Second-half goals from Andrew Surman and Anthony Pilkington gave Norwich City an impressive home victory over Bolton Wanderers as they completed their second Premier League double of the season.

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The Canaries shrugged off the loss of both centre-halves through injury in the first half to take all three points at a bitterly cold Carrow Road, bouncing back in style from their midweek defeat at Sunderland.

Surman, who had hit the crossbar in the first half, struck first after 70 minutes when he volleyed home after his initial shot from Simeon Jackson’s cross was blocked by Bolton defender David Wheater. It was his fourth goal of the season.

Pilkington wrapped up the points five minutes from time, scoring from a rebound after defender Russell Martin’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Martin, making his 100th appearance for the club, came on as a substitute for the injured Daniel Ayala in the first half, when City also lost Zak Whitbread to injury.

Martin and Kyle Naughton formed an impromptu central defensive partnership that held firm in the second period, while winger Elliott Bennett had to play at right-back.

City boss Paul Lambert made four changes after the 3-0 midweek defeat at Sunderland with recalls for Adam Drury, David Fox, Anthony Pilkington and Simeon Jackson.

Martin was made to wait a while for his 100th senior appearance as he was relegated to the bench alongside Bradley Johnson, Andrew Crofts and Steve Morison.

Bolton made one change after the 0-0 draw against Arsenal with Tyrone Mears included at right-back in place of the injured Gretar Steinsson.

New £3m signing from Watford, Marvin Sordell, was named among the substitutes.

Bogdan had to come out to claim a cross from Pilkington in the second minute after some neat approach play by City and as Bolton switched to the attack, Ngog tumbled on the edge of the Norwich area under pressure from Ayala, but there was no hint of a foul.

Eagles ruined a promising Bolton move in the ninth minute when he crossed high and wide from the right.

Jackson earned City their first corner a minute later, Whitbread’s header from Fox’s kick striking Mears on its way out for another flag-kick. This time Holt attempted a near post header from Fox’s kick, but it was blocked.

A foul on Surman gave the Canaries a free-kick some 25 yards out but Fox drove it straight into the wall.

Holt went closest yet to breaking the deadlock in the 14th minute when he met Jackson’s cross with a volley that Bogdan saved, moving to his right, after good work by Pilkington created the opening. Then Jackson shot across goal from Surman’s pass after determined work by the midfielder.

Jackson forced Bogdan into action again after latching on to Holt’s flick-on and springing the offside trap, but the angle was tight and he might have done better to square the ball to Surman.

There was a problem for City after 21 minutes when centre-back Ayala went down clutching the back of his right leg and had to be ushered off by physio Neal Reynolds, to be replaced by Russell Martin.

Surman missed a golden chance to give the Canaries the lead in the 24th minute when Holt knocked Hoolahan’s cross into his path in the six-yard box, but hitting it right footed he got underneath the ball and struck the bar.

Bolton won their first corner three minutes later, Petrov’s kick getting cleared as far as Muamba, whose long-range effort was comfortably wide.

A few passes too many on the edge of the Bolton area ended when Fox fired well wide as City struggled to find the final ball.

Pilkington curled a free-kick over the top from the left corner of the Bolton area, but there was more defensive concern when Whitbread needed treatment for what looked like another major problem.

Whitbread went off and City were down to 10 men with Martin and Drury temporarily operating at centre-back.

Five minutes before the break, Bennett came on to play at right-back with Naughton switching to the centre alongside Martin in the absence of the two original centre-halves.

Petrov whistled a shot just wide, via a deflection, as Bolton sensed an opening.

A foul in stoppage time by Holt gave Bolton a free-kick 25 yards out, but Petrov’s dead-ball attempt struck the wall.

• Half-time: Norwich City 0, Bolton Wanderers 0

Holt missed a great chance within a minute of the restart when Drury crossed from the left but he completely misdirected his header.

Jackson was inches away from giving City the lead when Holt flicked on Martin’s through-ball and he whistled his shot just past the post.

Jackson was looking lively and glanced a header just off target from Hoolahan’s cross after a splendid pass by Fox.

