Winger Anthony Pilkington struck twice as Norwich City won the battle of the Premier League’s newly-promoted sides at Carrow Road.

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Pilkington wiped out the memory of missed chances at Old Trafford a fortnight earlier with two close-range finishes, while defender Russell Martin was the other scorer in what was ultimately a decisive victory.

It was a case of the early birds capturing the points as the Canaries moved two goals up inside 10 minutes.

Pilkington struck first after just 48 seconds when he fired home after Steve Morison had nodded back Elliott Bennett’s cross.

Defender Russell Martin made it 2-0 when he ghosted in to head the second from David Fox’s free-kick for his first goal of the season.

But Swansea striker Danny Graham, frequently a thorn in Norwich’s side, reduced the arrears just two minutes later, tucking away Scott Sinclair’s pass.

It was end-to-end stuff after that but the decisive goal came in the 63rd minute when, from a Fox corner, Bradley Johnson set up Pilkington to score from inside the six-yard box.

City lost striker Morison, an impressive contributor to his side’s victory, midway through the second period but were worthy winners in front of a packed house, enjoying the autumn sunshine.

For the Welsh side, the defeat left them still without a point on their travels this season.

City boss Paul Lambert kept an unchanged side from the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United, but there were two changes on the bench where Ritchie de Laet and Aaron Wilbraham replaced Adam Drury and Chris Martin.

Swansea welcomed back midfielder Leon Britton after he suffered from back spasms, with Mark Gower dropping to the bench.

Former City loan striker Leroy Lita, who scored seven times for the club in 2008, was among the Swansea substitutes.

There was a dream start for City as they went straight on the offensive, Pilkington scoring after just 48 seconds.

Fox had a powerful drive blocked by Taylor but the ball spun out to the right to Bennett, who crossed beyond the far post where Morison nodded it back for Pilkington to drill a left-foot shot past Vorm before the goalkeeper had had a touch of the ball.

It was Pilkington’s second goal of the season and with Swansea looking rattled, skipper Monk was shown the yellow card for impeding Morison’s progress. The resulting free-kick was again headed back by Morison but this time Swansea were able to clear.

With 10 minutes gone, City went two goals up. Pilkington won a free-kick on the left-hand corner of the penalty when he was blocked off by Rangel, and Fox’s dead-ball kick picked out the unmarked Russell Martin, who planted the perfect header past Vorm.

But within two minutes, Swansea had pulled a goal back with Graham scoring his second in successive games.

Sinclair made ground on the Swansea left into the Norwich area and although he stumbled over as he burst between two yellow shirts, he recovered to poke the ball into the path of Graham, who tucked his shot inside the post.

It was his fourth goal against the Canaries in three games after scoring three for Watford in last season’s two Championship meetings.

Graham missed an opportunity to level matters when he got the wrong side of Russell Martin but failed to control Taylor’s excellent diagonal pass.

Midway through the half, Naughton’s through-ball gave Morison a hint of a chance but his first-time effort from distance was a few yards wide.

Rangel fired a long-range shot over the top after Swansea put together an intricate passing move. Then a shot by Sinclair ricocheted off Barnett and, thankfully for City, straight to Ruddy.

Morison showed strength and good control to pick out Pilkington as City hit back, but the winger shot into the side netting.

A splendid ball by Hoolahan enabled Morison to show his strength again and he homed in on goal before striking a curling right-footer than Vorm dived to his left to palm away.

Fox won a real tussle with Britton before playing a one-two with Hoolahan, but he sliced an ambitious shot into the crowd.

With six minutes to go before the break, there was a delay while Graham received treatment after coming off worse ina challenge with Barnett.

As the half entered three minutes of time added on, Hoolahan picked out Bennett on the right but the winger’s cross landed on the roof of the net.

• Half-time: Norwich City 2, Swansea City 1

There was another delay at the start of the second period when Dyer needed treatment after falling awkwardly.

City forced the first corner of the half thanks to Morison’s persistence, Johnson rising highest as Fox’s inswinging kick came in but failing to make clean contact.

Johnson powered forward for City but was over-ambitious and his long-range shot drifted well wide.

A splendid crossfield move then presented Johnson with another chance as he moved on to Pilkington’s pass but the angle was against him and he shot well off target, but not as far off target as Pilkington’s next effort, which ballooned into the crowd.

