Anthony Pilkington’s first goal of the season gave Norwich City a famous victory over Manchester United to send a Carrow Road full house into carnival mood.

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It was cometh the hour, cometh the man as Pilkington struck after 60 minutes with a perfectly-placed header from a cross by full-back Javier Garrido.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy produced a brilliant display to record his fifth clean sheet of the season, most notably with saves from Ashley Young and from his own team-mate, Sebastien Bassong, and the Canaries protected their lead valiantly to extend their unbeaten run to five Premier League games and six matches in all competitions.

It was only City’s second victory over United in 15 meetings, stretching back more than 21 years, but one that Chris Hughton’s men worked themselves into the ground for.

Substitute Jonny Howson might have made the margin of victory greater but rolled the ball the wrong side of the post in the final minute of normal time.

City boss Hughton named an unchanged side after the 0-0 draw at Reading, with midfielder Alex Tettey fit to play despite a back problem restricting his training over the past two weeks.

Hughton also opted for the same seven substitutes on duty at the Madejski Stadium.

Defender Russell Martin was still sidelined by a back problem he suffered three weeks ago at Aston Villa.

United showed three changes to the team that started the 3-2 win at Villa. Anders Lindegaard, who was reported to have suffered a knock on international duty with Denmark, was a surprise inclusion in goal in place of David de Gea, who had troublesome teeth.

Ryan Giggs replaced fellow veteran Paul Scholes in midfield, while Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, who came off the bench to score twice at Villa Park, replaced Wayne Rooney, sidelined by an ankle injury and tonsillitis.

Defender Jonny Evans (groin) and midfielder Nani (hamstring) were still absent, but defender Phil Jones was named on the bench after missing the whole season so far with a knee injury.

Before kick-off, Wes Hoolahan was presented with City’s player of the month award for October.

United were knocked off the top before kick-off by rivals Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Villa.

Unusually, City were defending the Barclay end first and in only the third minute, Ruddy was called upon to make an important save, diving to his right to keep out Van Persie’s left-foot shot but unable to stop it going out for a corner.

United forced two flag-kicks but Young failed to deliver and as City pushed forward, Snodgrass fired their first shot in anger, hooking a long-range effort over the top from a quickly-taken free-kick.

Whittaker had to concede a third corner, heading clear from Valencia’s cross, but as Ruddy punched clear from Young’s kick, City broke very swiftly and Hoolahan sent Pilkington clear for a powerful effort that flashed past Lindegaard’s left-hand post.

Young won a fortunate free-kick on the edge of the City area when he ran into Whittaker and tumbled over, but United wasted it when Van Persie fired almost into the top tier from Giggs’ pass.

Another free-kick, awarded for a foul by Turner on Hernandez, gave Young a dead-ball opportunity but he curled his shot straight into Ruddy’s arms from 20 yards.

A neat passing move after 17 minutes gave Hoolahan the chance to shoot but, on his right foot, his effort lacked the power to trouble Lindegaard.

Evra failed to connect with a free header from a Young corner when he could have given United the lead.

Snodgrass was not too far off target with a glancing header from a cross by Hoolahan, and City, looking more threatening, went even closer when Pilkington set up Garrido for a cross from the left that whizzed across the six-yard box with no one able to connect.

There were ironic cheers when referee Taylor finally gave City a free-kick for a foul by Hernandez on Turner.

Tettey tried his luck from long range but Lindegaard saved comfortably, low to his right.

City carved United open down the left side of their defence with some neat interplay between Hoolahan and Snodgrass, whose cross was destined for Holt at the near post, only for Smalling to make a vital tackle and prevent a certain goal.

Van Persie missed a real opening moments later when he kicked thin air from Giggs’ pass, but Ruddy denied United the lead with a brilliant save three minute before the break. Van Persie’s corner found the head of Whittaker and dropped for Young, who struck a low left-foot shot that was heading inside the post until the keeper stuck out his left-hand to divert the ball wide.

