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Sheff Utd   1 - 2   Norwich

Sheffield United 1-2 Norwich City

Sheffield Utd 1-2 Norwich City

Two goals from Andrew Crofts took Norwich to third in the Championship and pushed Sheffield United closer to the relegation zone.

Striker Ched Evans twice forced Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy to save as the hosts had the better of the first half.

Crofts gave the Canaries the lead after home keeper Steve Simonsen flapped at a corner, only for Evans to level with a neat turn and low shot past Ruddy.

But Crofts settled it, firing in after the Blades failed to clear.

The Canaries, who are now level on points with Cardiff and Swansea but lie between the Welsh sides in the table, were second best for much of the first half at Bramall Lane.

United, still looking for their first win under Micky Adams, forced Ruddy into early action when Jamie Ward flicked Joe Mattock's cross towards the bottom corner.

Grant Holt headed over for the visitors before Evans, fed by debutant Marcus Bent, blasted a 25-yard volley wide for the Blades.

More chances would fall to Evans before the break, but one weak shot was comfortably saved by Ruddy, and a second, more powerful effort was stopped by the legs of the visiting keeper.

United were made to pay for Evans' profligacy after the interval when Crofts capitalised on Simonsen's error to give Norwich the lead.

Evans eventually found a way past Ruddy eight minutes later, turning and squeezing a low shot into the back of the net.

But it was Norwich who finished the stronger, with Chris Martin forcing Simonsen to save and Holt heading wide before Crofts had the final say.

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 1-2 Norwich FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Evans 69
  • Crofts 61
  • Crofts 80

Sheff Utd

  • 01 Simonsen yellow card
  • 20 Mattock
  • 21 Lowry yellow card
  • 23 Bartley
  • 33 Parrino
  • 04 Montgomery
  • 28 Quinn yellow card (Kozluk 83)
  • 09 Evans
  • 17 Cresswell (Bogdanovic 89)
  • 18 Ward
  • 37 Bent (Yeates 64)

Substitutes

  • 25 Long,
  • 06 Ertl,
  • 22 Kozluk,
  • 34 Lowton,
  • 11 Yeates,
  • 14 Williamson,
  • 10 Bogdanovic

Norwich

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 R Martin
  • 03 Drury yellow card
  • 06 Whitbread (Nelson 86)
  • 20 Barnett
  • 07 Crofts yellow card
  • 14 Hoolahan (Lappin 69)
  • 15 Fox yellow card
  • 09 Holt
  • 10 Jackson (Wilbraham 75)
  • 16 C Martin

Substitutes

  • 31 Steer,
  • 05 Nelson,
  • 32 Tierney,
  • 18 Smith,
  • 19 Lappin,
  • 24 McNamee,
  • 21 Wilbraham
Ref: HainesAtt: 20,725
SHEFF UTD
NORWICH

