Belfast Telegraph

Canaries shock Bolton

Paul Lambert's Norwich clung on to earn a 2-1 win over Bolton and record their first top-flight away win in 17 years at the Reebok Stadium.

Quickfire strikes from Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson at the end of the first period gave the Canaries the lead before Ivan Klasnic was sent off for violent conduct.

But 10-man Bolton were handed a lifeline on 63 minutes with a penalty converted by Martin Petrov before David Ngog's injury-time header was brilliantly saved by John Ruddy.

Norwich posed an early threat, as Steve Morison outjumped both Gary Cahill and Zat Knight to flash an eighth-minute header just wide.

The visitors were good value for their 38th-minute lead, which came when Leon Barnett headed down a David Fox corner to Morison, who squared for Pilkington to squeeze the ball home off the post.

And six minutes later the Canaries grabbed their second goal when Fox's free-kick from deep on the right found the head of Johnson who powered the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Just when it seemed it could not get any worse for Bolton, Klasnic was needlessly sent off on the stroke of half-time for an apparent head-butt on Marc Tierney.

Norwich dominated the opening stages of the second period, but Ngog, on at half-time as a replacement for the lacklustre Kevin Davies, gave his side more attacking intent and it paid off with a 63rd-minute lifeline.

Ngog started the move which ended in Dedryck Boyata being tripped in the box by Barnett, and after the referee had pointed to the spot, Petrov stepped up to drill a low spot-kick past Ruddy.

Owen Coyle's gradually men began to look much more threatening and Ngog went agonisingly close at the end, but Norwich held on.


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