Steve Morison’s ninth goal of the season clinched Norwich City’s second successive Premier League away victory as they avenged their early-season home defeat by West Bromwich Albion.

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Morison headed home from a cross by substitute Grant Holt 11 minutes from time to seal their third away success after Shane Long’s second-half penalty had cancelled out Andrew Surman’s first-half opener.

Albion held sway in the opening half but City held firm thanks to two important saves by John Ruddy and a goalline clearance by Surman, and it was Surman who gave them the lead two minutes before the break.

Simeon Jackson and Wes Hoolahan combined for Surman to volley home from the edge of the area for his third goal of the season.

Albion renewed the assault after the break and it was substitute Long, so often a thorn in City’s side, who levelled from the penalty spot.

Daniel Ayala brought down Jerome Thomas with a reckless challenge and Long tucked his spot-kick to Ruddy’s left.

But as Albion pushed for a winner, it was the Canaries who produced it when Holt crossed from the left and Morison headed home.

Victory was greeted with more joyous scenes from another big travelling contingent, while for Albion it was their seventh home defeat of the season.

City boss Paul Lambert made five changes after the FA Cup win over Burnley. Goalkeeper John Ruddy returned, while there were recalls for Kyle Naughton, Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington and Steve Morison.

Declan Rudd, in goal against the Clarets, was not on the bench with Jed Steer named as substitute ’keeper. Adam Drury, David Fox, Andrew Crofts and Grant Holt were all relegated to the bench.

Full-back Marc Tierney (groin) and defender Ritchie de Laet (back) were still out injured, and there was no place in the 18 against his former club for defender Leon Barnett.

Albion showed three changes from the team that started the FA Cup victory over Cardiff, with defender Billy Jones out of the squad and George Thorne and Graham Dorrans among the substitutes. Into the starting line-up came Paul Scharner, Youssouf Mulumbu and Jerome Thomas, all recovered from injury.

In the fourth minute, a foul by Ayala on Thomas gave Albion a free-kick some eight yards outside the penalty area. Morrison took the kick but it flew up off the wall for goalkeeper Ruddy to make a safe catch.

There was an escape for the Canaries a minute later, however, when Odemwingie’s 25-yard drive was pushed by Ruddy, not all that convincingly, on to the bar and out for a corner.

It was Albion’s turn for a lucky break in the 11th minute when Morison chased Russell Martin’s pass into the area, where ’keeper Foster came out and his attempted clearance squirted off the City striker and spun back to hit the outside of the post.

Ruddy was called into action again to deal with a cross from the left from Odemwingie, but as City hit back, Jackson flashed a shot over the bar from Pilkington’s centre.

Ruddy kept City on terms after 21 minutes when Odemingie and Morrison combined well to put Cox through, but the ’keeper did well to smother his shot at close range.

Dawson denied Jackson a shooting chance at the expense of a corner as he broke quickly on to Naughton’s through-ball, but though Pilkington’s kick found Morison, Albion were.

Surman was next to come to the rescue for City on the half-hour. Morison headed clear from a corner but Morrison struck a goalbound effort that was headed off the line by Surman.

Then it was Whitbread making a vital block from Thomas as Albion threatened once again.

It was mostly one-way traffic and Ayala made an important near-post clearance from a quickly-taken free-kick, before Scharner headed over from the resulting corner.

Ayala’s poor control handed Albion a needless corner which, thankfully for City, Morrison overhit, and as the visitors broke quickly, Morison headed wide from Pilkington’s cross.

Two minutes before the break, and against the run of play, the Canaries went ahead through Surman, his third goal of the season.

Pilkington set the move in motion with a long ball up the right to Jackson, who did well to hold it up before support arrived, Hoolahan taking over and floating his centre to the edge of the area where Surman volleyed left-footed past Foster.

• Half-time: West Bromwich Albion 0, Norwich City 1

Morrison blazed over from Albion’s first chance of the second period after Thomas had caused problems for City down the left.

Scharner wasted another opportunity by shooting high into the crowd behind Ruddy’s goal, to groans from the home crowd.

Morrison volleyed just over after a much better move as Odemwingie knocked a long ball back into his path.

Jackson brought Foster into action after 57 minutes but it was a fairly gentle, curling shot that gave the ’keeper no trouble.

Albion made a double change after 63 minutes when Long and Dorrans replaced Odemwingie and Scharner.

Long almost scored with his first touch as Thomas played him in on the edge of the six-yard box and he turned to fire in a shot that Ruddy palmed away, then the keeper had to keep out a snapshot by Cox which he grabbed at the second attempt.