Possession

  • Sheff Utd 47%
  • Norwich 53%

Attempts on target

  • Sheff Utd 7
  • Norwich 5

Attempts off target

  • Sheff Utd 12
  • Norwich 4

Corners

  • Sheff Utd 8
  • Norwich 8

Fouls

  • Sheff Utd 5
  • Norwich 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:39 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+4:19 Ched Evans crosses the ball, Leon Barnett makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:51 Joe Mattock sends in a cross, Andrew Crofts makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:48 Corner taken short by David Fox.
  • 90:00+0:30 The ball is crossed by Ched Evans, John Ruddy makes a save.
  • 88:01 Substitution Daniel Bogdanovic on for Richard Cresswell.
  • 87:50 Effort on goal by Mark Yeates from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 87:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Wilbraham on Joe Mattock. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
  • Correction - 85:37 Substitution Michael Nelson replaces Zak Whitbread.
  • 85:37 Substitution Zak Whitbread goes off and Michael Nelson comes on.
  • Correction - 82:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Fox on Ched Evans. Direct free kick taken by Joe Mattock.
  • Correction - 82:31 Substitution Stephen Quinn goes off and Rob Kozluk comes on.
  • 82:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ched Evans by David Fox. Joe Mattock restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:31 Substitution Stephen Quinn goes off and Rob Kozluk comes on.
  • 82:31 Booking Booking for David Fox for unsporting behaviour.
  • 81:36 Joe Mattock sends in a cross.
  • 80:45 Booking Stephen Quinn goes into the referee's book for dissent.
  • 79:38 Simon Lappin sends in a cross, clearance by Shane Lowry. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Fox played to the near post,
  • 79:38 GOAL - Andrew CroftsSheff Utd 1 - 2 Norwich Andrew Crofts grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-2 Norwich.
  • 77:48 Jamie Ward fouled by Adam Drury, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:48 Booking Adam Drury is cautioned.
  • 76:39 Handball by Andrew Crofts. Jamie Ward takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:31 Ched Evans has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the target.
  • 74:32 Simeon Jackson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Shane Lowry.
  • 74:32 Substitution (Norwich) makes a substitution, with Aaron Wilbraham coming on for Simeon Jackson.
  • 73:37 The ball is swung over by Grant Holt, save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 72:11 Shot from 20 yards by Chris Martin. Save by Steve Simonsen. Corner taken by David Fox, Header from close range by Grant Holt misses to the right of the target.
  • 68:42 Substitution Simon Lappin on for Wesley Hoolahan.
  • 68:01 GOAL - Ched EvansSheff Utd 1 - 1 Norwich Ched Evans finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-1 Norwich.
  • 67:39 Simeon Jackson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
  • 67:24 Jamie Ward produces a cross, Adam Drury gets a block in.
  • 66:44 The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon Barnett. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
  • 63:57 Substitution Marcus Bent goes off and Mark Yeates comes on.
  • 63:23 Centre by Stephen Quinn, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance. Jamie Ward takes the inswinging corner, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Richard Cresswell goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 63:14 The ball is sent over by Stephen Quinn, clearance made by Russell Martin.
  • 62:07 Corner from right by-line taken by David Fox.
  • 60:10 Booking Steve Simonsen receives a yellow card.
  • 60:04 Simeon Jackson takes a shot. Adam Drury gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Fox from the left by-line, assist on the goal came from David Fox.
  • 60:04 GOAL - Andrew CroftsSheff Utd 0 - 1 Norwich Goal scored by Andrew Crofts from close in high into the middle of the goal. Sheff Utd 0-1 Norwich.
  • 58:32 A cross is delivered by Jamie Ward, save made by John Ruddy.
  • 57:14 The ball is sent over by Jamie Ward, Elian Parrino takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
  • 57:00 The ball is crossed by Elian Parrino, clearance made by Chris Martin.
  • 55:47 Simeon Jackson crosses the ball, Shane Lowry makes a clearance.
  • 54:55 The offside flag is raised against Marcus Bent. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 54:47 The ball is delivered by Russell Martin, clearance by Jamie Ward.
  • 54:33 A cross is delivered by Adam Drury.
  • 54:14 Nick Montgomery concedes a free kick for a foul on Wesley Hoolahan. Free kick taken by Wesley Hoolahan.
  • 52:16 Grant Holt produces a cross.
  • 51:30 Simeon Jackson concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Mattock. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
  • 50:48 Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward, Marcus Bent takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
  • 49:33 The official flags Simeon Jackson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Shane Lowry.
  • 49:04 Chris Martin sends in a cross, Shot by Simeon Jackson. Save made by Steve Simonsen.
  • 48:41 The ball is swung over by Adam Drury.
  • 48:02 The ball is crossed by Stephen Quinn, clearance made by Leon Barnett.
  • 47:55 Stephen Quinn crosses the ball, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:18 Effort on goal by Grant Holt from 12 yards. Save made by Steve Simonsen.
