Norwich City produced one of their famous comebacks to earn an unlikely point with a 3-3 draw against struggling Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road.

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The Canaries found themselves 3-1 down with just eight minutes left when Bradley Johnson’s long-range effort looped up off Jason Lowe and over a rooted Paul Robinson.

Then remarkably, in the fourth of five added minutes and with City getting increasing desperate, impressive Rovers midfielder Steve Nzonzi inexplicably handled under heavy pressure from Grant Holt and Steve Morison in the area.

Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot, and Holt stepped up to bury the ball into the side of Robinson’s net and earn City a draw from the brink of defeat.

In truth, City had got out of jail with Rovers never being behind during an excellent clash.

A frenetic start saw both sides have their chances. Rovers striker Mauro Formica hit a dipping effort narrowly over inside two minutes and City winger Elliott Bennett side-footed wide with the goal at his mercy – representing the best of the opportunities.

But while the home side had the better of the possession and sights of goal, it was the top flight’s basement boys who took the lead through a wonderful effort from Junior Hoilett in the third and final minute of first-half injury time.

The winger cut inside and despite being shepherded along the edge of the box by Kyle Naughton, the Canadian managed to let fly with a sizzling right-footer that gave John Ruddy little chance.

The second half started more sedately – but exploded into life with a fantastic equaliser from Steve Morison on 53 minutes.

Wes Hoolahan’s ball in was headed back by a combination of Leon Barnett and Gael Givet, and with the ball arriving at Morison on the edge of the area he took one touch to control and his second to ping a wonderful volley off the underside of the crossbar to send City level.

From there City – with one Premier League defeat in five – were supposed to kick on, but it was Rovers who took command with a devastating two-minute spell just after the hour.

Formica wriggled into some space and played a lovely ball into Yakubu, whose low drive was well hit but disappointingly beat Ruddy at his near post.

Then it was the turn of giant centre-back Christopher Samba, who stole in unmarked at the far post and efficiently dispatched Morten Gamst Pedersen’s swirling free-kick.

That looked to be more than enough for Rovers – until City’s trademark late heroics.

Norwich: (4-2-3-1) Ruddy; Naughton, Barnett, Russell Martin, Tierney; Fox (Crofts 75), Johnson; Bennett (Holt 68), Hoolahan, Pilkington (Jackson 75); Morison. Subs (not used): Rudd, Surman, Wilbraham, De Laet.

Goals: Morison 53, Johnson 82, Holt pen 90+3; Bookings: Bennett, Barnett

Blackburn: (4-4-1-1) Robinson; Lowe, Samba, Givet, Olsson; Rochina (Dunn 70), Nzonzi, Pedersen, Hoilett (Petrovic 82); Formica; Yakubu (Goodwillie 70). Subs (not used): Bunn, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley.

Goals: Hoilett 45+3, Yakubu 62, Samba 64; Booking: Lowe

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester)

Attendance: 26,440

36 comments

  • Dreadful. Just dreadful. Just got back after a few beers to try and forget that awful performance, our luck can't carry on. Dreadful.

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • A good fight back another point gained who would have thought we would be 8th in prem league looks like pl came good again poor old ips another loss

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    Spud

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • Great team spirit again from the boy, a good point gained. A volley is the ball being struck whilst it's in the air, doesn't matter if it bounces up and then he strikes it,it's just not a first time volley then, if he hits the ball just as it touches the ground - thats a half volley.... Ok ? and what a great volley it was !! OTBC IPLWT

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    NCFCtillidie

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • Brewer, not sure about the 'Lenny' and the 'stein' bit, but yes that's the one. And isn't Ipswich in a swamp??

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, October 31, 2011

  • Answer to your query MB - Ipswich are in the Chumpionship. Thought you knew!! And to Swiss - I think you'll find that Morison controlled and flicked the ball up with his first touch, and then volleyed it on its way down to get that fantastic goal. But I think it hit the roof of the net, not the underside of the crossbar!

