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Premier League

  • December 26, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 26811

Live Commentary

  • I hope you enjoyed this festive fixture and thank you for joining me today. I have been Hayden Gribble and I'm off to pick at the leftover turkey! Have a great evening!
  • FULL TIME - NORWICH 1-2 FULHAM. Boos ring around Carrow Road as the Canaries lose only their fourth home game in the Premier League in 2013. But today is all about the Cottagers who managed to turn the game around...and maybe their season. A sweet strike from Kasami and a belter from Parker late on cancelled out Hooper's first half effort to give the Londoners a valuable three points.
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionAlexander Kacaniklic J. Riise
  • 90' + 2'
    Fer is so close to connecting with a ball in the dangerzone. Chris Hughton does not look happy in the technical area!
  • 90' + 1'
    The home side may have left it a little too late here but they are piling bodies into the box as they desperately seek an equaliser.
  • 90'
    There will be FOUR minutes of added on time!
  • 89'
    CHANCE! Redmond sends a dipping shot towards the top corner but Stockdale plucks it from the air like an apple from a tree.
  • 87'
    Goal Scott Parker
    GOAL! Is that the goal that turns Fulham's season around? Captain Fantastic Scott Parker hits it from 25 yards and thumps his shot past Ruddy. What a cracker!
  • 86'
    With just minutes to play plus stoppage time, Fulham still look the most likely to score next. But will the Cottagers grab the winner?
  • 84'
    CRUNCHER! Parker might not have had an impact on this game, but he certainly has left one on Van Wolfswinkel! The Fulham captain escapes a booking.
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Nathan Redmond
  • 81'
    CLOSE! A clever ball from Johnson goes over the top to Hoolahan. The substitute only needs to control it but it was a difficult one for the midfielder to connect with.
  • 80'
    We have ten minutes to go and it's Fulham who are on top. Will they carve out a late winner?
  • 78'
    OVER THE LINE? Fulham are appealing for the goal as Rodallega tries to smuggle the ball over the line but Ruddy smothers it. The referee says no so it must have stayed out with his wristwatch saying no goal.
  • 76'
    BLOCKED! Sidwell dances into the Norwich box and his shot is blocked and sent surling over the bar. Corner to the Canaries.
  • 74'
    Parker fails to keep the ball in play and sighs and groans emitt from the away end. There has been a lack of clearcut chances in this second half. Too much turkey, perhaps?
  • 72'
    SubstitutionAdel Taarabt Ashkan Dejagah
  • 72'
    STAT ATTACK: Norwich have only lost three of 17 league games at Carrow Road (W6, D8, L3) this calendar year.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionRobert Snodgrass Wesley Hoolahan
  • 69'
    The game has really opened up in the last few minutes as both sides are probing for a winner.
  • 67'
    STAT ATTACK: Fulham have only won one of their previous 11 Premier League matches played on 26 December (W1, D6, L4); a 2-0 win at home to Southampton in 2003.
  • 65'
    CHANCE! Fer - who looks like he is climbing all over Parker in the air - gets his head on a Redmond corner but his effort is straight at Stockdale.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionJohan Elmander Ricky van Wolfswinkel
  • 62'
    PENALTY SHOUT? Elamander goes down in the box and claims he was pushed. On closer inspection it looked like a classic 50/50 that could have gone either way.
  • 60'
    With half an hour to go, this really is anyone's game. It has been entertaining to say the least, but who will have the cutting edge?
  • 59'
    WIDE! Kasami hits it instead and sees his effort drift wide of the goal.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionDamien Duff Hugo Rodallega
  • 58'
    Yellow Card Leroy Fer
  • 58'
    Fer makes a bad challenge on Taarabt's right heel and gives away a free-kick in adangerous postion. It's Richardson to step up...
  • 56'
    SAVE! Taarabt manages to turn away from Turner in the box and side volleys straight at Ruddy. What a chance for the Cottagers!
  • 53'
    OFF THE LINE! The Canaries are denied as Fer rises highest to meet a corner and sees his effort cleared by Riether, who stayed on the back post.
  • 51'
    OVER! Redmond picks the ball up on the left for the hosts and sees his shot deflected out for a corner. That's warmed the home support up!
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Michael Turner
  • 49'
    Bassong uses his strength to barge Kačaniklić off the ball in the box but it is a fair challenge and Norwich weather the storm. Still no chances from either side in this half.
  • 48'
    The Carrow Road faithful are roaring their side on as Whittaker ventures forward but fails to win a corner for his side.
  • 46'
    Norwich get us back underway!
  • HALFTIME - NORWICH 1-1 FULHAM. The honours are even at the break as both teams make their way to the tunnel. Hooper gave the home side the lead with a deflected effort which was then cancelled out by Kasami after the visitors had a goal chalked off for handball. It's all going on! More to come after the break!
  • 45'
    We will have ONE minute of added on time.
  • 43'