Midway through the half, however, Albion got on terms when Long scored from the penalty spot.

It was a reckless challenge by Ayala on Thomas just inside the six-yard box, referee Dean pointing straight to the spot, and Long coolly tucked his spot-kick to Ruddy’s left as the ’keeper moved the other way.

Before play restarted, Lambert made a double change with Crofts and Holt replacing Pilkington and Jackson.

Johnson had a shot deflected wide and Morison headed over from the resulting corner by Surman as City sought an immediate reply.

There were appeals for another penalty when Whitbread cut out a cross by Long as he slid to the ground, but referee Dean was unimpressed.

Albion made their final change 13 minutes from time when the lively Thomas was replaced by Fortune.

McAuley almost made it 2-1 when he was first to Dorrans’ corner but headed straight at Ruddy.

With City under the cosh, they suddenly regained the lead with 11 minutes to go, Morison scoring his ninth goal of the season.

Naughton won an important challenge and exchanged passes with Holt, then sent the substitute racing away down the left, where he delivered the perfect cross for Morison to power in a header that Foster could only help into the net.

Immediately, City replaced Johnson with Fox in front of the back four.

The Canaries came under more pressure in the closing stages but despite four minutes of time added on, they held firm for another vital away success.

• Result: West Bromwich Albion 1, Norwich City 2

• West Bromwich Albion: Foster; Jara Reyes, McAuley, Dawson, Shorey; Morrison, Scharner (Dorrans, 63), Mulumbu, Thomas (Fortune, 77); Odemwingie (Long, 63), Cox. Subs (not used): Fulop, Mattock, Tamas, Thorne.

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Russell Martin, Ayala, Whitbread, Naughton; Johnson (Fox, 80); Pilkington (Crofts, 68), Surman; Morison, Jackson (Holt, 68). Subs: Steer, Drury, Bennett, Wilbraham.

• Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

• Attendance: 24,474

• Goals: Albion: Long (68, pen). City: Surman (43), Morison (79)

• Booking: City: Ayala (67)

40 comments

  • Sorry ged, gerry or Garoid, but what was once amusing is now boring. You have nothing positive to add, not even constructive criticism on offer, it's the same old drival. Give it a rest! It's not that it grates it's just offensive to the majority of people who comment on this site. Another great performance against a side that have been in the Premier League for a year or so, with a manager who has already stated was mentioned as a possible England Manager? Evey match is a hard match that's what makes the Premier League so competitive and the most watched League (through the medium of TV) around the world! Well done Norwich for scoring more goals against WBA than they scored against you! So much for clean sheets Ged! Don't forget to wear the boxing gloves when you go to bed tonight.

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    RoadWarrior

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • Trying again to get a ethered comment back on so I will stick to the details. It may be old news to some of you but I just discovered the "Ipswich Kenny" videos on YouTube. Laugh, I neraly bought my own beer. If you have not seen them, it is worthwhile having a look to see what Kenny and his twin brother Glenn have got to say about Ipswich, Norwich and a number of other aspects of life.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • Paul Lambert is not a football genius (Yes I am being deliberately contentious with my opening statement!). He is just a young manager who is clearly a student of the game. He has a number of basic attributes that he applies to his craft. 1) He pays attention to the character of his players and knows what approach from him will get the best out of them. 2) He is a shrewd judge of player strengths and abilities. 3) He fosters the team spirit, backed up by his leaders (note the plural) on the pitch and in the dressing room. 4) He knows how to set a team up properly so that they are balanced and each know their jobs. 5) When he makes a mistake he is not afraid to correct it. 6) He learns from his mistakes. These things, I would argue, do not constitute a football genius, merely an intelligent man who is developing the tools of his craft. I remember going to see us play Leeds away in the 1st division, a game we dominated much of. However, Grayson brought on his subs and the game started to drift away from us. On this occasion Lambert was slow to act and only made changes around the 78 minute mark, by which time we had lost momentum. I mention this game as an example to show how far Lambert has come as a manager. Until this season we have primarily played the diamond. Lambert knew that we had to have tactical flexibility and so brought in players like Pilkington and Bennett for just that reason. This season has seen Lambert continue his learning and development by using that flexibility with skill. He has learntis learning to use his squad to its full capacity and effectiveness and long may it continue. P.S. If anyone feels I have missed any attributes, please feel free to contribute.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • On this occasion Lambert was slow to act and only made changes around the 78 minute mark, by which time we had lost momentum. I mention this game as an example to show how far Lambert has come as a manager.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • I suppose we did have to pay Colchester a bit of compensation for "stealing" PL, barnsley, but only the equivalent of one of Torres`s big toes or Andy Carroll`s ponytail. A remarkable man, indeed. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Just got back. Oh well, another game without a clean sheet against one of our relegation rivals. How we can avoid the drop with results like this is beyond me. But as a true, cut-me-open-and-I'd-say-Canaries-all-the-way-through fan, I'll stick by them all the way to the Championship. COYY!!! OTBC!!1ONE!!