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    The Crab

    Monday, October 31, 2011

  • I'll quite happily take a point when it comes to the Premier League, especially as the bottom half of the table is usually so close points-wise towards the end of the season! Yes, 3 goals were conceded, but then look at the Arsenal-Chelsea game today!

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • Cant even get thet right billie, assuming you're referring to City as usual. We actually got a point back - it was Blackburn who dropped 2 points after being 3-1 up with 8 minutes to go!

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    The Crab

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • PC, is that Eric "Lenny" Bernstein you refer to? Canadian bloke who wrote books on psychology inc something called "Transactional Analysis". How did he get it so right when he`d probably never been to Ipswich?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • Good fight back. but should have been an win! we needed those 3 points! we need to stop relying on our luck!

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    cator_OTBC

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • ...and I love this match report concerning Morison's goal, "he took one touch to control and his second to ping a wonderful volley off the underside of the crossbar". How can it be a volley if he took a touch to control it?

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • well done norwich another strong point after some more bad mistake again from the norwich team

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    Woodcock

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • Sorry! olnl. Too much Tippex on my screen. Still don`t know what it means though!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • That was probably one of our poorer performances and we had the rub of green with the deflection and penalty, but that's been long overdue! But think it's worth mentioning several things. Firstly I was surprised by Blackburn, they kept the ball well and moved it around fast on the floor, maybe it surprised the players als, thought it would be a bit more "Wigan". Secondly the fact that we don't play well and still get points in the Premiership is a good thing. IE Blackburn played well and dropped points! The never-say-die attitude will keep us in this league, I'm convinced up it and is a credit to Lambert and his players. OTBC!

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    aaronchristie@gmail.com

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • and on the volley Michael, according to Wikipedia, "(the player) strikes the ball with his foot before it hits the ground. This is advantageous over a normal strike in that the player does not need to trap the ball, taking an extra touch and allowing the goalkeeper a few extra seconds to react"

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • While we are on definitions, it is interesting to note that "Attention-seeking behaviour" is a personality disorder that has been categorised into 4 styles by psychologists, one of which is "Extroverted negative subdued style – making a negative statement to the world". Does that sound familiar? A commonly used strategy to deal witrh this is "Tactical Ignoring" when the person displaying the attention seeking behavior still feels rewarded by a negative response.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • How could I overlook you, Crab, on the erudition front? It`s a joy to have such civilized repartee. OTBC!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 31, 2011

  • A fortunate point after some dozy defending. Should never have been in that situation to start with. Not surprised the Blackburn goals were well taken. The defence backed away for the first two & stood & watched for the 3rd without making a challenge. This must improve especially against the likes of Man City & Arsenal in the coming weeks. However fair play to them a magnificent comeback for a point. Performances like this may well keep us up. What price the Lambert effect!

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    stayingup

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • PC, I`ve had a rummage thro` my "never read" book collection. A long time ago I did a management course (@ Ipswich-on-Mud College!). One of the textbooks " Behavioural Sciences for Managers" (yaaawn) referred to Berne`s work, inc. " Games People Play". A chap there referred to him as Lenny Bernstein. It seems his birth name was Eric Lennard Bernstein. Useless info, but you rang a bell in that greyish jelly that poses as my brain! OTBC already! So refreshing to be gifted such erudition by you and Swiss, Timbo et al.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 31, 2011

  • I'm sorry if any "supporter" feels let down by a performance like this, but if that's so then they're sailing on the wrong boat. The story of Norwich City will always be about scrapping and determination... If you want champagne football, you'll be better off with Man City.

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    mathsman

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • That was probably one of our poorer performances and we had the rub of green with the deflection and penalty, but that's been long overdue! But think it's worth mentioning several things. Firstly I was surprised by Blackburn, they kept the ball well and moved it around fast on the floor, maybe it surprised the players als, thought it would be a bit more "Wigan". Secondly the fact that we don't play well and still get points in the Premiership is a good thing. IE Blackburn played well and dropped points! The never-say-die attitude will keep us in this league, I'm convinced up it and is a credit to Lambert and his players. OTBC!

