Norwich 1, Wolves 2

CHRIS LAKEY Norwich ended their season with a disappointing home defeat by rivals Wolves this afternoon.


Final score: Norwich 1, Wolves 2

Norwich ended their season with a disappointing home defeat by rivals Wolves this afternoon.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time to an injury time goal by Denes Rosa, City went further behind on 71 minutes when the veteran Wolves skipper Mark Kennedy found himself all alone in the home penalty area and beat Paul Gallacher with ease. However Wolves' joy was short-lived as a mix up between goalkeeper Matt Murray and defender Rob Edwards left Canary striker Robert Earnshaw with a simple task of rolling the ball into an empty net.

Canary defender Gary Doherty was then called on to clear the ball off his own line before at the other end Earnshaw forced a brilliant save out of Murray.

Wolves were reduced to 10 men when Colin Cameron was dismissed for his second yellow card but Norwich couldn't force home their advantage.

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Denes Rosa handed Wolves the lead with a rare effort on goal on the stroke of half-time as the visitors ended a disappointing opening period on top.

Wolves' Lee Naylor had the first real effort on goal as he sent a 25-yard free-kick whistling past the upright after Carl Robinson had felled Kenny Miller with 10 minutes on the watch.

Norwich responded instantly, Robert Earnshaw trying his luck from distance, but the Welshman's effort failed to trouble Matthew Murray in goal.

Murray was called into action as the Wolves defence failed to close down the onrushing Dickson Etuhu, who fired goalwards but the visiting keeper superbly turned the ball over the bar.

From the resulting corner the Wolves defence was forced to scramble the ball off the line, but were rescued by the referee's whistle as Gary Doherty had fouled Jeremie Aliadiere in the build-up.

Robinson was the next to test Murray as the Canaries picked up the pace just after the hour as he headed Paul McVeigh's corner goalwards, but it was straight at the Wolves goalkeeper.

Andy Hughes fired in a rare cross into the Wolves area just before the break, but neither Earnshaw nor strike partner Miller could provide the decisive touch to open the scoring as a poor half drew to a close.

Wolves took the lead in stoppage time as the Norwich defence failed to clear and Rosa burst through to squeeze the ball past Paul Gallacher at his near post.

t City defender Gary Doherty was presented with the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy before the match as Player of the Season.