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Match report: Norwich City 1 Fulham 3

PUBLISHED: 17:02 14 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:39 15 April 2017

Chris Martin was sent off after tangling with Mitchell Dijks. 
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Chris Martin was sent off after tangling with Mitchell Dijks. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City crashed to a 3-1 Championship home defeat against 10-man Fulham, who played the entire second half with a player less after Chris Martin's red card against his old club.

Ivo Pinto of Norwich and Wes Hoolahan of Norwich have a disagreement during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Ivo Pinto of Norwich and Wes Hoolahan of Norwich have a disagreement during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

The Canaries’ defensive frailties re-surfaced after last week’s 7-1 Carrow Road masterclass against Reading with Stefan Johansen, Tom Cairney and Floyd Ayite on target for the visitors. Cameron Jerome replied for Norwich who again second best against another of the genuine promotion contenders.

Former Norwich striker Chris Martin was shown a straight red card after tangling with Mitchell Dijks in the final seconds of the opening period. Fulham led through Johansen’s early half-volley but Cairney slotted a penalty straight after the interval, before Ayite quelled a home fightback following Jerome’s intervention.

Alan Irvine named an unchanged line up from the side that hammered Reading 7-1. Alex Tettey made his 150th senior appearance for the Canaries. City’s substitutes’ bench was also left unchanged, with Irvine confirming after the game James Maddison was ruled out after picking up a knock in training on Thursday. Graham Dorrans (ankle) is poised to train over the weekend in a bid to come back into contention for the Easter Monday trip to Preston.

Fulham included City old boy Chris Martin, who was on loan from Derby County. City were rocked back inside five minutes when Timm Klose coughed up cheap possession before being turned inside out by Ayite, whose cut-back was lashed home by Johansen 20 yards out.

Floyd Ayite of Fulham and Wes Hoolahan of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Floyd Ayite of Fulham and Wes Hoolahan of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

Norwich were sliced open again in the 11th minute with Wes Hoolahan was required for a vital clearance inside his own six yard box as Sone Aluko looked to apply the finishing touch to Ayite’s cross.

Hoolahan rolled a pass into Nelson Oliveira who invited Jonny Howson forward but his right-footed shot drifted wide of Marcus Bettinelli’s post.

Tim Ream foiled Jacob Murphy after Hoolahan was afforded too much time and space down the City left.

John Ruddy had to beat away Ryan Fredericks’ angled strike after Cairney had advanced deep into Norwich territory.

Sone Aluko of Fulham goes close during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Sone Aluko of Fulham goes close during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

Jacob Murphy cut inside Scott Malone but his crack from the edge of the area was deflected behind in the final seconds of the opening period.

Bettinelli was finally tested when he superbly blocked Klose’s towering header, before Jonny Howson headed over inside the six yard box, but the midfielder was adjudged to be offside.

But there was one more twist in the opening period when Fulham striker Chris Martin was red carded after an aerial tangle with Dijks and an apparent slap that left the Dutchman crumpling to the floor. Referee Madley gave himself a few seconds of thinking time before brandishing a straight red towards the former City academy product.

Irvine was forced into a half-time change with Ryan Bennett replacing Klose, who had required lengthy treatment in the aftermath of his close range headed chance.

Ivo Pinto of Norwich reacts as Stefan Johansen of Fulham scores his sides 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Ivo Pinto of Norwich reacts as Stefan Johansen of Fulham scores his sides 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

Bennett’s first meaningful contribution was to haul down Tomas Kalas at the far post after Howson’s reckless challenge on Ayite conceded a free kick seconds after the restart.

Cairney stepped up to send Ruddy the wrong way from the penalty spot to double the 10-men’s advantage.

Irvine’s response was to replace the ineffective Hoolahan with Jerome before Josh Murphy replaced his twin.

Jerome picked up an early booking but injected a sense of urgency that almost saw Howson poke home in the 72nd minute. Jerome did notch in the 77th minute when he glanced home Pritchard’s inviting cross six yards out.

6 - Josh Murphy of Norwich looks dejected as Marcus Bettinelli and Ryan Fredericks of Fulham celebrate victory at the end of the match. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd6 - Josh Murphy of Norwich looks dejected as Marcus Bettinelli and Ryan Fredericks of Fulham celebrate victory at the end of the match. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich surged forward in the aftermath with Bettinelli far from convincing in shovelling away Pritchard’s dipping shot.

Ruddy thwarted Cairney who powered from half-way after triggering a Fulham counter before the game sung to the opposite end when Jerome was crowded out.

Ayite, however, ended any home fightback when he burst into the penalty area and coolly rounded Ruddy to slot into an empty net to maintain the Cottagers’ promotion push.

Tomas Kalas of Fulham cuts out a cross in spectacular style during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Tomas Kalas of Fulham cuts out a cross in spectacular style during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

• Norwich: Ruddy, Pinto, Martin, Klose (Bennett 45), Dijks, Howson, Tettey, Jacob Murphy (Josh Murphy 64), Pritchard, Hoolahan (Jerome 57), Oliveira. Subs: (not used): McGovern (GK), Whittaker, Naismith, Wildschut.

• Bookings: Hoolahan (foul on Johansen, 28); Howson (foul on Ayite, 46); Jerome (foul on Fredericks, 58); Pinto (dissent, 77)

• Goal: Jerome (76)

Nelson Oliveira of Norwich crosses the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Nelson Oliveira of Norwich crosses the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

• Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone, Johansen (Sigurdsson 81), McDonald, Aluko (Piazon 75), Cairney, Ayite (Kebano 90), Martin. Subs (not used): Button, Sessegnon, Parker, Cyriac.

• Bookings: Malone (foul on Jacob Murphy, 59); Bettinelli (time-wasting, 67); Piazon (foul on Dijks, 85)

Ryan Bennett of Norwich looks dejected after Fulham score their 2nd goal from a penalty he conceded during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Ryan Bennett of Norwich looks dejected after Fulham score their 2nd goal from a penalty he conceded during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

• Sending Off: Martin (foul on Dijks, 45)

• Goals: Johansen (5), Cairney (48), Ayite (89)

• Time added on: 2 minutes / 7 minutes

Nelson Oliveira of Norwich reacts after Referee Andrew Madley awards a penalty to Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Nelson Oliveira of Norwich reacts after Referee Andrew Madley awards a penalty to Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

• Referee: Andy Madley (West Yorks)

• Attendance: 27,023

City fans have seen these expressions from John Ruddy and Ryan Bennett too often in recent seasons. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTONCity fans have seen these expressions from John Ruddy and Ryan Bennett too often in recent seasons. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON

Timm Klose is set to miss the trip to Preston with a knee injury. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdTimm Klose is set to miss the trip to Preston with a knee injury. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sporting director Stuart Webber wants to build a new identity at Norwich. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdSporting director Stuart Webber wants to build a new identity at Norwich. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jacob Murphy of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Jacob Murphy of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

Jonny Howson of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Jonny Howson of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

Norwich Caretaker Manager Alan Irvine before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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14/04/2017Norwich Caretaker Manager Alan Irvine before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 14/04/2017

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic will be the first to come up against new Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke in the Sky Bet Championship next season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesFulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic will be the first to come up against new Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke in the Sky Bet Championship next season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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