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Colchester   0 - 4   Norwich

Colchester 0-5 Norwich

Colchester 0-5 Norwich

By Paul Fletcher
BBC Sport at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Norwich City's Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert has guided Norwich into the automatic promotion places

Norwich manager Paul Lambert enjoyed a victorious return to former club Colchester on a wet but passionate afternoon in Essex that was a disaster for the home team.

Lambert was in charge of the Colchester side that demolished the Canaries 7-1 at Carrow Road on the opening day of the season - and his defection shortly afterwards ensured this would always be a passionate and fiery encounter.

Interest in the fixture attracted a record crowd of 10,064 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium but it was a day of crushing disappointment for the vast majority, who hoped to see Lambert humbled on his return.

A compensation package has yet to be agreed between the two clubs and Colchester chairman Robbie Cowling outlined in the build-up to the match his desire to see his team win.

But Norwich showed a quality and clinical edge in front of goal that was beyond their opponents as Chris Martin scored twice in the opening half, while skipper Gary Doherty, Oli Johnson and Grant Holt struck after the break.

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It might have been worse for Colchester, who have now conceded 12 in their last two games, but Wes Hoolahan failed to convert from the penalty spot - although the misery did continue all the way to the final whistle, with Ian Henderson sent off on his home debut for a shocking late tackle on Darel Russell.

Lambert's team have now won their last five straight League One fixtures to keep the pressure on leaders Leeds United.

The home team started the day in fourth and certainly created enough early chances to have ensured a competitive contest but their failure to take them saw Aidy Boothroyd suffer only his third defeat in 19 league contests since succeeding Lambert.

Colchester dominated long periods of the opening half and created the bulk of the chances but nonetheless found themselves up against it by the break.

The very heavy conditions did not particularly suit Norwich's passing style but Martin made no mistake with his crisp low strike from the edge of the area after 16 minutes.

Then, deep into injury time, he collected a through ball from strike partner Grant Holt before closing in on goal and guiding his strike beyond the diving Ben Williams into the bottom corner.

Martin showed great skill and composure as he closed in on goal to keep control of the ball, which repeatedly caught on the wet surface.

Lambert punched the air in delight but the half-time scoreline was harsh on the home side, who played with desire, enthusiasm and a direct style that ought to have been better suited to the conditions.

David Fox tested Fraser Forster with a low strike in just the third minute and the Norwich keeper made an even better save shortly afterwards to keep out Anthony Wordsworth's crisp shot.

Norwich enjoyed a spell of possession after scoring, while an incident that started with a clash between Hoolahan and Marc Tierney quickly escalated and saw four players booked by referee Mike Dean.

Colchester finished the half strongly, with Forster denying Clive Platt and Wordsworth, while Phil Ifil missed from a good position before Norwich stunned the home crowd with their second goal.

The result was put beyond doubt within minutes of the restart when Norwich, with only their third meaningful chance of the game, scored again.

Hoolahan floated an inviting free-kick into the box and Doherty smashed home from 10 yards after the ball had dropped invitingly.

The away fans chanted "we want seven" and the Canaries should have scored another in pursuit of that scoreline when Holt was pulled down inside the area by Colchester skipper Magnus Okuonghae.

Dean had no hesitation in awarding a spot kick but Hoolahan smashed his effort against the crossbar and stabbed home the rebound before anybody else had touched the ball, thus ruling out the goal.

Norwich were vastly superior after the break and the fourth goal eventually came late on when substitute Johnson shot across goal and into the bottom corner.

There was still time for Holt to add to Colchester's woes, the striker collecting a long ball up field before rounding the keeper and slotting home before Henderson saw red in the final minute.

Colchester United manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Essex:

"There is a way to win, we've done plenty of that and there is a way to lose.

"We made sure we were beaten by a better team on the day.

"Out of the five goals, four of them we gave them, and that is something we haven't done all season."

Norwich manager Paul Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"They've got to change their game to certain conditions and I thought some of the football we played, in really bad conditions, was exceptional.

"We came here to try and win another three points which we've done.

"I never actually think to myself that this is going to last forever, but we will do our upmost to get this club up. At this moment in time we've given them back something when they were hurt.

"Chris Martin, 21 years of age, and what a terrific finisher he is with a football."

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Saturday, 16 January 2010

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Colchester 0-5 Norwich FT
(HT 0-2)
    • Martin 16
    • Martin 45+1
    • Doherty 49
    • Johnson 81
    • Holt 90


    • 01 Williams
    • 04 Okuonghae
    • 21 Batth yellow card (Baldwin 55)
    • 23 Tierney yellow card
    • 25 White (Henderson 70 red card)
    • 31 Ifil
    • 10 Izzet yellow card
    • 14 Fox (Odejayi 55)
    • 22 Wordsworth
    • 09 Platt
    • 20 Lisbie yellow card


    • 12 Cousins,
    • 05 Baldwin,
    • 28 Heath,
    • 11 Hackney,
    • 15 Odejayi,
    • 16 Henderson,
    • 18 Gillespie


    • 21 Forster
    • 03 Drury
    • 05 Nelson
    • 06 Martin
    • 12 Doherty yellow card
    • 14 Hoolahan yellow card (Johnson 66)
    • 19 Lappin (Hughes 89)
    • 20 Russell
    • 30 Smith
    • 09 Holt yellow card
    • 16 Martin yellow card (Whitbread 83)


    • 13 Rudd,
    • 31 Whitbread,
    • 04 Gill,
    • 08 Hughes,
    • 24 McNamee,
    • 27 McDonald,
    • 32 Johnson
    Ref: DeanAtt: 10,064


    • Colchester 48%
    • Norwich 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Colchester 5
    • Norwich 6

    Attempts off target

    • Colchester 10
    • Norwich 1


    • Colchester 3
    • Norwich 3


    • Colchester 16
    • Norwich 14
    • 68:45 Clive Platt produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 66:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Wordsworth on Adam Drury. Simon Lappin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:09 Substitution Oli Johnson replaces Wesley Hoolahan.
    • 62:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Lisbie by Korey Smith. Anthony Wordsworth sends in a cross, Kevin Lisbie has header on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 60:44 Corner taken left-footed by Simon Lappin from the right by-line, Anthony Wordsworth makes a clearance.
    • 59:36 Kemal Izzet challenges Chris Martin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Lappin.
    • 59:01 Foul by Kayode Odejayi on Gary Doherty, free kick awarded. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
    • 57:54 The offside flag is raised against Grant Holt. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
    • 56:41 Penalty missed over the bar by Wesley Hoolahan.
    • 56:41 John White concedes a Penalty for a foul on Grant Holt.
    • 54:44 Substitution Pat Baldwin on for Danny Batth.
    • 54:44 Substitution David Fox leaves the field to be replaced by Kayode Odejayi.
    • 53:15 Strike on goal comes in from Chris Martin from the free kick, Clive Platt manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:15 Booking The referee books Danny Batth for unsporting behaviour.
    • 53:01 Foul by Danny Batth on Grant Holt, free kick awarded.
    • 52:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Drury on Kevin Lisbie. Free kick crossed by Philip Ifil.
    • 51:37 Wesley Hoolahan concedes a free kick for a foul on Kemal Izzet. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.
    • 49:31 Philip Ifil has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 48:32 Assist on the goal came from Wesley Hoolahan.
    • 48:32 GOAL - Gary DohertyColchester 0 - 3 Norwich Gary Doherty fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Colchester 0-3 Norwich.
    • 47:56 Unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan by Philip Ifil results in a free kick. Wesley Hoolahan produces a cross,
    • 46:27 Kemal Izzet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan. Russell Martin takes the indirect free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:24 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+3:02 Philip Ifil takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+3:02 Booking Gary Doherty receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:00+2:53 Unfair challenge on Kevin Lisbie by Gary Doherty results in a free kick.
    • 45:00+0:27 Grant Holt provided the assist for the goal.
    • 45:00+0:27 GOAL - Chris MartinColchester 0 - 2 Norwich Chris Martin finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 0-2 Norwich.
    • 44:22 Unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan by Anthony Wordsworth results in a free kick. Russell Martin takes the indirect free kick.
    • 43:22 Corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth.
    • 41:27 Foul by Gary Doherty on Clive Platt, free kick awarded. Anthony Wordsworth has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 41:16 The assistant referee signals for offside against Grant Holt. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
    • 40:22 Indirect free kick taken by John White.
    • 40:22 Booking Grant Holt goes into the referee's book.
    • 40:18 Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Magnus Okuonghae.
    • 39:27 Effort on goal by Philip Ifil from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 35:18 Corner from right by-line taken by Anthony Wordsworth.
    • 34:29 Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
    • 33:42 Marc Tierney fouled by Grant Holt, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.
    • 32:37 The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:16 David Fox fouled by Wesley Hoolahan, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.
    • 30:12 Simon Lappin takes the outswinging corner, David Fox makes a clearance.
    • 27:51 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Lisbie. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 25:29 Clive Platt takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
    • 23:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Doherty by Kevin Lisbie. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:19 Foul by Marc Tierney on Wesley Hoolahan, free kick awarded. Darel Russell crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Clive Platt.
    • 18:37 Philip Ifil crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Fraser Forster.
    • 18:37 Booking Kevin Lisbie booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 18:25 Booking Booking for Chris Martin.
    • 18:03 Booking Wesley Hoolahan goes into the referee's book.
    • 18:02 Booking Marc Tierney goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 16:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Martin on Kevin Lisbie.
    • Correction - 15:26 Russell Martin provided the assist for the goal.
    • 15:26 The assist for the goal came from Grant Holt.
    • 15:26 GOAL - Chris MartinColchester 0 - 1 Norwich A goal is scored by Chris Martin from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 0-1 Norwich.
    • 13:30 John White fouled by Grant Holt, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Batth by Chris Martin. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:46 John White produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 8:00 Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
    • 6:30 The referee blows for offside against Grant Holt. Ben Williams takes the free kick.
    • 5:56 Simon Lappin fouled by John White, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Simon Lappin.
    • 1:58 Shot from deep inside the area by David Fox goes over the bar.
    • 1:16 The official flags Philip Ifil offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    League One table snapshot

    As it stood on 16 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Leeds United 25 30 57
    2 Norwich 26 31 54
    3 Charlton 25 20 51
    4 Colchester 24 13 45
    5 Huddersfield 24 19 41
    6 Swindon 23 4 41
    7 MK Dons 25 5 39
    8 Millwall 25 7 37
    9 Bristol Rovers 23 -4 34
    10 Brentford 25 -2 33
    11 Walsall 23 2 31
    12 Hartlepool 25 -6 30
    13 Southampton 25 13 29
    14 Southend 25 -5 29
    15 Exeter 26 -9 29
    16 Yeovil 24 -2 28
    17 Carlisle 23 -4 28
    18 Brighton 25 -12 27
    19 Gillingham 25 -7 26
    20 Oldham 23 -9 25
    21 Leyton Orient 24 -13 24
    22 Tranmere 23 -22 21
    23 Wycombe 27 -23 19
    24 Stockport 23 -26 14

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