Chelsea 4, Norwich City 1

Alexander Tettey gets his header all wrong in front of the Chelsea goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Alexander Tettey gets his header all wrong in front of the Chelsea goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Saturday, October 6, 2012
5:03 PM

Premier League leaders Chelsea inflicted another heavy defeat on Norwich City as they scored three times in 17 minutes in the opening half at Stamford Bridge.

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A 4-1 defeat, their third in a row, left Chris Hughton’s men second from bottom with just three points from their first seven matches as they go into the second international break of the season.

The Canaries in fact made a dream start when skipper Grant Holt fired them ahead in the 11th minute after Leon Barnett nodded down Wes Hoolahan’s cross.

But three goals in quick succession rocked them back on their heels and put the European champions in control.

It took Chelsea just three minutes to equalise when Fernando Torres headed in a cross from Branislav Ivanovic.

Frank Lampard made it 2-1 after a Torres overhead kick was blocked, and Eden Hazard scored the third goal from Juan Mata’s pass as the Blues counter-attacked from a Norwich corner.

Holt might have reduced the arrears with headers that flew wide either side of the interval, but Chelsea generally looked comfortable with their lead in the second period and extended it on 76 minutes when Ivanovic volleyed past John Ruddy.

City boss Hughton made five changes after the 5-2 home defeat by Liverpool.

Defender Sebastien Bassong returned from a hamstring injury, while there was a first Premier League start for Norway international Alex Tettey and there were recalls for Elliott Bennett, Hoolahan and Holt.

Out of the side that started against the Reds, out went Michael Turner, Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Surman, Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson.

All those except Surman were on the substitutes’ bench, where Anthony Pilkington returned after a back injury.

Chelsea showed one change from the team that started the 2-1 win at Arsenal, Frank Lampard returning at the expense of Ramires.

Former City loan defender Ryan Bertrand was among the substitutes.

The Canaries were looking for their first league win of the season and their first at Chelsea since 1993.

They started with four across midfield, Elliott Bennett and Johnson playing the wide roles, and Hoolahan operating behind the one striker, Holt.

With just three minutes gone, Chelsea might have taken the lead. Torres was presented with a great opening when Lampard’s ball left him clear of the City back four as the flag stayed down, but the Spaniard took just long enough for Barnett to get across and dispossess him as he shaped to shoot.

Tettey made a timely interception to stop Hazard getting in a shot from Cole’s low cross as the hosts pressed again.

But in the 11th minute, City took the lead with a beautifully-worked goal from captain Holt.

Hoolahan was the architect with a cross beyond the far post and Barnett nodded it back perfectly for Holt to fire home on the bounce – a well executed finish as he drilled it past Cech.

It took the Blues just three minutes to equalise, however, as Torres headed his sixth goal of the season.

Lampard’s diagonal ball found Mata, whose backheel set up Ivanovic for a cross from the right and Torres got above Barnett to beat Ruddy with a firm header.

Ruddy gathered Hazard’s miscued volley from a Torres cross as Chelsea looked for a second goal.

Undaunted, City pushed forward again and after Tettey misdirected a header from Hoolahan’s cross, Russell Martin centred and Johnson fired goalwards, but straight at Cech.

Chelsea continued to press, however, and midway through the half Lampard put them into the lead.

As City struggled to get the ball away, Torres attempted an overhead kick that was blocked, but the ball broke to Lampard just inside the area, and he struck a well-placed shot past the outstretched legs of Howson and Elliott Bennett and just inside the post.

Cole headed wide from as cross by Oscar when he could have made it 3-1 as the Canaries continued to look vulnerable.

Johnson’s enthusiasm left both Mikel and Luiz on the floor after challenges that might have earned him a yellow card, but referee Taylor was in generous mood.

On the half-hour, however, Chelsea extended their lead, scoring from a counter-attack from a Norwich corner.

Elliott Bennett’s kick was headed clear by Terry and Mata got the better of Hoolahan as the two men went for the clearance before setting off on a 50-yard run and slipping the ball sideways for Hazard to sidefoot his shot beyond Ruddy.

A cross from Hoolahan almost provided a way back into the game for City as Terry slid in to concede another corner.

Mikel tried his luck from long range after a short corner as Chelsea pressed again.

Oscar almost joined his colleagues on the scoresheet after Cole, Mata and Lampard worked him a shooting chance, but Ruddy dived to keep out his low effort.

As the interval approached, Holt headed just off target from Johnson’s cross after escaping the attention of Terry once again, but may feel he should have done better.

• Half-time: Chelsea 3, Norwich City 1

Soon after the restart, Holt went closer still with a header from another Johnson cross that went just the wrong side of the post.

There were shouts for a penalty when Hazard’s path to goal appeared to be blocked by Barnett, who was waiting for Ruddy to come and collect the ball, but the referee was unimpressed.

Tettey shot well wide as City tried the long-range route to goal, and Ruddy saved from Oscar at the other end as Chelsea looked for a fourth.

Ruddy saved from Mata as they threatened again, and Hazard took a rather optimistic tumble over Howson as the ball ran loose.

A promising move from City was spoiled by a poor crossfield ball from Tettey and, midway through the second half, Chelsea made their first change as Ramires replaced Lampard.

Hughton then made his first substitution as Pilkington was sent on for Johnson, and the substitute was soon in the action, getting his head to an Elliott Bennett cross but unable to direct it goalwards.

With 15 minutes left, Ruddy produced a fine save to deny Torres at close range after he played a one-two with Mata.

But a minute later, Ruddy was beaten for the fourth time. Mata appeared to mis-control the ball as a cross came in from the left, but it fell perfectly for Ivanovic to volley powerfully past the keeper, even though he got both hands to the shot.

It was all change as City replaced Holt and Bassong with Morison and Ryan Bennett, while goalscorer Ivanovic made way for Azpilicueta.

The last change came when Romeu replaced Mikel, and it might have been 5-1 when Terry headed wide after Torres flicked on Mata’s free-kick.

Romeu almost fluked a goal when he blocked Ryan Bennett’s headed clearance with his chest and the ball flew just wide.

• Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic (Azpilicueta, 78), Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel (Romeu, 83), Lampard (Ramires, 67); Mata, Oscar; Hazard, Torres. Subs (not used): Turnbull, Bertrand, Cahill, Moses.

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Russell Martin, Barnett, Bassong (Ryan Bennett, 78), Garrido; Elliott Bennett, Howson, Tettey, Johnson (Pilkington, 68); Hoolahan; Holt (Morison, 77). Subs (not used): Bunn, Turner, Snodgrass, Jackson.

• Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester)

• Attendance: 41,784

• Goals: Chelsea: Torres (14), Lampard (22), Hazard (31), Ivanovic (76). City: Holt (11).

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33 comments

  • Just watched motd - Holty's back! unfortunately defence and midfield appear to have left the building...We need to beat Villa and Stoke. OTBC

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    JMH

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Well, that was bad. Terrible, performance. Norwich are a bit of a laughing stock right now and this is just going to continue. How on earth Chelsea did not get three spot kicks is beyond me. A 4:1 score line was more than we deserved, awful showing.

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    Duncan Forbes

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • 5 games to go, before Mick McCarthy takes over

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    billythebookie

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Well a move in the right direction one less goal than last week conceded ,snakey snodgrass dropped and lose the ball johnson subbed haha bet ken bates is rubbing his hands .come on lads let's be having yea Let's all sing like the canaries sing tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet .you ll be down by xmas lol

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    johnny norfolkengood

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Well a move in the right direction one less goal than last week conceded ,snakey snodgrass dropped and lose the ball johnson subbed haha bet ken bates is rubbing his hands .come on lads let's be having yea Let's all sing like the canaries sing tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet .you ll be down by xmas lol

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    johnny norfolkengood

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Amazing what gets through isn't it Brewer? It is all about belief and the manager really needs to believe in himself so that the team can; that's the way it works. The previous incumbant had a pretty good self image, the after effects of which still go on. I suggest that CH goes on retreat in the international break and discovers his inner strength. I was tempted to apply for the recently-advertised job as head of HR at NCFC ;-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • Well a move in the right direction one less goal than last week conceded ,snakey snodgrass dropped and lose the ball johnson subbed haha bet ken bates is rubbing his hands .come on lads let's be having yea Let's all sing like the canaries sing tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet .you ll be down by xmas lol

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    johnny norfolkengood

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Well a move in the right direction one less goal than last week conceded ,snakey snodgrass dropped and lose the ball johnson subbed haha bet ken bates is rubbing his hands .come on lads let's be having yea Let's all sing like the canaries sing tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet .you ll be down by xmas lol

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    johnny norfolkengood

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Oh dear. Relegation here we come, me thinks.

