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Chris Osborne

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  1. GOAL

    Norwich City 1-3 Crystal Palace (Yohan Cabaye)

    Game, set, match my friends. With Norwich looking to get forward, James McArthur releases Yohan Cabaye into acres of space down the middle and the Frenchman slips it past John Ruddy.

  2. Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Norwich's Cameron Jerome can't control a ball to feet and then he trips over James McArthur.

  3. Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Seb Bassong goes up for a ball in the Palace area and the big defender thinks he is barged over by Palace's Connor Wickham. No dice.

  4. Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Four minutes of injury time to be added.

  5. Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Norwich's Nathan Redmond is frustrated as he gives away a free-kick deep in Palace territory. But Alex McCarthy puts it straight out of play.

  6. Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    James McCarthur almost puts this one to bed, but John Ruddy makes a sharp save to his left. In fact it takes a tiny deflection on its way.

  7. Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Robbie Brady gets the ball back from a Cameron Jerome lay-off, but the Norwich man swings his shot wide.

  8. Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Norwich are probing and prodding, but nothing is happening.

  9. 'What a shocker'

    Norwich 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on Final Score

    The decision to disallow Cameron Jerome's effort for Norwich for a high boot does not go down well with the striker's union.....  

    Quote Message: "That's the worst decision you will see all season - on the opening day. If Palace had scored it I would have been saying the same. It was a wonderful finish. Was it the referee or the assistant? It's ridiculous. All he did was hook it over his shoulder."

    Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Glenn Murray heading off for Palace, with Connor Wickham on. The former Ipswich youngster gets a round of boos from the home crowd.


    Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Attacking change from Norwich, with Graham Dorrans off and Gary Hooper on.

  12. Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Palace are backs to the wall. Scott Dann clears Steven Whittaker's volley off the line as Norwich look for the equaliser.

    Palace look very happy to defend this lead now, and maybe snatch something on the counter. Yannick Bolasie almost creates something with a one-two with Jason Puncheon, but Norwich deal with it.


    Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Russel Martin

    Hmmm. This is controversial. Norwich think they're level. The referee has other ideas.

    Robbie Brady's free-kick is turned in by a hooked, overhead-kick style finish from Cameron Jerome. But Simon Hooper says it was a dangerous high boot, with Joel Ward trying to make a defensive header.

    Norwich are furious.


    Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Two substitutions for Palace. Goalscorer Wilfried Zaha is replaced by Yannick Bolasie. And Jordon Mutch goes off for Mile Jedinak.

  15. GOAL

    Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace (Nathan Redmond)

    Hathan Redmond scores

    How on earth has this gone in?

    Nathan Redmond looks harmless when he collects the ball about 25 yards out. The Norwich winger hits a daisy cutter which seems innocuous, but it creeps into Alex McCarthy's right-hand post.

    Canaries back in it.

  16. Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Chris Sutton

    Ex-Norwich striker on Final Score

    "Norwich have learned a lesson today. They missed two big chances, especially one for Lewis Grabban, before Palace scored. Last time they were in the Premier League they didn't score enough goals and that would be a worry again this season."

  17. Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Wilfried Zaha gets caught by Bradley Johnson, who then steps over the Palace winger. Zaha goes to react, but Damien Delaney is straight over to tell the youngster to settle down. Excellent leadership by Delaney there.

  18. Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    No sign of movement on the Palace bench yet, but they've got some genuine quality sat there. Connor Wickham, Mile Jedinak, Yannick Bolasie, Patrick Bamford... not bad really.

  19. Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Speaking of Damien Delaney, he gets caught right on the toe by Norwich's Cameron Jerome while trying to clear the ball. The Irishman looks alright though.

  20. Dead-eye Delaney

    Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Damien Delaney's only touch in the Norwich half today has been his goal.

    Damien Delaney touchmap
  21. Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Jason Puncheon is enjoying himself. The Palace forward is causing all sorts of bother for the Norwich full-backs and is again clipping in a cross, which Norwich deal with.

    At the other end, Jonny Howson has a sniff with a half volley from the edge of the area but it's limp and off target.

  22. Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Norwich, again building from the back, but it all peters out down the left flank.

    Palace's Jordon Mutch gets a thorough clattering from Bradley Johnson, who wins the ball. Meaty stuff.

  23. Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Norwich fans won't need reminding that Damien Delaney is a former Ipswich town man, so that adds a bit of salt to the wound.

    Steven Whittaker cuts in and strikes one for the Canaries, but it's straight at Alex McCarthy.


    Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Norwich make a double change with Lewis Grabban and Alex Tettey coming off. Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond come on.

  25. Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Nearly an instant reply from Norwich, as Bradley Johnson stoops low to meet a header five yards out, but keeper Alex McCarthy is in the right place to save.

  26. GOAL

    Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace (Damien Delaney)

    As far as goals from corners go, this is top notch.

    Norwich fail to spot Pape Souare (23) roaming on the edge of the area - Jason Puncheon (42) does though and the Sengalese nods it to the far post where Damien Delaney (27) has a simple finish.

