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Swansea 1-0 Norwich: Swans win relegation six-pointer

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  • 9 point cushion for Swans
  • No win in 9 for Canaries 
  • Sigurdsson wins it with cool finish

Swansea City beat Norwich City 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to make it two wins in a week and ease their relegation fears.

The only goal of the game came from Gylfi Sigurdsson in a nervy encounter in South Wales. Norwich went close on multiple occasions but couldn’t equalize as they’re now eight games without a win.

With the win Swansea move on to 33 points and sit in 16th place, while Norwich remain on 24 points and is in 18th place.

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A tense encounter played out in the early stages with both relegation battlers unwilling to take the game to the other.

Swansea did force the issue a little more by Andre Ayew headed harmlessly wide and at the other end Nathan Redmond had a shot on target, the only one of the first half.

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Norwich were forced into a sub in the first half as Robbie Brady had to come off and Ryan Bennett came on in his place with Russell Martin slotting into center back in a defensive reshuffle.

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With an hour on the clock the first goal of the game arrived as Sigurdsson was found inside the box by substitute Leroy Fer with a sublime pass and the Icelandic international coolly slotted home. 1-0 to the Swans.

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Norwich responded by sending on two strikers in Dieumerci Mbokani and Patrick Bamford and the Canaries put Swansea’s goal under intense pressure.

Redmond clipped the post in the 89th minute after a shocking clearance from Wayne Routledge and Bamford went close, but the Swans held on for a vital three points with their manager Francesco Guidolin still not on the sidelines after suffering a chest infection.

Norwich City 1-2 Chelsea: Blues 12 unbeaten, up to eighth

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  • 3-straight wins for Chelsea
  • Norwich in relegation zone
  • Kenedy scores after 39 seconds

Chelsea held off a battling Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday to seal a 2-1 win and stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games.

The Blues went ahead through Kenedy as the Brazilian score the fastest goal of the PL inside the first 39 seconds, and Diego Costa doubled their lead right on half time in controversial fashion as he appeared to be offside.

Norwich improved in the second half as Cameron Jerome went close on several occasions but Nathan Redmond’s strike proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Chelsea held on for the win.

With yet another three points Guus Hiddink’s side are now in eight place on 39 points and haven’t loss since Jose Mourinho was fired in December. Norwich slip into the drop zone on goal difference as Alex Neil‘s men but in a valiant display but lost for the seventh time in their last eight outings.

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After just 39 seconds Chelsea took the lead with Eden Hazard running at the heart of Norwich’s defense and then feeding the ball to Kenedy who slammed into the bottom corner to score his first PL goal for the club. 1-0, and the Blues had scored the fastest goal in the PL so far this season.

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Norwich did have a decent spell of possession for a while in the first half but failed to create any clear cut chances and Chelsea killed them off in first half stoppage time.

Costa — who was clearly offside when Bertrand Traore played him the ball — raced clear and made it 2-0 as he delicately dinked home over the onrushing Declan Rudd. The cruise control button was ready to be hit.

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Norwich made a go of it in the second half, though. Jerome stretched out at the back post but sent his effort just wide as Norwich looked for a way back into the game and moments later Russell Martin‘s header across goal found Jerome but he somehow hit the crossbar with the goal gaping.

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The Canaries did make it interesting as they pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to go. Wes Hoolahan found Redmond in the box and drilled home past Thibaut Courtois. 2-1. Game on.

Late on Jerome kept plugging away but Courtois saved his redirected effort and then Norwich suffered from a nasty collision between two of their own players. Gary O'Neil and Robbie Brady collided and the latter sent his teeth into O’Neill’s forehead. Ouch.

Redmond struck a shot into the side-netting late on as Chelsea dropped deep and invited pressure, but the Blues held on to continue their charge up the table.

Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City: Lifeline for Garde, Villa

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  • Villa now 8 points off safety
  • Garde gets 2 win in 5 PL games
  • Norwich lose fifth-straight

Aston Villa beat Norwich City 2-0 at Villa Park on Saturday to breath new life into their fight against relegation.

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Goals in each half from Joleon Lescott and Gabriel Agbonlahor were enough to secure Remi Garde his second victory in the last five games and Norwich only mustered a few chances late on as Alex Neil will be a very worried man.

With the three points — just their third victory in 25 PL outings this season — Villa are still eight points from safety but have given themselves a chance as they now sit on 16 points. Norwich’s alarming slide continues as they drop into the bottom three after five-straight defeats.

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Norwich started brightly but the first big chance of the game fell to Villa as Leandro Bacuna‘s shot went towards Agbonlahor but he couldn’t convert the chance.

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Norwich got back into the game before half time as Steven Naismith drove towards the edge of the box but sent his low shot wide of Mark Bunn‘s near post. A great cross from Russell Martin then found Sebastien Bassong but his header went wide when he should have done better.

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Villa took the lead right on half time with Lescott heading home Carles Gil‘s looping free kick from the right. 1-0 to Villa and the home side had a lifeline in their battle against the drop.

Six minutes into the second half Villa led 2-0 as a hopeful ball down the left flank found Agbonlahor who dinked the ball over the onrushing Declan Rudd and into the empty. 2-0 to Villa.

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Norwich struggled to create chances in the driving rain in Birmingham, and Bacuna should have put Villa 3-0 up but smashed his effort horribly wide.

The Canaries did have two chances late on but Martin’s header was cleared off the line, then Mbokani was denied following a great last-ditch tackle from Jonas Okore. Despite those hairy moments, Villa held on for what could prove to be a priceless three points as they continue their battle against relegation.

Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool: Drama galore in epic encounter

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  • Norwich led 3-1 on 53 mins
  • 9 goals scored, 10 shots on target
  • Lallana wins it at the death

Liverpool beat Norwich City 5-4 in an epic encounter at Carrow Road on Saturday in an nine-goal thriller thanks to an injury-time winner from Adam Lallana.

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A truly breathless game saw six goals scored from the first six shots on target as Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool the lead early on but a clever flick from Dieumerci Mbokani and a debut goal from Steven Naismith put Norwich ahead at the break.

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Minutes into the second half Wes Hoolahan scored from the spot to put the Canaries 3-1 up but then came the comeback.

First Jordan Henderson swept home. 3-2. Then Firmino equalized and a horrible defense mistake let in James Milner 15 minutes from time to put Liverpool 4-3 but Sebastien Bassong‘s stunning strike in stoppage made it 4-4. However, there was one final twist as Lallana’s shot bounced in to make it 5-4 with seconds left.

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We perhaps shouldn’t be too surprised by the fact that this was a goalfest as in the last six encounters between these teams 34 goals have been scored. Also, in a somewhat spooky coincidence Liverpool beat Norwich 5-4 in January, 1962. Yep, that’s exactly 54 years ago.

With the win the Reds are on 34 points, while Norwich remain on 22 points.

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Liverpool went ahead in the 19th minute as Firmino after a ball down the left from Alberto Moreno found James Milner in the box and he slotted in the Brazilian to squeeze the ball home. 1-0.

Milner had a glorious chance moments later as he burst through one-on-one on Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd but Robbie Brady made a terrific last-ditch tackle to deny him.

Liverpool’s lead didn’t last too long as they failed to clear a high ball into the box and after it bounced around Mbokani sent a clever back heel past Simon Mignolet and in. 1-1.

Liverpool struggled to get going after that equalizer and soon they were behind.

Norwich turned the game on its head just before half time as Naismith picked the ball up 40-yards out and played it to Pinto. The new full back then knocked it into Wes Hoolahan and his slotted ball found the onrushing Naismith and the former Evertonian smashes the ball home emphatically into the far corner.

2-1, and Naismith was an instant hero on his debut.

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Eight minutes into the second half Naismith was first fouled and then pushed in the box by Moreno and Norwich were awarded a penalty kick. Hoolahan put the spot kick down the middle as it just evaded Mignolet’s dive. 3-1. Massive mistake from Moreno as an unhappy Klopp had his arms folded on the sidelines.

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Moments later Liverpool were right back in the game as a cross from the right found Henderson completely unmarked and the Liverpool skipper swept the ball home into the far corner. 3-2 to Norwich, as five goals had been scored from the game’s opening five shots on target. Remarkable.

In the final third of the game Liverpool pushed hard to go level and in the 64th minute the equalizer arrived with Emre Can flicking the ball around the corner to Milner who played it down the line to Lallana. The substitute then found Firmino with a perfect pass and the Brazilian finished with aplomb. 3-3 as six shots on goal had yielded six goals.

With 15 minutes to go Liverpool took the lead as a misplaced back pass from Russell Martin played in Milner and the Englishman slotted past Rudd to complete the incredible comeback. 4-3 to the Reds.

Bassong then scored a stunning strike in the 91st minute to make it 4-4 and Norwich thought they had nicked a point, but the sub Lallana popped up and smashed a shot into the ground which looped in. 5-4 and cue wild celebrations as Jurgen Klopp ran down the touchline to celebrate with his players.

Madness. Utter madness.

Bournemouth 3-0 Norwich: Cherries crush Canaries

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  • Afobe scores first PL goal
  • Daniels, Gosling made it 2-0
  • Cherries leap above Canaries

Bournemouth comfortably dispatched a lackluster Norwich City side 3-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday with Eddie Howe‘s men dominating from start to finish.

Dan Gosling headed home in the first half and Charlie Daniels stroked home a penalty kick to make it 2-0 before new signing Benik Afobe notched his first goal for the club and completed the scoring.

With the win the Cherries leap above Norwich and move on to 24 points, while the Canaries still have 23 points after back-to-back defeats.

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Bournemouth dominated the early proceedings with Afobe going close and the Cherries took a deserved lead in the 10th minute following terrific build-up play.

A flowing move on the left ended with Marc Pugh cutting inside and floating in a teasing cross that Gosling headed home. 1-0.

The Cherries should have had a penalty kick when Daniels surged in to the box and Russell Martin looked to have clearly hauled him down with both hands but no PK was awarded.

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Bournemouth dominated the first half and Harry Arter‘s through ball found Afobe on the edge of the box and goalkeeper Declan Rudd took him out. Amid cries of a red card from the home fans, referee Bobby Madley booked Rudd with two Norwich defenders covering.

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After pushing hard with at the start of the second half, Bournemouth deservedly doubled their lead after winning a penalty. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe grabbed Pugh as he rushed into the box and Daniels hammered home the spot kick off the post and in. 2-0.

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The home side continued to pour forward at every opportunity and Steve Cook forced a superb stop from Rudd as he headed towards the top corner.

Late in the game the Cherries sat back and soaked up Norwich pressure and then scored a third as new signing Afobe netted his first goal for the club as he volleyed home Daniels’ superb cross. If this was a boxing match it would’ve been stopped before the hour as the Cherries cruised to a classy win.