A sensational 30-yard volley from Alexander Tettey helped Norwich City gain a vital win against Sunderland.

Robert Snodgrass gave the Canaries a deserved lead after a poor clearance from Black Cats defender Wes Brown.

Tettey's spectacular first Premier League goal for Norwich secured the victory for the hosts, who are now seven points clear of the bottom three.

Norwich were excellent - Hughton

Sunderland's Fabio Borini and Brown had efforts saved before Marcos Alonso was sent off for two bookable offences.

The result eases the pressure on Norwich boss Chris Hughton, who last week was taunted by his own supporters during their 4-2 defeat at Southampton.

Some Canaries fans had chanted "you don't know what you're doing" at the former Newcastle manager seven days ago, but his side, which featured five changes, responded with a dominant display against a terrible Sunderland team.

Brown was sent off when the sides played out a goalless draw in December and the former England international was at fault as the hosts took a 20th-minute lead.

The defender failed to clear Martin Olsson's low cross and the ball fell to Johan Elmander, with the Swede setting up Snodgrass, who scored for the fourth time in seven games.

Analysis

"Before the game it was described as a must-win match for both teams and it was an excellent day for Norwich, who now have breathing space between them and the bottom three, but Sunderland are in big trouble. Gus Poyet's side were so ragged in the first half."

Norwich piled on the pressure with Jonny Howson having a shot well saved by Vito Mannone before Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Wes Hoolahan both missed further chances.

But the Canaries extended their lead when Tettey volleyed in from 30 yards after John O'Shea's clearing header.

Sunderland remain 18th, are three points adrift of safety and their seven-season spell in the top flight could be coming to an end.

They have played at least two games fewer than other sides in relegation trouble, but face a daunting end to the season, including games against six of the league's top seven to come.

Before the game, head coach Gus Poyet said they had to gain the results their performances deserved and he would be furious with a lacklustre display that lacked inspiration and creativity.

Norwich 2-0 Sunderland: Gus Poyet says players paid price for poor start

Aimless long balls were routinely hit forward unsuccessfully to American Jozy Altidore, who was making his first start since being left out of the squad that lost 3-1 to Manchester City in the League Cup final.

A desperate Poyet made a double substitution after only 40 minutes as he hoped for a response from his side.

Sunderland nearly pulled a goal back six minutes after the restart when Adam Johnson's cross was met by Brown but an excellent reflex save by John Ruddy denied the centre-half's close-range header.

However, that was as good as it got for the visitors, who have now failed to score in their three games since their Wembley defeat earlier this month.

Norwich, now 13th in the Premier League, could have extended their lead but Van Wolfswinkel's header was pushed over by Mannone.

Carrow Road hoodoo

  • Sunderland have now only won two out of 23 league games at Carrow Road. The Black Cats' last league win at Norwich came with a 3-1 victory in March 1985.

The Dutch striker, an £8.5m signing from Sporting Lisbon last summer, has now failed to score in 22 games in all competitions - a run of 1,256 minutes (20 hours, 56 minutes), although that was the only negative for the Canaries.

A miserable day for Sunderland got worse in injury-time as Alonso needlessly handled the ball for his second booking.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton:

"From start to finish we were excellent. It is difficult when you have such a good first half to sustain that performance but it's another clean sheet here and we have been good at Carrow Road. We now have to take what we have done here away from home.

"We could have had more goals and with the manner of this win, if it doesn't give us confidence then nothing will. We were not good enough last week but today has been a good day for us."

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet:

"The first 30 minutes was the biggest disappointment; we were second best and not competing enough. We need to be better from the beginning of games.

"We have 10 games left and we are the only team that have that quantity. We need to get at least 36 or 37 points so win four from 10, but we need to play better than we did today.

"It is about keep believing and making sure we don't play like we did in the first 30 minutes, but I'm sure we are going to be OK. I'm a positive person and believe in what we do - and the players do as well."

