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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 March 2006, 17:16 GMT
Norwich 2-1 Sheffield Utd
Norwich stepped up their late bid to reach the play-offs as they condemned promotion-chasing Sheffield United to a third defeat in four games.

Chris Armstrong put Blades ahead after 17 minutes with a left-foot shot.

Norwich equalised with their first effort on goal after 33 minutes, Leon McKenzie pouncing from close range.

Rob Earnshaw put Norwich ahead on the stroke of half-time from Craig Fleming's cross, with keeper Robert Green then keeping the visitors at bay.


  • Norwich boss Nigel Worthington:
    "I thought it was outstanding.

    "We had to earn the right to play, as you have to against Sheffield United, and we went out there and gave an excellent account of ourselves.

    "Overall it was very pleasing and now we've got to keep this going.

    "There is a real belief here and some very good signs. There's a buzz about the place and that's good to see."

  • Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock:
    "Our defending in the lead up to their goals left a lot to be desired.

    "The lads are disappointed about that but overall they were fantastic for me.

    "A performance was required and that's exactly what they gave me. If we keep playing like that for the final seven games I'll have absolutely no complaints."


    Norwich: Green, Fleming, Shackell, Doherty, Drury, McVeigh (Safri 54), Hughes, Robinson, Huckerby (Charlton 89), Earnshaw, McKenzie (Johansson 69).
    Subs Not Used: Gallacher, Etuhu.

    Goals: McKenzie 33, Earnshaw 45.

    Sheff Utd: Kenny, Kozluk, Short, Morgan, Unsworth, Tonge, Jagielka, Montgomery (Gillespie 80), Armstrong, Shipperley (Akinbiyi 80), Webber (Dyer 87).
    Subs Not Used: Quinn, Lucketti.

    Goals: Armstrong 17.

    Att: 25,346

    Ref: P Taylor (Hertfordshire).




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