Norwich 1-0 Man Utd- Match Report
Report of match 17th November 2012
Norwich 1-0 Man Utd- Match Report.
Bitter Pil for Fergie
Norwich continued their revival with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester United at Carrow Road, as Sir Alex Ferguson's men blew the chance to go back top of the Barclays Premier League table.
After Manchester City had thrashed Aston Villa 5-0 earlier this afternoon, only a win would have been enough for United to jump over their neighbours once again.
However, with England striker Wayne Rooney missing because of tonsillitis, the Red Devils produced a lacklustre display as the Canaries - reborn since the international break - produced another composed display to secure a third win in five Premier League games with a fine header from Anthony Pilkington on the hour.
Leading scorer Robin van Persie had recovered from the thigh strain which kept him out of Holland's midweek friendly with Germany, while Javier Hernandez also started for the visitors after his match-winning cameo at Aston Villa last weekend. Anders Lindegaard kicked off in goal for David de Gea, who was troubled by a wisdom tooth.
It was a lively start by United as Van Persie created the first opening inside three minutes, turning to drive in a low shot from the edge of the Norwich penalty area which John Ruddy palmed away low to his right.
Norwich were defending with two banks of four, but also looked to use wingers Robert Snodgrass and Pilkington on the counter.
On six minutes, Wes Hoolahan fed Pilkington down the left following a quick break after a United corner, but the former Huddersfield man lacked support and could only flash a drive wide across goal from 20 yards.
United, though, continued to have all the possession, and enjoy plenty of time on the ball as the home side sat deep.
On 21 minutes, full-back Patrice Evra was inches away from connecting with Ashley Young's left-wing corner after arriving at pace to the far post.
Norwich, though, showed some life in attack when Hoolahan floated a ball over from the left, which Snodgrass diverted just over the angle with a backward header.
A sweeping move switched play from the right out to Pilkington, who then released left-back Javier Garrido, and his low centre flashed across the face of Lindegaard's goal.
Norwich continued to grow in confidence and it needed a brilliant saving tackle from Chris Smalling to prevent captain Grant Holt from tapping in Snodgrass' low cross after the Scotland winger got past Rio Ferdinand into the right side of the United penalty area on 37 minutes.
Veteran Ryan Giggs, who scored a last-minute winner here last season on his 900th appearance, floated in a lovely ball behind the Norwich backline, but Van Persie missed his kick when attempting an acrobatic volley.
Young then drilled in a low effort at the back post from a corner, which Ruddy turned behind from point-blank range.
United opened the second half as they had the first, with Van Persie again losing his footing when played into a promising position inside the Norwich box.
After Snodgrass had been pushed over by Evra out on the right, his deep free-kick flew through the United penalty area before it was eventually hacked clear off the line by Rafael.
Norwich continued to press and finally were rewarded on the hour with a goal of real quality.
Garrido was played in on the overlap down the left by Hoolahan, and his perfectly weighed cross was glanced over Lindegaard into the top corner by Pilkington, who was once a player in the United youth system.
Ferguson had seen enough and within 10 minutes veteran midfielder Paul Scholes, who turned 38 yesterday, and England striker Danny Welbeck were off the bench, replacing Antonio Valencia and the ineffective Hernandez.
United upped the tempo, as Welbeck's looping header was deflected behind for a corner.
It continued to be one-way traffic as the Canaries defended resolutely.
With seven minutes left, Norwich boss Chris Hughton made a double change as Steve Morison and Jonny Howson replaced Holt and Hoolahan.
Ferdinand, meanwhile, came off for Anderson.
With a minute left, Wales forward Morison released Howson clear on goal, but the former Leeds midfielder scuffed his shot wide.
There were four minutes of stoppage time and Ruddy produced a brilliant saved to turn the ball over after it was deflected off Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong.
