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Leeds United v Norwich City

14 April 2015


JONNY Howson scored against his boyhood club Leeds United as City clinched a 2-0 victory at Elland Road.

Howson, returning for the first time since joining Norwich in 2012, finished coolly in the second half to set his team up for three invaluable points in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race.

Graham Dorrans, who had missed a penalty in the first half, atoned for that with the second strike in stoppage time that resulted in celebratory scenes in front of the away supporters.

It's a win that keeps the Canaries in the top two with only three matches left ahead of a mouthwatering clash with Middlesbrough in front of the television cameras at Carrow Road on Friday night.

Alex Neil named the same team that started Saturday's late 2-1 win at Bolton, with matchwinner Gary Hooper having to settle for a place among the substitutes.

Howson, who made over 200 appearances for Leeds and who captained his hometown club, was in a three-man Canaries midfield alongside Alex Tettey and Graham Dorrans.

Lewis Grabban was originally on the bench, but was forced to pull out of the squad during the pre-match warm-up - Jamar Loza took his place.

The hosts made three changes from their 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City at the weekend as Granddi Ngoyi made his full debut.

The opening 45 minutes played out as a tense contest, with City missing a penalty through Dorrans just after the half hour mark.

Both teams eased themselves into the game in the opening quarter of an hour with neither side able to carve out any significant openings.

Nathan Redmond's wayward crossing opportunity and Charlie Taylor's miss at the far-post was the closest both came before the major incident of the half on 31 minutes.

Howson controlled a long ball on his chest in the box, and as he tried to wriggle away from Liam Cooper, the midfielder fell under the challenge of the Leeds skipper - and Mike Jones pointed to the spot.

Wes Hoolahan converted the Canaries' last penalty against Nottingham Forest, but it was Dorrans who stepped up from 12 yards.

The loanee struck the ball confidently, but it rebounded back off the crossbar and Leeds cleared the danger.

A minute later, Dorrans missed the opportunity to make amends for his miss, but when Cameron Jerome's cross deflected into his path 18 yards out, he blazed over left-footed.

Leeds' play gathered momentun as half-time drew near, and Neil would have been the happier manager to hear the whistle blown for the break.

HALF-TIME: Leeds United 0-0 Norwich City

He made no changes during the interval, and Jerome was nearly set clear by Howson in the 47th minute, but Marco Silvestri was fast off his line to sweep up.

Sol Bamba glanced a difficult header wide for Leeds before two half chances for City - Redmond's effort was blocked, and then Russell Martin saw a curling shot kept out by the home 'keeper.

It was indicative of sharper play in general by the Canaries, and they got their reward on 57 minutes through former home favourite Howson.

A smart move peaked with Redmond sliding in Howson on the right-side of the box, and he used the outside of his right foot to guide the ball beyond Silvestri.

The Morley-born Howson didn't celebrate out of respect to the Elland Road crowd, but it was a goal of huge importance with regards to the flow of the the game - and potentially Norwich's promotion bid.

City had more control over their opponents than in the opening period, but Neil introduced Elliott Bennett to add fresh legs to his midfield with ten minutes left on the clock.

John Ruddy, who had barely been tested all half, was called into action on 84, scrambling across his goal quickly to keep out Alex Mowatt's deflected effort from range.

Then, in stoppage time, the Canaries put the icing on the cake as Dorrans blasted home from the edge of the box to secure the victory.

FULL-TIME: Leeds United 0-2 Norwich City

: Canaries: Jonny Howson (57), Graham Dorrans (90)

LEEDS UNITED: Silvestri, Wootton, Bamba, Cooper (c) , Berardi, Murphy, Ngoyi, Mowatt, C Taylor (Antenucci 71), Byram (Montenegro 85), Sharp. Subs not used: S Taylor, Bellusci, Phillips, Sloth, Morison.

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (c), Bassong, Olsson; Tettey, Dorrans, Howson; Redmond (Hooper 86), Hoolahan (E Bennett 79), Jerome. Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Loza, R Bennett, O'Neil, Odjidja-Ofoe.

REFEREE: Mike Jones


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