Norwich 1-0 Stoke- Match Report
Report of match 3rd November 2012
Norwich 1-0 Stoke- Match Report.
Johnson sinks Stoke
Bradley Johnson headed in the only goal as Norwich continued their revival with a hard-earned win over Stoke at Carrow Road.
The Canaries are unbeaten in four games across all competitions following the international break, having reached the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup with victory over Tottenham in midweek.
Stoke, though, were unfortunate not to have taken something from the match when they produced a much-improved second-half display after falling behind to Johnson's effort just before the break.
Norwich recalled captain Grant Holt and England goalkeeper John Ruddy into the starting XI as manager Chris Hughton again utilised his full squad.
Stoke, who had drawn six of their nine league games, brought in full-back Andy Wilkinson after Marc Wilson fractured a bone in his calf against Sunderland.
Following a positive start by the hosts, it was the visitors who created the first real opening after eight minutes when midfielder Charlie Adam curled a low shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.
Norwich were soon on the offensive, with their pressure leading to several corners which were unceremoniously hacked cleared by the Stoke defence.
After 23 minutes, Wes Hoolahan cut into the Stoke penalty area and pulled the ball back for Anthony Pilkington but the winger could only drive his shot straight at goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Adam was shown a yellow card by referee Andre Marriner after falling over under pressure from Javier Garrido but replays showed there was contact from the Norwich defender.
Neither side was able to make the most of their possession, with some poor choice of passes in the final third.
Wilkinson tripped Robert Snodgrass as he got away down the left channel, conceding a free-kick in a dangerous position just before half-time.
It proved a costly foul as the delivery from the Scotland international was first class - with Johnson flicking the ball on into the top corner to head Norwich ahead after 44 minutes.
Norwich then almost went 2-0 up when Snodgrass just failed to connect with Pilkington's cross through the six-yard box.
Stoke had a good chance to level at the start of the second half.
Norwich defender Michael Turner fell over as he tried to clear Adam's flick and Jonathan Walters got ahead of Sebastien Bassong to drill a low shot goalwards, which Ruddy did well to parry away at point-blank range.
Turner hobbled off and was replaced by England Under-21 international Ryan Bennett, the former Peterborough centre-half.
Stoke continued to press, winning more of the ball in midfield and looking to hit striker Peter Crouch, who once had a productive loan spell at Carrow Road, at every opportunity.
As the hour mark approached, Potters boss Tony Pulis made a change when Matthew Etherington replaced fellow winger Michael Kightly.
Norwich continued to be pressed backwards, but were dangerous on the counter-attack.
After 63 minutes, Snodgrass carried the ball away down the left for Alexander Tettey to release Holt. The striker floated an intelligent cross-field ball to the back post where Pilkington arrived at pace but could not keep his shot down.
Stoke switched things around again as Kenwyne Jones came on for Walters, while Norwich made another forced defensive change as Leon Barnett replaced Garrido, who looked to have picked up an injury.
Jones met a free-kick into the Norwich penalty area with a downward header, which Ruddy stooped to gather.
Stoke striker Jones was then unfortunate to see his shot drag wide of the far post after collecting another dangerous ball on his chest and creating space in the six-yard box.
With five minutes left, Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross hauled back Holt as the Norwich captain turned to break into the penalty area - but was shown only a yellow card.
Despite four minutes of stoppage time, Stoke were unable to force the equaliser as Norwich closed out their second successive home Premier League win.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Carrow Road Attendance: 26,072|
|1 - 0||Stoke City
|90+3||Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Etherington on Sebastien Bassong. The referee cautions Matthew Etherington for unsporting behaviour. John Ruddy takes the free kick.|
|90+1||Ryan Shawcross is ruled offside. John Ruddy takes the free kick.|
|88||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Steven Nzonzi. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|87||The referee penalises Glenn Whelan for handball. Anthony Pilkington produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.|
|86||Robert Snodgrass takes a shot.|
|85||Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Grant Holt. Ryan Shawcross goes into the referee's book. Steve Morison is brought on as a substitute for Wesley Hoolahan. Robert Snodgrass takes the direct free kick.|
|84||Glenn Whelan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Wilkinson.|
|81||Foul by Charlie Adam on Wesley Hoolahan, free kick awarded. Ryan Bennett takes the direct free kick.|
|76||Kenwyne Jones produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|76||Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Bradley Johnson.|
|74||Shot by Peter Crouch from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.|
|72||Leon Barnett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. The ball is swung over by Charlie Adam, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a comfortable save.|
|70||Alexander Tettey has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.|
|68||Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball. Kenwyne Jones joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Walters. Leon Barnett on for Javier Garrido.|
|67||Corner taken short by Robert Snodgrass.|
|64||Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.|
|60||Matthew Etherington is brought on as a substitute for Michael Kightly.|
|59||Steven Nzonzi challenges Wesley Hoolahan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Bradley Johnson, clearance by Robert Huth.|
|58||Jonathan Walters produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.|
|57||Charlie Adam fouled by Alexander Tettey, the ref awards a free kick. Alexander Tettey receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.|
|57||Shot by Bradley Johnson. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.|
|56||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bennett by Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|56||Peter Crouch fouled by Sebastien Bassong, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.|
|53||Robert Snodgrass challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Bennett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Turner. Robert Huth takes the free kick.|
|51||Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.|
|50||Anthony Pilkington takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Peter Crouch.|
|46||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.|
|46||Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Pilkington, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.|
|46||Wesley Hoolahan takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.|
|42||Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Wilkinson on Robert Snodgrass. Andy Wilkinson shown a yellow card. The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box.|
|40||The referee books Dean Whitehead for unsporting behaviour.|
|38||The assistant referee signals for offside against Grant Holt. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.|
|37||A cross is delivered by Robert Huth.|
|36||Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Bradley Johnson results in a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.|
|36||Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Turner. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|34||Wesley Hoolahan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.|
|33||Shot from 25 yards by Charlie Adam. John Ruddy makes a comfortable save.|
|33||The ball is crossed by Steven Nzonzi, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.|
|32||Bradley Johnson challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.|
|32||Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt. Free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.|
|31||Robert Huth challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alexander Tettey.|
|30||Bradley Johnson challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.|
|30||Grant Holt takes a shot.|
|28||Peter Crouch has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.|
|27||Sebastien Bassong delivers the ball, save by Asmir Begovic.|
|26||A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan, Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance.|
|26||Corner taken by Anthony Pilkington from the left by-line to the near post, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.|
|25||The referee books Charlie Adam for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|24||Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal. Save by Asmir Begovic.|
|23||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington played to the near post, clearance made by Geoff Cameron.|
|23||Alexander Tettey takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.|
|23||Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.|
|21||Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan. Javier Garrido takes the direct free kick.|
|20||Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Sebastien Bassong results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from right wing, Grant Holt makes a clearance.|
|20||Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball.|
|17||Foul by Michael Turner on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.|
|16||Michael Kightly is caught offside. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.|
|14||Robert Snodgrass produces a cross, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.|
|14||Short corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.|
|8||Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Robert Huth takes the free kick.|
|7||Charlie Adam has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.|
|5||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Tettey by Andy Wilkinson. John Ruddy takes the free kick.|
|4||Foul by Alexander Tettey on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.|
|4||Shot from 25 yards by Alexander Tettey. Clearance made by Robert Huth. Short corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.|
|3||Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.|
|3||The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Dean Whitehead.|
|1||Anthony Pilkington fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.|
|1||Centre by Andy Wilkinson, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.|