Norwich rose to ninth place in the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Sunderland at Carrow Road.
The Canaries came out of the blocks quickly and caused the visitors plenty of concern early on especially from wide areas. Leon Barnett broke the deadlock from close range after excellent work from Elliot Bennett down the right flank on the half hour mark, a goal of true quality. Nicklas Bendtner occasionally threatened at the other end but the Black Catsd could not find the equaliser.
Steve Morison then put Norwich firmly in control three minutes after half time, nodding home a Marc Tierney cross to give the noisy home crowd even more reason to cheer. The East Anglian side were seemingly coasting to a comfortable win when a fierce drive from Kieran Richardson found the bottom corner of John Ruddy’s net fiove minutes from time to set up a grandstand finish especially as Norwich were immediately reduced to ten men after substitute James Vaughan had to go off through injury with manager Paul Lambert having made all three changes. But despite a furious finish to the game that saw Sunderland lay siege to the home side’s goal, the points deservedly went to Norwich.