REVIEW: CITY 3-1 WOLVES
CITY completed a league double over Wolverhampton Wanderers, eventually winning 3-1 after a dramatic second half at Carrow Road.
Following a scrappy start to the game the Canaries took the lead on 13 minutes thanks to a classy finish from Steven Naismith.
Jonny Howson's left-footed shot from 30 yards cannoned off the bar, but Naismith calmly guided the ball into the corner on the volley to give his team the advantage.
Wolves left men high up the pitch which was causing City some problems, but the best chance for the rest of the half fell to the excellent Howson, who was denied by Carl Ikeme from point-blank range.
The woodwork stopped Cameron Jerome from adding to his goal at Rotherham nine minutes into the second half, but three minutes later Paul Lambert's men were level.
Ivo Pinto was adjudged to have pushed Matt Doherty over in the box, and Helder Costa's penalty found the top corner.
Lambert's decision to make all three of his substitutions backfired, however, in dramatic circumstances when City were awarded a spot-kick of their own - and Ikeme was sent off.
The goalkeeper brought Wes Hoolahan down but was dismissed for reacting badly to the Irishman - Wolves defender Doherty was forced to don the gloves, and Robbie Brady sent him the wrong way to restore City's lead.
City got the coup de grace in stoppage time when Howson's deflected volley found its way in, securing three valuable points for his side.
HOW THEY LINED UP
Neil made two changes from the side that started City's last league game at Rotherham United a week ago.
Brady came in at left-back for Steven Whittaker, while the suspended Nelson Oliveira was replaced by Jerome in attack.
Howson overcame the ankle injury he sustained in South Yorkshire to partner Alex Tettey in central midfield. Youngster Ben Godfrey, meanwhile, was named among the susbtitutes.
Just as the nerves were increasing inside the home parts of the stadium, the game turned on the incident 15 minutes from the end.
The influential Hoolahan's trickery got him deep into Wolves box, and he fell under the challenge of the onrushing Ikeme - with David Coote pointing to the spot.
Ikeme's reaction - an aggressive push on Hoolahan - earned him a straight red card, and with Doherty taking over the reins in goal Wolves' threat naturally receded.
WHAT IT MEANS
City have generally been good at home in recent weeks and this game was no different.
At the close of the afternoon's action, Neil's men elevated themselves up to ninth in the Sky Bet Championship, moving five points off Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off places.
GOALS: Canaries: Steven Naismith (13), Robbie Brady (pen 75), Jonny Howson (90) - Wolves: Helder Costa (pen 57)
NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin (c), Klose, Brady; Howson, Tettey; Ja. Murphy (Jo. Murphy 81), Hoolahan (Pritchard 81), Naismith; Jerome (Lafferty 87). Subs not used: McGovern (GK), Bassong, Bennett, Godfrey.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS: Ikeme; Doherty, Edwards, Stearman, Batth (c), Mason (Enobakhare 58), Costa, Iorfa, Price, Bodvarsson (Dicko 66), Cavaleiro (Weimann 45). Subs not used: Burgoyne (GK), Saville, Evans, Coady.
REFEREE: David Coote
City's Sky Bet Championship game at home to Birmingham City on Saturday.