laying the ball off for an unmarked Robert Snodgrass to tap in to the net. Questions have to be raised of the Cardiff defence there.
Good immediate response from Norwich as Robert Snodgrass lays off the ball to Russell Martin, whose cross into the box is just behind Jonas Gutierrez for the midfielder to get any direction on his header.
Cardiff go on the attack from the off as Fabio and Craig Noone combine to good effect on the right before the latter delivers a cross that Jordon Mutch acrobatically diverts straight at John Ruddy. Nice skill.
Norwich City get the ball rolling and we are underway in south Wales.
Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Gutierrez; Elmander, Hooper. Subs: Bunn, Pilkington, Redmond, Van Wolfswinkel, Whittaker, Fer, Becchio.
Cardiff City: Marshall; Fabio, Caulker, Turner, John; Mutch, Medel; Noone, Bellamy, Whittingham; Jones. Subs: Lewis, Theophile-Catherine, Eikrem, Gunnarsson, Campbell, Zaha, Daehli.
TEAM NEWS: Cardiff duo Fabio and Kenwyne Jones are handed their debuts but fellow new arrival Wilfried Zaha is named on the bench, while Jonas Gutierrez returns to the Norwich starting XI after being ineligible in midweek. Full line-ups coming right up.
The pressure on Norwich manager Chris Hughton has eased somewhat after his side managed to pick up four points out of six in their last two outings against Hull City and Newcastle United. However, the Canaries have won just two games away from Carrow Road all season and will need to improve on that record to put some breathing space between them and the relegation zone.
Cardiff are yet to win in the league under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and remain rooted to the bottom of table following back-to-back away losses against Manchester City and Manchester United. The Bluebirds have had better luck on the transfer front, though, with Fabio, Wilfried Zaha and Kenwyne Jones all brought in over the past week to give the supporters something to shout about.
Hello and welcome to live text coverage of the Premier League clash between Cardiff City and Norwich City from the Cardiff City Stadium in south Wales.
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