Robert Snodgrass scored the only goal as Norwich moved away from the relegation zone and dented Tottenham's top-four hopes.

Scotland winger Snodgrass curled his low shot from 18 yards beyond Hugo Lloris after Bradley Johnson's pass.

Hughton 'immensely proud' of Norwich

Goalkeeper John Ruddy helped Norwich to victory, denying Emmaunel Adebayor and Nacer Chadli in the second half.

Norwich came close to doubling their advantage when Johnson thundered a free-kick off the underside of the bar.

It was Norwich's second victory in 12 league games and a significant boost for manager Chris Hughton, who was under growing pressure following comments made by chief executive David McNally earlier in February.

Hughton's side created the better chances and stood firm as Tottenham tried in vain to claw their way back into the match.

It was a lacklustre display from the visitors, who failed to score in the Premier League for the first time since Tim Sherwood took over in December.

They did not register a shot on target in the first half and Chadli's low cross, which was cleared by Sebastien Bassong in the six-yard box, was as close as they came.

It meant that Snodgrass's goal, which gave Norwich a deserved breakthrough in the early stages of the second half, was enough to earn the points.

Defeat bitterly disappointing - Sherwood

Ricky van Wolfswinkel stole possession from Nabil Bentaleb just inside the Spurs half and found Johnson, whose through-ball released Snodgrass. The Scotland international held off Danny Rose and curled his low shot beyond Lloris from the edge of the area.

Spurs finally started to pose a threat but a combination of poor finishing and fine goalkeeping from Ruddy kept them at bay.

Adebayor stole possession from Bassong to go clear but a heavy touch allowed the goalkeeper to come out and save at his feet.

Sherwood introduced Roberto Soldado in place of Paulinho and the Spaniard missed two good chances within two minutes of coming on. First he lashed his shot wide from 10 yards after Adebayor's neat lay-off, before glancing a header wide from Aaron Lennon's right-wing cross.

After that, Norwich missed a succession of chances to double their lead.

Relief for Canaries

  • Victory was only Norwich's second in their last 12 league games
  • They have taken 11 points in that period and scored six goals
  • The Canaries have scored just 20 goals in the league campaign - only Crystal Palace and Cardiff have scored fewer

Snodgrass whipped a free kick narrowly wide and Johnson came even closer, crashing his drive off the underside of the bar. Then Nathan Redmond was denied by Lloris in the follow-up before substitute Gary Hooper's cut back was just behind Alex Tettey, who was well placed six yards out.

Tottenham had one final chance to salvage a point when Chadli was picked out by Mousa Dembele, but Ruddy was there again to make a brave save.

The result moved Norwich four points clear of the bottom three, while Spurs are now six points off fourth-placed Liverpool.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy Booked
  • 02 Martin
  • 23 Olsson
  • 27 Tettey
  • 26 Yobo
  • 05 Bassong
  • 07 Snodgrass
  • 04 Johnson
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel (Hooper - 72' )
  • 10 Fer
  • 22 Redmond (Hoolahan - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Whittaker
  • 08 Howson
  • 11 Hooper
  • 12 Pilkington
  • 13 Bunn
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 16 Elmander

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton
  • 03 Rose (Townsend - 82' )
  • 15 Capoue (Chadli - 14' )
  • 20 Dawson Booked
  • 05 Vertonghen Booked
  • 19 Dembélé Booked
  • 08 Paulinho (Soldado - 65' )
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 07 Lennon

Substitutes

  • 09 Soldado
  • 17 Townsend
  • 21 Chadli
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 24 Friedel
  • 35 Fryers
  • 37 Kane
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 26,834

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

3 2

Corners

5 3

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Norwich City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00 +2:40

Attempt saved. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

90:00 +2:36

Attempt blocked. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

90:00 +1:06 Booking

Booking John Ruddy (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

89:42

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

87:09 Booking

Booking Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:59

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

86:59

Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces Nathan Redmond.

84:51

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

84:49

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sébastien Bassong.

84:08

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Aaron Lennon.

84:01

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

83:47

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

82:53

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

82:53

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:24

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

81:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Danny Rose.

80:32

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Rose.

80:24

Attempt saved. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

80:15

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:15

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

79:15

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

78:15 Booking

Booking Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:10

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

78:10

Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:05

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:05

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

76:16

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

76:16

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

75:02

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

75:02

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:07

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

74:07

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

72:23

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

71:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

70:16

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:16

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

69:28

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

69:28

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

68:55

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a cross.

66:40

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Lennon with a cross.

65:16

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

64:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Paulinho.

61:02

Dangerous play by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

61:02

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:31

Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

59:27

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

54:59

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Russell Martin.

46:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a through ball.

45:00

Second Half begins Norwich City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Norwich City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +1:27

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

45:00 +0:30

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:00 +0:30

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:01

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:00 +0:01

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:28

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

40:13

Offside, Norwich City. Joseph Yobo tries a through ball, but Ricky van Wolfswinkel is caught offside.

39:35

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

38:09

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:09

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

34:30

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:30

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

33:39

Offside, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey tries a through ball, but Ricky van Wolfswinkel is caught offside.

32:23

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

32:16

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

31:28 Booking

Booking Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

31:15

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

31:15

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:26

Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Robert Snodgrass is caught offside.

27:54

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

27:54

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

26:48

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

26:48

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:59

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

25:21

Hand ball by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

24:38

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

22:30

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

15:49

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

15:49

Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:19

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

15:19

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:31

Attempt missed. Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a cross following a corner.

14:06

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

13:26

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:26

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

13:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Etienne Capoue because of an injury.

7:03

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

7:03

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

2:03

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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