Saturday April 20, 2013 Day 34 Finished Carrow Road

Norwich City 2 - 1 Reading

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  1. Premier League - Norwich's Bennetts shatter Reading's survival hopes

    Premier League - Norwich's Bennetts shatter Reading's survival hopes

    Ryan Bennett and Elliott Bennett both scored for Norwich to fire them to a 2-1 win over Reading at Carrow Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Reading
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    • 90+5' Euphoria around Carrow Road as the final whistle rings out. Alex Tettey dancing around in the centre-circle. That's them safe, surely. Absolute heartbreak for Reading, however, who look absolutely crestfallen.
    • 90+5' Norwich holding it well in the corner, with Holt winning another foul under the challenge of Karacan. Fans really loving this.
    • 90+4' Holt does well to win a free-kick from Morrison deep in the Reading half. Kamara wins a corner off the ensuing pass.
    • 90+3' Pilkington finds Howson towards the Reading corner flag, but the former Leeds captain is disposessed easily by Reading.
    • 90+2' Free kick called against Grant Holt after he body checks Kelly deep in the Reading half.
    • 90+1' Norwich continuing to defend well at the back, but handing posession back to the visitors far too easily. Careless play from the hosts.
    • 90' Five minutes to be added on here. We're in for a tense one!
    • 89' An exhibition effort from McClearly sails agonisingly over the bar as his overhead kick fails to trouble the Norwich goaltender.
    • 89' Gurthrie's deep corner finds Kelly, but he can only head it as far as Alex Tettey, who clears it out for a Reading throw.
    • 88' A long-awaited comeback for Anthony Pilkington as the winger replaces the injured Snodgrass, who receives warm applause as he makes his way off the field.
    • 87' Long stoppage period here as Snodgrass receives treatment on the pitch.
    • 86' McCleary finds the onrunning Danny Guthrie, but Snodgrass' sliding challenge cuts out the pass to Chris Gunter. He's got a pretty nasty gash on the right knee, and is asking to be withdrawn after seemingly suffering a hamstring injury in the process of that last challenge.
    • 85' Alex Tettey receives a hearty shove from Blackman to hand Norwich a free-kick in their own half. Mark Bunn to take.
    • 84' Still with the ball at the half-way line, Reading. They're certainly not lacking belief in their system, but they can't quite find the incisiveness to test Bunn.
    • 83' Norwich's tactical shift inviting pressure from Reading now, the the visitors in comfortable possession at the half way line.
    • 82' Mariappa does fantastically to win the ball off Grant Holt outside the Reading box, much to the striker's chagrin.
    • 81' Norwich setting it up five-abreast in the middle of the park now, with Kamara retreating on the right wing.
    • 80' Grant Holt is flagged for offside, again.
    • 79' Goalscorer Elliott Bennett, who has had a very impressive game today, is replaced by Alex Tettey.
    • 78' Norwich looking to shore things up in the midfield with Alex Tettey warming up on the sidelines.
    • 77' Blackman wastes a superb opportunity to play in the overlapping Chris Gunter, but his shot sails abysmally wide of the post.
    • 76' Reading now pressing high to put the Norwich midfield under intense pressure. Norwich win a throw though as Carrow Road begins to find its voice once again.
    • 75' A foul throw from Blackman gifts Norwich the ball.
    • 74' Reading more convincing with the ball now, with Norwich all of a sudden becoming reliant on the defending of Russell Martin to get them out of danger.
    • 73' Snodgrass puts in an outswinging cross into the box, but Kamara can only head it wide. Norwich may come to rue these missed opportunities.
    • 72' Norwich straight back on the attack, however, with Grant Holt winning a corner off Mariappa.
    • 71' GOAL READING! A fantastic swerving effort from McClearly finds its way past the outstretched Bunn against the run of play. Excellent goal.
    • 70' A decent interception from Howson frees up the space ahead of him. He shifts the ball wide to Kamara, but the burley striker is unable to make anything of it under the pressure of Morrison.
    • 69' Nick Blackman booked for a very loose challenge on Snodgrass. Clumsy stuff as the frustration in the Reading ranks begins to show.
    • 68' Nine shots on target for Norwich now, in stark comparison to Reading's two.
