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Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers

31 October 2014


NORWICH City got back to winning ways as Cameron Jerome scored twice in a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers.

The striker netted his seventh and eighth league goals of the campaign as the Canaries earned their first three points for a month, despite a late scare after Lee Chung-Yong's strike four minutes from time.

Victory was fully deserved for Neil Adams' side as they dominated their struggling visitors, with Nathan Redmond and Steven Whittaker going closest to adding more comfort to the scoreline in the second half.

The result means the Canaries go joint top of Sky Bet Championship ahead of Saturday's fixture programme, with a midweek trip to high-flyers close on the horizon.

City's manager made three alterations to his team prior to kick-off, with Gary O'Neil making his first league start and Nathan Redmond and Kyle Lafferty returning to the fold.

Bolton changed two names in their line-up as Oscar Threlkeld and Mark Davies stepped in for Kevin McNaughton and Joe Mason.

Their midfielder Darren Pratley tested John Ruddy in the first minute with a half volley but the Canaries settled and took the lead on 12 minutes.

Martin Olsson long pass was nodded down by Jerome into the path of Jonny Howson, who spotted the striker's run and played a precise through ball.

Jerome met it and slid the ball past Andrew Lonergan with the outside of his right foot to end City's two-month wait for a first half goal.

Steven Whittaker saw a shot blocked minutes later before Lonergan held onto a long-range effort from Kyle Lafferty on 19 minutes.

The visitors were at times showing the cohesion in the final third that helped them pick up two wins from three under Neil Lennon, but City were still the better team with Martin Olsson's cross just out of reach of Howson.

O'Neil's lunge on Mark Davies offered Bolton a good opening five minutes before the break, but although their free-kick was cleverly worked to Neil Danns, his shot was blocked en route to Ruddy's goal.

City finished the half strongly, with half chances for Nathan Redmond and O'Neil, and they took a half-time lead for the first time since the East Anglian derby back in August.

HALF-TIME: Norwich City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Redmond had Lonergan nervously palming his cross over the bar four minutes into the second period before the Trotters' 'keeper kept out City's winger again on 56 minutes.

The youngster played a fast one-two with Lafferty and shot from a narrow angle, with Lonergan getting a palm to it, helping the ball onto the post.

Redmond then struck a sweet half-volley just over the bar before Adams' team were rewarded for their pressure with the game's second goal just after the hour mark.

O'Neil whipped in a corner from the left and Jerome met it with a powerful near post header to double his and the Canaries' tally on the night.

Michael Turner saw a glancing header wide before Lonergan was at his best to keep out Whittaker's close-range shot from Redmond's assist.

O'Neil and Jerome were withdrawn to standing ovations, with Lewis Grabban and Bradley Johnson coming on to see the job out for the Canaries but they almost saw their lead halved on 73 minutes.

The creative Davies played in Max Clayton, who clean through dragged a left-footed shot narrowly wide of Ruddy's post - but Bolton got their goal four minutes from the end.

Olsson's weak header was pounced upon by Lee, who advanced into the box and finished confidently past Ruddy.

City held on in a tense period of stoppage time, however, to gain the win - and reappear at the sharp end of the division

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

GOALS: Canaries: Cameron Jerome (12, 61) - Trotters: Lee Chung-Yong (86)

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (c), Turner, Olsson; O'Neil (Johnson 73), Tettey; Redmond, Howson, Lafferty; Jerome (Grabban 73). Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Cuellar, Hooper, Miquel, Josh Murphy.

BOLTON WANDERERS: Lonergan; Threlkeld, Mills, Dervite, Ream; Spearing (c) (Trotter 45), M Davies; Danns, Pratley (C Davies 85), Chung-Yong; Beckford (Clayton 65). Subs not used: Kenny (GK), Mason, Vela, Moxey.


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