Ca­naries fly­ing high with win at Roy­als

Sunday Sun - - Football -

TEN-MAN Nor­wich ex­tended their un­beaten run to seven matches with a hard-fought 2-1 win at strug­gling Read­ing.

James Mad­di­son gave Nor­wich an early lead from an ex­cel­lent free-kick, but Read­ing equalised soon after when cen­tre-back Liam Moore headed home.

Cameron Jerome se­cured all three points when nod­ding in un­chal­lenged in the 52nd minute.

How­ever, spoil­ing their night, sub­sti­tute Mar­ley Watkins was sent off in added time for a wild chal­lenge on Chris Gunter.

Nor­wich had re­cov­ered from a slow start to the sea­son and went into the fix­ture un­de­feated in six matches in all com­pe­ti­tions.

They have also pro­gressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, in which they travel to Arse­nal.

Read­ing had failed to win in their pre­vi­ous five league and cup games and it was Nor­wich who made the live­lier start, which led to them go­ing ahead in the 10th minute.

Joey van den Berg clum­sily fouled Mad­di­son 25 yards out and the Nor­wich man re­sponded by curl­ing a su­perb free-kick past help­less home goal­keeper Vito Man­none.

Mad­di­son had scored the win­ner from sim­i­lar range in Nor­wich’s 1-0 vic­tory at Mid­dles­brough on Tues­day.

But, after Sone Aluko had driven high and wide at the other end, Read­ing drew level in the 13th minute.

Aluko slung over a free-kick from the right and Moore guided in a pre­cise far-post header past keeper An­gus Gunn.

It was the first league goal Nor­wich had con­ceded in 481 min­utes and the first Read­ing had scored in the first half of a league game this sea­son.

Read­ing could have gone ahead when Garath McCleary shrugged off the at­ten­tions of left-back James Hus­band.

A clearly un­bal­anced McCleary lobbed the ball over the on­rush­ing Gunn, but his at­tempt trick­led wide of the empty net.

Nor­wich re­gained their lead seven min­utes into the sec­ond half when Mad­di­son drifted over a corner.

Jerome ghosted in un­marked at the far post and stooped to nod in past the ex­posed Man­none.

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