Southampton 1, Norwich City 1

Robert Snodgrass celebrates his equaliser with his Norwich City team mates. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Robert Snodgrass celebrates his equaliser with his Norwich City team mates. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Thursday, November 29, 2012
9:22 AM

A goal from Robert Snodgrass extended Norwich City’s unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions – and left Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga red-faced in the process.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Snodgrass struck with his second of the season in the final minute of the first half at St Mary’s Stadium when his low free-kick slipped through the keeper’s hands.

The Saints had led for just 12 minutes thanks to Rickie Lambert’s sixth goal of the season, when he scored from a free-kick by skipper Adam Lallana, though the Canaries were appealing for handball.

It was another valuable point for Chris Hughton’s men, now without defeat in seven Premier League matches, and a welcome boost after the latest injury bulletin on ‘keeper John Ruddy.

The much-publicised return of referee Mark Clattenburg was overshadowed, at least from a Norwich perspective, by the bombshell news before kick-off that Ruddy will be out for up to three months as he faces surgery on a torn thigh muscle.

It meant Mark Bunn’s first start for City in the Premier League, the only change to the eleven who started the 1-1 draw at Everton.

Declan Rudd stepped up to the bench as substitute ’keeper, while Russell Martin replaced Marc Tierney on the bench one month after his last outing at Aston Villa, when he was replaced at half-time with a back problem.

Southampton were unchanged after their 2-0 home win over Newcastle and looking for their third successive victory.

City forced the first corner of the game and after it was played short, Snodgrass played a one-two with Anthony Pilkington and struck a crisp left-footer that keeper Paulo Gazzaniga grabbed above his head. There were half-hearted appeals for a penalty for Saints when Sebastien Bassong steered Lallana away from Bunn.

Southampton were on top in the opening minutes as Jason Puncheon had a shot blocked by Ryan Bennett, with the Canaries struggling to get out of their own half. When they did begin to push forward, they had opportunities to get crosses in, but Snodgrass delivered a poor free-kick and an even worse corner in quick succession, and Pilkington curled another free-kick and cross straight into touch.

Saints went close after 24 minutes when Lambert’s raking cross from the right was met with a stunning volley by Lallana that just cleared the bar. And the hosts moved ahead on 33 minutes when Lambert fired home from close range for his sixth goal of the season – with City appealing for handball.

A foul by Snodgrass on Luke Shaw gave the Saints a free-kick wide on the left and as Lallana floated the ball towards the six-yard box, it appeared to strike Lambert on the arm as he got between Grant Holt and Javier Garrido before shooting past Bunn.

A body check by Garrido on Puncheon, which earned him a word from the official, gave Saints another free-kick and Gaston Ramirez curled it a fraction wide of Bunn’s right-hand post.

On the stroke of half-time, however, City drew level through Snodgrass, his second goal of the season – helped by a horrible error by the home keeper.

A foul by Nathaniel Clyne on Snodgrass on the corner of the Saints area earned another free-kick, which the winger drilled low, left-footed through a clutch of players, with Gazzaniga making a terrible blunder as the ball went straight through his hands as he dived.

• Half-time: Southampton 1, Norwich City 1

Clattenburg was booed on his return to the field in the second half, as he had been for much of the evening by the home crowd.

Soon after the break, City were grateful twice to Ryan Bennett as first he cut out a cross from Clyne into the six-yard box, then dealt with a centre by Lallana after some deft footwork by the Saints’ skipper.

The Canaries should have done better after 57 minutes when Alex Tettey sent Snodgrass away and his low cross into the area went begging as Hoolahan failed to move on to it.

City enjoyed a purple patch in the second half with Pilkington foiled by a Clyne tackle, Hoolahan shooting wide, and Holt’s header from a Snodgrass corner striking the keeper.

Puncheon brought the best save yet out of Bunn when he turned Garrido and struck a powerful left-footer that the keeper dived to parry.

Lallana volleyed over as the Saints pressed again, and Puncheon wriggled deep into City territory before Bunn cut out his centre. Ryan Bennett was booked for a clear body check on Ramirez, but he did well again to block a shot from the ever-willing Puncheon.

With nine minutes left, Holt unhappily made way for Steve Morison in the first substitution of the night, and Morison’s first act was to head over from a Garrido cross.

Lambert fired over from a cross by Jack Cork as the Saints looked for a late winner.

Ryan Bennett made a timely clearance from Ramirez to complete a good evening’s work.

His namesake, Elliott Bennett, replaced goalscorer Snodgrass with two minutes left.

As the game entered the final minute, Hoolahan broke through the middle but his shot was blocked by Maya Yoshida.

Jonny Howson was introduced during four minutes of stoppage time but too late to make an impact.

• Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw (Reeves, 85), Cork, Schneiderlin, Puncheon (Rodriguez, 88), Ramirez, Lallana, Lambert. Subs (not used): Davis, Hooiveld, Davis, Do Prado, Mayuka.

• Norwich City: Bunn, Garrido, Bassong, R Bennett, Whittaker, Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington, Snodgrass (E Bennett, 88), Hoolahan (Howson, 90), Holt (Morison, 81). Subs not used: Rudd, R Martin, Jackson, Barnett

• Goals: Southampton: Lambert (32). City: Snodgrass (45)

• Bookings: Southampton: Clyne (44). City: R Bennett (75)

• Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

• Attendance: 29,325 (1,912 away fans)

Latest Norwich City stories

12 comments

  • Hey MB just copied to another board. Highlight the text, then press ctrl and c at the same time. When you are ready to insert the text somewhere else click the curser in the box and press ctrl and v at the same time. Should do the job.

    Report this comment

    Turkish Martin

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Yup I think it's time for my best friend Mr Bennett, psychologically I think he would be revved up to the gunnels, and anyway Pilkington needs to do some homework (actually thinking about it I don't know if he's trying too hard, as is Snodgrass).

    Report this comment

    Lobbo

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Lobbo, I think it's nearl time Pilkington had a rest. Snodgrass would do much better on the left wing and little Bennett should come in on the right!....But what do I know! Brew, if a Stew Pydsodd like me can do it, anyone can!

    Report this comment

    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • I agree that it would be good to freshen things up with Bennett coming in for Pilks for a bit, but I suspect Hughton is happy with picking up away draws and the odd win at home. He sees it as accumulating points. I actually thought Snodgrass played well and could should have had a pen.

    Report this comment

    Preston Canary

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • I think that Lobbo has summarized it in one. What is happening with Pilks? Perhaps his goal against United that has destabilized him? However, the stats show that we had 56% of the possesion, 7v5 shots on target, 6v3 corners and were only called for 7v12 fouls. Like that we should have won, but once again the threat seemed muted.

    Report this comment

    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Brewer, Highlight the text, right click 'copy' then on the new board make sure curser is on the txt box, right click 'paste' and hey presto! give it a go, im sh*t at computing and i can manage this.

    Report this comment

    MBA Marine

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • It's difficult isn't it? Hughton is collecting points in a very steady eddie way. We are solid at the back, but the main priority is not losing rather than winning. Holt gets very little decent service, and because we are not committed to attack a-la Lambert, oppositions can afford to sit 2 defenders on him. What can you say.....???? It isnt the sort of flowing, attacking football that we all enjoy....but we cant really argue with the overall result.

    Report this comment

    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • why not try Ell Bennett,on the right cant do any harm and he might get a few killer crosses in. Might stir up Snoddy andor Pilks depending on which one has a rest.followed the message transfer bit upto the point where MBA said highlight the text.!

    Report this comment

    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • wes and pilks need a rest and would like to see jackson and bennett come in,that hopefully would help holt who is struggling at the moment and we might then score more than one goal!

    Report this comment

    tonyb

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • A fair result, neither keeper was really tested. One good save from Bunn and Tettey and Bassong look classy players. BUT Pilkington, what's happened to him, he needs to go to where ever it is that footballers go to, to relearn how to cross a ball and Snodgrass is not far behind him. Our 'forward' doesn't stand much of a chance if he is not getting the right balls in. We will score more goals if our crossing improves and that includes free kicks and corners. But for me the best bit about last night was Tettey's willingness to overlap and get forward.

    Report this comment

    Lobbo

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Agree with you guys that we need to change the midfield, far too many wayward passes and overhit crosses. This is schoolbly stuff. Holty must be jarred off with the lack of service and maybe we need a fresh face or two to keep the others on their toes. Good point away from home but very average performance really and these are the teams we should be beating. One thing that really concerns me is that when things are not working, Hoots seems unable to change things, subs after 85 mins are usually pretty ineffectual simply because they dont have time to get into the stride of the game. When teams suss us out, as they do after 30 mins, we need a plan B. and we must not be scared to use it just because we are "not losing". The game is about winning and attack is always the best defence. Holty needs someone quick up front to feed, and his job is in the middle of the park up front, not on the wing with no one to serve. Not really moaning as we are doing well considering but we seem very predictable and we are suffering for it.

    Report this comment

    Turkish Martin

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • I wish I knew how to send the same post to more than 1 board without having to type it all out again, Lobbo! Do you think it`s time to give E.Bennett a run out instead of Snods or Pilks? Could Jonny Howson freshen things up a bit in that area? I think Holty is just beginning to look a tad p****d off at being the eternal workhorse with nothing in his nosebag as reward. Agree on Tettey. Class act, as is Séb. Good point but we do need to win a couple of away games. Last time we failed to win an away game all season was Worthy`s relegation year.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT