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Premier League

  • January 18, 2014
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 26655

Norwich City 1-0 Hull City: Bennett nicks late winner

Norwich City 1-0 Hull City: Bennett nicks late winner

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The Canaries stole a vital win late on to ease the pressure on beleaguered boss Chris Hughton and moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

Ryan Bennett's late goal sealed a 1-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday and eased the pressure on Norwich City manager Chris Hughton.

The home side came into the game having scored just 10 goals in as many Premier League games at Carrow Road, and a lack of clinical finishing looked as though it would let the team down in a game it dominated.

Hughton's side fired 23 shots at the Hull goal, but only three were on target - highlighting the club's deficiencies in front of goal.

Bennett grabbed the only one to matter as he leaped highest to head a Robert Snodgrass corner home in the 87th minute, moving Norwich five points above the relegation zone.

By Theo Squires

The joy was evident at the final whistle as Ryan Bennett's late header secured three crucial points for Norwich.

The Canaries dominated from start to finish, registering 23 efforts at goal, but could only hit the target three times.

Ricky Van Wolkswinkel was particularly wasteful for Chris Hughton's side. Will he be tempted to sign another forward before the end of the month?

Nikica Jelavic started brightly for Hull, but as the game wore on he offered more in defense than attack, as the Tigers struggled to reshape after James Chester limped off early on with a hamstring injury.

A deserved win for Norwich, but the club made hard work of it.

A dismal outing for Hull was compounded by Tom Huddlestone's dismissal after the club fell behind.

Both sides included debutants in their team, Newcastle loanee Jonas Gutierrez making his Norwich bow, with Nikica Jelavic coming straight into Hull's attack.

The former Everton man almost made the perfect start to his Hull career in the second minute, but his close-range effort from Robert Koren's cut-back clipped the post and went wide.

Liam Rosenior prodded a good chance wide just three minutes later as Hull dominated the opening exchanges.

Norwich improved though, Snodgrass blasting an effort wide, and Ricky van Wolfswinkel missing the target from four yards from the Scot's knock down.

Hull manager Steve Bruce was dealt a blow on 13 minutes as James Chester limped off with a hamstring injury. Maynor Figueroa came on for his 200th Premier League appearance in Chester's place - the substitution also prompting a change in formation from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2.

The switch appeared to disrupt Hull's rhythm as Norwich became more threatening, with Van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer both denied by courageous interventions from the away defense on the half hour.

Snodgrass brought a fine save from Scotland colleague Allan McGregor from 25 yards and the half ended with Curtis Davies thumping a header over from a corner.

Norwich started the second half in dominant fashion, the dangerous Van Wolfswinkel and Snodgrass seeing further efforts on goal blocked.

Gary Hooper launched a 30-yard effort over McGregor's crossbar as the home side appeared to grow frustrated with 20 minutes to go.

But the club were relieved in the closing stages as Bennett struck his first goal for the club, before Huddlestone was sent off for a second bookable offense.

Davies glanced a header wide in stoppage time as Hull failed to find a response and the team has now picked up just two points from the last 24 available to it on the road.