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Hartlepool   0 - 2   Norwich

Former Hartlepool defender Michael Nelson helped guide Norwich to victory on his first return to his old club.

Nelson, who spent six years at Hartlepool before moving to Norwich in the summer, scored with an acrobatic overhead kick following a free-kick.

That free-kick was taken by Paul McVeigh, who also played a part in Norwich's second when Stephen Hughes rolled the ball home on 63 minutes.

Substitute James Brown had Hartlepool's best chance but he blasted over.


Norwich manager Paul Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"I thought we started the game really well and I thought we deserved to win if the truth be known.

"This is a really tough place to come, as I said yesterday, I thought the lads were terrific.

"In League One you've sometimes got to win the battle before you win anything, and today I thought they were great."

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Saturday, 29 August 2009

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hartlepool 0-2 Norwich FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Nelson 27
    • Hughes 64

    Hartlepool

    • 01 Flinders
    • 05 Collins
    • 16 Haslam
    • 29 Hartley
    • 04 Liddle
    • 07 McSweeney (Boyd 70)
    • 08 Jones (Fredriksen 77)
    • 11 Monkhouse yellow card
    • 15 Sweeney
    • 09 Behan
    • 23 Larkin (Brown 59)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Cook,
    • 02 Austin,
    • 06 Clark,
    • 19 Fredriksen,
    • 10 Boyd,
    • 12 Brown,
    • 24 Greulich

    Norwich

    • 21 Forster
    • 02 Otsemobor
    • 03 Drury
    • 05 Nelson
    • 33 Berthel Askou
    • 08 Hughes
    • 18 McVeigh (Adeyemi 70)
    • 19 Lappin
    • 30 Smith (McDonald 90+2)
    • 09 Holt
    • 10 Cureton (Daley 78)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Rudd,
    • 23 Stephens,
    • 11 Whaley,
    • 17 Adeyemi,
    • 16 Martin,
    • 25 Daley,
    • 27 McDonald
    Ref: MathiesonAtt: 4,470
    HARTLEPOOL
    NORWICH

    Possession

    • Hartlepool 46%
    • Norwich 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Hartlepool 3
    • Norwich 5

