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Norwich City v Bournemouth

30 August 2014


LEWIS Grabban netted against his former club but Norwich City were held to a 1-1 draw by Bournemouth.

The striker grabbed his fifth goal of the season after 15 minutes but Bournemouth's play reflected their early season promise and they levelled through Callum Wilson.

An evenly-contested second half saw few clearcut opportunities to win the game, with the Canaries going closest through Michael Turner and Bradley Johnson.

The result means City are still undefeated since the opening day and it cemented their place in the top six of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Neil Adams stuck with the team that played the majority of last Saturday's East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town, with Javier Garrido starting in place of Ryan Bennett (ankle).

Bournemouth fielded former City 'keeper Lee Camp between the sticks, with leading scorer Wilson starting in attack.

The Canaries started the game brightly and took the lead on the quarter hour mark when Grabban scored against his old teammates.

The forward signed from the Cherries in the summer after bagging 22 goals for Eddie Howe's side last season, and he showed them what they were missing by sneaking in between Tommy Elphick and Steve Cook to head home Nathan Redmond's fine delivery.

He showed the confidence of a man in form when he fired, left-footed, from distance minutes later, even though his shot slid wide. Kyle Lafferty tried something similar, but his effort was straight at Camp.

Bournemouth were showing plenty of confidence on the ball but weren't backing it up with clearcut opportunities and it was City, through Lafferty and Redmond, who could have scored again.

However, in the second of two added minutes at the end of the half, Simon Francis' ambitious run was picked out on the right, and he passed the ball across the box to find Wilson free, and the rapid striker made no mistake from close range.

HALF-TIME: Norwich City 1-1 Bournemouth

Bradley Johnson had a shot saved by Camp two minutes after the break but the contest tightened up in the first portion of the second half, with both managers making changes on the hour mark.

That saw the introduction of Josh Murphy for the Canaries, but Dan Gosling's rising shot that Ruddy had to watch all the way was a reminder of the visitors' threat.

Murphy curled an effort over the bar after cutting inside from the left, before Ruddy held onto a Marc Pugh volley at the second attempt.

Cameron Jerome was introduced as Adams switched to a 4-4-2 formation to try and force a winner, and it was the Canaries who had the play in the final 15 minutes.

Despite their best efforts, however, Bournemouth stood firm to hold on for a point.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 1-1 Bournemouth

GOALS: Canaries: Lewis Grabban (15) - Cherries: Callum Wilson (45)

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (c), Turner, Garrido; Tettey, Johnson; Lafferty (Josh Murphy 61), Hoolahan, Redmond (Jerome 71); Grabban. Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Cuellar, Loza, E Bennett, O'Neil.

BOURNEMOUTH: Camp; Francis, Cook, Gosling, Elphick (c), Arter, Daniels, Wilson, Stanislas (Pugh 68), Fraser (Ritchie 60), O'Kane. Subs not used: Flahavan (GK), Rantie, Harte, Smith, Kermorgant.

REFEREE: Mr Steve Martin


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