Sheffield Wednesday 3, Norwich City 2

Marcus Tudgay sent Norwich City further into trouble in the Championship table when he struck the winning goal in a seesaw game at foggy Hillsborough. The Canaries’ problems deepened when they had defender John Kennedy sent off nine minutes from time — their fourth red card of the season.

Marcus Tudgay sent Norwich City further into trouble in the Championship table when he struck the winning goal in a seesaw game at foggy Hillsborough.

The Canaries' problems deepened when they had defender John Kennedy sent off nine minutes from time - their fourth red card of the season.

Glenn Roeder's team had dominated the first half when Kennedy had a goal disallowed and Sammy Clingan put them ahead with a penalty two minutes before the interval after a foul on Wes Hoolahan.

But the game was turned on its head early in the second half when Tony McMahon headed the equaliser after 50 minutes and then striker Leon Clarke made it 2-1 five minutes later.

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In an eventful second period, Leroy Lita put City back on terms after 62 minutes with the sixth goal of his loan spell.

Tudgay decided the contest, however, after 72 minutes when he headed in from a cross by Lewis Buxton.

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Kennedy's exit nine minutes later after a tussle with Clarke completed City's unhappy afternoon and their seventh successive defeat by Wednesday stretching back more than three years.

City showed two changes to the team which started the 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

Gary Doherty returned in the centre of defence after serving a one match ban for his red card at Nottingham Forest last week and Wes Hoolahan was recalled to the starting 11 after playing the whole of the second half against Palace.

Fullback Ryan Bertrand was ruled out by a muscle strain and Antoine Sibierski had to settle for a place on the bench, as did Darel Russell, available again after a three match ban.

Sheffield Wednesday made three changes to the team which started the 2-0 win at Blackpool. Etienne Esajas replaced the injured Jermaine Johnson, while Francis Jeffers was recalled in attack after Deon Burton moved to Charlton on loan.

The other change was in midfield where Steve Watson came in for Sean McAllister, who had to be content with a place on the bench. Also among the Wednesday substitutes were Jimmy Smith, who was on loan to the Canaries from Chelsea last season, and striker Bartosz Slusarski, who signed on loan from West Bromwich Albion on Thursday.

Wednesday kicked off on a chilly afternoon and there were some very big gaps in the stadium compared to Norwich's last visit on the final day of last season.

City pushed forward in the second minute with Drury and Pattison combining on the left before Bell sent in a cross, but it was too strong and Esajas was able to clear.

The same player forced Otsemobor to concede the first corner of the match moments later but McMahon's kick was punched away by Marshall.

As the home side attacked again, Watson tried to play a one-two with Tudgay, but Kennedy was alert enough to intercept.

Buxton was next to try to get in a cross from wide on the left, but a deflection took the sting out of it and Marshall was able to gather.

City won their first corner in the seventh minute when Lita was closed down in attempting to control a cross from Bell. Bell's corner was headed away by Beevers but still Norwich pressed and Kennedy actually had the ball in the net when he hooked in a left-foot shot but the flag was up for offside.

As the Owls counter attacked, Croft did an excellent job to get back and rob Esajas just as he was shaping to shoot.

Esajas did get away from the City defence in the next attack but spoiled the opening with a weak cross which Marshall easily gathered.

The Canaries produced their best effort so far after 13 minutes when Pattison came very close to scoring for the third match in a row.

Some excellent tidying up by Clingan, followed by a fine pass sent Croft away and he found Pattison, who strode forward and unleashed a powerful left-foot shot which Grant had to palm away at the expense of a corner.

The flag-kick was cleared but City soon won another when Clingan had a shot deflected behind the goal.

Bell took the kick but Lita's header lacked power and Wednesday were able to break forward again.

Norwich's old failing of getting caught offside was in evidence again and Lita was guilty for the second time as he moved onto a centre from Drury.

Lita won Norwich's fourth corner after 19 minutes by putting pressure on Beevers but Bell's kick was a very poor one and the hosts broke quickly through Esajas, although he ran into trouble on the edge of the City area and was dispossessed by Kennedy.

Bell showed some good footwork before trying to get past McMahon but was penalised for a push on the Wednesday fullback, who was making his final appearance of a loan spell from Middlesbrough.

Jeffers flashed a header wide from a cross by Tudgay with a quarter of the match gone, but Marshall had not been seriously troubled so far.

A foul by Doherty on Clarke gave the home side a free-kick five-yards in from the left touchline but they rather wasted it with a string of square passes, before City regained possession through Pattison.

A misunderstanding between Jeffers and Clarke brought more groans from the home crowd and moments later, when Clarke won a throw-in close to the right corner flag, O'Connor could only manage a poor cross which Marshall was again able to gather.

Drury won another corner on the half-hour when his cross was deflected out and Bell aimed it towards Doherty, whose header went across the face of the goal, although the City centre-half clearly felt he was impeded by Beevers.

The Canaries had the edge in the quality of their football and Pattison was unfortunate when his next attempt on goal struck Doherty on the back.

Lita won another corner and Bell aimed his kick towards Kennedy. The defender's header looped in the air but still Wednesday could not get the ball away and when Clingan crossed, Lita sent a header just wide, although the flag was up for offside.

After 33 minutes, Wednesday fans at last showed their approval when Esajas fired a free-kick just wide from five-yards outside the Norwich area after Drury was penalised for a high boot in the back of Watson.

