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Norwich City 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Lewis Grabban
Lewis Grabban took his tally for the season to three following a £3m move from Bournemouth

Late goals from Bradley Johnson and Lewis Grabban gave Norwich their second successive home win as they ended Blackburn's unbeaten start.

The visitors went ahead just 49 seconds into the game when Tom Cairney struck home a superb volley.

But summer signing Grabban equalised on 23 minutes when he tapped in after Paul Robinson saved his penalty.

Johnson curled in a fine effort with three minutes to go and Grabban side-footed his second in added time.

That took his tally to three goals in three games since his summer move from Bournemouth, as Norwich climbed into sixth.

The Canaries had fallen behind inside the first minute when Cairney netted his second spectacular strike of the season.

No transfer talk
Norwich boss Neil Adams on rumours he could sign striker Cameron Jerome and defender Carlos Cuellar - who was at the game: "I know the speculation is out there but I will not be commenting until there is something concrete to report."

Having scored in Blackburn's opening-night draw with Cardiff, the former Hull player again fired home from 25 yards, this time after Rudy Gestede knocked the ball into his path.

Rovers then had a penalty claim rejected after the ball appeared to strike Steven Whittaker on the arm, but referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot at the other end when Wes Hoolahan's cross hit Jason Lowe's arm.

Grabban's penalty was saved by Robinson, but the striker tapped in the rebound to make it 1-1.

Norwich dominated after the break, with Ryan Bennett heading against the bar and Robinson making a fine save from a Grabban header.

But the former England goalkeeper could not stop Johnson putting Norwich ahead and, though Rovers pressed for a leveller, it was Norwich who added a third late on.

With Robinson up for a corner, the hosts broke away and Grabban prodded home at the second attempt to seal the points.

Norwich manager Neil Adams: "Aside from the first 15 minutes I thought it was a fantastic performance.

"I thought we were tremendous all over the pitch and looked a threat left, right and centre.

"We moved the ball well, scored three goals and I think we deserved to win the game."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer on the two penalty decisions: "Those were the two defining moments in the game.

"Their player had his arm out and denied us a clear goalscoring opportunity. Then Jason Lowe is hit by the ball with his arms down by his side and the referee points to the spot.

"The rules need explaining, they really do, because those two decisions have really cost us."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 6Turner
  • 18GarridoSubstituted forBennettat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27Tettey
  • 4Johnson
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forMurphyat 81'minutes
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 9LaffertySubstituted forBennettat 74'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 16Loza
  • 17Bennett
  • 21Murphy
  • 24Bennett
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
  • 29Surman

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 6LoweBooked at 19mins
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5Hanley
  • 14Olsson
  • 10Cairney
  • 29EvansBooked at 26mins
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 65minsSubstituted forVarneyat 89'minutes
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forMarshallat 81'minutes
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forKingat 64'minutes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 7King
  • 8Dunn
  • 12Marshall
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 19Taylor
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
25,835

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home13
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corry Evans went off injured after Blackburn Rovers had used all subs.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Joshua King.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Lee Williamson.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan following a set piece situation.

  15. Post update

    Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall replaces Craig Conway.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Nathan Redmond.