Ngog tested Ruddy with a smart shot on the turn before Bolton replaced Muamba with an extra striker in Kevin Davies.

Petrov fired across the face of the goal as Bolton stepped up their efforts to get the opening goal.

Holt volleyed into the crowd after Surman and Hoolahan battled well to rob Reo-Coker.

Jackson was a major player in City’s second half efforts and turned neatly on to Surman’s pass but his final shot just lacked the power to trouble Bogdan.

Hoolahan fired over midway through the half but the breakthrough finally came with 20 minutes to go.

Jackson did well again to get in a cross from the right from Fox’s pass and though Surman’s first effort struck Wheater, he quickly volleyed the rebound past Bogdan.

Bolton sent on Tuncay for Eagles before City made their final change, Morison replacing Jackson, who had been down with cramp moments earlier.

Ruddy made fine save to keep out Petrov’s piledriver 11 minutes from time.

Holt might have made it 2-0 when he diverted Pilkington’s cross over the top after the winger played a one-two with Surman.

Then Pilkington’s shot from Holt’s pass was blocked on the line by Mears, although the linesman was flagging.

Bolton replaced Ngog with new signing Sordell for the final eight minutes but it was City who struck again through Pilkington with five minutes remaining.

Russell Martin, still up with the attack after a corner, had his shot saved by Bogdan but Pilkington followed up to net from the rebound.

Surman shot wide from Morison’s pass as City looked for a third.

Petrov fired wide for Bolton in time added on, but the Canaries were home and dry.

• Result: Norwich City 2, Bolton Wanderers 0

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Naughton, Ayala (Russell Martin, 23), Whitbread (Bennett, 40), Drury; Fox; Pilkington, Surman; Hoolahan; Jackson (Morsion, 74), Holt. Subs (not used): Steer, Johnson, Crofts, Wilbraham.

• Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan; Mears, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts; Reo-Coker; Eagles (Tuncay, 73), Muamba (Kevin Davies, 57), Mark Davies, Petrov; Ngog (Sordell, 82). Subs (not used): Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Klasnic, Pratley.

• Referee: Lee Probert (Gloucestershire)

• Attendance: 26,358

• Goals: City: Surman (70), Pilkington (85).

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38 comments

  • I`m just wondering whether 1p5wich are included in that "vast majority of Championship Teams" that would be pushing for a European place? Surely not. Unless the Obertroll means a retirement home somewhere?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Being an Ipswich supporter GED what do you know about football you have had us down for relegation all season, but at least you have given up on that one now.

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    The Bloater

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Ingo, rather than a trusty old MF, Ipswich remind me of a 1946 Field Marshall tractor. They rally once a month but only fire on one cylinder and need to be started by hand. ps after seeing ManUs comeback at Chelski, I take back what I said about Big Time Charlies not having the guts to dig in like City.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • C'mon Ged you're really struggling now. Distracted by your boy's lucky 95th minute winner at The Ricoh ? Truth is Ipswich are more likely to make this season's Play Offs than Norwich are to be relegated. Must be galling but these things happen... Best leave you after match comments on the Swansea game until Sunday. After the night in a hotel it makes the ' just got back ' sound a bit better.

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    Graham Last

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • By 'Typically we aren't', Ged, I guess you are referring to your 1p5wich boys? Sides can only beat what is put infront of them, and as pointed out, Bilton had had a fantastic sequence of results in January. City were too good for the Chumpionship last season, and are more than good enough for thr Prem this. Do you really believe we could be challenging for a Champions League spot?

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    Soglio Star

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • It's your fault crab, you should know better than to encourage him. Still at least he's dropped the claim to be a legend.

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    Rodders

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • ingo, Dipsticks are beyond repair. Too late for a rebore. Scrapyard job.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • A good result, if not a good performance. Yet again we stumble and fumble our way to a victory against a woefully out of form doomed team. Another poor performance both on the pitch and off it. Luckily the Premier League lacks any sort of quality this season, I think the vast majority of Championship teams would be pushing for a European place if they were in the Prem this year. Typically we aren't. Poor.

