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17:48 14th February 2015

Fruitless Trip For Disappointing Wolves

Norwich City 2 (Johnson 28, Grabban 67)

Wolves 0

The long trip to East Anglia proved to be a fruitless one for Wolves and their supporters as Norwich cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory at Carrow Road.

Kenny Jackett was set to name an unchanged side but Matt Doherty was taken ill and his place in defence was taken by Dominic Iorfa.

Wolves kicked-off but it was the home team that enjoyed the early running although Tomasz Kuszczak wasn’t unduly troubled.

The first actual attempt at goal came from Nathan Redmond who worked a shooting position for himself just inside the box before firing well over the far angle.

Alexander Tettey was booked for a challenge on Rajiv van La Parra in the centre circle with the resultant free-kick, taken by Bakary Sako, going straight through to City keeper John Ruddy.

Bradley Johnson headed over after a cross from Lewis Grabban and then Iorfa needed treatment on and then off the field after appearing to take a knock to the head.

Jonny Howson’s drive from 20-yards went directly to Kuszczak before Norwich moved into a 28th minute lead with Johnson heading home Redmond’s corner from inside the six-yard box.

There was a half chance for Nouha Dicko when Kortney Hause sent a long through ball into the City area but Ruddy had read the situation and he just beat the Wolves man to the ball.

As a mediocre half drifted to a close Martin Olsson’s shot rebounded off Danny Batth and rebounded back to the Swede who this time fired towards goal where Kuszczak managed to hold on to a bouncing ball.

In stoppage time, Sako got in the first shot on goal for the visitors from the edge of the box but Ruddy had little difficulty in taking the ball as he dived to his left.

Half-Time: Norwich 1 Wolves 0

Dave Edwards was an interval replacement for Dicko but it was still very much a case of Norwich on the front foot and it took a fine save from Kuszczak to keep out a long range shot from Grabban in the 54th minute.

Ruddy had to dive bravely at inrushing feet as he cut out a dangerous low cross from Iorfa, and then Benik Afobe won Wolves’ first corner of the game, off Olsson, but Sako’s kick was cleared.

Midway through the half City grabbed a second goal as Olsson beat the offside trap as he ran in from the left and crossed low to Grabban who had the easiest of tasks in converting.

Iorfa was shown the yellow card after barging into Johnson before, in a rare Wanderers attack, Afobe forced a save out of Ruddy with a half hit bobbling shot.

Scott Golbourne replaced Iorfa for the closing stages before Grabban drew an excellent diving save from Kuszczak as the Canaries went in search of a third goal.

Deep into stoppage time, for once, the City defence failed to clear its lines and Afobe got in a shot that was deflected for a corner that came to nothing at the end of what was a bitterly disappointing afternoon for the travelling supporters.

City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Johnson, Martin (capt), Grabban, Howson, Hooper (Jerome 83), Redmond (Andreu 66), Olsson (Garrido 90+1), Tettey, Bassong.

Unused subs: Rudd, Cuellar, Hoolahan, Murphy.

Booking: Tettey (19 – foul). 

Wolves: Kuszczak, Iorfa, Hause, Price, Stearman, Batth (capt), van La Parra, Dicko, Afobe, McDonald, Sako.

Subs: Flatt, Golbourne, Edwards, Henry, Evans, Ebanks-Landell, Jacobs.

Booking: Iorfa (70 – foul). 

Referee: N. Swarbrick.

Attendance: 26,322.


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