  27. KICK-OFF

    Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace

    Palace start the second half. Can they keep their noses in front?

  28. Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace

    The sides are back out. Norwich boss Alex Neil looks angry. But then again he always looks angry.

  29. Zaha's touches

    Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace

    Wilfried Zaha's goal was just one of three touches he had in the Norwich penalty area in that first half.

    Zaha touches
  30. Super Zaha

    Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace


    He deserved to celebrate this one. It was a lovely, tidy, athletic finish by Wilfried Zaha.

  31. The fun of being a fan

  32. Post update

  33. Get Involved



    Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace will be very pleased. They've shown that bit of extra Premier League nous, absorbing a long period of Norwich pressure and then hitting a sucker punch.

    Lewis Grabban poked wide a great chance for the Canaries early on. But it's Wilfried Zaha's lovely controlled volley that has the visitors in front.

  35. Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace

    Norwich win the first corner of the game, apparently. It's sent in by Robbie Brady, met by Bradley Johnson at the back post, and drifts wide.

  36. Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace

    And now Robbie Brady has a better effort for the hosts, curling into the arms of Alex McCarthy from 20 yards.

  37. Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace

    Alex Tettey has a go from long range for Norwich. It's wayward and slightly desperate.

  38. Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace

    Carrow Road is very quiet. Apart from a contingent in red and blue in one corner, who are making some noise. 

    Palace come close again, as Glenn Murray brings down a long ball and fires straight at John Ruddy.

  39. GOAL

    Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace (Wilfried Zaha)

    Wilfried Zaha celebrates

    Norwich have learned a valuable lesson in making the most of your possession when you've got it. They're caught napping and Palace are celebrating.

    Jason Puncheon shows his skills by making space down the right. He clips the ball to the back post whereWilfried Zahamanages to shape his body to send a side-footed volley towards goal. John Ruddy gets something on it but only pushes it into the net.

  40. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Palace are finding their way now, as Jordon Mutch gets enough space to put in a deep cross. But Wilfried Zaha can't bring it down.

    At the other end Wes Hoolahan clips a ball into Bradley Johnson, who needs to be six inches taller to get a head on it.

  41. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Bradley Johnson, who scored 15 times from midfield for Norwich last season, let's fly from way. way out and it goes way, way over.


    Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Glenn Murray is so close to giving Palace the lead. Joel Murray nods a ball back across goal, the Norwich defence go to sleep, and Murray pokes it at Ruddy from just three yards out.

    There's then an agonising wait as the ball spins around the post.

  43. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Jason Puncheon's eyes light up as the ball sits nicely for him on the edge of the Norwich area. But the Palace man lashes his half-volley into a defender.

  44. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace


    No goals yet. But plenty huff and puff from both sides. Norwich looking the tidier team.

  45. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Yohan Cabaye sends it straight into the arms of Norwich keeper John Ruddy though. Ruddy sends a long clearance to Lewis Grabban, who has Joel Ward tugging his shirt. The referee doesn't want to know, but the linesman is on the spot to award a free-kick.


    Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Norwich's Alex Tettey is in the book for catching Pape Souare, who was coasting towards the Canaries byeline. Palace free-kick in a dangerous position in the left channel...

  47. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    The result is a Norwich free-kick, which gives Robbie Brady his first chance at a set-piece about 20 yards out. He rifles it left-footed into the wall though.

  48. Post update

    Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Speaking of Cabaye, he's on the turf getting some treatment on his foot. The Frenchman went into a full-bloodied 50-50 with Norwich's Steven Whittaker. Both men are seen to be the physio.

  49. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Yohan Cabaye

    Palace have yet to get a foothold at Carrow Road, which means we've not been able to see Yohan Cabaye do his thing in the middle of the park.

    The Eagles try to build from the back, but Wilfried Zaha runs it out of play.

  50. Listen on BBC London 94.9

    The pace has dropped off for the first time, which gives us a moment to tell you that there's also radio commentary available of this game. Just click the audio icon near the top of this page for BBC London 94.9 commentary.

  51. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Just seeing more replays of that Glenn Murray challenge on Graham Dorrans. It's borderline dangerous from the Palace man - it's bewildering he wasn't booked though. 

  52. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    You can't take your eyes off this at the moment. Joel Ward swings in a cross from the right which Jordon Mutch gets back from Glenn Murray - but the shot hits a defender.


    Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Oh it's a great chance for Norwich. Some lovely precision passing puts Steven Whittaker in down the right channel and Lewis Grabban, stretching every he can muster, can only toe it the wrong side of the post.

  54. Get Involved


    Mark Adamoulas:  I fancy AFCB & Norwich both to stay up. Watford, great championship team. Not sure they've got what it takes for PL  

  55. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Palace's Glenn Murray has caused a bit of argy-bargy. The striker has flown in on Graham Dorrans. He gets a talking to, but nothing else. The studs were up a tad - he's a fortunate boy.

