Dor­rans’ stun­ner rounds off sec­ond-half fight­back

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

On 33 min­utes Nor­wich were handed the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot when Ni­co­lao Du­mitru clum­sily felled Hoola­han in the box. The Repub­lic of Ire­land man dusted him­self down and struck hard and low to the keeper’s left-hand side, where gi­ant Serb Sto­jkovic made a mag­nif­i­cent save to keep the score goal­less.

Seven min­utes later it proved to be a costly miss for the Ca­naries as For­est net­ted the game’s open­ing goal. A Carayol cross was headed onto the post by Eric Lichaj, and the re­bound fell to Vel­lios who notched for the third time in a week, side-foot­ing into the net with McGovern stranded.

Nor­wich came out af­ter the break all guns blaz­ing and the vis­i­tors were level on the 50minute mark. A cor­ner from Ja­cob Mur­phy even­tu­ally found its way to How­son and the exLeeds United man poked the ball to­wards the far post, where it eluded ev­ery­one and nes­tled into the cor­ner of the net.

The vis­i­tors weren’t to be de­nied how­ever and it was the Ca­naries who scored what was to be the win­ner in the 67th minute. Dor­rans lashed home af­ter some neat build up play fea­tur­ing Mur­phy, How­son and Rob­bie Brady.

It was three wins in a week for Nor­wich City, fol­low­ing on from vic­to­ries over Cardiff City and Wi­gan Ath­letic.

“Along with the win at Black­burn this was the best in terms of per­for­mance,” Neil beamed. “Bear in mind For­est are a side that have won all their home games this sea­son – I watched them here against Wi­gan and away at Rother­ham and they are a good side.”

SCORCHER: Gra­ham Dor­rans scores the win­ner

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