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Norwich 2-3 Watford

Norwich 2-3 Watford

Norwich   2 - 3   Watford

By Saj Chowdhury

Two goals from Watford's Danny Graham brought Championship new boys Norwich back down to earth at Carrow Road on the opening day of the season.

John Eustace gave the Hornets the lead when he fired in low from Don Cowie's looping ball before Graham then doubled the advantage with a sidefooted finish.

Norwich hit back through Andrew Crofts' 18-yard drive but Graham restored the two-goal cushion with a guided effort.

Defender Michael Nelson swept in during injury time but Watford held on.

It was an exciting climax to the match but Norwich's cavalier efforts came all-too late following a poor first-half display.

During most of the first quarter of the match all was rosy in the Carrow Road garden, as they dominated possession and came close to taking the lead when summer signing Simeon Jackson was prevented from finishing by Martin Taylor's strong and well-timed challenge.

606: DEBATE

However, the next goalmouth chance was converted, to the dismay of the vocal home support.

Cowie's short corner was played back to him and the Scot delivered a high looping ball that Eustace first chested down before firing low past keeper John Ruddy from 10 yards.

Moments later, luck eluded Norwich again when Andy Surman's 25-yard free-kick was whipped past the wall but failed to beat the palms of Loach.

The home side then fell further behind when Graham slotted in after playing a wonderful one-two with his impressive 19-year-old strike partner Marvin Sordell.

Norwich began the second half like they began the first, but fortune finally favoured them when Crofts found the target on his club debut.

Former Blackpool winger Wes Hoolahan drove inside from the left before finding Jackson who backheeled the ball into the path of Crofts. The 26-year-old did not break stride as he thumped in from 18 yards.

Pressure was piled on the Watford goal but the defence held firm and were given some welcome respite when Graham was found at the edge of the area and guided his low shot from the edge of the area past Ruddy.

It should have been game over, but in injury-time Nelson converted Crofts' right-wing cross to renew the Canaries' hopes.

However, Malky Mackay's side survived the closing stages to hold on for their fourth win in five visits to Norwich, which took them, albeit temporarily, to the Championship summit.


Watford manager Malky Mackay:
"I think the lads deserve a great deal of credit for playing like that in front of a big crowd against a club who are on the up.

"We have some young players in the squad, and I think they have grown as a group.

"The plan was to match Norwich's midfield diamond and to exploit the gaps when we could. More often than not, we took the right option, which you don't always get with young players, and we got our reward.

Norwich boss Paul Lambert:
"You can't defend the way we did for the first two goals and get away with it.

"The Championship is new to us, and at this level you tend to get punished when you make mistakes, and that's exactly what happened in the first half. But we'll learn from it.

"We have earned the right to be here by winning the league last season, but that's gone now, and we have got to move on at a new level."

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Friday, 6 August 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Norwich 2-3 Watford FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Crofts 52
  • Nelson 90+1
  • Eustace 14
  • Graham 24
  • Graham 81

Norwich

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Martin
  • 03 Drury
  • 05 Nelson
  • 22 Ward
  • 07 Crofts
  • 11 Surman (McNamee 87)
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 15 Fox
  • 10 Jackson (Holt 72)
  • 16 Martin

Substitutes

  • 13 Rudd,
  • 33 Berthel Askou,
  • 18 Smith,
  • 19 Lappin,
  • 24 McNamee,
  • 09 Holt,
  • 23 Johnson

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hodson
  • 05 Taylor
  • 06 Mariappa
  • 12 Doyley
  • 04 Eustace
  • 07 Cowie yellow card
  • 11 Buckley (Jenkins 59)
  • 15 McGinn
  • 10 Graham
  • 20 Sordell (Deeney 58)

Substitutes

  • 13 Gilmartin,
  • 25 Oshodi,
  • 14 Jenkins,
  • 16 Bryan,
  • 23 Mingoia,
  • 09 Deeney,
  • 19 Henderson
Ref: MillerAtt: 24,348
NORWICH
WATFORD