  • 46:46 Effort on goal by Richard Cresswell from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 45:08 Chris Martin challenges Nick Montgomery unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jamie Ward.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:16 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 44:07 Shane Lowry concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Martin. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Chris Martin,
  • 44:07 Booking Shane Lowry receives a caution.
  • 43:22 The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward, clearance made by David Fox.
  • 42:08 Unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan by Nick Montgomery results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Fox.
  • 41:35 Wesley Hoolahan crosses the ball, clearance made by Elian Parrino.
  • 40:34 The ball is delivered by Stephen Quinn, Header from close in by Marcus Bent misses to the right of the target.
  • 39:49 Foul by Grant Holt on Stephen Quinn, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Ward.
  • 39:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Fox on Marcus Bent. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Nick Montgomery from right wing, clearance made by Adam Drury.
  • 38:09 Simeon Jackson delivers the ball, Shane Lowry gets a block in. Corner taken by David Fox from the right by-line, Shane Lowry makes a clearance.
  • 37:21 The ball is delivered by Stephen Quinn, clearance made by Zak Whitbread.
  • 36:00 Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward, Richard Cresswell produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 32:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Barnett on Stephen Quinn. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ched Evans.
  • 32:28 The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward, Leon Barnett makes a clearance.
  • 28:58 Jamie Ward is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by David Fox.
  • 27:21 Centre by Joe Mattock.
  • 26:42 Simeon Jackson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
  • 24:50 Centre by Ched Evans, clearance by Zak Whitbread. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie Ward, Andrew Crofts manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:13 A cross is delivered by David Fox, Elian Parrino manages to make a clearance.
  • 23:30 Simeon Jackson crosses the ball, save made by Steve Simonsen. Corner taken right-footed by David Fox from the right by-line, Nick Montgomery manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Quinn on Chris Martin. Wesley Hoolahan takes the direct free kick.
  • 22:33 Ched Evans produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 20 yards. Leon Barnett gets a block in.
  • 21:57 Corner taken by Jamie Ward, save by John Ruddy.
  • 20:49 Wesley Hoolahan concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Montgomery. Centre by Jamie Ward, Ched Evans takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy. Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward, clearance by Adam Drury.
  • 20:32 Ched Evans sends in a cross, Zak Whitbread makes a clearance.
  • 19:47 Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward from the left by-line, Grant Holt makes a clearance.
  • 17:22 Simeon Jackson is caught offside. Steve Simonsen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 16:10 Ched Evans takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
  • 14:37 Effort on goal by Jamie Ward from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 13:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Crofts on Stephen Quinn. Joe Mattock takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:34 Booking The referee cautions Andrew Crofts for unsporting behaviour.
  • 12:15 Handball by Zak Whitbread. Nick Montgomery restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:33 The ball is crossed by Wesley Hoolahan, clearance made by Shane Lowry.
  • 10:44 Shot from just outside the box by Ched Evans goes over the bar.
  • 9:51 Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie Ward, Ched Evans produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 6 yards. Clearance by Zak Whitbread.
  • 8:18 The ball is delivered by David Fox, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Grant Holt goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 7:41 Wesley Hoolahan crosses the ball, clearance made by Shane Lowry. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Fox, clearance by Marcus Bent.
  • 7:30 Russell Martin delivers the ball.
  • 6:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Fox on Ched Evans. Stephen Quinn takes the free kick.
  • 5:42 The ball is sent over by Joe Mattock, Ched Evans takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
  • 2:03 Foul by Wesley Hoolahan on Joe Mattock, free kick awarded. Stephen Quinn takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:51 Cross/shot by Ched Evans.
  • 0:10 Simeon Jackson fouled by Ched Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Zak Whitbread takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 22 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 26 27 49
2 Cardiff 27 12 47
3 Norwich 27 9 47
4 Swansea 28 9 47
5 Leeds 28 7 45
6 Nott'm Forest 25 13 43
7 Watford 26 13 42
8 Reading 27 13 41
9 Millwall 27 7 39
10 Leicester 28 -5 39
11 Burnley 26 6 37
12 Hull 27 -1 37
13 Coventry 27 -1 36
14 Derby 27 0 34
15 Doncaster 25 -3 34
16 Barnsley 26 -7 34
17 Bristol City 27 -10 32
18 Portsmouth 26 -4 31
19 Ipswich 26 -6 31
20 Middlesbrough 27 -5 30
21 Sheff Utd 27 -17 27
22 Crystal Palace 27 -21 26
23 Scunthorpe 25 -18 24
24 Preston 26 -18 21


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