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Norwich City 3-2 Cardiff City

Norwich City
Norwich scored three goals in the first half on their way to a win against Cardiff City

Alex Neil won his first home game in charge of Norwich as the Canaries held off a fightback from Cardiff City.

Gary Hooper's header put Norwich ahead, before Kyle Lafferty's curled effort doubled their lead.

Canaries keeper John Ruddy saved Peter Whittingham's penalty before Cameron Jerome hooked in a third for Norwich.

Alex Revell steered in Whittingham's cross and Kadeem Harris lobbed over Ruddy as Cardiff reduced the deficit but a late Revell header drifted wide.

The result means Neil has guided Norwich to successive victories since he succeeded Neil Adams as manager on 9 January.

Norwich remained seventh in the Championship and a point off the play-off places as they look to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

However, the promotion hopes of Cardiff, who were also relegated from the top flight last season, are dwindling as they have now won once in seven league matches and are 10 points adrift of the play-off places.

Struggle on the road
Cardiff have won one of their 13 away Championship games this season.

Russell Slade's side went behind after 15 minutes when Hooper headed in Jerome's cross, before Lafferty scored his first for the club, with a low curling effort from the edge of the box that went in off the post.

It got worse for Cardiff as Ruddy blocked Whittingham's spot-kick following Carlos Cuellar's foul on Adam Le Fondre and Jerome finished after good work from Russell Martin to make it 3-0 before half-time.

Norwich's Nathan Redmond hit the crossbar but two Cardiff goals in three minutes gave them hope of earning a point, but they could not find an equaliser.

Norwich manager Alex Neil: "I thought we were excellent for 60 minutes and the bottom line is that we have come away with the three points, so I am happy with that.

"In the first half we were always a threat going forward, we were strong in midfield and also defended well. I couldn't have asked for more. We also started the second half well but then they scored their goals and the game changed.

"I don't remember them having too many chances after that, while we had four or five breakaways which we should have made more of - but the overriding emotion at the end was one of relief because we really shouldn't have been in that position.

"We failed to deal with two straight balls for the first goal while the second was a bog-standard clearance that should never have resulted in a goal. That is something we need to work on."

Cardiff manager Russell Slade: "We have seen it before, at Brentford and Bournemouth, where we have left ourselves with too much to do. I called for a response from the players at half-time and their reaction was excellent - but it's tough when you go three down.

"In the first half I thought we were a threat going forward and we could have scored three goals ourselves, including the penalty. But our defending was the worst I have seen since I have been here. We had an extra man in midfield so we should have been nice and solid, but that was anything but the case.

"We know we can match the top sides like Norwich and we did that for a spell. But we need to be doing it for a decent period and once again that wasn't the case."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Ruddy
  • 5Martin
  • 6Turner
  • 3Cuéllar
  • 23Olsson
  • 28O'NeilBooked at 69mins
  • 22Redmond
  • 4Johnson
  • 9LaffertySubstituted forMurphyat 73'minutes
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forGrabbanat 89'minutes
  • 11HooperSubstituted forHoolahanat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Whittaker
  • 7Grabban
  • 12Hooiveld
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 21Murphy
  • 26Rudd
  • 38McGrandles

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Moore
  • 2Brayford
  • 36Morrison
  • 6Turner
  • 4MaloneSubstituted forJohnat 66'minutes
  • 18AdeyemiBooked at 81minsSubstituted forRallsat 88'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11NooneBooked at 86mins
  • 10Le FondreBooked at 38minsSubstituted forK Harrisat 57'minutes
  • 29Revell

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 12John
  • 14Macheda
  • 16Connolly
  • 21Ralls
  • 40K Harris
  • 42Wilson
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
25,995

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home21
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 3, Cardiff City 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Lewis Grabban replaces Cameron Jerome.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls replaces Tom Adeyemi.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

    Craig Noone (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Gary O'Neil (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Turner (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Booking

    Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gary O'Neil following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by John Brayford.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth26156557273051
2Ipswich26148444242050
3Derby26146648252348
4Middlesbrough26138540172347
5Brentford2614484235746
6Watford26135849292044
7Norwich26127749321743
8Wolves2612773133-243
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2681083536-134
13Cardiff2697103538-334
14Bolton2696112933-433
15Fulham2694133745-831
16Charlton2661372434-1031
17Huddersfield2687113445-1131
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Brighton26511102733-626
20Leeds2668122738-1126
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2649132635-921
24Blackpool2638151943-2417
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