We’ve met before: New Year’s joy as Russell Martin fires Norwich City to win over leaders QPR

City join together in a huddle before kick-off. Picture: Antony Kelly

City join together in a huddle before kick-off. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

With the curtain coming down on the season, we look back at a memorable clash between Norwich City and QPR – when both were challenging for the ultimate prize.

Grant Holt gets in a header. Picture: Antony Kelly

Grant Holt gets in a header. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

Norwich 1 QPR 0

January 1, 2011

Unlikely as it seems heading into the final day of the season, it wasn't that long ago that City and QPR were battling for honours at the top end of the Championship.

Wes Hoolahan about to become the filling in a Hoops sandwich. Picture: Antony Kelly

Wes Hoolahan about to become the filling in a Hoops sandwich. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

When the pair clashed at Carrow Road on New Year's Day, 2011, it was the Hoops who were top of the table, with City not far behind.

Rangers started the day top, with City fifth. By the end of the day, the Canaries had jumped to third, courtesy of Russell Martin's 10th-minute goal.

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It was a valuable victory: City lost only two more league games (at Burnley and Swansea) between then and the end of the season and were promoted to the top flight as runners-up to Rangers.

Martin's goal came after Chris Martin's shot had been blocked by defender Kaspars Gorkss. Rangers' cause wasn't helped by Matthew Connolly, who was sent off just after half-time for a professional foul on Grant Holt.

Russell Martin celebrates his goal. Picture: Antony Kelly

Russell Martin celebrates his goal. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Norwich: J Ruddy, M Nelson, Z Whitbread, R Martin, A Drury, A Crofts, W Hoolahan, K Smith, A Wilbraham (M Gill 82), C Martin, G Holt. Subs not used: S Jackson, O Tudur Jones, O Johnson, J Berthel Askou, D Rudd, A McNamee.

Goal: Russell Martin 10

QPR: P Kenny, C Hill (B Orr 46), M Connolly, K Gorkss, K Walker, S Derry, A Taarabt (G Tofas 62), A Faurlin, L Clarke, J Mackie, H Helguson (P Agyemang 46). Subs not used: G Borrowdale, R Cerny, M Rowlands, R Hulse.

Chris Martin on the run. Picture: Antony Kelly

Chris Martin on the run. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Attendance: 26,273

QPR boss Neil Warnock on the touchline. Picture: Antony Kelly

QPR boss Neil Warnock on the touchline. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Andrew Crofts in aerial action. Picture: Antony Kelly

Andrew Crofts in aerial action. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

Andrew Crofts flat out! Picture: Antony Kelly

Andrew Crofts flat out! Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

Grant Holt is floored. Picture: Antony Kelly

Grant Holt is floored. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Kyle Walker feeling the pain. Picture: Antony Kelly

Kyle Walker feeling the pain. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

Matt Connolly is sent off for a foul on Grant Holt. Picture: Antony Kelly

Matt Connolly is sent off for a foul on Grant Holt. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Grant Holt takes on Kyle Walker. Picture: Antony Kelly

Grant Holt takes on Kyle Walker. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

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