Norwich City 3 Watford 0

Norwich City's Lewis Grabban scored his first Championship goal for the club in the 3-0 win over Watford.  Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Lewis Grabban scored his first Championship goal for the club in the 3-0 win over Watford. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, August 16, 2014
4:54 PM

Norwich City turned on the style to sink 10-man Watford for their first Championship win of the new season at Carrow Road.

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The Hornets’ task was made even more difficult when Joel Ekstrand was red-carded inside the opening five minutes after leaving Nathan Redmond flat out on the turf with blood pouring from a facial wound.

Bradley Johnson clipped a superb finish over Heurelho Gomes before the break with Neil Adams’ men dominating territory and possession but two goals either side of the hour mark sealed the first win of his tenure.

Lewis Grabban matched Johnson’s impudence from 20 yards and then Alex Tettey rifled a thunderous low finish for the Canaries.

Adams was able to introduce both Gary O’Neil and Leroy Fer in the closing stages on a perfect afternoon for his side.

The City chief made three changes from the starting line up that lost 1-0 at Wolves. Javier Garrido replaced the suspended Martin Olsson after his red card at Molineux. Tettey came into the City midfield with Elliott Bennett dropping to the substitutes’ bench. Kyle Lafferty was also handed his first competitive start with Andrew Surman absent from the matchday squad.

Fer made a welcome return on the bench after his extended summer break, with summer signing O’Neil also included alongside the Dutch international.

Watford’s prolific striker Troy Deeney was named in the Hornets’ line up after fresh reports on Saturday morning of a rejected transfer bid from Leicester City to partner Matej Vydra.

Lewis McGugan tested John Ruddy with a low free kick after Johnson had hauled down Deeney inside the opening seconds, but the Hornets’ were reduced to 10 men within two minutes when Ekstrand was adjudged to have caught Redmond in the face. Referee Tierney had no hesitation in producing a straight red with blood pouring from Redmond’s nose.

Michael Turner thumped the header over from Wes Hoolahan’s free kick with the visitors facing a major re-organisation so early in the contest.

City tried to maintain the intensity of a ferocious start to the proceedings with Lafferty, operating in a wide left berth, and Grabban looking to link up at every opportunity.

Redmond was showing no ill effects from his early tussle, whipping a free kick up and over the Watford wall but beyond Gomes’ left-hand post.

Watford were predictably forced to probe on the counter and Almen Abdi scuffed a long range strike well wide of Ruddy’s goal.

Tettey accepted the invitation to range forward but Gomes gathered with no alarms. The Brazilian, however, could only watch Johnson’s deflected strike spiral a yard past his upright shortly after before Redmond’s rising effort dipped over with City upping the ante in search of that breakthrough.

Lafferty remained a prominent figure in the first 30 minutes with the Northern Irishman’s first-time cushioned pass begging for a taker in yellow as the ball drifted across Gomes’ six-yard line from Johnson’s superb clipped pass.

Johnson finally punctured Watford’s resistance in the 32nd minute with a wonderfully deft lift over the stranded Gomes from 20 yards out after Lafferty and Hoolahan had fashioned a chance.

City’s scorer tried his luck again from the same range with a powerful strike that had Gomes diving full length as a precaution.

Hoolahan’s teasing pass freed Grabban, but Gomes was out swiftly to smother with his chest from an acute angle in the closing seconds of the opening period.

Grabban and Lafferty cut through again prior to the interval, with Watford’s defence back-pedalling, only for the former Rangers’ man to drag wide from long range.

Steven Whittaker’s first time cross just evaded the sliding Lafferty six yards out in a positive sign of intent following the restart. Watford’s counter-attacking threat had been embellished at the break with the introduction of Lloyd Dyer and it needed Ruddy at his best to parry from the wide player after City were caught with too many numbers high up the pitch.

Hoolahan’s vision carved out another chance for the hosts with Lafferty’s first time shot drifting just over from the edge of the area.

City responded to Watford’s urgings with two goals either side of the hour mark. Grabban emulated Johnson with a perfectly-executed lob over Gomes from 20 yards before Tettey thundered in a low strike from the same distance to spark waves of relief around Carrow Road.

Adams opted to dip into his resources in the aftermath with Tettey and Lafferty both withdrawn; the Northern Irishman earning a huge ovation for his maiden shift.

Fer then made his entrance for the first time since his World Cup exploits with the Dutch - Hoolahan making way for the final quarter of a game City were now in total control.

Fer was straight into the action with an angled pass Grabban tried to lift over Gomes but it lacked the precision of his earlier finish. Whittaker and Johnson both tried their luck again in the closing stages but City appeared content to play out the match at their own pace.

• Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Garrido, Tettey (O’Neil 65), Johnson, Redmond, Hoolahan (Fer 72), Lafferty (E Bennett 67), Grabban. Subs (not used): Rudd, Loza, Josh Murphy, R Bennett.

• Booking: Grabban (ungentlemanly conduct, 78)

• Goals: Johnson (32), Grabban (59), Tettey (61)

• Watford: Gomes, Tamas, Ekstrand, Angella, Paredes, Abdi (Andrews 63), Tozser, McGugan (Dyer 45), Pudil, Deeney, Vydra (Forestieri 63). Subs (not used): Bond, Munari, Ighalo, Hoban.

• Booking: Tozser (dissent, 75)

• Sending off: Ekstrand (3)

• Added on time: 3 minutes / 3 minutes

• Referee: P Tierney (Lancashire)

• Attendance: 26,375

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39 comments

  • Our posts crossed Brew only mine was delayed because I left my c0ck in. Story of my life really.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Lobbo, response blocked for some strange reason. No I know why it was. The term "Scarper" came from ****ney rhyming slang, Scapa Flow ie Go. Scapa Flow was here the German Fleet was scuttled during WW1.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Lobbo, the term "Scarper" is cockney rhyming slang, from Scapa Flow ie go. Scapa Flow was a Naval Base in The Orkneys famous for being the place where the German Fleet was scuttled during WW1.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Then there are so many languages, sub-languages and dialects in Europe. Just like Norfolk...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Indeed it is, Lobbo, though it doesn`t seem to have its roots in Latin. Some sources suggest there is a rhyming slang connection "Scapa Flow - Go". I prefer the Italian connection. I suppose `escape` could be a related word in English - perhaps they pinched it from us?! It`s not a particularly old word. 19th C.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • 'Brew' I'm living in South Yorkshire but it wasn't me! Btw, I just love the word 'scarper', they say it was probably an adaptation of Italian scappare to escape.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • ...he`ll have Stevie F to play with too...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Hello, Lobbo. Yes indeed, it is time for EB to step up to the mark. In view of our lack of defensive cover and pace, specially when Olsson departs, EB should be groomed as a right back, leaving Bambi as cover for RB, or LB if we`re desperate. Then, by the time Fer, Tettey and Surman have also scarpered, we`ll be short of midfielders too. Bring back David Fox... Andrew Crofts... Ian Crook. Steely; Saint Cliff. There`s a thought. Give him a prestigious position on the NCFC Board and he might inject some of his vast wealth into the Club? Better pursue that opportunity PDQ.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • 'Brew'. after the Wolves game I said my highlight was Lafferty and he starts the next game and my lowlight was Elliott Bennett, and he's dropped. Get your finger out EB, this league should be made for you!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Not Thorns, Brew. Bennetts now renamed Hughes. Nowt wrong with the radio ,only the BBC. Ask Sir Cliff.

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    Steely Dan

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Hi Steely. You should take that bogus wireless back to Thorne`s. Maybe they`ll give you a trade-in for a trouser press, or a Delia Smith gourmet deep fat fryer. The metamorphosis of Dubya from `Happy Clapper` to `Realist` is complete! A bit more progress and it`ll be "Welcome aboard the Good Ship Moaner Lisa". Cue fade away like the Cheshire Cat, leaving only an enigmatic smile...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Good stuff - pleased for Neil Adams. Regarding the radio coverage. I purchased an internet radio so that I can listen to commentaries from local station's up and down the country. Or so I thought. It seems you can tune into these station's any time except when their is a football commentary. Tried to listen to BBC Coventry, Bradford and even Suffolk but no commentary. I don't know what the answer is other than the fact that I wasted £150.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • A welcome 3 points without doubt and Lafferty looks to be a good target man. Difficult to judge the team overall as Watford had the player sent of so early. However, you can only play what is in front of you. I was a bit baffled as to the formation we played as it seemed to be a 4,2,3,1 set up, however Lafferty was played as a left winger for much of the game and Grabben as the loan striker. To give NA credit, he switched from the diamond shape at Wolves which did not work and we looked far more solid today, roll on Tuesday when we can see how we perform against 11 men. OTBC

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • When you´re outside of the UK, you can use a proxy server to give yourself a British IP address. Then, you can listen to the BBC radio stations, including BBC Radio 5 live, without a problem, although still no live NCFC matches on Radio Norfolk :( Use wiziwig, or some such website, to stream the matches that are avalible.

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    theluggage

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • No Tractorboy 61 today? I do hope he's not unwell. What does that 61 indicate? His IQ? Perhaps he's as sick as a Parrot and PUNCHbowl or got his head stuck up his exhaust pipe.

