Cardiff came from behind to beat Norwich, picking up their first points under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and climbing off the bottom of the league table.

Robert Snodgrass gave Norwich an early lead from Martin Olsson's low cross.

But Cardiff scored two goals in as many minutes as Craig Bellamy slotted in debutant Wilfried Zaha's pass before fellow signing Kenwyne Jones tapped in.

Norwich struck the woodwork twice and Cardiff keeper David Marshall made three fine saves as the hosts held on.

Record-breaking Bellamy

Craig Bellamy became the first player to score for seven Premier League teams: Blackburn, Coventry, Newcastle, Liverpool, Man City, West Ham and Cardiff

Much of the credit for the victory must go to Solskjaer, who, despite losing his first three league games in charge, showed his willingness to make big calls in throwing on Zaha for the ineffective Peter Whittingham six minutes before the break.

With Jones, Bellamy and Craig Noone all pushing forward, suddenly the previously lacklustre hosts offered a threat from all angles and the two goals came in the midst of a spell of relentless pressure.

Although their team remain in the bottom three, Cardiff fans will have left the stadium with renewed optimism, having seen two of their new signings hit the ground running under a bright young manager who is not afraid to trust his instincts.

Norwich, meanwhile, will rue their misfortune after a result that sees them slip to 15th in the table with just one win in nine games.

Not only did they come up against an inspired opponent in the shape of their former keeper Marshall, they also had two goals disallowed for offside.

Cardiff had a bit of luck - Solskjaer

In total, the Canaries managed 27 shots to their opponents' 14, the last of them arriving in stoppage time when captain Sebastien Bassong headed Snodgrass's free-kick over the bar from close range.

If the debuts of Jones and Zaha were both successful, that of Fabio at right-back was far less convincing.

The Brazilian, a transfer window signing from Manchester United, was at fault for Norwich's goal as he allowed Olsson to get in behind him and slide over a pass that was deflected into the path of Snodgrass, who applied a simple side-footed finish.

Cardiff's response was restricted to long-range efforts from Jordon Mutch and the impressive Noone, and Solskjaer reacted to a lack of bite by sending on former Crystal Palace winger Zaha.

The Manchester United loanee received a huge cheer when he entered the fray and rewarded the crowd's encouragement with a decisive intervention four minutes after half-time.

Drifting inside from the left flank, he spotted Bellamy's run and slid in a perfect through-ball, which the Welshman steered under John Ruddy.

Two minutes later, Norwich failed to clear a corner and when Mutch curled over a cross from the right, Jones hooked home at the second attempt.

There was no let-up in the tempo, with chances at both ends. Marshall tipped Bradley Johnson's long-range shot onto the bar before Jones almost added a third for Cardiff when Mutch's effort deflected off his body and onto the post.

Hughton laments poor second half start

Marshall came to Cardiff's rescue again late on when he brilliantly saved Nathan Redmond's goalbound shot. The ball broke to Gary Hooper, whose hooked effort was cleared off the line by Bellamy.

Another sharp save denied substitute Leroy Fer and even when Snodgrass managed to beat the keeper with a near-post header, he saw his effort rebound off the post.

Five minutes of stoppage time cranked up the tension among the home fans and their hopes were almost dashed when Bassong rose to meet Snodgrass's delivery, only for the defender to power his header wastefully over.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "We probably needed that second goal and I thought on the balance of play that we might have got it.

"But you've got to start the second half well, and we've made two really poor mistakes that led to their goals and that changes the whole atmosphere in the stadium.

"Their goalkeeper had a good day but if we make mistakes like we did we have to be scoring goals at the other end.

"We are angry because we have come away with nothing from a game we should have won but I can't fault the effort and determination to get back in the game."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 35 Fabio (Théophile-Catherine - 75' )
  • 42 John
  • 08 Medel
  • 04 Caulker
  • 06 Turner
  • 16 Noone Booked
  • 07 Whittingham (Zaha - 38' )
  • 09 Jones
  • 39 Bellamy
  • 18 Mutch (Gunnarsson - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Campbell
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 28 Théophile-Catherine
  • 29 Daehli
  • 32 Lewis
  • 36 Zaha

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Martin
  • 23 Olsson
  • 27 Tettey Booked
  • 24 R Bennett Booked
  • 05 Bassong Nguena
  • 07 Snodgrass Booked
  • 04 Johnson (Fer - 75' )
  • 11 Hooper
  • 16 Elmander Booked (van Wolfswinkel - 75' )
  • 15 Gutiérrez (Redmond - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Whittaker
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel
  • 10 Fer
  • 12 Pilkington
  • 13 Bunn
  • 19 Becchio
  • 22 Redmond
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Att: 26,748

Match Stats

Shots

13 27

On target

4 6

Corners

7 14

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Norwich City 1.

