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Norwich City 3-2 Cardiff City

Cameron Jerome
Cameron Jerome celebrates his goal against Cardiff, his third of the 2016-17 season

Norwich City moved to within a point of the Championship automatic promotion places with victory over Cardiff City.

Cameron Jerome scored from close range and Russell Martin headed in from a corner to put the hosts 2-0 up.

Anthony Pilkington's late goal gave Cardiff hope of a comeback, only for Josh Murphy to score Norwich's third.

Pilkington struck again in added time but the Bluebirds' defeat sees them drop to 19th, just one point above the relegation zone.

Although Cardiff enjoyed some early possession, Norwich took the lead with the first real attack of the game.

Cardiff goalkeeper Ben Wilson could only palm Jacob Murphy's cross into the path of Jerome, who finished inside the six-yard box against his former club.

Rickie Lambert was twice denied a goal on his Cardiff debut, with one header tipped over by Michael McGovern and another hitting the bar.

Martin appeared to have sealed Norwich's win with his free header after an hour, but Pilkington scrambled in a goal for Cardiff to spark a frantic finale.

Substitute Murphy restored the Canaries' two-goal advantage and, although Pilkington scored a second against his former side, Norwich held on.

Norwich manager Alex Neil:

"I could have done without what happened at the end. I enjoyed the first 85 minutes of the match but I'll admit I was sweating towards the end.

"I think the lads clocked off because they thought the points were in the bag. We got done by two set-pieces, which was frustrating, but I'll take the win.

"We didn't start the game particularly well and when we scored it was against the run of the play, but once it went 1-0 I thought we controlled the game and looked reasonably comfortable until the closing stages."

Cardiff manager Paul Trollope:

"We came here with a plan and were confident we could get something against a good Norwich side and I was pleased with the way we went about it.

"I don't want to be known as one of those coaches who always comes and says 'we didn't get what we deserved', but I really thought that was the case.

"Having said that I was disappointed with the first two goals we conceded, they were both soft. The first one was a poor cross that somehow ended up in the back of the net and for the second we switched off at a set-piece.

"The main positive from my point of view was the spirit the lads showed when they went 2-0 down. They showed what they are all about by making a real game of it."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 33McGovern
  • 25Pinto
  • 5Martin
  • 15KloseBooked at 50mins
  • 12BradySubstituted forBennettat 12'minutes
  • 4Dorrans
  • 27TetteyBooked at 55mins
  • 8Howson
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forPritchardat 71'minutes
  • 22MurphySubstituted forMurphyat 82'minutes
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 6Bassong
  • 18Mulumbu
  • 19Lafferty
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Bennett
  • 31Murphy

Cardiff

  • 30Wilson
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forNooneat 71'minutes
  • 6Richards
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8Ralls
  • 12JohnSubstituted forK Harrisat 64'minutes
  • 10ImmersSubstituted forWhittinghamat 64'minutes
  • 13PilkingtonBooked at 90mins
  • 19Lambert

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 7Whittingham
  • 9Gounongbe
  • 11Noone
  • 21Amos
  • 24K Harris
  • 25Huws
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
25,519

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 3, Cardiff City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Cardiff City 2.

Offside, Cardiff City. Craig Noone tries a through ball, but Anthony Pilkington is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 3, Cardiff City 2. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Morrison following a corner.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Timm Klose.

Booking

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Josh Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 3, Cardiff City 1. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Pritchard with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Cardiff City 1. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

Attempt missed. Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Alex Pritchard.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Jacob Murphy.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Graham Dorrans.

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

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jazz Richards.

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

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

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Kadeem Harris.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

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

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Alex Pritchard replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Matthew Connolly.

Attempt missed. Timm Klose (Norwich City) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

Attempt blocked. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Cameron Jerome.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Declan John.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham replaces Lex Immers.

Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lex Immers (Cardiff City).

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