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Leeds   2 - 2   Norwich

Leeds v Norwich

Leeds 2-2 Norwich

Second-half replacement Davide Somma earned Leeds a share of the points against promotion rivals Norwich.

Leeds came into the game with just one loss in 18 games and looked on course to extend that when Luciano Becchio headed in on 16 minutes.

Henri Lansbury's third goal in as many games drew Norwich level in first-half injury time, and Wes Hoolahan shot them in front on 69 minutes.

But substitute Somma had instant impact volleying in from Becchio's knock-down.

Becchio and Leeds skipper Jonny Howson both hit the woodwork in the first half, as did Norwich's top goalscorer Grant Holt, as a crowd of over 31,000 were treated to an action-packed game at Elland Road.

Howson shot inches wide on four minutes with Becchio heading Robert Snodgrass's free-kick onto the post as the home side began full of enthusiasm, taking a deserved lead on 16 minutes.

Max Gradel's cross from the left was flicked on by Snodgrass and Becchio eased past defender Adam Drury to head home his 15th goal of the season at the far post.

David Fox drew a fine save from Kasper Schmeichel with a 25-yard shot as Norwich sought a foothold in the game, but the woodwork soon came to their aid for a second time, as Howson drew a good save from John Ruddy and then hit the post with the rebound.

Just before half-time, Norwich got on level terms when Holt knocked down Andrew Crofts' cross and Lansbury applied the finishing touches.

The game continued at the same lively pace after the break, with Leeds having the best move of the game on 55 minutes.

George McCartney, Gradel and Snodgrass all combined to put Howson clear, but his low drive was deflected just wide.

Norwich were not out of it, however, with Holt flicking the ball onto the post, and two minutes later his side took the lead.

Crofts played in Hoolahan and the midfielder's low right-footed shot was deflected into the net by Eric Lichaj.

On 74 minutes striker Somma came on for midfielder Neil Kilkenny and within a minute he had volleyed his side back on level terms with his first touch.

Another replacement, Billy Paynter, almost snatched the win for Leeds right at the death but John Ruddy's full-stretch save earned his side a deserved point.


Leeds manager Simon Grayson on Davide Somma:

"He's got a fantastic attitude, he works ever so hard and is a massive team player and I wouldn't say he's best coming off the bench because he scores for us when he starts as well.

"He appreciates what we've done for him in terms of bringing him to this football club, of what he can be and what we've made him.

"But he's a great lad to work with and I'm sure he'll only get better.

"I don't know his goals ratio to minutes he's spent on the pitch, but it can't be far away from a goal a game now."

Norwich manager Paul Lambert:

"This is a hard place to come, there's no doubt, with the crowd they've got behind their back.

"But I thought we gave as good as we got. I don't really bother with the table at the minute because I know how many games there are left, but what we've done is make it exciting for everyone connected.

"I'm absolutely over the moon with the 18 months I've been here.

"It's been a huge rise after the disappointment of being relegated (from the Championship). What we've done is terrific."


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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leeds 2-2 Norwich FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Becchio 16
  • Somma 75
  • Lansbury 45+1
  • Hoolahan 69

Leeds

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 04 Bruce
  • 20 Lichaj
  • 29 McCartney yellow card
  • 40 O'Brien
  • 07 Gradel
  • 08 Kilkenny (Somma 73)
  • 14 Howson
  • 16 Johnson yellow card
  • 10 Becchio (Paynter 90+1)
  • 23 Snodgrass

Substitutes

  • 12 Higgs,
  • 19 Parker,
  • 26 Bromby,
  • 11 Sam,
  • 09 Paynter,
  • 27 Somma,
  • 44 McCormack

Norwich

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 R Martin
  • 03 Drury (Tierney 90+1)
  • 06 Whitbread
  • 22 Ward yellow card
  • 07 Crofts
  • 12 Lansbury yellow card (Surman 74)
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 15 Fox
  • 09 Holt
  • 21 Wilbraham

Substitutes

  • 31 Steer,
  • 32 Tierney,
  • 11 Surman,
  • 18 Smith,
  • 24 McNamee,
  • 10 Jackson
Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 31,601
LEEDS
NORWICH

