Canaries Steal Points From The Royals

By on 17th February in Fun

NCFC MOTM

Norwich City stole the show at Carrow Road on Saturday, with yet another late goal thanks to captain Grant Holt, seeing off the battle from Reading.

Norwich went into the game having lost only 1 of their last 9 games at home in the league, but started looking nervous.

First action was a free-kick to Reading, just outside the box, but Ian Harte couldn’t find the target, blazing it over the cross bar.

However, Norwich responded in the right manor, with Chris Martin headering at Federici, then moments later he had his brilliant shot blocked on the line by Andy Griffin.

The Canaries took the lead in 16 minutes through Arsenal loanee Henri Lansbury, scoring for the second time at home in as many games, thanks to great play by Wes Hoolahan, making his 200th league appearance, picking out Lansbury to bury the ball.

Martin had another effort on goal, before Holt should have doubled the scoreline in the 20th minute but he failed to convert his one-on-one opportunity.

Reading took advantage of the miss when Shane Long was given a golden opportunity, after good play from Jimmy Kebe beating Elliot Ward, with Long slotting the ball into the net.

36 minutes in and Norwich came close to taking the lead but Federici produced a fine save to deny Holt again, and at the other end Ruddy foiled Kebe, who Reading.

By  the 65th minute, Reading were down to 10 players when Karacan performed a poor tackle. Afterwards Surman was denied a cracking effort by the bar.

Federici carried on with his performance by producing an impressive double save which kept Reading on even terms, first stopping a one-on-one with Andrew Crofts before graciously blocking Hoolahan’s effort.

Unfortunately Holt missed a perfect one-on-one opportunity before grabbing the winner at the death. This will be Norwich’s eighth stoppage-time goal this season.

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