Norwich v SAFC

Norwich 2 Sunderland 1

by James, Junior Black Cats Reporter

Canaries fly away from Cats.

Sunderland made the worst start possible, conceding within eight minutes. Robert Snodgrass’ free kick was swung in, and after taking a deflection from Cuellar’s hand, ex Newcastle defender Sebastian Bassong saw it come to him and gratefully blundered the ball in from a couple of yards.

Mignolet was blameless and Bassong scored his second goal in three games.

The next talking point of the game came twenty minutes later and it was a chance for Sunderland. A training ground corner saw Danny Rose receiving the ball on the edge of the box.

Unmarked the England U21 star hit the ball first time and it went through a sea of players but former Blackburn shot stopper Mark Bunn dived on the ball.

On 37 minutes Norwich went 2-0 up at Carrow Road. Holding midfielder Bradley Johnson put in Anthony Pilkington, who grabbed the winner against Man Utd a couple of weeks ago, and he was one of one with Mignolet. The winger coolly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.

The Black Cats then found some good passing when Johnson beat a couple players and fed the ball to Gardner on the edge of the box, almost everyone knew what would happen next. The Englishman launched a sweeping left food effort that curled away from Bunn and into the far corner to give the Lads a lifeline going in 2-1 at the break.

At half time Fletcher went off with an ankle injury and was replaced for 19 year old Connor Wickham.

The first chance of the second half came when it was six minutes old. Pilkington fired a shot, like Rose’s in the first half, but the Belgian goalkeeper palmed it in a superb diving save. Then came a contender for goal of the season if it had gone in.

Sunderland were awarded a free kick 40 yards out and Craig Gardner thumped it against the post. The ball then came to Matt Kilgallon who only had to tap in from six yards but the centre back, coming in for the injured O’Shea, blazed the ball over.

Four minutes after the 59th minute open goal miss, Gardner again had a shot, but the ball was cleared off the line as SAFC increased the pressure. Sessegnon then managed to spin past the Norwich defence and was through but his tame left food effort was easily caught by the in form Bunn.

The game calmed down for a while but on 77 minutes, Danny Rose hit a 30 yard volley which was parried by Bunn and Connor Wickham looked like he had got his first goal of the season when he tapped in but he was called rightfully offside. Frazier Campbell and David Vaughan then came on for James McClean and Seb Larsson.

The last talking point of the match was when Craig Gardner’s free kick was well caught by Bunn and Norwich made it four consecutive home wins, beating Arsenal, Stoke, Manchester United and now Sunderland at Carrow Road.

Sunderland team:
Simon Mignolet, Phil Bardsley, Danny Rose, Carlos Cuellar, Matt Kilgallon, Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner,  Adam Johnson, James McClean, Stephane Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher.