Barclays Premier League
Carrow Road, Norwich, England
41′ Borini (P)
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FT: The result means that Norwich remain a point ahead of Sunderland on 31 points, whilst Sunderland close the gap to one point and they have a game in-hand.
FT: Redmond offered more energy and went close to finding an equaliser when he struck the post but Mannone was relatively comfortable – making good saves when called upon.
FT: Norwich offered little in truth, their biggest threat came from set-pieces but Cattermole defended resolutely.
FT: The visitors could have had four or five in truth, although some may argue that the Black Cats’ second goal may not have counted had Marriner awarded freekick from Kirchhoff’s challenge on Bassong.
FT: There were a few questionable decisions including some penalty shouts for the hosts but Sunderland deserved the victory.
FT: So Sunderland move to within a point of the Canaries thanks to today’s victory.
90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the game to an end.
90’+4′ The corner is cleared.
90’+3′ Olsson wins a corner.
90’+1′ Goal!! Larsson finds Watmore after Van Aanholt lets the ball run, and Watmore takes the ball wide before firing home from a tight-angle despite Ruddy getting a hand to it.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
87′ The visitors deal with the threat.
87′ Mbokani wins a freekick from O’Shea.
86′ Chance!! O’Neil fires an effort over the bar from-range.
85′ Chance!! Jerome fires over from a tight-angle.
84′ Final Sunderland change sees Kirchhoff depart for John O’Shea.
81′ The corner is dangerous but Howson’s effort is cleared by Cattermole again.
81′ Norwich win another corner.
81′ The corner comes to nothing.
80′ Close!! Redmond fires an effort that Mannone tips behind for a corner.
77′ Chance!! Defoe plays Watmore through, who gets ahead of Ruddy, but the ball ricochets off his trailing foot an the chance goes begging.
73′ Final Norwich change sees Naismith depart for Cameron Jerome.
69′ Chance!! Larsson fires the freekick off-target.
69′ Sunderland win a freekick.
66′ Second Sunderland change sees M’Vila depart for Sebastian Larsson.
65′ Chance!! The visitors break from the corner and Watmore has Defoe in space, he delays the pass to Defoe and M’Vila takes it off the forward before trying to find Defoe who’s caught offside.
64′ Close!! Mannone’s punch falls to Mbokani who heads goalwards but Cattermole clears off the line before Hoolahan’s volley is cleared off the line by Cattermole again to concede a corner.
63′ Borini concedes a freekick in a good position after a handball.
62′ Chance!! Mbokani has a sight of goal but Koné makes a brilliant challenge to block the effort, Mannone’s off his line but Cattermole clears the ball off the line.
62′ The corner comes to nothing.
62′ Mannone punches the resulting corner behind to concede another.
62′ Close!! Wisdom’s miscued cross is palmed over the bar by Mannone.
61′ Defoe is caught offside.
59′ Penalty appeal!! Kaboul has a hold of Mbokani’s shirt and the Norwich man goes down but Marriner is unmoved.
59′ Second Norwich change sees Jarvis depart for Wes Hoolahan.
57′ Cattermole goes into the book for a high challenge.
57′ Chance!! Sunderland break from the resulting freekick and Watmore does well to find Defoe who has Borini free down the other side but he goes alone before being crowded out.
56′ The delivery is good but Mannone claims the loose ball.
56′ Redmond wins a freekick in a good position.
53′ Goal!! Bassong loses possession and Kirchhoff finds Borini who sends in a fine cross that Defoe converts on the slide. Brilliant counter-attack from the visitors. Borini with a goal and an assist. Bassong had the chance to clear the danger earlier. Bassong felt that he was impeded by Kirchhoff but Andre Marriner waved play on.
51′ Chance!! Bassong goes for an audacious effort from-range that goes just over. Not a bad effort from the centre-half but Mannone had it covered.
50′ Redmond has made an immediate impact and he’s been a threat since his introduction.
49′ Mbokani is caught offside.
48′ So close!! Redmond fires an effort that clips the outside of the post. Mannone was beaten.
46′ The corner again comes to nothing as the visitors clear the danger.
46′ Koné concedes a corner from Redmond’s cross.
45′ The corner is cleared.
45′ Koné concedes a corner.
45′ The hosts get us underway for the second-half.
45′ Changes for both sides at half-time with Nathan Redmond coming on to replace Brady and Duncan Watmore replacing Khazri, who was on a booking.