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Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Martin
  • 23 Olsson
  • 27 Tettey
  • 26 Yobo
  • 05 Bassong
  • 07 Snodgrass Booked
  • 08 Howson Booked
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel (Hooper - 71' )
  • 16 Elmander (Johnson - 87' )
  • 14 Hoolahan (Redmond - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Whittaker
  • 04 Johnson
  • 11 Hooper
  • 13 Bunn
  • 15 Gutiérrez
  • 19 Becchio
  • 22 Redmond

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 02 Bardsley Booked
  • 28 Alonso Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 05 Brown
  • 11 Johnson (Scocco - 71' )
  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng (Cattermole - 40' Booked )
  • 17 Altidore
  • 14 Colback Booked (Larsson - 40' )
  • 31 Borini

Substitutes

  • 07 Larsson
  • 12 Celustka
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 27 Vergini
  • 30 Scocco
  • 32 Ustari
  • 33 Cattermole
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 26,654

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

8 2

Corners

8 5

Fouls

16 20

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Norwich City 2, Sunderland 0.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Sunderland 0.

90:00 +3:12

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

90:00 +3:12

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

90:00 +2:45

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

90:00 +1:28 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) for hand ball.

90:00 +1:19

Hand ball by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

90:00 +0:56

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

90:00 +0:32

Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).

90:00 +0:32

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:57

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.

88:14 Substitution

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

87:32

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

86:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Bradley Johnson replaces Johan Elmander.

85:44

Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:44

Foul by Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland).

85:10

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

85:10

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

83:58

Attempt blocked. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

83:55

Attempt blocked. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

83:27

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

83:27

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:52

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

81:49

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

81:49

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

81:01

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

80:16 Booking

Booking Phil Bardsley (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:11

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:11

Foul by Phil Bardsley (Sunderland).

78:21

John Ruddy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:21

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

76:10 Booking

Booking Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:53

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

75:53

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

74:29

Attempt saved. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

73:04

Joseph Yobo (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:04

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

71:46

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:46

Foul by Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland).

71:07

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

71:07

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:20 Substitution

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

70:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Ignacio Scocco replaces Adam Johnson.

68:11 Booking

Booking Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:05

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

68:05

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:03 Booking

Booking Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:43

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

64:43

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).

63:42

Hand ball by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

63:06

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Wes Brown.

61:24

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:24

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

60:11

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

60:11

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:00

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

60:00

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:13

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

59:13

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

57:04

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

57:01

Attempt missed. Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabio Borini with a headed pass following a corner.

56:43

Attempt blocked. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

56:19

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jonny Howson.

52:43

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

52:43

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

52:16

Attempt missed. Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

50:11

Attempt saved. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross.

49:42

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Russell Martin.

47:01

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

46:59

Attempt saved. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

46:18 Booking

Booking Jonny Howson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:09

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

46:09

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:18

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

45:18

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Norwich City 2, Sunderland 0.

45:00 +3:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Norwich City 2, Sunderland 0.

42:40 Booking

Booking Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

42:18

Hand ball by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

40:19

Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jozy Altidore.

39:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson replaces Jack Colback.

39:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Lee Cattermole replaces Ki Sung-Yueng.

36:36 Booking

Booking Jack Colback (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:12

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:12

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

35:44

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

34:34

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

34:34

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:58

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:01

Delay in match Johan Elmander (Norwich City) because of an injury.

31:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 2, Sunderland 0. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

29:48

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a headed pass.

28:50

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

28:50

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:03

Attempt missed. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

25:19

Attempt missed. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross.

24:40

Attempt saved. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

21:40

Attempt missed. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a set piece situation.

21:07

Foul by Joseph Yobo (Norwich City).

21:07

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:32

Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).

20:32

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 1, Sunderland 0. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

15:27

Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng with a headed pass.

14:37

Attempt saved. Joseph Yobo (Norwich City) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

14:16

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

14:10

Attempt missed. Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass following a set piece situation.

13:19

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:19

Foul by Phil Bardsley (Sunderland).

12:38

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

12:38

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

12:07

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

12:07

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:26

Attempt saved. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11:24

Attempt blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

10:06

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:06

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

8:22

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

8:22

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:22

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by John O'Shea.

6:51

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

4:36

Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).

4:36

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:36

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jack Colback.

1:07

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

1:07

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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