With the interval 10 minutes away, mist started to roll across the ground, adding to the raw November feel to the afternoon.

Jeffers had the ball in the net for Wednesday in the 37th minute after a neat exchange by Clarke and Esajas, but the assistant referee had his flag up early for offside to cut short any celebrations.

At the other end a poor cross from Bell was cut out but the ball looped into the air and Croft headed back across goal, only for Grant to make a simple catch.

A pass from Clingan sent Hoolahan off on a run and he weaved his way into the Wednesday area before getting the ball caught between his feet and running it out for a goal kick.

Three minutes before the interval, the Canaries had the chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty.

Drury found Lita just outside the Wednesday area and he showed great patience before making room for a powerful left-foot shot, which Grant could only parry and when Hoolahan went for the rebound, he was brought down by Tudgay and referee Bates pointed straight to the spot. Clingan stepped up confidently to fire the spot kick high to the keeper's left to give the Canaries the lead.

Pattison spoiled the next attack with a poor cross and as the interval approached the fog was becoming thicker and the home fans began to head towards the exits for their half-time refreshment.

In first half stoppage time, McMahon had his name taken for a foul and was still debating the issue with the referee as the teams left the field.

t Half-time: Sheffield Wednesday 0, Norwich City 1

The home side made a change at the interval with McAllister replacing Watson though it was not clear whether Watson had suffered a knock when he was caught in the back in the first half.

Wednesday had a chance to level straight after the restart when Marshall was unable to gather a cross and the ball fell for Esajas, but the keeper reacted very well to turn away the shot from Esajas for a corner.

McAllister took the kick and Beevers glanced a header across the face of the goal and not too far wide.

Wednesday had begun the half with more purpose and a not very convincing header by Clingan brought another corner despite Marshall's attempts to keep the ball in play.

It was from that flag-kick that the home side equalised through defender McMahon. Esajas took an inswinging kick from the right and McMahon arrived in the six-yard box in the centre of the goal to power a header past Marshall.

As City pushed forward, Lita moved on to a pass from Croft and brought Grant into action but he had already been flagged offside.

Suddenly there was much greater noise inside Hillsborough and a roar every time the Owls had the ball.

The game was suddenly turned on its head when Wednesday took the lead after 55 minutes. Striker Clarke was the man to do the damage when he played a one-two with Tudgay inside the Norwich area and squeezed a low, right-foot shot just inside the post.

It was an unexpected turn of events after City had looked much the better side before the break.

The fog continued to hang over the ground but it was certainly not enough at this stage to threaten the match.

The Canaries were looking rattled and Marshall was brought into action again, keeping out a low drive from Buxton and then jumping to gather a cross from Esajas as the home side went for the kill.

Russell was beginning to warm-up on the touchline and after 61 minutes, he was introduced as City's first substitute in place of Drury.

Within seconds of that substitution, the Canaries were back on terms as Lita burst into the Wednesday penalty area and fired a low shot past Grant before running off in celebration, lifting his shirt to display some kind of message on his T-shirt underneath.

Pattison had slotted in at left-back after Drury's departure, with Russell moving into midfield.

The home crowd were irate when a free-kick was awarded against Tudgay when he seemed to have caught Pattison in possession.

Still Esajas was a lively customer and he got the better of Otsemobor before bringing Marshall into action again with a teasing cross.

With 20 minutes left, City had another opening when Clingan pushed forward and played Lita into a good position but the striker blazed his effort wide when he might have done better to look for Bell coming in at the far post.

The second half goal spree continued when Wednesday regained the lead after 72 minutes through Tudgay.

There seemed no immediate alarm when Buxton floated in a cross, right-footed from the left touchline but his centre was allowed to drift across the six-yard box and Tudgay arrived at the far post, stooping to plant a header past Marshall.

Wednesday made their second change with 14 minutes to go when Slusarksi was sent on in place of Jeffers.

One minute later, the Canaries made another change when Roeder replaced Bell with Sibierski.

Hoolahan took up Bell's position on the left with the Frenchman joining Lita up front.

With nine minutes to go, City suffered their fourth red card of the season and their third in November when Kennedy was sent off for bringing down Clarke in the centre circle.

The City defender protested to the official that the Wednesday man had a hold on his shirt but to no avail and the Canaries were again reduced to 10 men.

A foul by Wood on Lita gave Norwich a free-kick some five-yards outside the penalty area, but the whole thing became a shambles when Hoolahan touched the ball and four or five opponents descended on him, racing clear in possession with the referee allowing play to continue.

With three minutes left, Marshall made an excellent save from Clarke when the striker produced a first time shot from a cross by Slusarksi.

As three minutes of stoppage time began, Doherty was joining the attack in an attempt to salvage a point for the Canaries.

Lita had the ball in the net in injury time but the flag once again was up for offside.

t Result: Sheffield Wednesday 3, Norwich City 2

t Sheffield Wednesday: Grant, McMahon, Beevers, Wood, Buxton, Tudgay, Watson, O'Connor, Esajas, Jeffers, Clarke

Subs: O'Donnell, McAllister, Smith, Simek, Slusarski

t Norwich City: Marshall, Otsemobor, Kennedy, Doherty, Drury, Croft, Clingan, Pattison, Bell, Hoolahan, Lita

Subs: Nelson, Sibierski, Fotheringham, Lupoli, Russell

t Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

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