Norwich earned their second league win of the season as Jonny Howson's first-half goal proved enough to beat Stoke.

Howson found the net from 25 yards with a low strike in a game of few chances.

Analysis

"Stoke never looked like they would score and these are three very good points for Norwich.

"Victory was deserved with Stoke just managing one shot on target."

The Canaries started brightly with Ryan Bennett crashing an effort off the crossbar before seeing his rebound saved by keeper Asmir Begovic.

Stoke managed just one attempt on target with Steven Nzonzi forcing Norwich keeper John Ruddy into a low save with his tame long-range effort.

Norwich started well, pressing Stoke high up the pitch, forcing them into sloppy errors, and they came close to breaking the deadlock through Bennett - whose prodded shot on the slide from Robert Snodgrass's corner crashed off the crossbar before Begovic saved the rebound.

The game faded away after a bright start, with Marc Wilson's booking for a reckless challenge on Ricky van Wolfswinkel the only incident of note in the rest of the opening half hour.

It took 32 minutes for Stoke to muster their first attempt on goal, with their erratic passing making it near impossible for them to mount any sustained pressure.

Hughes critical of 'poor' Stoke

Marko Arnautovic, a transfer deadline day signing from Werder Bremen, went close for the hosts when he blazed a shot just wide of the angle, but moments later Stoke were behind.

Howson picked the ball up 25 yards out and his low strike dipped and swerved in front of Begovic who could not keep it out.

Stoke introduced Jermaine Pennant and Stephen Ireland at half-time in an attempt to liven up their attack, but it proved fruitless.

We could have scored more - Hughton

Kenwyne Jones claimed a penalty after he was dragged to the ground by Leroy Fer but his appeals were waved away.

At the other end, Anthony Pilkington cut inside but sliced his shot well wide, while on the other flank Snodgrass did likewise before curling his effort past the angle.

With 11 minutes remaining, Nzonzi finally forced Ruddy into a notable save, the Norwich stopper keeping out the Stoke's midfielder's tame effort from 25 yards.

Snodgrass came close to doubling Norwich's lead with a curling shot on the spin that was superbly kept out at full stretch by Begovic.

It was the last action of a lacklustre encounter as Norwich picked up their first away victory of the season and only their second away clean sheet in 42 Premier League matches.

Victory moves the Canaries above Stoke on goal difference into 14th in the Premier League table.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton:

"This is a tough place to come. We had really good spells were we dominated possession.

"We coped with their threat, we had a bad result last week and we knew it was important to start well. We played with a high tempo and the players deserve everything.

"I've seen the incident and I think Kenwyne Jones makes a meal of it. There is a slight tug, and we're fortunate that something has gone our way.

"It's about picking up points and hopefully this will give us some confidence."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"We were below par today. This is a Premier League game and we need players to perform and we haven't.

"It's only today that they have let themselves down, it was a disappointing performance and we were poor.

"We never got any pace or power into our game which is unlike us.

"If the referee sees it, he will agree there is an infringement, Kenwyne was trying to get on the end of the ball, the letter of the law says it should be a penalty

"But we needed to be better today but they were comfortable when they got the goal and overall we were well below it."

Live text and stats

 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 0-1 Norwich FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Howson 34

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Norwich

    Substitutes

    Ref: TaylorAtt: 26,184
    STOKE
    NORWICH

    Possession

    • Stoke 57%
    • Norwich 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Stoke 1
    • Norwich 3