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    Boadicea 1959

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • In fairness to Hughton, I think most City fans were expecting to lose this one. Only thing in doubt realistically was the margin. It's failing to beat the likes of QPR + West Ham that will get us relegated. Doesn't take away the fact that overall this has been a disaster of a start to the season. I'm honestly begining to wonder how Hughton got Newcastle promoted or got B-ham into the play-offs ? Only bright spot is that Holty's rediscovered the net. Defending is tragic + yet we're managed by a defender. I 'll give him till Xmas to turn it round, before I start calling for his head. Having said that, if this continues, we'll just about be relegated by then. I await the "band of hope's" pleas for people to be positive + "always look on the bright side of life". I'd say wake up. This guy increasingly looks like he's not up to the job........

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    Timbo

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Hello Trolls ! I am not at all disappointed as I though City put in a good performance today. When Holt put us into a 1-0 lead we were in raptures, but unfortunately it didn't last. This game shows the gap between where we are and where C$elski are. OK our defence has some concerns but that is what our club can afford and CH didn't bring in Barney anyway, did he ? Lets hope Bassong gets on-form and it would be good to see Ryan Bennett mature as the player we all know he can be. Lets get behind the team and CH - we are still better than many in this league and time will prove that ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Ah, great to see ‘Brew’ back…After two seasons of enjoying this board (with all it’s characters) I feel it’s like a family get-together every week to discuss our team. So here’s my first comment ..Win (when?) lose or draw, sorrow or elation, supporting NC this season is fraught with frustration – only relieved by this, the best football forum in the Nation! (It was before the Leeds fans got here…)

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    SaigonCanary

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Surely hyperalbino was not issuing threats of a violent nature in respect of this Alan Partridge character? Cannot be, because the Moderators do not permit that sort of thing. Jimmy Saville looked a bit bleached, too. Bad karma. Chances are "Partridge" was Steroo or another troll just causing chidish mischief. That`s what they do. But WHY?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • How very kind, Saigon. Thankyou! It`s truly bizarre the way multiple troll postings get through when so many regular Naaridge fans are thwarted by multiple ethering. Makes you wonder if there may be a mischievous troll or two `employed` at Ar-chant Towers? Perhaps they take control when their Masters go for extended meetings at Head Office, aka The `Woolpack`. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • How did the Leeds lads do for you guys yesterday? They aren't Premiership players, just good championship. Johnson can't pass a ball, Howson will run all day but his passing is suspect, Snodgrass is the more skilful but runs into corners if defenders corral him. You have too many average players, you need three or four class acts (like us). You have a fan called Alan Partridge who plagued our board a few months ago, he probably uses a another name on here because we said we would come for him, never mind, he knows we are here now.

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    superwhite

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • This site has more Trolls than The Lord of the Rings.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • We gave Chelsea far too much time on the ball. They demonstrated no desire to try and get back in the game. We used to be the fittest team in the league running more yards than anyone else. Now the players seem content to sit back and ball watch. (And talking of ball watching- the third goal all our defenders were watching the ball as opposed to marking their man) There is no awareness or willingness to poor men forward at the right time.. A number of times players (i.e. Pilks, Holty) were not supported with dashing runs into space. The selection was about the only thing that Hughton got right today. The formation had proven to work in the past but it requires awareness so that the attacking midfielders dart forward at the right time. I didn't see Hughton on the touch line rallying the players when they sat there ball watching and I doubt he raised his voice much at half time because there was no fight in Norwich in the second half. How many fouls did Norwich make ?? hardly any in comparison to Chelsea and I don't think we have had a card yet this season (?) Why? because we are not putting in the tackles, particularly in midfield. We need to be more physical like Stoke etc off the ball. We also need Hughton to take charge. Man-up, lead from the front, but in order to do that he needs to have a game plan that the players buy into...counter attacking football, would have been a good option but this requires careful planning. I would like to think the players are getting a boll0cking for the lack lustre effort on the pitch today...but then Hughton probably didn't recognise the need to play a physical game today and get stuck into Chelsea so it is hard for him to criticise players if the instructions were not given in the firstou place. Come on Norwich....11 men vs 11 men.....show some fight. Hughton I hope you read this and take note and we see a team who wants to perform to the best of its ability every minute they are on the pitch. We drew 3-3 with Arsenal last season. Let's at least give them a good game right up until the final whistle...even if only to improve our fitness.