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    aaronchristie@gmail.com

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • The enjoyment gets better and better what a great team effort to pull it out of the fire even after some costly mistakes. Getting something out of a game like this is really valuable, lesser teams would have rolled over. I certainly wasn't crying into my beer last night. OTBC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • Swiss, the Penny (old) has just dropped! Wind Up Merchant? ASM. (Another Senior Moment)! Keep up the repartee. It`s a joy! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

  • The thing that struck me was how much time Lambo spent sitting in the dugout,usually he is on the touchline barking out instructions. It's a pity that he did not make the changes sooner as we were second best for much of the agme

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • This is not fair! I am ***p at TLAs. WUM presumably has something to do with the unmentionable man. Please Swiss gizza clue. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 31, 2011

  • 94th minute equaliser! It's just like old times, a great rescue and another crucial point. Oh yeh, poor old Ipswich, still shipping hatfuls of goals, they'll do well to stay in the Championship! Dreadful, dreadful.

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    digger

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • Swiss Canary: Volley - to strike or kick (the ball) before it touches the ground.

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    Michael Bailey

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • Another 2 points dropped? I am not sure why we should just expect to turn up and win, even at home. As PL keeps reminding, this is the Premier League. Blackburn are a good team and they wanted this today, they fought and fought. It was an excellent fight back from us to get a good 1 point against a team that I still expect to see in the Premier League next season.

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    Michael D

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • Actually, as the ball bounces just before it reaches Morison, I reckon we call it a half-volley. Anyway - carry on...

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    Michael Bailey

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • POOR OLD GED , BEEN TO WATCH IPSHxT AGAIN HA! HA! HA! OTBC

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    yellows9blues2

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • Not really sure why people say are luck can't continue... what luck? we've had rotten decisions against us, about time we've had 1 our way for a change. But although it wasn't the best performance, I am proud of Norwich City never say never attitude, we'll fight until the final whistle and I am happy with a point.

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    DJWoodbine

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • Yeah Ged, another 4 goals conceded by Ipswich, they really are dreadful aren't they. Commiserations. At least Norwich got a draw

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    Eddie Kerridge

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

  • Swiss Canary obviously doesnt understand English too well. Great fightback lads. Really entertaining, but why does our defence keep backing away from the oposing forwards? The world will soon realise that the Norwich defence is scared to tackle. We really must be more assertive in defence.I feel that against Blackburn it was the defence who lost us the points, not the poor strikers! If we can olnl tighten up at the back we could finish in the top six.

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    MickH

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • I thought that was as poor as we have played this season and yet I am encouraged that we still came away with a point. I didn't think there was much that defence or keeper could have done about the 1st, but their second and third were definitely defendable and saveable. I don't want to get too down on the defending though as the defending and goalkeeping has been excellent since Martin went in there. Superb volley and also a very well taken pen by Holt. Swiss Canary, have you been reading Eric Berne by any chance??

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • An amusing discussion gentlemen. Regarding those Tractor Boys, Ipswich do not seem to have the ability to dig in when they get behind these days and have a long way to go to match the teams of Mills, Beattie and John Wark. I only brought up the psycho stuff as I was becoming concerned about the wellbeing of our WUM. Well really only a tiny bit concerned.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, October 31, 2011

  • Where is Ipswich?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

  • Mick H, anybody would struggle with your syntax let alone a Sinful Swiss Tax Exile. What does "olni" mean? Why not concentrate on disparaging the oposition(sic)? Or have a go at "ping" which is a high-pitched ringing noise. A sound heard, though very rarely, at Portman Road when Ipswich win. Swiss Canary is clearly a real NCFC person, and most erudite. You wouldn`t read about it and he can`t Alp it. So why worry about the dictionary definition of "volley"? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

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