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Saturday, 11 November, 2000, 14:50 GMT
Sheff Wed 3-2 Norwich
Di Piedi
Di Piedi came off the bench to score a wonder goal
Sheffield Wednesday continued their recent run of good form with a richly deserved win over Norwich at Hillsborough.

Owls full-back Andy Hinchcliffe opened the scoring from the penalty spot just after the half-hour mark. But 11 minutes later Norwich were back on level terms thanks to a Scott Parker header.

After the break Wednesday stormed into a 3-1 lead, thanks to youngsters Tony Crane and Michele di Piedi.

Norwich pulled another goal back in the 89th minute, but Wednesday managed to hang on to secure their second win in as many league games.


Following the run of eight straight defeats confidence was low. But the players have knuckled down, worked hard and everyone is now fighting for their shirts
  Paul Jewell, Sheff Wed manager
Wednesday had enjoyed the better of the chances in the opening 45 minutes.

Drive

Forward Owen Morrison's 25 yard-drive forced keeper Andy Marshall into a brilliant one-handed save.

Marshall did equally well to deny former Norwich striker Efan Ekoku, who was following up from six yards.

After 31 minutes the Owls broke the deadlock through Hinchcliffe.

The full-back calmly slotted the ball home from the penalty stop after Ekoku had been brought down by Chris Llewellyn.

But the home side could only hold onto their lead for 11 minutes as Parker levelled the score.

Lee Marshall's 25-yard shot cannoned off the Owls' bar, only for Parker to head the re-bound past helpless keeper Kevin Pressman.

At half-time Owls boss Paul Jewell made a vital substitution with di Piedi replacing Andy Booth in attack.

Ten minutes into the second half the Owls doubled their lead through midfielder Crane.


It was an exciting game which flowed from end to end. I thought we were very competitive and I am disappointed we are not going home with any points
  Bryan Hamilton, Norwich manager
The 18-year-old out-jumped the Canaries defence to meet a Hinchcliffe free-kick and head past Marshall from six yards. It was Crane's second career goal for the Owls in as many games.

It was di Piedi's turn to show his class by scoring a contender for goal of the season.

Fierce

The Italian found space 30 yards from goal before firing a fierce right-foot shot over the head of Marshall to send the home fans into ecstasy.

The visitors did manage to pull a goal back in injury-time when Marshall's eight-yard shot hit the underside of the bar and went into the goal.

But Wednesday managed to hang on much to the relief of Jewell and the majority of the 16,956 crowd.


Sheff Wednesday: Pressman, Haslam, Hinchcliffe, Walker, Booth, Hendon, Lescott, Ekoku, Cooke, Morrison, Crane. Subs: Stringer, Hamshaw, Di Piedi, Humphreys, Geary.

Norwich City: A. Marshall, Sutch, L. Marshall, Fleming, Roberts, Mulryne, Forbes, Llewellyn, Mackay, Parker, Granville. Subs: Green, Derveld, Jackson, Russell, Coote.

Referee: M Jones (Chester).

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