Sinclair wasted an opening at the other end when he cut inside on to his right foot but pulled a poor shot wide.

Swansea made their first change on the hour when Dobbie replaced Routledge.

City finally stretched their lead in the 63rd minute and it was that man Pilkington again with his second of the match.

Barnett challenged for Fox’s inswinging corner, taken from the left, and as the ball dropped to the near post, Johnson deftly turned it back for Pilkington to swivel and fire home inside the six-yard box.

Soon afterwards, Morison went down needing attention and when it was clear he could not continue, he made way for Holt, who was given a great reception,

Sinclair worked himself into shooting range but was again frustrated with a poor effort that did not trouble Ruddy.

Swansea made another change with Lita sent on for Dyer, but it was Norwich pressing now and Johnson tested Vorm with a skimming drive after persistence by Hoolahan created the chance.

Holt let fly from long range to force Vorm into a save and Hoolahan was just unable to tuck home the rebound as Williams slid in to foil him.

Dobbie tried his luck from 25 yards but it was a wild attempt as the Swans looked desperately for a lifeline.

Dobbie should have done much better moments later when excellent work by Graham took him deep into Norwich territory but when he squared the ball to Dobbie, his first effort was a miscue that struck Tierney, and when he followed up he was able only to nod the rebound into Ruddy’s hands.

Bennett sent fired just over the angle of post and bar after a passing move that drew admiration from the home crowd.

With 11 minutes to go, Lambert made a second change as Hoolahan made way for Crofts.

Dobbie was next to need treatment after coming off worse from a challenge by Naughton.

Lita was off target with a couple of headers, but five minutes of stoppage time produced no real alarm for the Canaries.

• Result: Norwich City 3, Swansea City 1

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Naughton, Barnett, Russell Martin, Tierney; Bennett, Fox, Bradley Johnson, Pilkington; Hoolahan (Crofts, 79); Morison (Holt, 67). Subs (not used): Rudd, De Laet, Surman, Wilbraham, Jackson.

• Swansea City: Vorm; Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor (Richards, 74); Allen, Britton; Routledge (Dobbie, 60); Dyer (Lita, 69), Graham, Sinclair. Subs (not used): Tremmel, Moras, Gower, Moore.

• Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

• Attendance: 26,567

• Goals: Norwich: Pilkington (1, 63), Russell Martin (10). Swansea: Graham (12)

• Booking: Swansea: Monk (4)

19 comments

  • Well done Norwich. A great result. I was not fit enough to get to the game but the win has cheered me up no end. Very happy to share Pilkington's success after reading of his misforturnes last season. He obviously has a lot of belief in himself which must have been shared by Paul Lambert and his staff. Interesting to read of Pilkington's time with Manchester United. In the past Norwich has had a lot of success with players moving to and from that club.

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    Bob Hipkiss

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

  • Trust Ged Steroo to ruin an otherwise fine day for norwich today. Swansea were only as bad as Norwich let them be and remember we have already hummiliated the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd at thier places, plus the old clitcho-you can only beat the sides put in front of you. I am exstremly confident that Norwich can not just suvive this season but maybe finish between 11th -15th come next May

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    capital-canary

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

  • I can't see PL wanting to be England manager, who would? It must be the worst job in the world. Mind you, it would be interesting to see an England team of "hungry lads" on a chance rather than a group of overpaid show-ponies who have had their noses in the golden trough for far too long.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

  • I agree Swiss , the ips*it fan ged steroo is not spoiling my day either .We played a very very good game of football , Swansea did not let us rest , and we still did the job . After our magnificent performance against ManU , the scousers may well not be so confident about our game mext week ! OTBC from Germany .

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    martin addams-smith

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

  • That Stereo block hasn’t ruined my day, in fact that comment has given me a good laugh. Anyone who says that winning 3 points isn’t going to help us survive is clearly a bit brain cell deficient is he not? The table never lies. If you’re not bottom then you’re not the worst team FACT!

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    baguio

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

  • Really enjoy commentary on local radio as I am unable to attend matches. My big concern is that when Cappello goes they will be after our wonderful leader Paul Lambert, what a man.