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    Red Rooster

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Good to see the lads can play in front of the smaller crowds - 22474 - but the great support from the travelling fans make it almost home from home hats off to you all ;) But on a serious note another hard earned 3 points well done all and as beach cafe says they are walking through walls for PL - let us hope injuries don't start again a little concerned with Declan out. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • Two stunning goals on the break - fantastic result against a very good attacking side. Ayala was lucky given what happened to Kompany though!

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    Steve Gordon

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • PL is as good a tactical manager that there is. I agree with Soglio, if managers moved for a transfer fee, we would be sitting on a fortune.

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    barnsleycanary

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • just got back from watching the game on my laptop in the conservatory. One of the toughest games this season, would have taken the draw, but as usual he lads kept fighting until the end. See Colin cant get the Ipshit job quite yet as they managed another point!

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    tom the taxi

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Yes, mathsman, level on points with Ipswich (who?) with 5 games in hand. And the small matter of 30-odd league places. They are not in our League. In any way!! They will only be saved from the drop because Forest are imploding and the likes of Millwall are falling to pieces. The bottom 6 in this year`s Championship look good L1 material this season. The bottom pack in Prem isn`t really that bad so NCFC doing really well to be where they currently are. Many a slip `twixt Cup and Lip. Triumphalism is a bit gauche but should at least wait for the Triumph! As for Schadenfreude, who needs it? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • A great days skiing and an away win for Norwich, priceless! OTBC-ILWT

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    kevin

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Still no clean sheet......Bothered? I couldn't give a hoot! Whilst winning football matches involves scoring at least one more than the opposition then we will be just fine. Not too many teams can keep our boys out after all! Come oooooon the lads! I'm looking up now, not down!

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • 1) He pays attention to the character of his players and knows what approach from him will get the best out of them. 2) He is a shrewd judge of player strengths and abilities. 3) He fosters the team spirit, backed up by his leaders (note the plural) on the pitch and in the dressing room.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • That is probably because City fans don't do "Singing the blues" or "Ipswich, Ipswich get that goal". I can't say what it was actually like, but on Radio Norfolk it was only the Yellow Army I could hear.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Ok, so I am playing games and attempting to get my comment past the ether hole by breaking it up and submitting as different messages. Clearly this may have a random effect, so people can have fun attempting to assemble it in order. So far pretty good, I just didn't manage to get the first and last part of the comment through.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Arrrggghhh - Ethered again! Thought I would try and post it on the other article 'Lambert hails PL win at West brom', in case it would appear there instead, but no...

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Just back,,,,,,, from my kitchen! great result. 3 more points towards the magic 40! Another great team effort, I guess some will still stir, however well done Norwich, from my living room in Dublin!

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    RoadWarrior

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Until this season we have primarily played the diamond. Lambert knew that we had to have tactical flexibility and so brought in players like Pilkington and Bennett for just that reason. This season has seen Lambert continue his learning and development by using that flexibility with skill. He has learntis learning to use his squad to its full capacity and effectiveness and long may it continue. P.S. If anyone feels I have missed any attributes, please feel free to contribute.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Keep up the good work Cuffers, nice to see an old Yarmouth Grammar Boy going strong.

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    barnsleycanary

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • These things, I would argue, do not constitute a football genius, merely an intelligent man who is developing the tools of his craft. I remember going to see us play Leeds away in the 1st division, a game we dominated much of. However, Grayson brought on his subs and the game started to drift away from us.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • So, the trick is clearly to not attempt to post a long and thoughtful comment as these seem to be the ones puloined - I mean ethered - most often by the Archant sports writers. That is opinion based on the comments of others who endure these frustrations. Obviously, they have to let some through or it would be too blatant.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Good to see Morison showing some emotion and passion after he scored. Did Ayala forget to have his Weetabix ?