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    James Tayler

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Thought about having a day trip to Leeds, more commonly known as “Ell and” back. Now that is Common! What do you think Snow White? Bit of a dodgy word round there I hear.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • See Mr. Bunn is continuing his bench-warming career. C. Martin not in squad - contract\saleability rapidly expiring. Vaughan performing well for `Uddersfield - assist for their winner yesterday & a lively performance generally. The Ghost of Gary Doherty, aka M. Turner, now correctly below R. Bennett in pecking order. Livewire Cinammon not used. I feel quite despondent. I wonder how Dani`s doing with Forest? :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • The ethering`s started again. I`m going up to Elland Back to log on as johnny norfolkengood, that should fix it, Jimmy! Swiss, get a time machine ang get that Head of HR job @ The Carra before Cully left.... and stop him!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Let’s put things into some sort of perspective. The writing was on the wall at the latter part of last season, I think everyone could see that. There is only a limited amount of time that you can keep what are basically good championship players, actually playing well above themselves. This season with the absence of any real money to secure proper premiership level players, was always going to be a dogfight and really Hughton or any other manager for that fact was always going to be on the end of a hiding. It’s not his fault, but you simply can’t turn what are basically hacking horses into thoroughbred racing stock.

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    Old Long Balls

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • We are Norwich..they are European Champions..what did you expect...get real guys..the big games for us are Soton,Wigan,Reading,QPR etc..not the likes of Chelsea and the Mancs

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    mac'n'boyer

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Well a move in the right direction one less goal than last week conceded ,snakey snodgrass dropped and lose the ball johnson subbed haha bet ken bates is rubbing his hands .come on lads let's be having yea Let's all sing like the canaries sing tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet .you ll be down by xmas lol

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    johnny norfolkengood

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Well a move in the right direction one less goal than last week conceded ,snakey snodgrass dropped and lose the ball johnson subbed haha bet ken bates is rubbing his hands .come on lads let's be having yea Let's all sing like the canaries sing tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet .you ll be down by xmas lol

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    johnny norfolkengood

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Todays match was shown live on 60" depress-a-vision here in Portugal. Basically we were out played, out thought and out muscled in every department.with the possible exception of Hoolahan and Holt, who combined for an excellent against the run of play goal, and Holts work and creativity made him my man of the match for Norwich. There were no "howler" goals this week, and to be fair, Chelsea looked the £billion pound team, compared to our relatively bargain basement outfit. BUT we contrived to make them look good. The midfield was totally ineffectual, unable to ping passes, and string anything together. they were bullied off the ball far too easily, and the last pass towards the box was usually no better that "hit and hope". We had a "purpleish" patch in the 2nd half, but after the excellent 4th goal, the match more or less turned into Chelsea shooting practice. I didn't expect us to win this one. I did look for pride, skill and endeavour. Last thought............how many more high scoring defeats can Mr Hughton suffer before the board is forced to act. I'd suggest that 10 without a win is about that point!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Swiss, go for that HR job! I know it`s a "stable door" scenario, but you might have been able to keep Cully here. It would be a major coup to get him back...... Perhaps a part-exchange deal with Bewilderwood going the other way. A natural fit with £ambert linguistically. And with such a lacklustre CV, Calderdash would not pose any threat to that most alpha of Alpha Males. "Colin`s been really excellent for me. Since he`s been with me he`s done really excellent. His time with me since he`s been with me at my football club....."

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • That johnny norfolkengood got its posting thro` 7 times. Up to this, it represents a third of all contributions. That means TB badgerbilly`s allocation has been restricted. Now that IS positive thinking!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • The first half was shocking. If we can play like we did in the second against our 'competitors' ie Reading, West Ham, Swansea etc we might have a chance.

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    Paul Smith

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • agree Swiss. We need a ..wizard to put the trolls orcs in their place. Suggest Hoolahan as Gandalf, and Holty as Aragorn, but my worry is where do we play the Hobbits. and dont forget Leeds is just a mis-spelling o something found on Church roofs

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • That was meant to be a ;-). €;-{>

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • How come Mr Archant that the moderator machine has been switched off,an now allows duplicate postings? At first glance I thought a bus load of immigrants had arrived.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • The Hobbits are certainly out in force again ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • Ethered again!!! I watched the match live here in Portugal. With the exception of the against the run of play, Holt goal, (he and Hoolahan were our best players)we were made to look even poorer than we are by a Chelsea team that outplayed, out thought, and out muscled us. Our midfield had no cohesion, and our few final balls into the box were hit and hope. Nothing was pinged to feet. after the 4th goal it was Chelsea shooting practice. How many games can a manger survive in this league without a win. I would suggest, no more than 10

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

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