Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Norwich City 4.
Cardiff City 2-4 Norwich City
Norwich City staged a dramatic second-half recovery to win at Cardiff City.
Cardiff were cruising at half-time after Joe Ralls, with a low, left-foot shot, and Aron Gunnarsson, cutting in from the left, had given them the lead.
Martin Olsson started the comeback when the ball fell kindly for him after a challenge on Lewis Grabban.
Wes Hoolahan equalised from a rebound, Michael Turner turned in from Alex Tettey to put Norwich ahead and Cameron Jerome scored a late breakaway.
The Canaries, unbeaten since their opening day defeat at Wolves, were awful during the first half and deservedly trailed.
Inside a minute Kenwyne Jones had seen his goalwards glancing header hacked clear, but soon after Ralls seized on Turner's loose pass and drove forward before sending a left-footed drive into the bottom corner.
Norwich fell further behind when Jones played in Anthony Pilkington down the right and his cross was expertly tucked home by Gunnarsson.
Despite great expectations and plenty of money spent to strengthen the squad, Cardiff had stuttered through the start of the Championship season.
|Jerome at home against Cardiff|
|Cameron Jerome has now scored three league goals in the past two seasons, with two of them coming against former club Cardiff|
But a two-goal lead at half-time against Norwich, like their hosts tipped for an immediate return to the Premier League, had the fans happy and suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team were about to hit their stride.
Instead the Bluebirds fell flat on their face as Norwich picked them apart after the break, not helped by the injury withdrawal of Fabio at left-back.
Firstly Hoolahan was given far too much room to get a ball into Grabban and although Sean Morrison got in a foot, the ball sat up for Olsson to slot home from close range.
Norwich soon levelled, as Nathan Redmond evaded Ralls and Declan John to deliver a pinpoint cross for Jerome.
The former Cardiff striker's header was parried by Marshall, but the Scotland goalkeeper could do nothing as Hoolahan dispatched the follow-up.
The Canaries continued to surge forwards and Russell Martin's mishit shot was turned in by Turner as Marshall appealed in vain for offside.
Despite the capitulation, Cardiff did respond and Peter Whittingham twice worked John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.
But Jerome put the result beyond doubt three minutes from time, splintering the hosts' offside trap to round Marshall and send Norwich into second in the table.
Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
"You could say it was our best 45 minutes in the first half, and the second was our worst.
"This league is about consistency and we did not have that today.
"We stopped playing. We did not get the second balls, we did not move the ball quickly enough and these are simple things you have to do."
Norwich manager Neil Adams:
"That's the first time I have had to get angry with them.
"They had to have the rocket at half-time as the first-half performance was nowhere near good enough, and it was justified by the second-half performance.
"I told the players from the off I will take defeats and draws but only if we go about it in the right way."
- 3FabioSubstituted forJohnat 45'minutes
- 21RallsBooked at 72mins
- 19PilkingtonSubstituted forAdeyemiat 69'minutes
- 9JonesSubstituted forMaynardat 69'minutes
- 4Torres Ruiz
- 10Le Fondre
- 6TurnerBooked at 81mins
- 9LaffertyBooked at 24minsSubstituted forJeromeat 45'minutes
- 14HoolahanBooked at 57minsSubstituted forO'Neilat 83'minutes
- 22RedmondSubstituted forGarridoat 88'minutes
- Mark Haywood
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Norwich City 4.
Offside, Norwich City. Russell Martin tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Declan John.
Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Joe Ralls.
Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.
Foul by Gary O'Neil (Norwich City).
Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Norwich City. Javier Garrido replaces Nathan Redmond.
Goal! Cardiff City 2, Norwich City 4. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Russell Martin.
Substitution, Norwich City. Gary O'Neil replaces Wes Hoolahan.
Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.
Michael Turner (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).
Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City).
Attempt saved. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by John Brayford.
Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).
Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jos Hooiveld (Norwich City).
John Brayford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
Goal! Cardiff City 2, Norwich City 3. Michael Turner (Norwich City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Grabban following a corner.
Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexander Tettey with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Russell Martin.
Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).
Federico Macheda (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Cardiff City. Tom Adeyemi replaces Anthony Pilkington.
Substitution, Cardiff City. Nicky Maynard replaces Kenwyne Jones.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Russell Martin with a cross.
Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban with a cross.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) because of an injury.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.
Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.