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Sorry Ded Sterile! My comment about Sterile Drivel was not aimed at you, but at the Usual Suspect. I sincerely hope you`re not an alter-ego of same? I think not, because your posting was witty. Keep up the good work. Play "Misty" for me. Love, Clint. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • apropos of nothing, really, but reading Steroo`s dribblings made me think of Balls. Ed Balls. Now, I know he claims to be a NCFC fan, but I`m not sure we want him politicising our great club by wearing a yellow & green scarf at some rally or whatever it was. It`s OK for amusing celebrities like the Blessed Mr. Fry to do it but surely not tedious career dissemblers. Of any Party! Just a personal view. Back to sleep now. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • Brilliant result. Just brilliant. 11 points clear of 'relegation' [and sshh .. 7 off Europe!] PL for manager of the season. What ever it takes we must keep his services. Worth more than any player we could afford.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Good to see the lads can play in front of the smaller crowds - 22474 - but the great support from the travelling fans make it almost home from home hats off to you all ;) But on a serious note another hard earned 3 points well done all and as beach cafe says they are walking through walls for PL - let us hope injuries don't start again a little concerned with Declan out. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • You really have got too say that this Norwich city side has got so much guts and inspiration!!For the last two seasons and now this campaign Lambert has got this team running through walls for him!!These are special times for Norwich city football club,and long may it continue!!OTBC

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    beach cafe

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • It's a shame about Dec, to paraphrase the Lemonheads

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • I am sure that many of you already know this. I came across the video diaries of the Ipswich Twins, Kenny and Glenn on YouTube. I don't thing that a posting of the address will work here but I will try anyway. Otherwise, type Ipswich Kenny into YouTube and enjoy the fun. The video diary is made by a stall-holder in Norwich Market and Kenny and Glenn stop by now and a again to add to their video log and banter with passers by. I have not found much for this season but Kenny's predictions for last season are very entertaining, as are the updates on his amourous intentions. http:www.youtube.comwatch?v=_oLq-Sw-8HE&feature=related

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • 4) He knows how to set a team up properly so that they are balanced and each know their jobs. 5) When he makes a mistake he is not afraid to correct it. 6) He learns from his mistakes.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Yes, PC, isn`t this random ethering tedious? Judging by the sheer mass of Sterile Drivel that gets through, that particular "contributor" must be exempt from censure. It may be a form of paranoia, but I am convinced some of my ethered offerings have found their way into a journo`s stuff subsequently. You can recognize it as the spelling and grammar are not too bad. Stuff that`s formally turned down elicits an e-mail from the Grosskontrolleren, explaining that the item has been rejected for "Reason - other". Once a fragment of one turned up in the EDP but it was credited to "Mad Brewer". Standing alone as it did, it couldn`t have meant a lot to anyone, but I was sooo honoured! On the subject of grammar, a contributor called "barnsleycanary" has let slip that one of the sports journos went to Grammar School!! No excuses there, then? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • I just love the way that Lambert has de-mystified the PL for the players, giving them that belief that they can go out and compete and win games in this league. He is a proper manager who relies on old fashioned things like effective man management and an ability to correctly set up a team that is balanced and organised. We have shown that we belong in this league and we only need another three wins and three draws and then we can start looking to see how high we can go. Bring on Chelsea next week. Just finished watching Swansea beat Arsenal and good luck to them. Lets do the same to Chelsea. We are better than we were when we last played them and gave them a tough game, so lets see if we can get points this time. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • Just got back, let me tell you it's a long walk and the favours a gal has to do just to secure a ride! Well anuvver 3 points on the road and we'll take whichever way we can (that's what I always say). Onwards and upwards (I say that too).

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    Ded Sterile

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • Level on points with Ipswich from five fewer games. Nuff said.

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    mathsman

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Another 3 points in the bag, not an easy one but superb team work - watch out Chelsea, we are ready for you!! OTBC. x

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Paul Lambert is not a football genius (Yes I am being deliberately contentious with my opening statement!). He is just a young manager who is clearly a student of the game. He has a number of basic attributes that he applies to his craft.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Just got back - from my nap after following the game on canaries.co.uk, I can't take the pressure! Andrew Surman goal machine, what ever next. The " no doubles under PL's leadership" continues and if it survives next week's vist from Chelski you can hit me in the face with a bloater and call me Ged I Knight.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Grammar School, eh? There may still be some hope for local journalism. Good old Grant the winger! What`s wrong with Barnett?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Just got back......had a few beers and I'm a bit tipsy. Well, we got away with another one didn't we?? An incredibly lucky 3 points but when you're in our position you can't look a gift horse in the mouth! I reckon we could have only had 3 shots and about 30% of the possession. Will we ever keep a clean sheet?? It's getting to be a total joke now, mark my words kids it'll come back to haunt us later in the season. My major disappointment today was that I tried to start loads of songs and none of our fans were bothering to join in! Some of you lot really need to take a leaf out of my book and start supporting the lads......they need it. Legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

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