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Saturday, 21 October, 2000, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Norwich 4-2 Sheffield Utd
Iwan Roberts
Iwan Roberts hit Norwich's second to sink the Blades
Norwich City came back from 2-0 down to stun Sheffield United with a first home win of the season

The Blades had lead through goals from David Kelly and Michael Brown, but Brian Hamilton's side were on level terms at the interval after goals from Phil Mulryne and Iwan Roberts before two goals in two minutes completed the comeback with 27 minutes to spare.

The visitors' frustration boiled over after 72 minutes with Marcus Bent sent off for apparently making an obscene gesture to a linesman.

No wonder Canaries boss Bryan Hamilton was delighted.

He said: "2-0 down at home is a big hurdle to overcome, particularly with our goal-scoring record which has not been great.

"We've not had a home win and the players were very aware of that, but today we scored goals at important times."

Blades cruise

United had cruised into a two-goal lead early on. Kelly headed home the first after seven minutes, while after 23 minutes Georges Santos found Bent in space on the edge of the area and the striker fed the ball into the onrushing Brown.

He blasted high into the roof of the net to put his side apparently in control.

But Norwich refused to throw in the towel and crucially got a goal back within four minutes. Defender Craig Fleming's free-kick was nodded on by Roberts and Northern Ireland international Mulryne was on hand to blast the ball past Simon Tracey for his first goal for two seasons.


Two-nil down at home is a big hurdle to overcome, particularly with our goal-scoring record which has not been great
  Bryan Hamilton
Norwich continued to look the better side and it was no surprise when they levelled the scores four minutes before the interval with Roberts' seventh goal of the season.

Strike partner Gaetano Giallanza did the spadework on the right skipping past his marker before sending over an accurate cross to the near post which Roberts nodded home with the faintest of touches.

Quick goals

The early stages of the second half were evenly contested but it was the Canaries who took the game by the scruff of the neck with two quick goals just after the hour mark.

They moved in front for the first time on 61 minutes when Tony Cottee was given too much room, and he scored with a fine first-time finish.

Seconds later the score was 4-2 as Roberts chipped the ball forward and Chris Llewellyn ran through to beat the exposed Tracey with ease.

Bent's sending off, which arose after he had been booked for dissent, seemed to have put the visitors in an impossible situation, although they rallied well with Wayne Quinn hitting the woodwork with a late free-kick.

But by then the damage had been done and there was no doubt that the battling Canaries were well worth the three points.


Norwich: A. Marshall, Sutch, Derveld, L. Marshall, Fleming, Kenton, Mulryne, Mackay, Roberts, Giallanza, Llewellyn.
Subs: Russell, Green, Cottee, De Waard, Walsh.

Sheff Utd: Tracey, Quinn, Murphy, M. Brown, Bent, Devlin, Santos, Sandford, Kelly, Uhlenbeek, Woodhouse.
Subs: Jagielka, Montgomery, Newby, Curle, Talia.

Referee: B Knight (Orpington)

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