    Attempts off target

    • Stoke 7
    • Norwich 5

    Corners

    • Stoke 7
    • Norwich 3

    Fouls

    • Stoke 14
    • Norwich 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:06 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:14 Robert Huth makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+2:35 Robert Huth makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:32 Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:31 The ball is crossed by Johan Elmander.
    • 90:00+1:15 Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 89:38 Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
    • 88:44 Johan Elmander makes a clearance.
    • 88:39 Free kick crossed by Jermaine Pennant.
    • 88:12 Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch.
    • 87:46 Clearance made by Russell Martin.
    • 87:42 Clearance by Ryan Bennett.
    • 87:37 Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 87:21 Johan Elmander is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 87:18 Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Leroy Fer.
    • 84:15 Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
    • 83:47 Ryan Shawcross is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 82:54 Substitution (Norwich) makes a substitution, with Steven Whittaker coming on for Anthony Pilkington.
    • 82:06 Header at goal by Ryan Shawcross misses left of the target.
    • 82:05 Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line.
    • 81:44 Clearance by Martin Olsson.
    • 81:43 The ball is crossed by Steven Nzonzi.
    • 81:33 Clearance by Ryan Bennett.
    • 81:31 The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant.
    • 80:46 Clearance made by Erik Pieters.
    • 80:40 Clearance made by Geoff Cameron.
    • 80:38 The ball is swung over by Russell Martin.
    • 80:07 Clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 80:04 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line.
    • 79:28 Robert Snodgrass has an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic parries the effort to safety.
    • 79:08 Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:07 Johan Elmander crosses the ball.
    • 78:24 Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. John Ruddy catches the ball.
    • 78:13 Clearance made by Alexander Tettey.
    • 78:12 Marko Arnautovic produces a cross.
    • 77:50 Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:47 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.
    • 76:15 Erik Pieters makes a clearance.
    • 75:57 Substitution Ricky van Wolfswinkel goes off and Johan Elmander comes on.
    • 74:49 Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:25 Erik Pieters goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 74:25 Booking
    • 74:15 Erik Pieters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Pilkington.
    • 70:54 Geoff Cameron makes a clearance.
    • 70:29 Free kick taken by Leroy Fer.
    • 70:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
    • 70:11 Leroy Fer makes a clearance.
    • 69:43 Clearance made by Martin Olsson.
    • 69:40 The ball is sent over by Marko Arnautovic.
    • 69:27 Clearance made by Peter Crouch.
    • 69:25 Robert Huth makes a clearance.
    • 69:22 Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 68:55 Jonathan Howson fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 67:51 Michael Turner makes a clearance.
    • 67:41 Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 67:37 Alexander Tettey challenges Stephen Ireland unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 66:42 Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:23 Clearance by Russell Martin.
    • 65:58 Free kick taken by Russell Martin.
    • 65:44 Substitution Kenwyne Jones goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.
    • 65:22 Stephen Ireland challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 64:17 Shot by Kenwyne Jones missed to the left of the target.
    • 63:37 Shot by Robert Snodgrass missed to the left of goal.
    • 63:17 Clearance made by Ryan Bennett.
    • 63:15 The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant.
    • 62:12 Clearance made by Robert Huth.
    • 62:10 A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 61:55 Martin Olsson produces a cross.
    • 61:30 Geoff Cameron delivers the ball.
    • 59:28 Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
    • 58:40 John Ruddy takes the free kick.
    • 58:05 Jermaine Pennant is ruled offside.
    • 57:57 Alexander Tettey makes a clearance.
    • 57:01 Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 56:32 Marko Arnautovic takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
    • 56:09 Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
    • 56:03 Unfair challenge on Erik Pieters by Robert Snodgrass results in a free kick.
    • Correction - 55:13 Clearance by Russell Martin.
    • 55:13 Clearance made by Michael Turner.
    • 55:10 Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant.
    • 54:43 Marc Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Leroy Fer.
    • 51:03 Jermaine Pennant takes the free kick.
    • 50:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Anthony Pilkington.
    • 49:00 The ball is crossed by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 48:53 Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:49 Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant.
    • 48:21 Clearance by Martin Olsson.
    • 48:20 The ball is swung over by Erik Pieters.
    • Correction - 48:04 Clearance made by Anthony Pilkington.
    • 48:04 Clearance made by Michael Turner.
    • 47:56 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Ryan Bennett gets a block in.
    • 47:56 Centre by Geoff Cameron.
    • 47:35 Clearance made by Russell Martin.