HT: So will Norwich come back to salvage a point or even a victory or will the Black Cats hold on to move within a point of the Canaries? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Norwich will be incensed it wasn’t a penalty however it was the right call from referee Andre Marriner as Wisdom’s challenge was high and late on Borini, who stepped up to convert the spot-kick.
HT: However the biggest talking point in this game so far has been the penalty which led to the goal.
HT: Sunderland have had chances too with Borini and Cattermole firing off-target.
HT: The hosts had chances and could have gone ahead had it not been for Mannone who made a brilliant save to deny Kaboul scoring an own goal before tipping over a fine volley from Olsson.
HT: The hosts started the game well but faded after the half-hour mark and Sunderland capitalised.
HT: So Sunderland have the lead at the break from the penalty spot.
45’+2′ The freekick comes to nothing as the referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ Kirchhoff is penalised for a foul on Mbokani.
45’+1′ Chance!! Defoe finds Borini who skies an effort just outside the area.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
44′ A Wisdom cross is cleared by Kirchhoff.
41′ Goal!! Borini fires home. Ruddy guessed right but couldn’t get close to it.
39′ Penalty!! Borini is brought down by Wisdom. The Norwich man receives a yellow card after he goes over the ball to catch the Italian despite getting something on the ball. If Wisdom’s challenge was slightly higher it could have been red, although Norwich feel they’ve been hard-done-by.
37′ Brady’s corner comes to nothing as Mbokani’s header has the sting taken out of it and Mannone gathers.
36′ Cattermole concedes a corner.
34′ Chance!! Borini finds Cattermole with a cross but he fires over as he loses his footing.
31′ Khazri receives a yellow card for a late challenge on O’Neil.
28′ Jarvis sends in a cross but Mannone gathers.
25′ Close!! Olsson fires on the volley from-range following the corner but Mannone tips it over the bar. Brilliant effort from both parties.
25′ Close!! Brady does well to send in a teasing low delivery that ricochets off Kaboul but Mannone makes a fantastic instinctive save to tip it behind for a corner.
22′ Sunderland finally getting a foothold in this game now.
20′ Defoe gets ahead of Ruddy who’s off his line, Defoe tries to find a teammate but Norwich deal with the threat.
18′ Chance!! Van Aanholt fires off-target from outside the box.
17′ Chance!! Borini’s cross-come-shot goes wide from a tight-angle. It almost fell to Defoe but Wisdom shepherds the forward out of the way.
16′ The corner is cleared by Khazri before Defoe wins a freekick.
16′ The corner is deflected behind for another corner.
15′ Kaboul intercepts a Naismith pass to concede a corner.
14′ The freekick is claimed by Mannone.
13′ Kirchhoff is penalised for a challenge on Naismith.
12′ Close!! Brady finds Mbokani with a cross but his header is easy for Mannone.
11′ A long-ball forward from M’Vila is miscontrolled by Defoe and the ball goes out for a goalkick.
9′ Koné almost finds Defoe with a long-ball forward but it’s just overhit and Ruddy claims ahead of the former Tottenham striker.
7′ As of yet, Sunderland haven’t got going in this game.
5′ Close!! Brady fires an effort that’s straightforward for Mannone.
5′ Chance!! Brady’s corner is met on the volley by the unmarked Howson whose effort is blocked by Yedlin.
4′ Kaboul concedes a corner.
3′ Delay over.
2′ There’s a melee between Sam Allardyce and a few Norwich players after Brady shoves Yedlin into the advertising boards.
1′ Chance!! The ball is flicked-on by Naismith and the ball almost finds Bennett but the offside flag is up.
1′ Naismith wins a freekick in a good position.
0′ Van Aanholt clears a searching ball from Mbokani.
0′ The visitors get us underway.
Norwich City F.C.: John Ruddy (GK), Martin Olsson, Sébastien Bassong, Ryan Bennett, Andre Wisdom, Jonny Howson, Gary O’Neil, Robbie Brady, Steven Naismith, Matt Jarvis, Dieumerci Mbokani
Sunderland A.F.C.: Vito Mannone (GK), Patrick Van Aanholt, Younès Kaboul, Lamine Koné, DeAndre Yedlin, Jan Kirchhoff, Yann M’Vila, Lee Cattermole, Wahbi Khazri, Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe