Norwich City’s unbeaten Premier League finally came to an end as Romelu Lukaku’s second half winner condemned the Canaries to a first league defeat in 11.

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Robert Snodgrass’ delightful free-kick had given the flying visitors a deserved lead only for Zoltan Gera to strike an untidy equaliser just before the interval.

And after an entertaining second half saw the game open up, Albion were the ones to take advantage as Lukaku rose to power home a winner to the delight and relief of the home crowd – the Baggies’ first win in five matches.

As expected, injured captain Grant Holt did not make the trip with Steve Morison earning his first Premier League start since the home defeat to Liverpool in September.

The Canaries started in the kind of confident frame of mind that comes when you are on a 10-game unbeaten run and while chances were in short supply, possession wasn’t.

However, Lukaku went closest first as he headed over Goran Popov’s centre in the opening minutes.

From there, Norwich controlled the tempo and the ball, and by the 23rd minute they had the lead as well.

Snodgrass earned the free-kick as he was bundled over by Peter Odemwingie, and the winger got to his feet to curl a now trademark free-kick into the top right corner via both of Ben Foster’s gloves. It was Snodgrass’ fourth goal of the season.

Albion struggled to answer their visitors’ confident form and ball retention, but they were creating chances on the counter. Former Ipswich defender Gareth McAuley went closest, sliding in on Chris Brunt’s corner only for his effort to be cleared off the line.

That warning was not heeded by City and two minutes from the interval Albion bundled home an equaliser in similar fashion.

It was debatable whether the Baggies’ corner should have been given as Alex Tettey and James Morrison challenged for the ball and clashed heads in the process.

But Albion took advantage of their fortune as Brunt’s excellent delivery from the flag saw Jonas Olsson’s initial header tipped on to the crossbar by a falling Mark Bunn before Gera reacted quickest to push the ball home. It was the hosts’ first goal in more than 350 minutes of football.

No doubt it was a good time for the hosts to score, but Albion may have wished the half-time whistle had been delayed as they finished the half in the ascendency, Odemwingie driving inches beyond Bunn’s far post.

• Half-time: West Bromwich Albion 1, Norwich City 1

The game opened up significantly as the second half wore on, Michael Turner heading wide City’s best chance from Snodgrass’ free-kick, while a free and flying McAuley also headed horribly off target from a Brunt set-piece.

Albion boss Steve Clarke threw striker after striker into the fray, but in the end it was the one he left on the pitch from the start who struck.

The excellent Popov crossed from deep on the left and as Javier Garrido was left to pick up Lukaku, the big striker lept powerfully to send his header past Bunn with eight minutes remaining.

City huffed and puffed after that, substitute Simeon Jackson heading their best chance wide, while Bradley Johnson headed agonisingly wide from another Snodgrass delivery with the last action of the game.

But in the end – and certainly a recent rarity – City’s endeavours just fell short and their proud, club record unbeaten Premier League run came to an end.

• West Brom (4-2-3-1): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Dorrans (Fortune, 46), Brunt; Gera (Long, 62), Morrison, Odemwingie; Lukaku (Tamas, 84). Subs not used: Myhill (GK), Ridgewell, Reyes, Rosenburg.

• Norwich City (4-4-1-1): Bunn; Whittaker (R Martin, 55), Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Snodgrass, Tettey (Jackson, 86), Johnson, Pilkington; Hoolahan (Howson, 73); Morison. Subs not used: Steer (GK), Barnett, E Bennett, Kane.

• Goals: West Brom: Gera (43), Lukaku (82). City: Snodgrass (23)

• Bookings: West Brom: Popov (90). City: Turner (57)

• Referee: Martin Atkinson

• Attendance: 25,799

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37 comments

  • DocOhNo, ref. Tettey. It`s funny you should say that. Before this game I felt Tettey could be the key to help filling the gap created by the absence of Holty. In the event, the total non-show of Morison left an even bigger gap than anticipated. And Tettey, perhaps our player with least experience of "English conditions", for once looked a tad short of battery power. Result, as you say, Hoolahoop had to work his b******s off rather than create. In defence of the "IHWT" lobby, stewie57, I think Hoots DID recognize Morison`s limitations, which is A) why he doesn`t start very often B) why CH brought in Kane on loan - sadly only to get injured. In defence of Pilks, Pa, I think he has a pretty reasonable left foot. Probably our most "2-footed" player. It`s a tenuous position when one player, Holt, is so key that his absence weakens the team so much. Having said that, it WAS only 2-1 and both their goals came from our frailties (Bunn in particular and Garrido). How many more of those "identikit" free kicks will Snods get this season? We are still 10 points clear of the garbage chute. OTBC and, yes, IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • With the benefit of a 'live online stream', I witnessed a first half performance by the Canaries, played with the swagger of a side unbeaten in 10 games. One word ..Excellent!..We showed a domination of the game in spite of the fact that we had NO wingers capable of putting a decent cross in to a non-existant Centre Forward ….. Goal! Snodgrass again from a set piece. When will we score from open play?. Our Manager and his coaching staff of defensive minded people , must realise, soon I hope, that they need the expertise of an attack minded coach, to complete the job...Snodgrass MUST be switched to his natural Left side position, and Pilkington or A.N.Other filling the Right side role. Snodgrass cannot kick the ball with his right foot, and Pilkington has the same problem with his left. If they were switched over, a few crosses just might find their way into the box.... Phil Michelson would be a useless golfer with right handed clubs, and Tiger Woods would struggle with Left handed equipment. As to emphasise the point, WBA took our defence apart for their winning goal, with a left footed cross from the left wing!.... Please Mr Hughton, Dont hide your head under your wing. Results have been good, but they could have been BETTER. I wish all Norwich City Contributors on this media, “A Happy Christmas, and an enjoyable New Year”.

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Two sad buffoons for the price of one.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Everyone say's "IHWT" well i can't see how we can trust him if he can't see that Morison is not a premier league player. Jackson was on for about 8 minutes and had more efforts than Morison had in 90.

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    stewie57

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • I wonder which "wag" will be the first to come up with LAM8-0? Oops! P`raps I just did. Nothing personal, should you be reading this board MonkeyNuts - I declared peace long ago! You did well to understand anything of what pubmandave was trying to grunt, baguio. Fewer said the better. ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • It's Xmas time in Ged Rooster Land too. He's probably just looking for a friend, and Nellie the Elephant has put in an appearance to keep him company along with others from near Ips -vi- ch. He could be in need of special cheer,...I think it's called 'care in the community'.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Well it had to end, but really we could have had something today. First half we looked very comfortable and well in control. Again a great Goal by Snods and a deserved 1-0 lead. West Broms equalizer just before half time should really have been tipped over by Bunn, but it bounced back down and just needed prodding in. Pretty disappointing that. The second half we seemed a different side, WBA put us under pressure and the fact that they eventually scored after 82 minutes was gutting, because we had weathered the storm up until then. I think Steve Clark used his Subs better that Hoots, who always seems to leave things very late. Moro had a poor game by any measure today, but we took Hoolahan and Tetty off - and the subs were anyway too little to late. Disappointed that we lost our run when up to 43 minutes we were well in command. Hope that we can learn lessons, as that was surely soft points given away today.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • So we lost , had to happen sooner or later,wish it was later but never mind.Onward and upward and two home wins will make a nice christmas present. AS will a new striker in the january sales and then with 2 up front get some crosses into the box, either side will do !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Everyone say's "IHWT" well i can't see how we can trust him if he can't see that Morison is not a premier league player. Jackson was on for about 8 minutes and had more efforts than Morison had in 90.

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    stewie57

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • I completely agree canaryjon, morro is a waste of time and Norwich City deserve to have someone better at front. As many other fans have said, we need that all-important striker in January, it would just put the icing on the New Year cake. Anyway the run had to end sometime, its not as if were having a deja vu of the start of the season, we've tightened up loads and West Brom were much improved in the second half. Hope Holt will be back for when we entertain Chelsea, and he's sure toscore against them again. The Horse will be full of hunger even after Christmas Day, and I'll bet he'll score against Chelsea for the third time in the Premier League. Merry Christmas to the Canaries faithful and everyone associated with our brilliant club. OTBC!!

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    Grant Wright

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Always going to be a tough game today,shame we couldnt hold out for a point but would have taken 25 points by xmas at start of the season.Morro in my opinion is a waste of time,no distribution,slow,not a team player and has an attitude problem,should not be in the squad.Would prefer anybody else up front,Jacko,Kane or even Pilks and switch Snoddy to left side and bring in Benno.Lets hope we can produce good performances if not points in the next 2 games and get Holty back.Merry xmas to everyone.

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    canaryjon

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • I agree with most comments about Morrison but with no Holt there is no one else to hold the ball up.Jacko is not that type of player.Maybe Jan transfer window will provide the answer.Before the season started anyone would have taken where we are now at Xmas.,so don't knock it.

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    irongloves

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Another game where we struggled to turn elegant possession into killer goals. We know that the priority in January will be a proven and effective striker.If Hughton can unearth one as good as Bassong or Tettey....Norwich will FLY!!!! It is also obvious that if Ruddy is really out until March we need a goalkeeper who is not only a shotstopper, but one who dominates his box, as Ruddy does. Bunn isnt tall enough to do that job at Premiership level. He was at fault for one, if not both of WBAs goals today. BUT.....a brilliant 1st half season. Roll on 2013!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • sign safeway , more class than morison.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Totally agree with Brewer, Tettey, Morisson, Garrido, Pilkington and Bunn were all hopeless. Our squad is paper thin and even the paper we've got is not very good! Goodness I'm tired, the twins tired me out yesterday. I'm off for a kip pals! Have a good day! Mr Steroo, to you. x

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Like Lobbo, I have tried to "talk up" the Morison contribution. He didn`t manage it today, but in fairness, he must be short of match sharpness. Of course we missed Holty. I`ve been listening to Canary Call on Radio Partridge. As per normal, it was hilarious. But nothing more hilarious than hearing Gunn comment on Bunn and goalkeeper selection in general. THEOKLITOS, Bryan? We can move on from this, the wheels have not come off.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Had a bet last week in the marlpit (full of NCFC fans) that Norwich wouldnt win again this year, West Brom have secured a 3rd of the bet, Chelsea look dead certs now(Villa played Norwich off the park (youre biggest game since 1975) and Chelsea stuffed 8 by them) its looking like all down to Man City. I see im being proved right again about that wannabe Lambert, he maybe a great Championship manager, but thats his limit, Norwich leaved goals (Premiership record number conceded last season) and he's doing the same at Villa. Norwich will do well when they STOP playing to the crowd and start playing premiership football. Bet of the Xmas week is Norwich to concede 6 against chelsea @ 71 (even the bookies are scared of them) Question to all you diehards "Where has 42 million pounds gone since 2009" - and is Delia and a pocket lining crownies really Robert Chase in disquise.

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    pubmandave

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Cajun, try typing in vipbox.us in on your search engine, click on the link, then click 'football' or 'soccer' and it should give you a full list of live links for every game of football in Europe although you have to do this within 30 minutes of the match's starting time. It is available in the US and its free. I hope it helps.

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    Grant Wright

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • HOW can I get 'online live stream'??? Is it available in the USA? Is it FREE???

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    Cajun

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • How much longer do we have to endure the inadequacies of Morison ? Without doubt the laziest player on the field, would be surprised if he he actually broke into a sweat, watch the replays !! CH has to be able to mix it up a bit quicker when its not working. Morison should have been gone at half time, he is as much use as a fart in a spacesuit. Compare him to Lukaka, hard working, pacey and prepared to put a shift in. We deserved a point today but you have to put the ball away. Need a fast striker without a doubt and we will walk some of these games. Defence is good , midfield fine and Holty shores the whole thing up but he needs someone to play of him.

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    Turkish Martin

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Completely missed the game due to tracking down a turkey after being let dowen by my supermarket so very disappointed to see the result. The run was never going to last forever but it was great whilst it did. In terms of IHWT he has now had a big lump of the season to assess his resources and has I hope identified his targets for the board to chase in January plus those surplus to requirements. There are plenty of ex regulars now not starting and some of these must go to provide funds and keep the wage bill within reason. Clearly backup for Holt is a must but probably a second striker as well. Wholesale changes are not needed. Would settle for current position at end of season. All being well, the bottom 4 get cast adrift - looks like it could go that way. Next couple of matches look challenging to say the least although as we know City are capable of anything (good or bad!) COYY

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    Barry Rasberry

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Let`s hope that Holty is only slightly damaged and the flu bugs don`t bite. Let`s shut the Chelsea supermouths up! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Soon the transfer window will be open. Why do we have to bring someone in? Which of our players is falling short of the mark

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Well, on an earlier posting I said 'Steve Morison stand up and be counted'. Slow, fat, gave away too many fouls and can't even get his head to the ball first any more. Spends too much time waving his arms about when he has made the mistake. Sad but true, I really do feel sorry for him but Norwich City come first.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Btw, it was suggested by one Radio Partridge commentator\contributor, that Pilks had been a tad unwell. There`s a "flu bug" going around!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Just got back. Had an excellent trip with Smiffy, Badger and Tubbo, what a laugh those guys are. Top quality food, a tremendous selection of ales and yet another shoddy performance from City. Two out of three isn't bad though. A special mention to the twins we met in the Champagne Bar, Tasha and Tina......well done girls, I hope you enjoyed yourselves. (I told you I was a legend on this website!) Anyway, yet another day ruined by an inept performance on the pitch, will Whooton ever devise a "plan b"? Without our £80k a week mercenary up front, we are left with that pathetic excuse of a non league footballer as our only option and he simply isnt good enough. I'm very angry and need to compile my thoughts before I make any further comment, sorry to disappoint you friends. I'll be back soon. Ged - Leader, lover, legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Cajun, type in firstrowsports, you will get everything, including Yank Football! OTBC.

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    tom the taxi

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • You went west to see the team sent south, Keep up the good work city Fairies!

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    bald_mammoth

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Getty was having a nightmare and the substitution was correct. As for Wes, because he was having to work at least twice as hard as Morison can't hold the ball up as well as Holt he looked cream crackered when he came off. Pilks looks a little jaded, perhaps time to give him a rest?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Was that Aston 'VIII La' on TV just now?.....Happy Christmas Mr Lambert,. I'll bet Alec Mc L will have one!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Completely missed the game due to tracking down a turkey after being let dowen by my supermarket so very disappointed to see the result. The run was never going to last forever but it was great whilst it did. In terms of IHWT he has now had a big lump of the season to assess his resources and has I hope identified his targets for the board to chase in January plus those surplus to requirements. There are plenty of ex regulars now not starting and some of these must go to provide funds and keep the wage bill within reason. Clearly backup for Holt is a must but probably a second striker as well. Wholesale changes are not needed. Would settle for current position at end of season. All being well, the bottom 4 get cast adrift - looks like it could go that way. Next couple of matches look challenging to say the least although as we know City are capable of anything (good or bad!) COYY

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    Barry Rasberry

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Please feel free to comment on my post Dave! Sadly to you it will probably look perfect with no mistakes at all! Duh!

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    baguio

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Or even Tettey!

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Indeed, lets hope the Horse will be full of hunger on boxing day - rather than mulled wine, turkey, stuffing, brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, christmas pud and minced pies ! Merry Christmas everyone.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • After a 10 game undefeated run in the PL - that had Norwich City being compared with Barcelona as the most successful league clubs runs in European football - our success story came to an end with a narrow defeat to WBA. Whilst we are all a bit down in the dumps about the great run ending, at least we can be joyed by the return of Jedster the Ironic. We have missed you since 6 October mate - where have you been all this time ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • I hate to be negative but can anyone explain what Morison was doing for their first goal? I teach an under 10's side and the man who is on the post at corners stays there until the ball is cleared and DOES NOT HIDE BEHIND THE GOALKEEPER leaving the post un- guarded! Pathetic up front and now pathetic defending corners too!

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    baguio

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • pubmandave, next time you choose to post on any site maybe you should write the post in a office based program then cut and past it to the site because that post was one pathetic effort. Hang your head in shame. I’ve got an 8 year old child who would make less spelling mistakes and the grammar is dire too! Laughable if it was written by someone who must be an adult!

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    baguio

    Monday, December 24, 2012

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