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    Paul Platten

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

  • Sorry I was not at the match, great result and a kick in the nads for all the Doom & Gloom merchants! Caught the highlights on RTE and again on MOTD. Thought the comments on Fooball Focus and MOTD were a little bit more positive toward Norwich City. Next Saturday will be a good test. Like to see Wes, Marc and Ant all get call ups into the Irish team for the Euro Playoffs!

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    RoadWarrior

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

  • I predicted 3-2, im delighted at 3-1. Get in.....OTBC

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

  • I agree totally Timbo, we really do need to start getting results against some decent teams. An unconvincing home win against the worst team in the league isn't going to help us in the long run. Although given how awful Swansea were at least we might not finish bottom.

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

  • I'm aghast...Steroo has agreed with me ! LOL! We don;t need to beat a top team to survive Marine but we DO need to beat one to to build confidence + say to the rest of the Prem we have arrived. It is about gaining a foothold, you're right there, but it's also about showing we can compete. From what I've seen so far we will do ok. Worthy's team always looked slightly out of their depth @ this level. Lambo's team look far more comfortable. PS: Steroo- stop trying to be my mate you little tractor !

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    Timbo

    Monday, October 17, 2011

  • Trust Ged Steroo to ruin an otherwise fine day for norwich today. Swansea were only as bad as Norwich let them be and remember we have already hummiliated the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd at thier places, plus the old clitcho-you can only beat the sides put in front of you. I am exstremly confident that Norwich can not just suvive this season but maybe finish between 11th -15th come next May

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    capital-canary

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

  • Goldie, the thing is Ged is like a referee - the one that all fans love to hate. Great result Saturday leaves me set up to dream about a great away day next week against Liverpool. Obviously when we get results against the lesser teams in the league it serves to kick them down a bit while we climb up. Interested in Warnock's comments on MOTD2 about teams outside the top 6 going on bad runs lasting 5 or 6 games. I personally think that we might go that long without a win but still think we would pick up points. At the moment we are putting ourselves in a good position and we need to continue to do that and pick up points, especially against our rivals, as it does traditionally get tougher after Christmas. We also need to remember that we are doing all of this at the moment with a long injury list in defence. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, October 17, 2011

  • It's nice to win by more than a goal, OTBC!

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    theluggage

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

  • Excellent attendance as well. Nudging 27,000. We need to beat a big team now !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

  • Ged, please feel free to hold back your negativity its not needed, if your not truly whole hearted in it then get out, we dont need you here. 9th on merit, sunday results cant drop us a single place. Arsenal are below us, who would have thought that? Timbo, although it would be nice to pick up points from the big teams, we dont have to, we have played them away and lost so far, solid performance's yes, but they were losses, If we pick up a few draws and maybe one win against the top 6 teams then happy days. This season its about getting a foothold in the league. I doubt either Norwich or swansea will be bottom, i would expect Blackburn or Wigan to prop up the league. A consistant pionts haul after xmas is whats required, so many fall fast at the end (Blackpool,Burnley). but look at the facts, we already have away to Man U and Chelsea done and Liverpool next. getting half of the toughest games done early was a good draw on the fixtures. 3 great points were earnt on sat, anyway 3 points come in one game is to be celebrated not belittled

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

  • However Preston you need a referee....... I have plenty of family from "South of the border" and my Mexican relatives tell me he is just as popular down there as he is with us, I have even seen him quoted (as a negative example) in a debate about Suffolk education standards!

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, October 17, 2011

  • Just in from work and I see that the East Anglian Al-Queda is back fermenting doom and gloom, well we have just had a full moon. A 3-1 win goes down as convincing in my book, against a team that even after being hammered sit at number 11 in the Prem. The worst team, currently Blackburn Rovers, are 9 places below them. City are holding on to a top 10 place, the highest newly-promted club, the fastest Premiership goal of the season, sorry you have not managed to spoil my day

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

  • Ged Steroo: I bet if you won a million quid on the lottery and the notes were used, you'd complain they weren't new; and let us bathe in this glorious autumn sunshine, while we still can. oh yea, anyone know what's happened to the pink un live coverage.? Couldn't get it yesterday

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

  • Real canary fans please ignore any comments by ged steroo, thats how he gets his kicks by you rising to his bait and getting his name repeatedly mentioned. Just ignore, pretend he does't exsisit and in a few weeks he will not bother to comment,he loves the notoreity you all give him. What a fantastic result yesterday, the team were brilliant. Come on you Yellows

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    goldie

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

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