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Norwich City 2-0 Sunderland

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Norwich celebrate

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.

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.

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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Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Martin
  • 23Olsson
  • 27Tettey
  • 26Yobo
  • 5Bassong
  • 7SnodgrassBooked at 69mins
  • 8HowsonBooked at 47mins
  • 9van WolfswinkelSubstituted forHooperat 71'minutes
  • 16ElmanderSubstituted forJohnsonat 87'minutes
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forRedmondat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 4Johnson
  • 11Hooper
  • 13Bunn
  • 15Gutiérrez
  • 19Becchio
  • 22Redmond

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 2BardsleyBooked at 81mins
  • 28AlonsoBooked at 90mins
  • 26BridcuttBooked at 66mins
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forScoccoat 71'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forCattermoleat 40'minutesBooked at 43mins
  • 17Altidore
  • 14ColbackBooked at 37minsSubstituted forLarssonat 40'minutes
  • 31Borini

Substitutes

  • 7Larsson
  • 12Celustka
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 27Vergini
  • 30Scocco
  • 32Ustari
  • 33Cattermole
Referee:
Phil Dowd
Attendance:
26,654

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 2, Sunderland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Sunderland 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Dismissal

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

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond replaces Wes Hoolahan.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Bradley Johnson replaces Johan Elmander.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea31216462233969
2Liverpool30205582384465
3Man City28203576274963
4Arsenal30195653341962
5Everton29159543301354
6Tottenham3016593738-153
7Man Utd30156948341451
8Newcastle30144123840-246
9Southampton3012994337645
10Aston Villa2997133238-634
11Stoke30810123244-1234
12Hull3096153237-533
13Norwich3188152648-2232
14West Ham3087153240-831
15Swansea3078154046-629
16West Brom30513123345-1228
17Crystal Palace3084181939-2028
18Sunderland2867152644-1825
19Cardiff3167182658-3225
20Fulham3173213070-4024
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