90:00 +5:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Norwich City 1.

90:00 +4:40

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

90:00 +4:13

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

90:00 +2:32

Attempt missed. Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

90:00 +1:28

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Wilfried Zaha.

90:00 +1:02

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Kenwyne Jones.

90:00 +1:01

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

89:05

Offside, Norwich City. Gary Hooper tries a through ball, but Robert Snodgrass is caught offside.

86:31

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a corner.

86:14

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Kenwyne Jones.

86:13

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

85:51

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Gary Medel.

83:41

Attempt saved. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

83:21

Foul by Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City).

83:21

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:42

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Declan John.

82:39

Attempt blocked. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

82:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

80:30

Delay in match Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

80:30

Delay in match Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) because of an injury.

80:16

Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

79:43

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Gary Medel.

79:42

Attempt blocked. Russell Martin (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

79:23

Attempt blocked. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Tettey with a cross.

79:16

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

78:54

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ben Turner.

77:11

Offside, Norwich City. Leroy Fer tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

75:53

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is high and wide to the right.

75:43

Attempt missed. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

75:41

Attempt blocked. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

74:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Ricky van Wolfswinkel replaces Johan Elmander.

74:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond replaces Jonás Gutiérrez.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Leroy Fer replaces Bradley Johnson.

74:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kévin Théophile-Catherine replaces Fabio because of an injury.

73:37

Offside, Cardiff City. Wilfried Zaha tries a through ball, but Kenwyne Jones is caught offside.

70:55

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Johan Elmander.

70:13

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

68:12

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:12

Foul by Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City).

67:23

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Kenwyne Jones.

67:00

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Aron Gunnarsson.

66:58

Attempt blocked. Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sébastien Bassong.

66:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Jordon Mutch.

64:47

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ben Turner.

62:31

Attempt missed. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

60:47

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Martin Olsson with a cross.

59:43

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordon Mutch.

58:48 Booking

Booking Craig Noone (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:43

Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

58:43

Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:59

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) hits the left post with a with an attempt from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jordon Mutch.

57:58

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Medel.

56:36

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonás Gutiérrez with a cross.

53:39

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

53:39

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:09

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City).

53:09

Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:26

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

52:24

Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper with a headed pass.

52:08

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

50:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 2, Norwich City 1. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner following a corner.

49:58

Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross following a corner.

49:48

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by John Ruddy.

49:43

Attempt saved. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross.

48:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 1, Norwich City 1. Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a through ball.

47:10

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ben Turner.

47:09

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:29

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Cardiff City 0, Norwich City 1.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Norwich City 1.

44:59

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:59

Foul by Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City).

40:54

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:54

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

39:33

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

39:33

Russell Martin (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Wilfried Zaha replaces Peter Whittingham.

37:25

Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Bellamy.

36:14

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

36:13

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

32:30

Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

31:37 Booking

Booking Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:32

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:32

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

30:40

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Russell Martin.

29:44

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

29:14

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

27:53

Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

27:53

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:52

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

26:52

Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:24

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabio.

23:24 Booking

Booking Johan Elmander (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

23:11

Hand ball by Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City).

22:42

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Gary Medel.

20:52

Offside, Cardiff City. Craig Noone tries a through ball, but Jordon Mutch is caught offside.

18:11

Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City).

18:11

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:47

Attempt saved. Gary Medel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:46 Booking

Booking Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

12:34

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

12:34

Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:50

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a through ball.

9:32

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

9:32

Gary Medel (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:51

Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a set piece situation.

8:14

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

8:14

Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:35

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

5:14

Attempt blocked. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

4:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 0, Norwich City 1. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

2:50

Attempt missed. Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Russell Martin with a cross.

1:59

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:59

Foul by Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City).

0:58

Attempt saved. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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