    • 67' Bassong this time with the effort. The Cameroon international leaps high over Mariappa but fires his effort clear of the bar. Reading safe for now.
    • 66' Norwich with another corner after Snodgrass' cross is deflected out by Gunter.
    • 65' A poor pass from Gunter hands it straight to the dangerous Snodgrass, but the Scotsman's delivery is cleared well by Morrison. Norwich retain possession.
    • 64' Kamara does well to pressure Mariappa into clearing for a Norwich throw in deep in the Reading half.
    • 63' Gunter puts in a fantastic swinging cross into the path of the Russian striker, but Ryan Bennett clears it for a corner. Reading easing their way back into the game.
    • 61' A decent defensive header from Elliott Bennett denies Karacan a free header at the back post. Reading corner. But it so transpires that Snodgrass brought down Pogrebnyak just outside the area on the byeline. But the free kick is well cleared.
    • 59' A flick on from Kamara finds Holt, but he's flagged for offside.
    • 58' Reading attempting to slow down the tempo of the game as they pass it around the back four. But Norwich's high-pressing game smothers the possession and it's back with the hosts.
    • 57' Kamara now with a dangerous goalbound effort. McCarthy again spares his side's blushes with another top-draw save. They're queing up here Carrow Road and could have had several more since the Bennetts got their names on the scoresheet.
    • 56' Now it's Snodgrass who lets a goalbound effort fly at McCarthy, who parries it out for another corner.
    • 55' Another free header for Holt! Sean Morrison completely loses his man there but the towering striker can't keep his effort down.
    • 54' Javier Garrido bounds down the left flank before passing the ball across the face of goal to Kamara, but his effort is blocked for a corner. Norwich are flying.
    • 53' Free header for Holt in the box from a Snodgrass delivery, but it's fired high over the crossbar.
    • 52' GOAL NORWICH! Two goals in as many minutes for the hosts as Elliott Bennett smashes it home past an outstretched McCarthy.
    • 51' GOAL NORWICH! Grant Holt tests McCarthy from point blank range, but his parried clearance only goes as far as Ryan Bennett, who duly smashed it home for the goal.
    • 50' Grant Holt plays in Kei Kamara, who stings the gloves of McCarthy as his goalward effort threatens to crash into the top corner.
    • 49' Norwich starting the second period much like the first: high energy, high tempo. Seems to be working.
    • 48' Grant Holt flagged for offside deep in the Reading half.
    • 47' Kei Kamara comes inches away from latching onto Elliott Bennett's long searching ball, but its cleared away for a throw by Mariappa.
    • 46' No changes for either side at the break as Norwich get us underway for the second half.
    • 45 And that's the half.
    • 45+2' More good stuff from the young keeper, who claims the ensuing corner kick with fiersome confidence.
    • 45+1' Excellent stop by McCarthy. Holt gets a head on a long crossfield ball, which is helped on by Snodgrass into the path of Kamara, who blasts it just wide of the keeper. Fantastic stop.
    • 45' Norwich break after a fantastic tackle from Kamara. Howson charges towards goal, before shifting the ball wide to Elliott Bennett, whose loose cross finds its way to the gloves of McCarthy. Good opportunity missed there.
    • 44' But Snodgrass' looping ball finds a pack of three Reading defenders, who clear their lines with ease. Norwich seemingly lost all their attacking impetus now.
    • 43' A brief respite for Norwich, however, as Mariappa fouls Holt at the half way line.
    • 42' Good signs for Nigel Adkins here as Norwich give away the ball yet again in the Reading half.
    • 41' A terrible miss from Pogrebnyak! A low cross from Karacan finds the Russian inside the six-yard box. But his effort spoons up off his shin and sails impotently over the bar. A gilt edged chance spurned by the big man.
    • 40' Kelly makes a charging overlapping run past McCleary, who duly plays the left back in at the byeline. His cross, however, is deflected out for a corner by Martin.
    • 39' Norwich fans growing increasingly frustrated as Holt gives away a foul on Morrison in an attempt to meet Bassong's clearance.
    • 38' Reading with a piece of incisive play to allow McCleary a clear sight of goal. But Ryan Bennett hurls his body in the way to block the effort.
    • 37' Johnson's long ball sails over the Reading backline, but is just a bit too fruity for Garrido to latch onto. Reading free-kick. Good idea, poor execution.