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • I think 6pts is only needed, can't see the bottom 3 teams getting more than 32pts. But lets aim for 40 to be sure. Anyway, an amazing response and performance, so proud of the lads. Well Done.

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    ImDrunky

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • By ImDrunky's calaulations and predictions, we should only need 1 more point, as we already have 32 ... ! 14 games left, I reckon we could get another 18 ~ 20 points.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Have to admit that, after feeling confident before the Black Cats game, I was more than a little apprehensive that we might fall back into the black hole that entrapped someother team last year. Of course, tonight I am reminded of our bouncebackability - is it true we have never suffered 2 consecutive defeats under PL? And after outperforming all targets during his reign, is Europe really out of the question...? OK, I'll keep my feet on the ground. Just 8 more points please.... Well done lads. Great game today.

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    zebbee

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Unfortunately Zebbee, as far as I can see at the start of November we lost 3-2 to Villa followed by 1-2 at home against The Gooners. You could also argue 0-4 MK Dons followed by 3-1 away at Chelsea. It may be that we have not suffered back to back home defeats under Lambo. I don't think that we will win the cup but we are definitely staying up and getting more cash flow as a result. What our team of "stars in reasonably priced cars" seem to be able to do is adapt to just about anything and keep fighting. I am not sure that you would get a team of Big Time Charlies to play out of position in the way our lads did today.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Oh, and do we have to get 40 points before they stop saying Blackpool?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • super troll is back

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    Rodders

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Someone call Hellesdon Hospital. Ged's escaped!!

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, February 6, 2012

  • Ingo, rather than a trusty old MF, Ipswich remind me of a 1946 Field Marshall. They rally once a month, only fire on one cylinder and have to be started by hand.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Great game and a deserved result. NCFC has morphed into a force to be reckoned with, a club that can upset any premiership side. I would love to see Norwich play international football, qualify for EU tournaments. Leaving those fixing tractors behind, Ipswich is only now performing, not yet consistently, they have to get back to the nuts and bolts, maybe buy a new driveshaft or two, a change of oil would get rid of the clonking, it works on the old Massey ferguson.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • We are poorer than "a vast majority of Championship teams". Well Burnley are only 3 points off the play-offs and we ran rings around them in the FA Cup. Sorry, can't see any evidence for that argument either.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • The effort put in by the boys in Yellow and Green today emphasised that our game against Sunderland was no more than 'a bad day at the office'!! On another day, Holt could have had a hat trick - maybe he's keeping his 'shooting boots' clean for our trip to the Liberty stadium next Saturday!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Excellent show of character lads

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    Claire Voyant

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Great win, well done lads, could easily have been 5-nil. Drury & Ruddy were both very impressive today and it was nice to see Simeon given another start. Even with capable replacements Whitbread will be missed if he’s out because he’s been immense these past few weeks, speedy recovery chaps. Naughton did well covering as CB and it’s a timely recovery by Ward. OTBC! ILWT.

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    theluggage

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • It is amazing, at first the Trolls had it that we were rubbish and would get stuffed by every team, we weren't, so then we were cheats. When we rose to the upper half it was beacuse we had lucky fixtures (against all the teams that were going to stuff us). Then it was the clean sheets thing, so when we we started getting clean sheets it was that we could not beat to top four clubs, which of course would be unlikely anyway if we were rubblish. Then there was the little question about using black magic against WBA so now we are just back to rubbish again. At some stage it is going to be easier for them to admit that this is a great team with a great manager and great support.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Just watch Elliot Bennett. Class act in the making. Versatile. Team man. Pity about those 2 centre-back injuries. But we coped OK anyway! And we still have Ward and Barnett in reserve. ILWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • FA Cup win (or even runner-up?) would get a Euro place. Let`s not run before we can walk. One defeat at Sunderland and the Club was in disarray, full of dissent. Now all we have is two centre-backs with knackered hamstrings. Thank God for solid citizens like R. Martin, Drury, Holty and Elliot Bennett. EB looks a class above Ashley Cole already! And a good guy too! Superb full-back display. 40 points, please, so the men can prove themselves again next Season. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Zeb, City have lost two on the trot twice now in the Prem, against Chelsea and West Brom early in the season and then VillaArsenal. But to be sitting in nineth place in February and still sixth equal highest scorers is tremendous. Crab, Ged is lying low (good phrase that, lying low) ever since predicting that Chelsea would win by at least two and that Torres would score. There was a tiny bleat from him after Sunderland, but now he seems to hiding behind his other pseudonyms of Liz Knott and Billie the Bookie.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Wouldn't quite agree with PL (sorry, I mean God!) about best performance of the season, but certainly one of the most gritty and determined in a difficult situation. Wins against Blackburn, Wigan and Wolves should make us safe and the rest of the games are for fun (and a tongue in cheek tilt at a euro place!)

