Norwich City 1 Sunderland 0
Report of match 4th November 2006
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Match report of this afternoon's home win in the clash against SunderlandRobert Earnshaw scored the only goal of a fiercely contested match at Carrow Road as Norwich City edged past Roy Keane's stuttering Sunderland side.
The goal was scored in the 51st minute after a flowing move that started with left-back Adam Drury and progressed via Darryn Huckerby and Paul McVeigh who set up Earnshaw.
Sunderland threw everything at Norwich after going behind, but found Paul Gallacher and the City defence in determined mood. Even five minutes of stoppage time failed to produce an equaliser for the Black Cats.
The visitors kicked off attacking the River End goal and in the second minute Gallacher made a very good save to keep out David Connolly's low shot.
Huckerby then went on a good run that ended with a shot that was deflected for a corner.
Tobias Hysen's free-kick skimmed over the Norwich crossbar as both sides continued to produce some fluent passing moves, before Hysen brought a save from Gallacher with a low shot on the half-hour.
Stephen Caldwell was booked for clattering into Huckerby two minutes later.
Just six minutes into the second half, a flowing move down the Norwich left saw Huckerby feed McVeigh and his pass released the lively Earnshaw who beat Darren Ward low to his right with a crisp right-foot shot from 18 yards.
Graham Kavanagh was then booked for throwing the ball at Huckerby as the City winger was regaining his feet after being fouled.
Daryl Murphy replaced Hysen after 67 minutes and Norwich brought on Andy Hughes for McVeigh as the visitors stepped up their pressure on the home defence.
In a last throw of the dice Keane brought on Stephen Elliott for Connolly while, for Peter Grant's side, Jurgen Colin limped off after 84 minutes to be replaced by Robert Eagle.
Although they huffed and puffed the Black Cats could not break down the City rearguard in which veteran Dion Dublin was outstanding.
The result leaves the Canaries 13th in the Championship table while Sunderland have three fewer points and are 17th.
|Competition: Coca-Cola Championship Date: Saturday, 4th November 2006 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Carrow Road|
|1 - 0||Sunderland
|24||Jurgen Colin (Eagle 84)||7|
|18||Paul McVeigh (Hughes 74)||7|
|26||Robert Eagle (Colin 84)|
|17||Andy Hughes (McVeigh 74)|
|28||Graham Kavanagh (Leadbitter 72)||6|
|31||David Connolly (Elliott 77)||6|
|16||Tobias Hysen (Murphy 68)||7|
|23||Grant Leadbitter (Kavanagh 72)|
|11||Daryl Murphy (Hysen 68)||6|
|10||Stephen Elliott (Connolly 77)|
|Norwich City cards shown|
|82 mins||Paul Gallacher||Timewasting|
|90 mins||Darren Huckerby||Timewasting|
|Sunderland cards shown|
|32 mins||Steven Caldwell||Unsporting behaviour|
|65 mins||Graham Kavanagh||Unsporting behaviour|