2:25 PM August 27, 2022
15:16 27 August 2022
Norwich City beat Sunderland 1-0 to secure their third successive Championship win, with Josh Sargent’s late goal the difference at the Stadium of Light.
The hosts had the chance to open the scoring in a first half which they dominated, with Ellis Simms missing his header from Alex Pritchard’s cross. The pattern continued with Ross Stewart’s tame aerial effort seven minutes later, before Sargent had City’s first opportunity.
The American was set up by Onel Hernandez after Kieran Dowell’s long pass but could only fire Anthony Patterson in the chest with his left foot.
Sargent had another chance after trading a one-two with Dowell, before Hanley was forced into two goal-line clearances – first from Corry Evans and then from Pritchard – to keep the scores level.
Simms then hit the woodwork after Stewart did the same to tee-up Pritchard, propelling her head into the ground but seeing it bounce away from danger.
Against the run of play, Dean Smith’s side then broke the deadlock, with substitute Aaron Ramsey finding Sargent for a tap-in after Marcelino Nunez fumbled him.
The win means City’s first away points of the season, with a trip to Birmingham City next Tuesday.
12. Bass (GK)
8. Embleton (for Pritchard, 77)
10. Roberts (in place of Evans, 87)
Coach: Martin Conserve
Reservations: Cirkin (23), O’Nien (35)
NORWICH CITY (4-3-3):
28. Gunn (GK)
3. Byram (for Gibbs, 19)
14. Cantwell (for Dowell, 60)
20. Ramsey (for Hernandez, 60)
22. Pukki (for Sinani, 60)
The Head Coach: dean blacksmith
Reservations: Sargent (90+1), Krul (90+2)
3 – Pritchard’s cross finds Simms’ header, but he makes poor contact with his head and drifts wide.
ten – Gooch’s cross finds Stewart at the far post, but his off-balance header is held by Krul.
14 – Dowell’s long pass finds Hernandez off Sargent’s tee, but the American’s left-footed effort is straight on Patterson.
17 – A clever low corner from Pritchard finds Neil, but his shot is in the mass of Norwich bodies in front of goal.
22 – Sargent plays Dowell and he returns the favor, but Sargent can’t direct the ball on goal.
39 – Aarons’ clearance attempt inadvertently finds Stewart, who can’t get past Krul at close range.
45+3 – Sunderland press well and dispossess Nunez. The ball falls for Stewart in the area but his effort is well blocked by Omobamidele.
45+3 – Pritchard’s corner finds Evans and he works the ball to his right before firing. Hanley makes a vital intervention to stop his goal-bound effort.
HALF-TIME – SUNDERLAND 0-0 NORWICH CITY
50 – Nunez fires a shot towards goal from 20 yards out but Patterson manages to hold it off well.
55 – Nunez closes in with a long-range diving effort, but he falls just wide.
57 – Stewart volleys the bar off Krul and the rebound lands on Pritchard, who smashes the ball into Hanley’s gut on the goal line.
71 – Simms heads Pritchard’s corner into the ground and he bounces off the post and walks away.
76 – GOAL NORWICH (Sargent): Nunez slides the ball for Ramsey, whose low cross is tapped home by Sargent.
90+1 – Embleton’s free kick flies comfortably over Krul’s bar.
FULL TIME – SUNDERLAND 0-1 NORWICH CITY
Krul 7, Aarons 6, Omobamidele 8, Hanley 8, McLean 6, Gibbs 6, Dowell 6, Nunez 6, Sinani 6, Hernandez 7, Sargent 7. Subs: Byram 7, Cantwell 6, Ramsey 7, Pukki 6.
On target: 6-3
ARBITRATOR: Tim Robinson
SUNDERLAND 0 CANARY ISLANDS 1 – Key moments, ratings and statistics