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    jondavies_ahi

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • What's Red Goo going to say at the end of the season when we are still in the Prem and Dipswitch are struggling in the Championship. Brilliant team display against Bolton, well done the whole team. Come on you Yellows.

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    goldie

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • So Bolton are woefully out of form. Last Weds, 0-0 v the Gooners, 2-1 over the Swans, 3-1 over Liverpool and 2-1 away @ Everton. Admitedly they lost at ManU on 14 Jan. Come on Ged, surely you can do better than that!

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Good to see bounce back from Wednesday though they seemed to be playing under pressure - early on though chances came they were snapped at. At one point thought one of these days when Bolton would sneak winner. Downside was Ayala and Whitbread hopefully not out long. Ruddy again top of his game and not forgetting the ever dependable Adam at the back. For all the chances we had should have been dead and buried by half-time but the team didn't let heads down and in the end three points and another clean sheet - maybe clean sheets or lack of them should a topic put to bed. The re-organisation enforced just showed how that we do have a team squad all on the same song sheet. Agree with RoadWarrior and ImDrunky another 8 points will see us safe. On a lighter note the commentators we had here on the broadcast in Singapore - one pointed out one of the linesmen, sorry assistance referees, was wearing gloves the other's comment was he must be a southerner - unfortunately lost on many of my fellow viewers. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Great comments Swiss - and how true! Talking of Trolls - haven't seen anything of Ged since QPR. Is he all right do you think?

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    The Crab

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • very stange.now that city are in the prem it has suddenly become a poor league have the idiots taken over the asylum.

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    bluelight

    Monday, February 6, 2012

  • One of our strengths surely has to be our adaptibility and only the insane would deny our right to be where we are. Tactically we are well balanced throughout the squad with players who can come in and do different jobs for the team. That is why we won't do a Blackpool. I agree with one comment on another stream that with his signings this January, Lambert is already planning for next season. Here's hoping for a long cup run, in the knowledge that we are just about safe. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, February 6, 2012

  • A good result Ged, thats praise indeed. Positive comments on MOTD , whats going on?

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    cutty

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Zebbee what I think it is, is that we haven`t been "doubled" by a team under PL`s regime. As it stands, MUFC, MCFC, Spurs, Arsenal and Aston Villa could change that this season. I think that`s the lot? There`s a challenge! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Great response to Wednesday, well done to all. Clean sheet as well! Another hard EARNED 3 points, another 8 required.

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    RoadWarrior

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Wouldn't quite agree with PL (sorry, I mean God!) about best performance of the season, but certainly one of the most gritty and determined in a difficult situation. Wins against Blackburn, Wigan and Wolves should make us safe and the rest of the games are for fun (and a tongue in cheek tilt at a euro place!)

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    jondavies_ahi

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Thanks for the update on Ged, Johnny Gavin; though perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned him - I seem to have moved his rock and he's crawled out! And he's worse! He now thinks that the Chumpionship is a better class of league than the Prem! It's not just Norwich he's jealous of, it's the whole flippin' League!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • What`s wrong with being a Southerner, Singapore? Personally I`m a Far Easterner. Lowestoft. Where is Singapore? Is it near Yarmouth? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

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