• Half-time: Norwich City 0, Manchester United 0

Within two minutes of the restart, Van Persie again failed to make the most of an opening as he swung a boot at Young’s pass but he was given a second opportunity as Garrido stumbled, only to fire straight at Ruddy, who gathered at the second attempt.

There was an escape for United when Evra fouled Snodgrass and the winger floated in a free-kick that Lindegaard failed to gather, but which struck Turner on the back as he arrived at the far post.

City were enjoying a good spell in the United half and only the lack of a final ball let them down as crosses from Garrido, then Pilkington, went begging.

But with an hour gone, Carrow Road erupted as Pilkington headed City into the lead with his first goal of the season.

A splendid move down the left ended with Hoolahan releasing Garrido and the full-back’s perfect cross was met with a marvellous glancing header by Pilkington that gave Lindegaard no chance.

Pilkington’s footwork almost conjured up the chance for a second goal when he fizzed a cross into the six-yard box but United managed to scramble the ball clear.

United made a double change with just over 20 minutes left as Scholes and Welbeck replaced Valencia and Hernandez.

Smalling appeared to have a handful of Holt’s shirt as a cross from Whittaker came in, but referee Taylor waved play on.

A foul by Rafael on Johnson gave City a free-kick on the left and though United headed clear, Snodgrass floated the ball back in to where Johnson did not quite anticipate the chance and was unable to keep it in.

Ruddy saved a Welbeck header as Van Persie crossed from the right, and Whittaker came to the rescue with a defensive header after Young got away from Garrido.

With seven minutes left, there were three changes as Morison and Howson replaced Holt and Hoolahan for City, and Anderson came on for United defender Ferdinand.

Welbeck headed badly wide from an Anderson cross with five minutes left as United continued to press.

The two substitutes might have conjured up some magic as Morison did well to get in a cross from the left, but just too strong for Howson.

Pilkington cut in from the left and tested Lindegaard with a powerful effort as the home crowd began to sense a famous victory.

In the last minute of normal time, Howson could have made the game safe as Morison held the ball up well and played him through but the midfielder rolled his shot just the wrong side of the post.

Four minutes of added time were signalled and Elliott Bennett came on for Snodgrass, who had been down receiving treatment.

Rafael was booked for dissent after disputing a throw-in as United became frustrated.

Ruddy pulled off another wonderful save from his own defender as Bassong got his head to Van Persie’s free-kick, reacting brilliantly to tip the ball over the bar.

And the keeper capped a brilliant day’s work with another fine save from Anderson, with Scholes looking to pounce on the rebound,

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett, 90), Hoolahan (Howson, 83), Pilkington; Holt (Morison, 83). Subs (not used): Bunn, Tierney, Ryan Bennett, Jackson.

• Manchester United: Lindegaard; Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand (Anderson, 83), Evra; Valencia (Scholes, 69), Carrick, Giggs, Young; Hernandez (Welbeck, 69), Van Persie. Subs (not used): Johnstone, Jones, Fletcher, Cleverley.

• Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester)

• Attendance: 26,840

• Goals: City: Pilkington (60)

• Bookings: United: Rafael (90)

30 comments

  • It started at 1.30am here and by the time the interviews were over it was 4.45am but well worth the wee hours of the morning. It may not at times have the best the team has played but overall yes it worked and worked well. Who the match sponsors picked we are not told but all the team deserve a team award. For me Ruddy was immense as was Whittaker in defence Wes in mid-field at time ran them ragged, Snodgrass and Tetty fought well - Holt up front put in a shift - Pilks with goal but what a cross. Even Sir Alex seemed to be magnanimous in defeat but I think the throwing of a towel across the dug-out towards the end was a better indication. The best of it was three more points and a clean sheet bodes well for the fight ahead. The fans were given special mentioned during the commentary and by the pundits in the studio all in all well worth losing sleep for. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • thought turner was brilliant to-day.the whole team worked so hard against 12 men.the ref was dreadfull.

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    bluelight

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • great performance from everyone.CH has done what lambert couldnt!A great day all round!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • The last 5 games have been just the tonic the whole of Norwich City Football Club needed, Management, staff, players and of course supporters. Clean sheets, wins and even the draw against Reading now looks like a good result after them beating Everton at the weekend. If this form can be maintained, it should keep the smiles on the faces. The train keeps a rolling, Norwich City is bigger than one single person.

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    RoadWarrior

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Magic result! Got to see it live here. We have come a long way this season under Hughton. We are going to be alright I believe

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    Calgarycanary

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • I don't know about results not going our way..Wigan lost 3-0, QPR lost 3-1 and Villa lost 5-0. Southampton won, but that was at the expense of QPR and Reading won, which was a shame, but it's still not a bad day of results. If Sunderland and Stoke lost their away games then it's a very good weekend indeed

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    YorkCanary

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • When Gunn was sacked they had to get the appointment right and I am sure that they had already done their hwk on Lambert. They were also well prepared for Lambert leaving and Hughton was clearly high on their list when that eventually happened. For different reasons they had to get that right too. Hughton is a very different manager to Lambert but he is gradually shaping his team. There needs to be more to come, but progress is being made after a bad start. Hopefully, Turner and Bassong can continue their partnership which is bearing fruit and hopefully Pilks and Snodders can continue to take more of the load off Hoolahan and then we can really start to kick on.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • No offense taken brewer, i congratulated your team on a good win. The last poster said Hughton has done was PL couldn't do, fiar enough, but how many years experience has Hughton got in Assistant ManagementManagement? Given the length of time in management as a whole, i think PL has done a fine job up to now. See you on the 11th,

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    MonkeyNuts

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • Algarve, it's about time you cottoned onto something: that City can only play as well as the other team allows them to. We were not dire against Villa, we fully deserved to win the game, we just didn't that's all. Nor were we pathetic against Reading, it was a good away point, Reading had already put three past Fulham and two past Newcastle, and today they beat Everton. There are no easy games in the Prem. Try repeating it a hundred times before you go to sleep: there are no easy games in the Prem, there are no easy ...

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • Great result - Shame other results didn't go our way - Fantastic performance - Not home and hosed yet but on the right track - as i 've said before 1-0 to the city - 1-0 to the city ...etc... OTBC!!!

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    JMH

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • One odd statistic is that MUFC won 12 corners to our NIL. Yet possession and shots on\off target were quite even. Another panic-free performance. There seems to be a less frenetic aspect to City`s play since the ineffably calm Hughton arrived. 5 clean sheets already this season. Every player did well, hard to pick out a Man of the Match. Ruddy`s beginning to look like the real deal. Hodgson was in the audience. Did he also notice what a hard-working, selfless and supremely effective front man Holty is? Johnson looks in his element vs the "Big Boys".

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • Algarve, it's about time you cottoned onto something: that City can only play as well as the other team allows them to. We were not dire against Villa, we fully deserved to win the game, we just didn't that's all. Nor were we pathetic against Reading, it was a good away point, Reading had already put three past Fulham and two past Newcastle, and today they beat Everton. There are no easy games in the Prem. Try repeating it a hundred times before you go to sleep: there are no easy games in the Prem, there are no easy ...

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • Hughton was always the man for that job once his predecessor made it clear he was leaving around last March (or the previous Summer?). What he has brought to The Carra is a new mentality, despite all his modest understatement, that we can compete as equals not just be the heroic losers like Holloway`s Blackpool. Hoots inherited a good squad but that team is undoubtedly his own - 6 of his signings in the starting XI including the entire back 4. The players he inherited have bought in to his ethos. All good. I do think folk should desist from all the aggression toward Monkey Nuts; he has offered the olive branch often enough! Pax Premiera? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Well worth the flight from Dubai to watch this one !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • I remember the feeling of sheer bliss when we beat Utd the last time we were in the prem under Worthington,this just feels even better,what a result we cant get carried away, but more results like this and we really can start looking at another season in the best league in the world,In HWT OTBC

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    ncfcforever

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • Pilks was awesome and I don't just mean the goal. Now in the Berstrete Gates, it's rocking.