Possession

  • Leeds 56%
  • Norwich 44%

Attempts on target

  • Leeds 10
  • Norwich 4

Attempts off target

  • Leeds 7
  • Norwich 5

Corners

  • Leeds 9
  • Norwich 4

Fouls

  • Leeds 11
  • Norwich 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:09 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+3:30 Billy Paynter takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy. Corner taken right-footed by Max Gradel, Wesley Hoolahan makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:21 Unfair challenge on Max Gradel by Russell Martin results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Max Gradel.
  • 90:00+0:33 Substitution Marc Tierney on for Adam Drury.
  • 90:00+0:33 Substitution Billy Paynter joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luciano Becchio.
  • 87:34 Wesley Hoolahan concedes a free kick for a foul on Bradley Johnson. Bradley Johnson takes the free kick.
  • 87:11 Max Gradel sends in a cross, save by John Ruddy.
  • 86:04 Alex Bruce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Wilbraham. David Fox crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 85:33 Jonathan Howson sends in a cross.
  • 84:17 Grant Holt challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 83:38 A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, John Ruddy makes a save.
  • 83:16 Wesley Hoolahan crosses the ball, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 81:33 George McCartney sends in a cross, Adam Drury makes a clearance.
  • 80:50 A cross is delivered by Max Gradel, clearance by Zak Whitbread.
  • 79:42 A cross is delivered by Eric Lichaj, clearance made by Zak Whitbread. Robert Snodgrass takes the inswinging corner, save by John Ruddy.
  • 79:34 Eric Lichaj delivers the ball, clearance by Russell Martin.
  • 79:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Elliott Ward. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:31 Corner taken by David Fox from the left by-line, clearance by Bradley Johnson.
  • 76:51 Alex Bruce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Wilbraham. Free kick crossed right-footed by Russell Martin, clearance by Bradley Johnson.
  • 74:32 Assist by Luciano Becchio.
  • 74:32 GOAL - Davide SommaLeeds 2 - 2 Norwich Davide Somma grabs a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leeds 2-2 Norwich.
  • 72:58 Substitution Andrew Surman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Henri Lansbury.
  • 72:58 Substitution Davide Somma on for Neil Kilkenny.
  • 72:14 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
  • 69:29 Booking George McCartney is cautioned.
  • 68:22 Assist on the goal came from David Fox.
  • 68:22 GOAL - Wesley HoolahanLeeds 1 - 2 Norwich Goal scored by Wesley Hoolahan from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Leeds 1-2 Norwich.
  • 66:23 Grant Holt has an effort at goal from deep inside the area striking the post.
  • 65:52 Bradley Johnson challenges Wesley Hoolahan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Russell Martin takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:52 Booking Bradley Johnson is cautioned.
  • 65:09 Drilled left-footed shot by Max Gradel. Save made by John Ruddy.
  • 64:53 Foul by Wesley Hoolahan on Jonathan Howson, free kick awarded. Alex Bruce takes the direct free kick.
  • 64:13 Robert Snodgrass produces a cross.
  • 63:45 Max Gradel has a drilled shot. Blocked by Andrew Crofts.
  • 62:47 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by David Fox.
  • 62:22 Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line played to the near post, Zak Whitbread manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:17 The ball is delivered by George McCartney, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:20 A cross is delivered by Eric Lichaj.
  • 58:52 Max Gradel has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 58:20 Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.
  • 56:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew O'Brien on Aaron Wilbraham. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Fox from right channel.
  • 55:44 Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 55:21 Max Gradel takes a inswinging corner. A cross is delivered by Max Gradel, save by John Ruddy.
  • 55:12 Robert Snodgrass produces a cross, clearance made by Elliott Ward.
  • 55:05 The ball is swung over by Eric Lichaj, clearance by Elliott Ward.
  • 54:35 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line to the near post, Russell Martin makes a clearance.
  • 54:13 Effort from 20 yards by Jonathan Howson. Blocked by Zak Whitbread.
  • 53:58 David Fox delivers the ball, clearance by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 53:21 Effort on goal by Wesley Hoolahan from 20 yards. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save. David Fox takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Andrew O'Brien makes a clearance.
  • 52:46 Effort on goal by Neil Kilkenny from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 52:10 George McCartney takes a shot from 25 yards. Comfortable save by John Ruddy.
  • 51:16 Grant Holt is caught offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
  • 49:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliott Ward on Jonathan Howson. Robert Snodgrass produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 49:16 Booking Booking for Elliott Ward for unsporting behaviour.
