Norwich City have had a busy 4 days as they took on bottom of the league QPR, who were also on the end of a 5-0 hammering in the first game of the season; as well as Scunthorpe United in the Capital One League Cup last night at Carrow Road.
Norwich manager Hughton has been very busy tying up contracts for defenders Sebastien Bassong and Javier Garrido on a season long loan, whilst Norwegian international midfielder Alexander Tettey was signed just before the QPR game. With the new arrivals, Norwich would’ve been hoping to claim their first win of the season and they were unlucky not to.
The Canaries took the lead through Canadian international Simeon Jackson after just 11 minutes. Some neat, tidy and quick football saw the ball pinged wide to Anthony Pilkington who swung the ball across the six-yard box for Jackson to nod home. However, despite Norwich’s continued attacking spirit, an equaliser came in controversial circumstances. New defender Bassong tackled Djibril Cisse from behind in the penalty area giving the referee no option, but to point to the spot. Cisse’s shot was palmed into the post by an outstretched Ruddy, but Zamora was there to pick up the rebound. Replays showed that the goalscorer had encroached into the area before the penalty was taken, but regardless the scores were tied once more.
The game finished with this scoreline in spite of Norwich’s best efforts, including Snodgrass’s free-header which he put over the bar, whilst Russell Martin’s header crashed against it. Former Leeds United winger Robert Snodgrass was selected as the Anglian Home Improvement’s Man of the Match for his fantastic performance in this game.
Manager Hughton said, “It was a game we should’ve won, we had the better chances and threatened more, and it was a really soft penalty which denied us the opportunity.”
This draw got Norwich their first point of the season and last night’s match against Scunthorpe United helped Chris Hughton achieve his first competitive win as Norwich manager, and see the Canaries into the next round of the Capital One League Cup.
Hughton named a largely different squad to the one that played against QPR with England under-21 goalkeeper Declan Rudd between the sticks and George Francomb slotting in at right back. It also saw a return for David Fox, Wes Hoolahan and Simon Lappin.
Scunthorpe came closest to scoring in the opening minutes, forcing a good save from Rudd as Andy Barcham created enough space to shoot. Norwich eventually grabbed control of the game and worked hard for the opening goal. Andrew Surman created some space coming inside onto his left foot, laid the ball off for Simon ‘King of Spain’ Lappin, who’s shot was too hot to handle for the Scunthorpe keeper. This lead did not last long though, only 3 minutes later and it was 1-1. Scunthorpe’s right back, Christian Ribeiro tucked the ball inside for Duffy and his wonder strike flew in off the inside of the post, easily beating Rudd.
The second half commenced with Norwich attacking, Simon Lappin mirroring his goal in the first half, but this time David Mirfin was more aware, closing the shot down and injuring Lappin in doing so. Pilkington was his replacement and the onslaught continued as Norwich regained the lead. Wes Hoolahan showed his quality, linking up with Morison for a one-two, before he was brought down in the area by Canavan. Hoolahan brushed himself down and emphatically smashed the ball into the top corner. 2-1 was the final score and after an impressive 90 minutes, George Francomb was named the Anglian Home Improvement’s Man of the Match.
From everyone at Anglian we would like to congratulate Declan Rudd and Ryan Bennett as they have been called up to the England under-21’s squad.