  56. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Palace mess up a clearance and give it to dangerman Wes Hoolahan. Jonny Howson puts in a low cross which Lewis Grabban clips around the post - but the striker was offside anyway.

  57. Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Jordon Mutch finds a bit of early space for Palace and bursts forward. He puts Glenn Murray into space but the striker can't collect it.

    And then straight at the other end Graham Dorrans lashes one over the corner of the bar from 20 yards.

    Bright start.

  58. KICK-OFF

    Norwich City 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Norwich City players form a huddle

    The Canaries get us under way and the Premier League is go for Norwich and Palace.

  59. My Premier League life

    Ever wondered how many games your team have played during your lifetime? Goals scored? Trophies won? Managers employed?

    BBC Sport's new feature My Premier League Life allows fans to discover all of this and more about their favourite current Premier League club.

    Here's what Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew's might look like:

    Alan Pardew's Premier League life

    Crystal Palace won 2-1 at Torquay United in their first match after Alan was born in July 1961. 

    Back then the south London club were in the old Third Division, but they've been on the up ever since, winning 11 of their 12 trophies and promotions to date. 

    Palace have played 2,709 matches since Alan came into the world, winning 984 of them. 

    How many more will they win next season, with Pardew, who made 128 league appearances for the club between 1987 and 1991, in charge from the start this time round?

  60. 'I'd bet on Norwich to survive'

    Norwich v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

    Danny Murphy

    Former England midfielder

    Norwich City supporters

    "Norwich, for me, are the most equipped to stay up, simply because they have players who have been there before. That extra bit of experience of being there before and going through it means a lot.

    "If I was to put a bet on who will stay up it would be on Norwich. Watford and Bournemouth I fear for."

  61. Players in the tunnel

    Both teams are waiting to come out at Carrow Road, with very dramatic music blaring out of the PA system.

    The referee today by the way is Simon Hooper, who officiated Norwich's opener against Wolves last season, and was shoved by Canaries defender Martin Olsson.

  62. How will Pardew's Palace fare?

    Norwich v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Alan Pardew did a magnificent job to get Palace to 10th last season and this ambitious manager will hope for as good again this season.

    "The signing of France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye from PSG is both a statement of intent and something of a gamble at £13m. He needs to come off but it was a move that sent optimism and hope soaring.

    "With Patrick Bamford in from Chelsea and Connor Wickham signed at a slightly pricey £7m from Sunderland there may be firepower to add to the maverick gifts of the powerful Yannick Bolasie, who can be unstoppable on his day.

    "Palace will not be in trouble but maybe just go a little easy on too much expectation."

    Phil predicts: 12th

  63. Kick-off approaching

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    Will Cabaye be the signing of the season? Was Brady worth £7m? 

    Will the Canaries defy the pundits and stay up? Can Palace push into the top half and beyond?

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  65. Super Pards

    Norwich v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

    Alan Pardew
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  67. Can Norwich stay up?

    Norwich v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Alex Neil

    "Norwich City produced one of the appointments of last season when 34-year-old manager Alex Neil came from Hamilton - guiding the Canaries to promotion brilliantly via a play-off final win against Middlesbrough.

    "This remains such a well-run club and the sell-out notices will be out all season at Carrow Road. This may be a relegation tip but Norwich City could just gather enough momentum under a fiercely driven and ambitious manager to avoid the drop.

    "Some shrewd summer signings such as Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu from West Bromwich Albion will add experience while Robbie Brady impressed in a relegated Hull City side last season.

    "Survival will be the aim and if they prove this prediction wrong I will be delighted for all at Carrow Road."

    Phil predicts: 18th

  68. Maybe Palace should be confident

    Norwich v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

  69. Palace feeling confident...?

  70. New season joy

    Who's got two thumbs and is excited about the new season? 

    This guy.

    It's a crystal clear, sunny day at Carrow Road. I hear it's like that all the time in Norfolk.

    Norwich fan
  71. Cabaye's crew


    Two debuts for Crystal Palace. With midfielder Yohan Cabaye and keeper Alex McCarthy starting. Alan Pardew also has Patrick Bamford and Connor Wickham on the bench.

    Palace XI: McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Cabaye, McArthur, Puncheon, Mutch, Zaha, Murray

    Subs: Bamford, Bolasie, Hennessey, Jedinak, Gayle, Wickham, Kelly

  72. The Brady Bunch


    Norwich's £7m signing from Hull City, Robbie Brady, starts in midfield, alongside summer acquisition Graham Dorranas, who makes his second Canaries debut after a loan spell last term.

    Norwich XI: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Brady, Howson, Dorrans, Tettey, Johnson, Hoolahan; Grabban

    Subs: Wisdom, Jerome, Hooper, Rudd, Redmond, R Bennett, O'Neil

  73. Team news

    Good afternoon and welcome. Happy days are here again as the Premier League returns. You're here because you're interested in Norwich City v Crystal Palace, so let's get straight to your team news.