    • 47:24 Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
    • 47:03 Ricky van Wolfswinkel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross.
    • 45:48 Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
    • 45:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leroy Fer by Steven Nzonzi.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Jermaine Pennant comes on in place of Jonathan Walters.
    • 45:01 Substitution Charlie Adam goes off and Stephen Ireland comes on.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:05 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+0:35 A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam.
    • 45:00+0:33 Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:28 Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line.
    • 45:00+0:07 Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:05 Jonathan Walters delivers the ball.
    • 44:56 Geoff Cameron restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
    • 44:10 Alexander Tettey makes a clearance.
    • 43:15 Kenwyne Jones makes a clearance.
    • 43:13 Robert Snodgrass restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:46 Ricky van Wolfswinkel fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 42:04 Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
    • 41:33 Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 41:14 Booking
    • 41:14 Leroy Fer is shown a yellow card.
    • 41:03 Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Robert Huth, free kick awarded.
    • 40:07 Geoff Cameron crosses the ball.
    • 38:51 Header at goal by Ryan Shawcross to the left of the net.
    • 38:48 Corner taken by Charlie Adam.
    • 38:25 Clearance made by Alexander Tettey.
    • 38:20 Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam.
    • 37:47 Foul by Russell Martin on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded.
    • 37:13 Clearance by Ryan Bennett.
    • 35:25 Clearance by Michael Turner.
    • 35:23 Geoff Cameron produces a cross.
    • 34:44 Robert Huth makes a clearance.
    • 33:02 Assist by Anthony Pilkington.
    • 33:02 GOAL - Jonathan HowsonStoke 0 - 1 Norwich Jonathan Howson slots the ball right footed into the goal. Stoke 0-1 Norwich.
    • 32:16 Marko Arnautovic takes a shot and cleared the bar.
    • 31:38 Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:23 Unfair challenge on Geoff Cameron by Anthony Pilkington results in a free kick.
    • 31:02 Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 30:01 Corner taken by Charlie Adam.
    • 29:20 Alexander Tettey makes a clearance.
    • 29:15 Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 28:35 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Ryan Bennett results in a free kick.
    • 28:30 Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 27:55 Ricky van Wolfswinkel concedes a free kick for a foul on Asmir Begovic.
    • 27:52 The ball is crossed by Anthony Pilkington.
    • 27:43 Clearance made by Russell Martin.
    • 27:40 A cross is delivered by Marko Arnautovic.
    • 25:20 Michael Turner takes the free kick.
    • 25:10 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Walters.
    • 24:45 Jonathan Howson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Robert Huth gets a block in.
    • 24:41 Erik Pieters makes a clearance.
    • 24:39 The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson.
    • 24:31 Free kick taken by Leroy Fer.
    • 24:05 The referee shows Marc Wilson a yellow card.
    • 24:05 Booking
    • 23:56 Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
    • 21:14 John Ruddy takes the free kick.
    • 20:52 Geoff Cameron challenges Leroy Fer unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 19:51 Erik Pieters manages to make a clearance.
    • 19:31 John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:03 The referee blows for offside against Kenwyne Jones.
    • 18:42 Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line.
    • 18:17 Clearance made by Russell Martin.
    • 18:15 The ball is sent over by Marko Arnautovic.
    • 17:42 Russell Martin produces a cross.
    • 16:44 Leroy Fer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:38 Kenwyne Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson.
    • 15:47 Robert Snodgrass takes the free kick.
    • 15:00 Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson.
    • 11:39 Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
    • 11:06 The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Pilkington.
    • 10:43 Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 10:42 The ball is swung over by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
    • 10:28 John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leroy Fer by Marc Wilson.
    • 9:34 Clearance by Ryan Bennett.
    • 8:46 Ryan Bennett takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic blocks the ball.
    • 8:42 Ryan Bennett takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the bar.
    • 8:41 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 8:20 Clearance made by Erik Pieters.
    • 8:17 The ball is delivered by Martin Olsson.
    • 7:21 Free kick taken by Russell Martin.
    • 7:08 Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass.
    • 6:33 Alexander Tettey makes a clearance.
    • 6:15 Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Leroy Fer.
    • 5:44 Robert Huth makes a clearance.
    • 5:44 Clearance by Robert Huth.
    • 5:42 Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 5:01 Robert Snodgrass fouled by Marko Arnautovic, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 4:19 Clearance made by Michael Turner.
    • 3:06 Centre by Russell Martin.
    • 0:33 Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

    Live text and data provided by The Press Association.