  • 48:40 A cross is delivered by Grant Holt, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 48:12 The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, Zak Whitbread manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:58 Max Gradel produces a cross, clearance made by Zak Whitbread.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:01 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+2:31 Elliott Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Luciano Becchio. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neil Kilkenny from left wing.
  • 45:00+0:54 The assist for the goal came from Grant Holt.
  • 45:00+0:54 GOAL - Henri LansburyLeeds 1 - 1 Norwich Henri Lansbury grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-1 Norwich.
  • 44:45 The ball is delivered by Elliott Ward.
  • 43:26 Unfair challenge on Neil Kilkenny by Grant Holt results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
  • 43:26 Booking Caution for Henri Lansbury.
  • 43:05 Adam Drury crosses the ball, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 41:57 Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball, clearance by Elliott Ward.
  • 38:06 David Fox produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 37:13 Eric Lichaj delivers the ball, Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Blocked by Zak Whitbread. Jonathan Howson has an effort at goal from 12 yards.
  • 34:45 David Fox has a drilled shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save. Corner taken by David Fox, George McCartney manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:50 A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan, George McCartney makes a clearance.
  • 32:55 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Grant Holt.
  • 32:43 Bradley Johnson takes a shot from 25 yards. Russell Martin gets a block in.
  • 32:19 The ball is delivered by Max Gradel, clearance made by Zak Whitbread.
  • 31:07 Henri Lansbury concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. Andrew O'Brien takes the free kick.
  • 29:31 Grant Holt challenges Eric Lichaj unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 25:52 Eric Lichaj produces a cross.
  • 24:31 Robert Snodgrass takes a outswinging corner. The ball is swung over by Neil Kilkenny. The ball is delivered by Max Gradel, clearance made by David Fox.
  • 24:04 Centre by Eric Lichaj, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.
  • 22:43 Wesley Hoolahan has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
  • 21:12 Robert Snodgrass produces a cross, Elliott Ward fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
  • 20:37 Luciano Becchio fouled by Zak Whitbread, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Kilkenny.
  • 20:01 Unfair challenge on Adam Drury by Luciano Becchio results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Drury.
  • 19:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury by Eric Lichaj. David Fox crosses the ball, Grant Holt produces a header from the edge of the box and hits the post.
  • 18:53 George McCartney crosses the ball.
  • 15:58 The assist for the goal came from Max Gradel.
  • 15:58 GOAL - Luciano BecchioLeeds 1 - 0 Norwich Luciano Becchio grabs a headed goal from close in. Leeds 1-0 Norwich.
  • 15:46 Handball by Grant Holt. Free kick taken by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 13:39 Foul by Max Gradel on Wesley Hoolahan, free kick awarded. David Fox delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Alex Bruce makes a clearance.
  • 12:50 David Fox takes a outswinging corner.
  • 12:01 Neil Kilkenny challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Fox crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Bradley Johnson.
  • 11:26 Andrew Crofts produces a cross.
  • 11:10 Unfair challenge on Russell Martin by Luciano Becchio results in a free kick. Russell Martin takes the free kick.
  • 10:14 Shot from outside the penalty box by Aaron Wilbraham goes wide right of the goal.
  • 8:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Crofts by Bradley Johnson. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
  • 8:01 The ball is sent over by George McCartney, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:18 Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew O'Brien. Andrew O'Brien takes the direct free kick.
  • 6:53 Shot from 35 yards by Max Gradel missed to the right of the net.
  • 4:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliott Ward on Max Gradel. Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, Luciano Becchio produces a header from deep inside the area and strikes the post.
  • 3:39 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Jonathan Howson goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 32 31 61
2 Nott'm Forest 31 16 56
3 Swansea 32 14 56
4 Cardiff 32 13 55
5 Norwich 32 10 55
6 Leeds 32 10 53
7 Leicester 32 2 51
8 Burnley 31 9 47
9 Millwall 32 8 46
10 Hull 32 4 46
11 Watford 31 10 45
12 Reading 32 11 44
13 Ipswich 31 4 42
14 Barnsley 32 -9 41
15 Coventry 31 -3 39
16 Portsmouth 31 -4 38
17 Doncaster 31 -16 37
18 Derby 31 -3 36
19 Middlesbrough 31 -4 36
20 Bristol City 32 -12 35
21 Crystal Palace 32 -20 34
22 Sheff Utd 32 -22 29
23 Scunthorpe 30 -24 28
24 Preston 31 -25 23


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