Possession

  • Norwich 49%
  • Watford 51%

Attempts on target

  • Norwich 7
  • Watford 7

Attempts off target

  • Norwich 7
  • Watford 7

Corners

  • Norwich 6
  • Watford 3

Fouls

  • Norwich 6
  • Watford 3
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:00 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+4:21 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 90:00+4:00 Defending throw-in by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich).
  • 90:00+3:52 Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 90:00+3:18 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 90:00+2:55 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
  • 90:00+1:54 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 90:00+0:07 Assist (cross) by Andrew Crofts (Norwich) from right wing.
  • 90:00+0:07 GOAL - Michael NelsonNorwich 2 - 3 Watford goal by Michael Nelson (Norwich) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Norwich 2-3 Watford.
  • 90:00+0:07 Cross by Andrew Crofts (Norwich),
  • 89:41 Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford) on Anthony McNamee (Norwich). Direct free kick taken left-footed by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) from left channel, passed.
  • 89:09 Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 88:26 Shot by Troy Deeney (Watford) curled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 87:33 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Anthony McNamee (Norwich) to near post, clearance by Stephen McGinn (Watford).
  • 87:19 Shot by Chris Martin (Norwich) drilled left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 86:55 Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 86:37 Attacking throw-in by Anthony McNamee (Norwich).
  • 86:32 Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 86:03 Substitution Norwich substitution: Andrew Surman replaced by Anthony McNamee (tactical).
  • 85:30 Cross by David Fox (Norwich), header by Andrew Crofts (Norwich) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Ross Jenkins (Watford).
  • 85:05 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) to centre, clearance by John Eustace (Watford).
  • 85:00 Cross by Adam Drury (Norwich), clearance by Danny Graham (Watford).
  • 83:59 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 82:58 Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 80:47 Assist (pass) by Stephen McGinn (Watford) from left channel.
  • 80:47 GOAL - Danny GrahamNorwich 1 - 3 Watford Goal by Danny Graham (Watford) curled right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (18 yards).Norwich 1-3 Watford.
  • 79:42 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 79:26 Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), header by Grant Holt (Norwich) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
  • 78:48 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 78:43 Cross by Adam Drury (Norwich), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 78:00 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 77:53 Cross by Danny Graham (Watford), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 77:40 Shot by Ross Jenkins (Watford) mishit right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), clearance by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 77:25 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 76:24 Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 76:06 Cross by Grant Holt (Norwich), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 75:27 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 74:41 Attacking throw-in by Grant Holt (Norwich).
  • 74:21 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 73:25 Foul by Michael Nelson (Norwich) on Don Cowie (Watford). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Martin Taylor (Watford) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 72:23 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 71:48 Foul by Lloyd Doyley (Watford) on Grant Holt (Norwich). Free kick crossed left-footed by Andrew Surman (Norwich) from right wing, clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 71:45 Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 71:08 Substitution Norwich substitution: Simeon Jackson replaced by Grant Holt (tactical).
  • 70:07 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 69:22 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 68:49 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 68:40 Cross by Ross Jenkins (Watford), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 68:19 Shot by David Fox (Norwich) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 68:14 Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), clearance by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 67:24 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 67:09 Attacking throw-in by Chris Martin (Norwich).
  • 66:44 Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), clearance by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 64:40 Handball by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich). Free kick crossed right-footed by Adrian Mariappa (Watford) from right channel, clearance by Michael Nelson (Norwich).
  • 61:41 Simeon Jackson (Norwich) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 60:50 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 60:42 Cross by Chris Martin (Norwich), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 59:34 Defending throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
  • 59:01 Ross Jenkins (Watford) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 58:42 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 58:00 Substitution Watford substitution: Will Buckley replaced by Ross Jenkins (tactical).
  • 58:00 Substitution Watford substitution: Marvin Sordell replaced by Troy Deeney (tactical).
  • 57:48 Header by Marvin Sordell (Watford) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left.
  • 57:34 Cross by Will Buckley (Watford), save (parried) by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 56:49 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Will Buckley (Watford) to centre, clearance by Elliott Ward (Norwich).
  • 55:45 Foul by Elliott Ward (Norwich) on Will Buckley (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Graham (Watford) curled from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Elliott Ward (Norwich).
  • 55:15 Cross by Adam Drury (Norwich), shot by Simeon Jackson (Norwich) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 54:45 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 54:02 Andrew Crofts (Norwich) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 53:41 Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 53:16 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 52:25 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) to near post, clearance by Danny Graham (Watford).
  • 52:20 Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), clearance by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 51:06 Assist (pass) by Simeon Jackson (Norwich) from right channel.
  • 51:06 GOAL - Andrew CroftsNorwich 1 - 2 Watford Goal by Andrew Crofts (Norwich) drilled right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Norwich 1-2 Watford.
  • 50:07 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 49:59 Shot by Will Buckley (Watford) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 49:24 Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 47:41 Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 45:52 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 45:46 Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 45:20 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 45:02 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:28 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+2:15 Cross by David Fox (Norwich), clearance by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
  • 45:00+1:30 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 45:00+0:51 Cross by Elliott Ward (Norwich), clearance by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 45:00+0:39 Attacking throw-in by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich).
  • 44:50 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 44:12 Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 43:21 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 43:07 Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), header by Chris Martin (Norwich) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
