• FT

    Gillingham

    4

    Burnley

    2

  • FT

    Grimsby

    2

    Sheff Wed

    0

  • FT

    Millwall

    1

    Wolves

    1

  • FT

    MK Dons

    1

    Stoke

    1

  • FT

    Norwich

    2

    Walsall

    1

  • FT

    Nottm Forest

    2

    Reading

    0

  • FT

    Portsmouth

    1

    Ipswich

    1

  • FT

    Sheff Utd

    1

    Preston

    0

  • FT

    Watford

    1

    Bradford

    0

  • FT

    Coventry

    3

    Derby

    0

  • PPD

    Rotherham

    P

    C Palace

    P

ENGLISH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Carrow Road, England

Referee: R Beeby | Attendance: 19872

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Norwich City

  • Malky Mackay 55'
  • Phillip Mulryne 60'

2 - 1

FT

Walsall

  • Clint Easton 50' OG

Norwich 2-1 Walsall: FT Report

Norwich manager Nigel Worthington celebrated signing an extension to his contract by leading his side to a 2-1 victory over 10-man Walsall at Carrow Road.

Worthington`s current deal did not run out until 2005 but the Northern Irishman has agreed to stay on for an extra year.

Walsall seemed set to spoil his day when they took a 50th-minute lead through a Clint Easton own goal, only the fifth time Norwich had conceded at home this season.

But Malky Mackay and a Phil Mulryne stunner saw Norwich get back to winning ways after two successive defeats.

Norwich were indebted to goalkeeper Rob Green for keeping them on level terms in the first half with the highly-rated youngster pulling off a string of fine saves.

Norwich, with just one win in four games, made a bright start and Gary Holt came so close to giving them a fourth-minute lead.

The Scottish midfielder, yet to score this season, unleashed a fine drive from the edge of the box which was superbly parried away by Walsall goalkeeper James Walker.

Walsall, whose last away win came at Millwall on September 21, nearly grabbed the lead themselves in the 16th minute.

Junior crossed for Jorge Leitao and his crisp volley brought off a fabulous save from Green.

The visitors were left to curse Green once more on the half hour with Sonner this time being thwarted.

Aside from Holt`s early effort, Norwich again struggled to create chances.

Indeed, Rivers` weak shot which went harmlessly wide summed up another disappointing half.

Five minutes into the second half, Walsall became only the third team to score at Carrow Road this season.

Steve Corica`s cross was deflected into his own net by Easton - ending Norwich`s four-game run of home clean sheets.

However, Walsall`s lead lasted just five minutes as Norwich soon got themselves on level terms with Easton making amends.

His corner was met by Mackay and he powered home a header past Walker for his fourth goal of the season - and second in succession at home.

Norwich went ahead in the 60th minute with a stunning strike from Northern Ireland international Mulryne - his first goal since September 28.

The former Manchester United midfielder curled home a terrific 20-yard free-kick - David Beckham style - to leave Walker with no chance.

With 20 minutes left, Walsall were dealt a blow in their attempt to get back into the game.

Gareth Ainsworth, who had been on the pitch less than two minutes, was dismissed for a wild lunge on Holt.

However, the visitors came close to drawing level with Green once again coming to Norwich`s rescue.

He produced a fine stop from Junior`s curling effort and then kept out Leitao`s pointblank header two minutes later.

Mulryne missed a great chance to seal victory for Norwich - his header sailing over the crossbar.

But his side held on for a vital three points thanks to a last-gasp save from Green, this time denying Wrack.

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Scoring Summary

  • Norwich City
  • Walsall
(og 50') Clint Easton

Match Stats

  • Norwich City
  • Walsall
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 1
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • Norwich City
  • Walsall
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Clint Easton (33')
Zema Abbey (90')
Darren Wrack (23')
Ian Roper (76')
Danny Sonner (90')
Red Cards