    With just a couple of minutes until the break, this game is very even. Both sides are looking to pounce on the counter attack at every opportunity.
  • 41'
    CHANCE! It's all getting a bit scrappy on the outskirts of the Norwich box as Kasami slots his shot just wide. He complains that it hit a yellow shirt before it went out but the referee is having none of it.
  • 40'
    The Cottagers are doing their best to build play up down the left but the home side stand firm, unlike their wall in the build-up to the equaliser!
  • 38'
    Redmond puts a glorious ball into the six-yard-box but no Norwich players are there to meet it.
  • 35'
    Chris Houghton will be fuming with his charges out there. If the wall had stood firm then they would still be in front! Words will be said in the dressing room at halftime, that's for sure!
  • 33'
    Goal Pajtim Kasami
    GOAL! Not long after being denied a goal Fulham are celebrating an equaliser. Kasami strikes a free-kick through the Canaries wall and into the bottom corner. Fulham get the goal they have deserved in this half!
  • 32'
    HANDBALL! GOAL RULED OUT FOR FULHAM! What a let off for Norwich. Ruddy clears the ball straight at the on-rushing Parker and the ball flies into the back of the net...but the assistant referee rules it out as the midfielder clearly used his hand to steer it home.
  • 30'
    STAT ATTACK: Chris Hughton's side have kept six clean sheets so far this season; only Everton, West Ham (both eight) and Tottenham (seven) have more.
  • 28'
    CLOSE AGAIN! Fulham are battering the host's defence now as Kasami delivers a lovely ball in from the left only for Duff to miss-time his run and fails to trouble Ruddy. It should be 1-1 now!
  • 27'
    SO CLOSE! The Cottagers win a free-kick 25 yards out. Richardson lines it up but curls it onto the top of the net.
  • 25'
    CHANCE! Hooper should have doubled his tally for the afternoon but the goalscorer scuffs his first time shot wide as Fulham struggled to clear the ball.
  • 22'
    OVER! Taarabt takes aim from distance but his shot is wild and does little to trouble Ruddy.
  • 21'
    KEEPER MELTDOWN! Stockdale goes walkabouts but his defence helps him out before Elmander can slip in again. René Meulensteen nearly had his head in his hands there!
  • 19'
    It's Chris Hughton's men who are looking strongest now as they have the visitors on the back foot! More goals to come, I think.
  • 17'
    Elmander looks to go through on goal but he is pulled back for a foul on Amorebieta. The Swede looks perplexed about that decision!
  • 15'
    STAT ATTACK: 4 - Gary Hooper is the first Norwich player to score in four consecutive home games in the Premier League. Super.
  • 13'
    Assist Johan Elmander
  • 13'
    Goal Gary Hooper
    GOAL! Christmas has come a little late for Gary Hooper as his shot from 20 yards takes a deflection and loops over the despairing Stockdale and into the back of the net. It is cruel on Fulham - who have been the better side - but Hooper won't care. 1-0 to Norwich!
  • 11'
    Carrow Road is a little quiet and the Canaries are yet to trouble Stockdale.
  • 9'
    There is a good high tempo in these early proceedings and gaps are forming in the centre of the park for both sides to run into. Who will draw blood first?
  • 7'
    OVER! It's the hosts turn to shoot now as Johnson fires over from 20 yards. Goal kick to Fulham.
  • 7'
    STAT ATTACK: Norwich are unbeaten in their last three league matches (W1, D2) - it's their longest run without defeat this season.
  • 5'
    SAVE! Kasami picks up possession on the halfway line and drives towards goal, but his left footed shot from distance is gathered by Ruddy.
  • 3'
    A cross from Richardson on the left is dealt with by Bassong as the Cottagers are looking to get a foothold in this game.
  • 1'
    We are underway! Fulham are kicking from right to left.
  • The teams are emerging from the tunnel!
  • With just over ten minutes to go, it will be the travelling side who will be desperate to take all three points back to the capital as they look to escape the relegation places after a terrible start to the season. But who will emerge victorious today? Not long now to find out!
  • For the visitors the leisure of an unchanged side alludes Rene Meulensteen as he makes five changes from the side who lost 4-2 to Man City. David Stockdale assumes his position between the sticks in place of the injured Maarten Stekelenburg and Dimitar Berbatov also misses out. Darren Bent remains on the bench.
  • Canaries boss Chris Hughton decides to stick with the same side that drew 0-0 last time out against Sunderland. They currently sit 14th in the league just six points off the bottom three. A win today could see the side move into the top half of the table.
  • Fulham (4-3-3): Stockdale; Riether, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Duff, Taarabt, Kačaniklić. Subs: Bettinelli, Riise, Boateng, Dejagah, Ruiz, Bent, Rodallega.
  • Norwich (4-4-2): Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Olsson; Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Redmond; Elmander, Hooper. Subs: Bunn, Martin, van Wolfswinkel, Hoolahan, Becchio, R Bennett, Josh Murphy.
  • Merry Christmas to you all! I am Hayden Gribble and welcome to this Boxing Day clash between Norwich and Fulham. With both sides desperate to add more points on the board and retain their Premier League statuses, we should be in for a cracker this afternoon. Let's get the team news...