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    rjukancanary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Yep Wivenhoe, its contractual, I assume the BBC only buy the rights to broadcast the match to the good ol boys in Norfolk, if it was on the web it would be available worldwide or presumably UK wide and the Canaries website presumably have the rights to that, which they sell to punters for a subscription :(

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    SussexYellow

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Regarding radio norfolk, this is where Archant can warn their corn by promoting this request to the old Sally firm. Thanks framboise I will search it out.

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    JB

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • anyone know the reason why radio norfolk do not stream the commentary on the web, after all they do all the buildup and the aftermath but not the game.Good win. same again tuesday. Still concerned about the defence.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I don't think Chris we need be too concerned Grabban will dry up like RVW last season. The difference is that Grabban has notched up goals on a regular basis in the Champ. RVW was a gamble, operating at a level he knew nothing about, and mismanaged. Also, unlike RVW, Grabban has a partner in Lafferty who will share the bumps and bruises up front. Encouraged today by goals being shared. Pleased for NA to get that first win and take some pressure off. Hope next weekend will deliver another troll free board.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Bearing in mind how short the team was of genuine pre-season competition to get match fitness, this is a good result. It also hopefully gets towards a strong winning mentality which must be good. Another good result on Tuesday and we will be ready for next Saturday. Only heard the match on R Norfolk but pleased to hear the frequent involvement of Lafferty and a shame he did not get on the score sheet. Need to arrange that he gets into the box more often. Sounded too that Redmond needs to get some coaching to make the most of his involvement and effectiveness.

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    andy

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • lol, I noticed that Timbo. Tractorboy and co are conspicuous in their absence for some odd reason.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • very very heartening stuff , even if we were up against 10 men all the game . Need to see an equally stout performance midweek and next Saturday , let's keep those fingers crossed .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Was Leroy Fer's lap of honour on his own after the match his goodbye to the club? It would not surprise me if we have news of a tranfer out deal completing in the next week....

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    TheBirdCage

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Was at the game today and yes, Lafferty looks like the 'real deal' and put in a fantastic shift. 3 very well taken goals and could so easily have been more on another day. Onwards and upwards!!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • JB you always bite the bullet and subscribe to CanaryPlayer. Thats the only way I can guarantee commentary. Very happy with result but very early days. Didnt get too upset last week and not too excited this week.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I`d love Laff to be the "New Holty". He is a grafter. What a refreshing contrast to the terminally selfish Robert. Let`s hope he can sustain it for 168 games as Grant Holt did.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Excellent result. The biggest positive for me was the number of crosses we got into the box. That made a change. Onwards and upwards.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Oh, and reference Butler; I forgot to say "oafish". Sorry.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I stopped to listen to Canary Call on Partridge. Last week`s guest idiot Paul`s foolish attempt to apologize to the institutionally obnoxious Butler was brutally rebuffed. No surprise there. Footy: I`m delighted to take that result. Chrissy`s `team` couldn`t cope with 10 men, let alone 11. What`s happened to Dubya? He`s so realistic now! Next up; a few beers in the Wig & Pen.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • 'Dubai' using the same argument, we were 0-0 at Wolves, pushing for a win, until we went down to 10 men.. Enjoy the moment, I'm sure the coaching team have much to chew over.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • A good professional job in my opinion..some good attacking play and 3 well taken goals. Also good to see Fer get a run out..maybe a sign that he's staying?

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Can you hear Townman sing? No No ..Can you hear Townman sing? No No..Can you hear Townman sing? I can't hear a F%^&ING thing..???....

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    Timbo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Let's he this is the start of things to come. Now we are in the chumpionship I am struggling to stream or listen on the radio in Madrid. BBC radio Norfolk have decided to stay on the dark agaes and believes that the only people who might want to listen actually live in Norfolk

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    JB

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Lighten up Dubai, Watford are a decent side and they didn't roll over and play dead. We bossed the game and didn't do anything stupid, we also gave three players a run out from the bench. Good professional management. Well done OTBC.

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Lets not get too excited, it was 88 minutes of 10 man Watford. I am glad we got the win, and from what I heard they were nice goals. BUT we did not exactly put them to the sword, and, how many chances did we squander ? It must be the same again on Tuesday, but we need to be more clinical. We have the donkey boys away next Sat and we must thrust their noses into the rhubarb patch and shove large carrots up their @**^s !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Great result, 3 points and it improves our goal difference which can be crucial in a tight league like this (already puts us above that lot down the road). Might have been against 10, but that can be tricky as we and others have found before. Nice to see one striker getting on the score sheet early on, although I remember one of our strikers last year also getting a goal early in the season which didn't exactly open the floodgates. Watford are a decent side too. Then again, shows how unpredictable this league is, Bournemouth and Millwall top with maximum points.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I'll take all the positives. Every game has negatives but let's forget about them and look forward high spirits and the next game

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • By the power of positive thinking we have brought about a home victory! Yayeeeee! BRILLIANT ! Go for it Neil!

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

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