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    Mikado Kember

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • Good for you DC, glad you got to go. Singapore, I listened to it on Talksport and they deliberated between Turner and Ruddy for MOTM and eventually gave it to Ruddy for his save from Bassong at the end. Yes the defence was excellent, but for me I was most pleased with the fact that we attacked them, and from what I saw on MOTD and heard on the radio, our passing was much better. Pilks also seemed to have a very good game which bodes well for the coming games. Hughton got the tactics right and made good substitutions at the right time. Howson adds a bit more bite in the tackle than Wes (plus Wes tends to tire after running himself into the ground) and Morrison seems to have played with no small ammount of skill. I was impressed with Wes as well yesterday, he dropped very deep to pick up the ball for the build up to the goal and he just adds that creative spark. As for other results, I don't really care because as Lambert used to say, it is about taking care of our business and I can't imagine Hughton would feel any different. Those bottom teams will go on a run at some point and possibly other teams will lose form and drop into the relegation battle. We just need to ensure that we aren't one of them. Considering how comfortable Swansea have looked this season, we are only a couple of points behind them, just a thought... OTBC and IHWT

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • Monkey Nuts, I think Bruce87`s comment was aimed at Lambert rather than Villa. A bit of tribalism seems inevitable in footy matters! And, B87, why should we worry about "the binners" when they are not even in the same league as us?? Stay cool, MN, don`t be provoked. JGLives speaks extreme wisdom. OTBC. AWGWGHN. (Aren`t We Glad We Got Hughton Now).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • OTBC! Fantastic result for Hughton's Heroes, and to cap it all Lambo's Losers lost and the binners got a right stuffing, happy days ! Cmon u yellows!

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • Always going to happen when parties dont see eye to eye. Shame as its spoilt what was always a nice rivalry. I am not sure PL has what it takes to get us out of it. Sure we lost to the 2 best teams in sucession, we showed alot of fight against MU, but dropped heads when the played Citeh. We're a very young, naive team, lacking experience and its telling. maybe a year or 2 down in the championship may give our board a boot up the behind we need. Worse part is, if it happens, Lambert will be blamed for it, where the blame goes as far back as Houllier.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • Couldnt travel to Manchester to watch the Villa today but managed to get a last minute ticket for this one. Have to say you played well and i enjoyed it. Good result, well deserved for your tenacity alone. Still, not sure why your still giving my boys grief, looking forward to the 11th, tickets already booked!

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    MonkeyNuts

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • So glad you made it Dubai, if this is what they do when you are there,come again soon. The atmosphere in the Iceni before the game between the two sets of fans was outstanding.

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    Rodders

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • It has to be asked.....brilliant against Aresenal.........dire against Villa and pathetic in letting Reading off the hook.....then genuinely brilliant against Manchester United. We throw away points against the bottom teams we should beat....them are superb in baeting teams we should have no chance against!!! What's that all about???

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • The king is dead - - - Long Live The King !!!!

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    The Crab

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • WHOOP, WHOOP! didnt see that happening, wow great day. but lets just take a minute to console the Ippy fans.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • This wonderful result makes it good to be alive.There's only one Chris Hughton.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • norniron canary

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • I think NCFC fans should move on from the PL era, MonkeyNuts. That fantastic 3-year rise to the Prem has moved on to the perhaps less spectacular task of keeping us there. PL didn`t fancy it, though most of us wanted him to stay. Enter Hughton. Each man has his own agenda and his new challenge. As long as AV fans are happy with Lambo it`s really none of our business any more. Pity about the reciprocal suing saga, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • I would rather be talking about being undefeated in the last six outings and picking up clean sheets against the Gooners, Stoke and ManU. I don't want to hear about Paul Lambert anymore, he did great things for us but decided to move on, Chris Hughton is our manager now and despite the early wobbles, he seems to have pulled together what has the makings of a truly great team. Kudos to McNally & Co for once again making it happen.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • Fantastic result thanks to a brilliant performance throughout the team. Hughton for Manager of the Month. A moment to savor.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

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