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Blackpool v Norwich City

27 September 2014


THE CANARIES came from behind to win once again as they took all three points with a 3-1 victory over Blackpool.

After an uneventful first half, Nathan Delfouneso fired the home team in front within a minute of the restart.

A Donervon Daniels own goal levelled the game almost immediately, and then ten minutes from the end Lewis Grabban and Josh Murphy struck in quick succession to ensure a fourth straight away league triumph.

With Nottingham Forest drawing with Brighton, it was three points that took City to the top of Sky Bet Championship with two home games against Charlton Athletic and Rotherham United to come next week.

Neil Adams reverted back to the eleven players who started last weekend's 2-2 draw with Birmingham City, with Wes Hoolahan featuring against his former club.

Blackpool made three changes from their 0-0 stalemate at Brighton, with ex-Canary Joe Lewis starting in goal.

It was his opposite number John Ruddy who was called into action first on 12 minutes, pushing Tony McMahon's free-kick around the post.

Nile Ranger then saw a tame header easily saved before Lewis was on hand to claim Johnson's nod up the other end.

The game struggled to reach a high tempo, with speculative shots from Lewis Grabban and Jose Cubero the rare efforts on goal before City's striker spurned their best opportunity two minutes before the half-time whistle.

Alex Tettey and Hoolahan combined to feed Grabban in the right channel, but he pushed his shot well wide of Lewis' far post.

HALF-TIME: Blackpool 0-0 Norwich City

City were stunned inside a minute of the second period when Blackpool scored only their fourth league goal of the season to take the lead.

Ruddy did well to keep out Ishmael Miller's initial attempt but Delfouneso steered home the rebound for Jose Riga's side.

City's response was instant and from a second corner in a row they levelled the contest.

Nathan Redmond's inswinging delivery was inadvertently turned into his own net by Daniels, with the ball hitting the base of the post before going over the line.

They almost completed the turnaround straight away but Lewis was on hand to keep out Bradley Johnson's close-range effort after Redmond's cross.

Johnson then saw a free-kick flash just over the bar before Redmond used his pace to break clear from Joan Oriol  - but his shot was straight at Lewis.

Josh Murphy came on for Hoolahan in Adams' first change, with the Republic of Ireland international getting warm applause from both sets of supporters.

Grabban saw another drive deflect wide as City continued on the ascendancy and the striker notched his sixth goal of the season on 80 minutes.

From a central position, the former Bournemouth man shot at goal, with the ball deflecting off a defender and nestling into the net.

Less than a minute later, substitute Murphy put the result beyond with a neat finish from the left side, tucking the ball in the bottom corner after cutting inside.

Sergei Zenjov couldn't quite reach Delfouneso's cross for the hosts, who at the final whistle remain without a win but City's sixth of the season propelled them to the top of the division.

FULL-TIME: Blackpool 1-3 Norwich City 

GOALS: Seasiders: Nathan Delfouneso (46) - Canaries: Donervon Daniels o.g. (54), Lewis Grabban (80), Josh Murphy (81).

BLACKPOOL: Lewis; McMahon ©, Daniels, J Oriol, Perkins, Zoko (Zenjov 87), Cubero (Orlandi 90), Lundstram, Delfouneso, Miller, Ranger (Mellis 78). Subs not used: Parish (GK), Dielna, Cywka, E Oriol.

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Martin ©, Turner, Hooiveld, Olsson; Redmond (Howson 83), Tettey, Johnson, Hoolahan (Josh Murphy 72); Jerome (O'Neil 89), Grabban. Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Whittaker, Lafferty, Miquel.

REFEREE: Andre Marriner

Charlton Athletic, Tue 30 September – 19:45

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