At the final whistle, Carrow Road erupted as United went the same way as Arsenal had done four weeks ago.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 17:30 Venue: Carrow Road Attendance: 26,840|
|1 - 0||Man. Utd.
|90+0||Shot by Oliveira Anderson. John Ruddy makes a save.|
|90+0||Chris Smalling produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|90+0||Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.|
|90+0||Javier Garrido gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.|
|90+0||Booking for Rafael Da Silva.|
|90+0||Robert Snodgrass goes off and Elliott Bennett comes on.|
|89||Effort from the edge of the box by Jonathan Howson goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|89||Michael Carrick takes a shot. Bradley Johnson gets a block in.|
|88||The ball is crossed by Paul Scholes, save by John Ruddy.|
|87||Shot by Anthony Pilkington from 20 yards. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.|
|86||A cross is delivered by Steve Morison.|
|85||The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, save made by John Ruddy.|
|83||Steve Morison concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.|
|82||Steve Morison is brought on as a substitute for Grant Holt. Jonathan Howson replaces Wesley Hoolahan. Oliveira Anderson comes on in place of Rio Ferdinand.|
|81||Ashley Young sends in a cross, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.|
|80||Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Grant Holt.|
|79||The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.|
|78||Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.|
|78||The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, Javier Garrido makes a clearance.|
|75||Centre by Rafael Da Silva, Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.|
|74||Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, John Ruddy makes a save.|
|73||Centre by Robert Snodgrass.|
|73||Rafael Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Bradley Johnson. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Javier Garrido, clearance by Robin van Persie.|
|68||(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Paul Scholes coming on for Antonio Valencia. (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Danny Welbeck coming on for Javier Hernandez. Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Robert Snodgrass.|
|67||The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Anthony Pilkington.|
|67||Robert Snodgrass challenges Chris Smalling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.|
|63||Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on Bradley Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Javier Garrido.|
|61||Centre by Bradley Johnson.|
|61||The ball is sent over by Anthony Pilkington, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.|
|61||Grant Holt takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.|
|59||Anthony Pilkington grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Norwich 1-0 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Javier Garrido.|
|58||Rafael Da Silva takes a shot. Bradley Johnson gets a block in.|
|58||Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, Alexander Tettey manages to make a clearance.|
|56||Centre by Anthony Pilkington.|
|55||The official flags Anthony Pilkington offside. Indirect free kick taken by Antonio Valencia.|
|54||Bradley Johnson fouled by Javier Hernandez, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Pilkington crosses the ball in from the free kick, Rafael Da Silva manages to make a clearance.|
|53||Centre by Javier Garrido.|
|52||Anthony Pilkington delivers the ball, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.|
|49||Foul by Patrice Evra on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Rafael Da Silva makes a clearance.|
|47||Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.|
|46||Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.|
|46||The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, John Ruddy makes a save.|
|45+0||Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, Anders Lindegaard makes a save.|
|44||Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Rafael Da Silva manages to make a clearance.|
|42||Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, save by John Ruddy.|
|42||Shot by Chris Smalling from 12 yards. Grant Holt gets a block in.|
|42||Corner taken by Robin van Persie played to the near post, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.|
|41||Shot from 12 yards from Ashley Young. John Ruddy makes a save.|
|41||Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.|
|38||Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|37||Robert Snodgrass produces a cross, clearance by Chris Smalling.|
|37||Rafael Da Silva sends in a cross, save by John Ruddy.|
|35||Michael Carrick fouled by Grant Holt, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.|
|30||Effort from 35 yards by Alexander Tettey. Anders Lindegaard makes a comfortable save.|
|30||Centre by Bradley Johnson, save by Anders Lindegaard.|
|29||Grant Holt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.|
|28||Shot by Bradley Johnson from 25 yards. Blocked by Chris Smalling.|
|28||Foul by Javier Hernandez on Michael Turner, free kick awarded. John Ruddy takes the free kick.|
|27||Antonio Valencia produces a cross.|
|24||Javier Garrido delivers the ball.|
|23||Close range headed effort by Robert Snodgrass misses to the right of the target.|
|20||Ashley Young takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from inside the area by Patrice Evra misses to the right of the goal.|
|19||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Wesley Hoolahan. Ashley Young takes the free kick.|
|17||Wesley Hoolahan has a drilled shot. Save by Anders Lindegaard.|
|14||Ashley Young produces a curled right-footed shot from 30 yards. Save by John Ruddy.|
|13||Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Turner on Javier Hernandez. Ashley Young takes the free kick.|
|13||Grant Holt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.|
|13||Ashley Young crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Turner.|
|11||Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.|
|10||The ball is swung over by Anthony Pilkington, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.|
|8||Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Centre by Ryan Giggs, Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.|
|7||Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.|
|6||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, save by John Ruddy.|
|4||Shot from just outside the box by Robert Snodgrass misses to the right of the goal.|
|3||Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young to the near post, clearance made by Grant Holt.|
|2||Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.|
|2||Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.|
|1||The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Pilkington. Rafael Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.|
|-||Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.|