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Norwich City 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leo Bonatini
Leo Bonatini has scored in all four of Wolves' Championship games in October

Wolves won at Norwich City for the first time since January 2007 to return to the top of the Championship table.

A first-half header from Willy Boly and Leo Bonatini's second-half volley put Wanderers a point clear of Cardiff and two ahead of Sheffield United.

Marley Watkins headed against the post for Norwich before visiting defender Boly turned in a Barry Douglas corner.

After Alfred N'Diaye and Bonatini had been denied a second, the latter fired in sweetly from Ryan Bennett's pass.

Six of Bonatini's nine goals this season have come in his past five league appearances for Wolves - all games in which the Brazilian striker has found the net.

Wolves offered free coach travel to supporters making the 360-mile round trip to Carrow Road and those fans were rewarded with a 10th league success of 2017-18.

French centre-back Boly set them up for victory with the opener, marking his return to the Wolves team after two months out injured with the first goal of his season-long loan spell from Porto.

Norwich have taken only nine points from eight home league games and their second home defeat in four days kept them a point outside the play-off places.

The creativity of James Maddison provided the home team's best hope of a goal but Norwich could not find a way past their former goalkeeper John Ruddy, who kept his seventh clean sheet in 15 Championship appearances for Wolves this season.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke:

"Normally I am very sad and annoyed and try to figure out the factors behind our defeat. This is very easy.

"We have to accept we faced an opponent with a very high quality, with bigger quality than us. They were the better team, although it is annoying that we conceded two goals from set pieces.

"They are so good on counters and with the quality of their offensive players it is impossible to control all the counter attacks. They have an unbelievable quality for this division."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo:

"It was important to bounce back from what happened the previous game. It's important in these moments of the season how you perform and when. It must be every game and at every stadium.

"The boys did that so well done to them. Thanks to our fans for coming a long way and helping the boys."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gunn
  • 2Pinto
  • 31Hanley
  • 15Klose
  • 3HusbandSubstituted forStiepermannat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4ReedBooked at 90mins
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forZimmermannat 65'minutes
  • 8Vrancic
  • 23Maddison
  • 11MurphyBooked at 53minsSubstituted forJeromeat 60'minutes
  • 12WatkinsBooked at 26mins

Substitutes

  • 5Martin
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 10Jerome
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 33McGovern
  • 36Cantwell

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5BennettBooked at 80mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 8NevesBooked at 64mins
  • 3DouglasBooked at 73mins
  • 7CavaleiroBooked at 41minsSubstituted forEnobakhareat 61'minutes
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forPriceat 76'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forHélder Costaat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Marshall
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Price
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 29Vinagre
  • 30Hause
  • 31Norris
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
26,554

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away24

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  3. Booking

    Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

  5. Post update

    Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Booking

    Harrison Reed (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Reed (Norwich City).

  8. Post update

    Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    James Maddison (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

  12. Post update

    Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Timm Klose (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Barry Douglas.

  17. Post update

    Timm Klose (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Willy Boly.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves15102327151232
2Cardiff1594221111031
3Sheff Utd1510052013730
4Bristol City157622415927
5Derby147432115625
6Leeds157262316723
7Middlesbrough156542013723
8Aston Villa146531913623
9Norwich156451418-422
10Preston145631914521
11Ipswich147072322121
12QPR155641918121
13Nottm Forest157082126-521
14Sheff Wed155551918120
15Fulham154741817119
16Millwall154561716117
17Hull154472726116
18Brentford143742020016
19Barnsley144462021-116
20Reading144371417-315
21Birmingham14338821-1312
22Sunderland151772030-1010
23Burton15249931-2210
24Bolton151591128-178
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