Sebastien Bassong runs off in celebration after scoring Norwich City's first goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Norwich City 2, Sunderland 1 - what the nationals said

Monday, December 3, 2012
11.24 AM

The national newspapers’ views on Norwich City’s 2-1 win over Sunderland.

The Daily Telegraph: “As for Norwich, their upward mobility becomes increasingly difficult to fathom. Their starting XI is ostensibly no better than Championship standard, with the possible exceptions of Bassong and Javier Garrido, formerly of Roma, and yet they continue to defy all doubters.”

The Guardian: “This latest defeat means Sunderland have recorded just two wins from their last 22 matches. In contrast, Norwich are unbeaten in eight Premier League games – equalling their record set in the 1993-94 season.”

The Mirror: “Hughton deserves all the credit he is getting for this superb run of form. His Norwich side had been dismissed after no wins in their first seven games and 17 goals conceded. But he retains the respect he enjoys in the game because he never panics. And he now has his men playing the way he wants them to.”

The Sun: “This was nowhere near as impressive as the Canaries’ recent performances which earned 1-0 wins over both Arsenal and Manchester United. It was an off-colour display but how Sunderland would like to scrape a win like this.”

The Daily Mail: “With Wes Hoolahan buzzing about like a wasp with a grudge, Norwich were in their element. Sunderland were undone by Norwich’s bright first half and a couple of examples of rank-bad defending.”