  • 42:21 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 42:16 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 41:28 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 40:20 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 40:07 Shot by Simeon Jackson (Norwich) drilled right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
  • 39:33 Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 39:18 Cross by John Eustace (Watford), clearance by Michael Nelson (Norwich).
  • 38:58 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 38:29 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 38:06 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 36:57 Attacking throw-in by Andrew Crofts (Norwich).
  • 36:21 Cross by Andrew Crofts (Norwich), resulting in open play.
  • 36:10 Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 35:54 Shot by Marvin Sordell (Watford) curled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 35:36 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 35:12 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 34:47 Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 34:38 Cross by Chris Martin (Norwich), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 33:36 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 33:03 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Don Cowie (Watford) to far post, clearance by Elliott Ward (Norwich).
  • 32:40 Shot by Danny Graham (Watford) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 31:47 Foul by Andrew Surman (Norwich) on Will Buckley (Watford). Direct free kick taken right-footed by John Eustace (Watford) from left channel, passed.
  • 31:34 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 30:51 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 30:11 Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 29:09 Cross by Marvin Sordell (Watford), shot by Will Buckley (Watford) curled left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 28:51 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 28:47 Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 28:40 Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 27:46 Cross by Andrew Crofts (Norwich), save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 27:27 Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 27:06 Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), clearance by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
  • 26:47 Cross by Don Cowie (Watford), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 26:15 Attacking throw-in by Don Cowie (Watford).
  • 25:12 Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 24:51 Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 23:08 Assist (pass) by Marvin Sordell (Watford) from left channel.
  • 23:08 GOAL - Danny GrahamNorwich 0 - 2 Watford Goal by Danny Graham (Watford) drilled right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of penalty area (18 yards).Norwich 0-2 Watford.
  • 22:50 Foul by Andrew Surman (Norwich) on Don Cowie (Watford). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Lee Hodson (Watford) from own half, passed.
  • 21:25 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by David Fox (Norwich).
  • 19:18 Free kick curled left-footed by Andrew Surman (Norwich) from left channel (20 yards), save (parried) by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 19:18 Booking Don Cowie (Watford) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 19:18 Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford) on Simeon Jackson (Norwich).
  • 18:19 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 18:03 Cross by Lee Hodson (Watford), clearance by Michael Nelson (Norwich).
  • Correction - 17:39 Shot by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) mishit left-footed from left channel (20 yards), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 17:39 Shot by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) mishit left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right.
  • 17:16 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) to centre, clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 17:09 Cross by Michael Nelson (Norwich), blocked by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 17:00 Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 16:23 Cross by John Eustace (Watford), clearance by Elliott Ward (Norwich).
  • 16:04 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 15:04 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 15:00 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 13:11 Assist (cross) by Don Cowie (Watford) from right wing.
  • 13:11 GOAL - John EustaceNorwich 0 - 1 Watford Cross/shot scored by John Eustace (Watford) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of penalty area (18 yards).Norwich 0-1 Watford.
  • 13:11 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Don Cowie (Watford).
  • 13:06 Cross by Stephen McGinn (Watford), clearance by Elliott Ward (Norwich).
  • 12:41 Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 12:23 Cross by Adam Drury (Norwich), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 12:16 Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 11:57 Cross by Adam Drury (Norwich), shot by Chris Martin (Norwich) volleyed right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 11:27 Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 11:02 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 10:49 Shot by Danny Graham (Watford) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left.
  • 10:31 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 10:05 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 9:50 Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 9:15 Foul by Chris Martin (Norwich) on Adrian Mariappa (Watford). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 8:22 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) to centre, clearance by John Eustace (Watford).
  • 8:14 Cross by Andrew Crofts (Norwich), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 7:28 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 7:13 Cross by Lloyd Doyley (Watford), shot by Danny Graham (Watford) volleyed left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 6:54 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 6:28 Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 6:21 Cross by Danny Graham (Watford), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 5:55 Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich) on Stephen McGinn (Watford). Direct free kick taken left-footed by Stephen McGinn (Watford) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 5:25 Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), shot by Simeon Jackson (Norwich) drilled right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).
  • 5:05 Shot by Simeon Jackson (Norwich) drilled right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Martin Taylor (Watford).
  • 4:21 Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 4:14 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 3:57 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).
  • 3:43 Shot by John Eustace (Watford) drilled right-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar.
  • 3:31 Attacking throw-in by Danny Graham (Watford).
  • 3:13 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
  • 2:50 Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 2:31 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • Correction - 2:01 Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 2:01 Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).
  • 1:31 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 1:17 Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).
  • 1:12 Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 0:34 Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 0:07 Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Watford 1 1 3
2 Barnsley 0 0 0
3 Bristol City 0 0 0
4 Burnley 0 0 0
5 Cardiff 0 0 0
6 Coventry 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
8 Derby 0 0 0
9 Doncaster 0 0 0
10 Hull 0 0 0
11 Ipswich 0 0 0
12 Leeds United 0 0 0
13 Leicester 0 0 0
14 Middlesbrough 0 0 0
15 Millwall 0 0 0
16 Nottm Forest 0 0 0
17 Portsmouth 0 0 0
18 Preston 0 0 0
19 QPR 0 0 0
20 Reading 0 0 0
21 Scunthorpe 0 0 0
22 Sheff Utd 0 0 0
23 Swansea 0 0 0
24 Norwich 1 -1 0


see also
Holt doubtful for Norwich opener
05 Aug 10 |  Norwich
Football League lowdown
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Football on the BBC
05 Aug 10 |  Football
Football League Ten to Tackle
05 Aug 10 |  Football


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