    Attempts off target

    • Hartlepool 5
    • Norwich 4

    Corners

    • Hartlepool 5
    • Norwich 5

    Fouls

    • Hartlepool 12
    • Norwich 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:20 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+1:01 Substitution Cody McDonald joins the action as a substitute, replacing Korey Smith.
    • 88:33 Jens Berthel Askou concedes a free kick for a foul on Denis Behan. Jon-Andre Fredriksen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:11 The referee blows for offside. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:43 The ball is crossed by Simon Lappin.
    • 84:58 The ball is swung over by Peter Hartley, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by James Brown misses to the right of the target.
    • 84:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Collins by Luke Daley. Free kick taken by Sam Collins.
    • 84:01 Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.
    • 83:05 Simon Lappin produces a cross.
    • 82:04 Luke Daley challenges Peter Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:10 The ball is swung over by Adam Drury, Korey Smith takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.
    • 80:01 Denis Behan delivers the ball.
    • 79:38 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Brown from the left by-line to the near post.
    • 77:13 Substitution (Norwich) makes a substitution, with Luke Daley coming on for Jamie Cureton.
    • 76:49 Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with Jon-Andre Fredriksen coming on for Ritchie Jones.
    • 75:51 Denis Behan has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 75:28 Corner taken right-footed by James Brown to the near post, Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance.
    • 74:33 Jon Otsemobor fouled by Antony Sweeney, the ref awards a free kick. Jon Otsemobor takes the direct free kick.
    • 73:49 Effort from deep inside the area by James Brown misses to the right of the goal.
    • 72:13 Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Adeyemi, Ritchie Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:43 Free kick taken by Adam Drury.
    • 69:43 Substitution Tom Adeyemi is brought on as a substitute for Paul McVeigh.
    • 69:43 Substitution Adam Boyd joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leon McSweeney.
    • 69:43 Sam Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Holt.
    • 67:02 Shot from just outside the area by Antony Sweeney misses to the right of the target.
    • 64:29 Ritchie Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Otsemobor. Free kick taken by Grant Holt.
    • 63:01 Assist by Grant Holt.
    • 63:01 GOAL - Stephen HughesHartlepool 0 - 2 Norwich Stephen Hughes finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 0-2 Norwich.
    • 62:20 Leon McSweeney takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Jens Berthel Askou.
    • 60:44 Unfair challenge on Stephen Hughes by James Brown results in a free kick. Adam Drury takes the free kick.
    • 59:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Brown on Adam Drury. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 58:58 The assistant referee signals for offside against Grant Holt. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.
    • 58:21 Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with James Brown coming on for Colin Larkin.
    • 57:02 Foul by Stephen Hughes on Ritchie Jones, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.
    • 55:39 Paul McVeigh takes the outswinging corner, save by Scott Flinders.
    • 54:55 Grant Holt takes a shot. Sam Collins gets a block in.
    • 53:49 Corner taken right-footed by Leon McSweeney.
    • 52:58 Ritchie Jones has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 50:27 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul McVeigh from the left by-line to the near post, Scott Flinders makes a save.
    • 49:39 Corner taken right-footed by Paul McVeigh from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Haslam manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:38 Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Haslam. Steven Haslam restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46:59 Shot from just outside the box by Stephen Hughes misses to the left of the goal.
    • 46:19 The ball is swung over by Paul McVeigh, Scott Flinders makes a save.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:05 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+2:38 Free kick taken by Jon Otsemobor.
    • 45:00+2:38 Booking Andy Monkhouse booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:00+2:27 Andy Monkhouse challenges Korey Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 45:00+0:26 The ball is crossed by Stephen Hughes, save by Scott Flinders.
    • 44:40 Handball by Stephen Hughes. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:17 The ball is delivered by Peter Hartley, Fraser Forster makes a save.
    • 43:31 Paul McVeigh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Hartley. Peter Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:26 Korey Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Hartley. Gary Liddle takes the free kick.
    • 38:07 The ball is swung over by Ritchie Jones, Colin Larkin takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.
    • 37:34 Leon McSweeney decides to take a short corner.
    • 37:00 Andy Monkhouse sends in a cross, save by Fraser Forster.
    • 32:41 The ball is delivered by Colin Larkin.
    • 31:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Gary Liddle. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.
    • 31:02 Foul by Denis Behan on Jens Berthel Askou, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 30:28 The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephen Hughes. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.
    • 28:15 Foul by Stephen Hughes on Leon McSweeney, free kick awarded. Denis Behan has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Simon Lappin.
    • 26:41 Assist on the goal came from Paul McVeigh.
    • 26:41 GOAL - Michael NelsonHartlepool 0 - 1 Norwich Michael Nelson scores a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 0-1 Norwich.
    • 25:33 Andy Monkhouse concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McVeigh. Direct free kick taken by Jon Otsemobor. Paul McVeigh produces a cross,
    • 24:42 Effort from deep inside the area by Korey Smith misses to the right of the goal.
    • 24:00 The offside flag is raised against Colin Larkin. Indirect free kick taken by Jon Otsemobor.
    • 23:35 Denis Behan takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
    • 23:05 Foul by Grant Holt on Sam Collins, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.
    • 21:39 The ball is swung over by Andy Monkhouse, Fraser Forster makes a save.
    • 19:55 Corner from right by-line taken by Paul McVeigh.
    • 17:13 Adam Drury concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon McSweeney. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Leon McSweeney from right wing.
    • 14:35 Unfair challenge on Adam Drury by Leon McSweeney results in a free kick. Stephen Hughes crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Grant Holt misses to the right of the goal.
    • 13:40 Andy Monkhouse delivers the ball, Fraser Forster makes a save.
    • 10:22 Shot from deep inside the area by Grant Holt goes over the bar.
    • 8:36 Foul by Jamie Cureton on Sam Collins, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.
    • 5:40 Unfair challenge on Stephen Hughes by Andy Monkhouse results in a free kick. Paul McVeigh takes the direct free kick.
    • 5:01 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 3:58 Centre by Jon Otsemobor.
    • 3:17 Paul McVeigh sends in a cross, clearance made by Sam Collins.
    • 1:03 Foul by Steven Haslam on Simon Lappin, free kick awarded. Simon Lappin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:26 Jamie Cureton fouled by Gary Liddle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jon Otsemobor.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    League One results

    29 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Brentford 1-1 Oldham R
    Colchester 1-2 Leeds United R
    Exeter 1-2 MK Dons R
    Hartlepool 0-2 Norwich R
    Huddersfield 2-1 Yeovil R
    Leyton Orient 2-2 Carlisle R
    Stockport 1-1 Southampton R
    Swindon 2-1 Southend R
    Tranmere 0-4 Charlton R
    Walsall 0-0 Gillingham R
    Wycombe 2-1 Bristol Rovers R

    League One table snapshot

    As it stood on 29 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Charlton 5 10 15
    2 Leeds United 5 7 15
    3 MK Dons 5 3 11
    4 Huddersfield 5 8 10
    5 Colchester 5 6 9
    6 Brentford 5 3 9
    7 Bristol Rovers 5 2 9
    8 Swindon 5 -3 8
    9 Millwall 5 2 7
    10 Norwich 5 -2 7
    11 Oldham 5 -1 6
    12 Yeovil 5 0 5
    13 Leyton Orient 5 -1 5
    14 Stockport 5 -1 5
    15 Exeter 5 -1 5
    16 Carlisle 5 -2 5
    17 Walsall 5 -2 5
    18 Gillingham 5 1 4
    19 Southend 5 -1 4
    20 Wycombe 5 -4 4
    21 Hartlepool 5 -4 4
    22 Tranmere 5 -8 3
    23 Brighton 5 -9 2
    24 Southampton 5 -3 -7