Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Holt bags brace before seeing red

Grant Holt
Grant Holt

Wolves slipped further into the relegation mire as captain Grant Holt netted twice before being sent off as Norwich came from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Carrow Road.

The Black Country side languish bottom of the Barclays Premier League as the season edges towards a close, having lost four games on the bounce. Despite Norwich dictating the early tempo, Wolves took the lead through a neatly-worked Matt Jarvis goal.

That lead lasted just a minute, though, as Holt flicked the ball over goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to nod home from close range. The 30-year-old slotted home a penalty on the stroke of half-time to give Norwich a lead they managed to hold on to, although the shine was taken off the striker's performance as he received a late red card.

Having recovered from a slow start, Norwich pressed for an opener yet fell behind during a rare Wolves foray forward in the 25th minute.

Michael Kightly darted down the right flank and sent over a cross that was touched away from the Norwich defenders by Kevin Doyle for Jarvis to fire home low into the bottom right-hand corner.

Just a minute later, Holt latched on to Simeon Jackson's ball and lifted it over the head of the onrushing Hennessey, before heading home from six yards.

Wolves were forced to defend in numbers but in the 45th minute Holt's fierce shot was superbly blocked by Stephen Ward and Wes Hoolahan's follow-up was handled in the box by Jonsson.

Referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a penalty, which Holt duly dispatched.

Sebastien Bassong's last-ditch challenge prevented Holt completing his hat-trick in the 60th minute and Howson came close with a fierce drive from the resulting corner.

Victory was Norwich's first in five attempts in the league but was tempered somewhat by Holt's late sending off.

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