    • 36' But Bunn is fouled during the six yard box melee. Norwich free kick.
    • 35' A clever one to between McCleary and Pogrebnyak allows the winger some space down the left flank, but Ryan Bennett is equal to his efforts and his sliding challenge ushers it out for a corner.
    • 34' Norwich penned into their own half, much to the chagrin of the restless Canary faithful. It's out for another Reading throw at the half-way line.
    • 33' McAnuff with a fantastic mazy run to steal past a number of yellow shirts, before shifting it through to Stephen Kelly, whose attempted drilled cross is well blocked by the sliding Snodgrass.
    • 32' Guthrie finds himself in acres of space about 25 yards out from goal, but his curling effort sails harmlessly over the bar. High and wide.
    • 31' McCleary fires an accurate, but weak effort towards Mark Bunn, who gathers it comfortably. Reading with the lion's share of possession now after weathering the storm in the opening stages.
    • 30' Bassong immediately called into action after returning on the field of play. Morrison's header back across goal reaches the big man, who nods it out for another Reading corner, which comes to nothing for the visitors.
    • 29' A terrible back pass header from Johnson in an almost packed box goes out for a Reading corner. Really puzzling piece of play from the big man there.
    • 28' Bassong now receiving treatment after seemingly taking a whack to his face during his tustle with Pogrebnyak. Norwich playing with ten men for now.
    • 27' Pogrebnyak providing a handful to the Norwich rearguard with the ball at his feet outside the six-yard box. But Bassong is able to disposess the big man and clear his lines.
    • 26' Pogrebnyak makes a good run off the shoulder of Ryan Bennett and tees up the onrunning McClearly, who cuts in side and lets a decent dipping effort fly. Reading's best chance of the game, but just a couple of feet too high to trouble Bunn.
    • 25' A drilled cross from Kei Kamara almost finds the feet of the lurking Robert Snodgrass, but it's cleared well by Mariappa.
    • 24' A long ball from Garrido finds Kamara on the left flank, but Johnson's eventual long, crossfield ball goes about high as it does long. Ball back with Reading now.
    • 23' Reading enjoying a rare spell of possession inside the Norwich half here, forcing Holt to hammer a clearance straight out of play.
    • 22' Bassong marshalls Pogrebnyak out of danger impressively as Danny Guthrie's threaded through ball threatened to find its way into the striker's path.
    • 21' But despite the big build-up, the Scotland international overhits his cross by some 15 or 20 feet and it sails impotently out for a Reading goal kick. Disappointing for the hosts.
    • 20' Snodgrass wins a free-kick under the challenge of Karacan on the outskirts of the box. Dangerous for Reading here. He steps up to take.
    • 19' Spoke too soon! High pressing from the hosts pushes Reading back to the goalkeeper, who slices it out for a Norwich throw in.
    • 18' Reading seem to have used the injury break to their advantage as they look to control the ball and ease the tempo of the game.
    • 17 Ryan Bennett replaces the injured Michael Turner.
    • 16' Michael Turner looks set to be withdrawn after going down unchallenged. He's back on his feet but is not looking comfortable by all accounts. Seems to be his knee. Meanwhile, Ryan Bennett warms up on the sidelines.
    • 15' Some more sloppy possession from Reading under the threat of the strong pressing from Norwich City.
    • 14' Norwich continued their aerial bombardment of the Reading box as Sean Morrison is called into action to head away another Snodgrass cross.
    • 13' Nick Blackman, in his first start this season, blazes a terrible effort well clear of the crossbar. Shocking effort to mirror a rather dismal performance thus far for the Royals.
    • 12' Superb chance for Norwich as Snodgrass' low cross finds Garrido just inside the area. The Spaniard hits a convincing, low drive, but it finds its way into the grateful arms of McCarthy.
    • 11' Norwich boasting 61% of possession so far in this encounter.
    • 10' Pogrebnyak is flagged for offisde after a long, searching ball from Jem Karacan.
    • 9' An anaemic long-range shot from Snodgrass fails to trouble McCarthy as it dribbles harmlessly past the left upright.
    • 8' Martin flashes a dangerous cross across the goalmouth, but Gunter heads it away from danger. Absolutely crucial header, superb piece of defending to deny the prowling Kei Kamara an almost surefire goal.
    • 7' A miscommunication from Mark Bunn and Seb Bassong hands the ball to Garath McClearly at the byeline, who does well to win a corner kick. Nothing comes from the opportunity, however.
    • 6' Another unforced error from Mariappa as his loose pass gifts Norwich a throw in a dangerous area. Very nervy stuff.
    • 5' A meaty aerial challenge from Bradley Johnson fells Pogrebnyak, his wayward knee catching the Russian in the small of the back. He's back up to his feet though, but receiving treatment on the sidelines.
    • 4' A long crossfield ball from Snodgrass finds Grant Holt on the left flank, before the burley striker plays it into Bennett. The winger looks up, and sends a powerfull dipping drive just inches wide of the far post. Norwich looking very dynamic in attack here.
    • 3' Norwich off to a rocketing start after Javier Garrido's inswinging cross almost finds the head of Robert Snodgrass. The ball spills out from the dangerzone, but Russell Martin bounds onto it, before his heavy touch denies him a clear sight of goal.
    • 2' Elliott Bennett flashes a shot just high of the upright after being teed up by Kei Kamara.
    • 1' Reading kick us off and we're underway here at Carrow Road!
    • 14:58 The two teams make their way out to a packed Carrow Road. The sun is blistering and the atmosphere is palpable. Enormous game for both sides, and you can really sense the gravity of this clash.
    • 14:55 It was an even contest last time the teams met as they ground out an inspipid stalemate at the Madejski last November. Interestingly, today marks the second time these teams have met in the top-flight since the dawn of the Premier League era.
    • 14:50 Norwich have triumphed just once in their last 17 games, and are in desperate need of a win to combat their own relegation fears. The Canary faithful will be in high hopes of a result, however, with Carrow Road having witnessed just one defeat in its last ten games.
    • 14:45 Nigel Adkins will be looking to inspire his men to overturn their dismal away form that has seen his side pick up just five points on their travels all season. To make matters worse, Reading find themselves squarely in the midst of a nine-game winless streak, eight of which have been defeats. It's the proverbial last-chance saloon for the Royals, seemingly, as they sit a precarious ten points adrift of satety.
    • 14:40 Alex McCarthy retains his place in the starting line-up and will be looking to replicate his heroics against Liverpool last time out to keep the hosts at bay. Hal Robson-Kanu, who is the only Royal to have found the net in their last seven matches, misses out through injury, whilst Pavel Pogrebnyak is prefered to Adam Le Fondre at the helm of the attack.
    • 14:35 Chris Hughton elects with a radically more attacking lineup for the hosts, with the usual midfield defensive duo being replaced by a solitary Bradley Johnson. Jonny Howson, meanwhile, is moved up into attacking midfield, whilst the bustling Kei Kamara partners Grant Holt up top for the Canaries.
    • 14:20 NORWICH CITY: Bunn, R.Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, E.Bennett; Kamara, Holt... Subs: Camp; Jackson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Tierney, R.Bennett, Tettey. // READING: McCarthy, Gunter, Kelly, Mariappa, Morrison, Karacan, Guthrie, McCleary, McAnuff, Blackman, Pogrebnyak... Subs: Taylor, Cummings, Pearce, Carrico, Leigertwood, Hunt, Le Fondre.
    • 14:15 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League game between Norwich City and Reading from Carrow Road!
  • Summary

    • 71' GOAL READING! A fantastic swerving effort from McClearly finds its way past the outstretched Bunn against the run of play. Excellent goal.
    • 52' GOAL NORWICH! Two goals in as many minutes for the hosts as Elliott Bennett smashes it home past an outstretched McCarthy.
    • 51' GOAL NORWICH! Grant Holt tests McCarthy from point blank range, but his parried clearance only goes as far as Ryan Bennett, who duly smashed it home for the goal.
    • 14:20 NORWICH CITY: Bunn, R.Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, E.Bennett; Kamara, Holt... Subs: Camp; Jackson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Tierney, R.Bennett, Tettey. // READING: McCarthy, Gunter, Kelly, Mariappa, Morrison, Karacan, Guthrie, McCleary, McAnuff, Blackman, Pogrebnyak... Subs: Taylor, Cummings, Pearce, Carrico, Leigertwood, Hunt, Le Fondre.
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