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Memorable Match: Norwich City 2-0 Swansea City

5 November 2020

Swansea City travel to Carrow Road this weekend, giving us the perfect excuse to bring up a memorable match from 2010/11’s promotion-winning season.

Paul Lambert may be in the Ipswich Town dugout these days, and Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City, but rewind the clock a decade and the two were going head-to-head in NR1.

Norwich City 2-0 Swansea City
August 21, 2010
Carrow Road

What was on the line?

This match was just the third of the 2010/11 Championship season, with the Canaries having lost the opening game at home to Watford before beating Scunthorpe United away.

In the previous season, Paul Lambert’s side finished first in League One to win promotion to the second tier by some distance.

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Swansea, on the other hand, had come seventh in the Championship in 2009/10, before replacing manager Paulo Suosa with Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman got his spell at the Liberty Stadium off to a mixed start, losing to Hull City and winning against Preston North End.

How the game unfolded

An even game between two well-matched sides, it looked as though an end-to-end encounter could result in a stalemate, but there were a few twists and turns to come late on.

Swansea fans were hopeful of taking three points back to Wales when John Ruddy brought down Scott Sinclair deep into the second half, referee Phil Crossley pointing to the spot.

But the Canaries ‘keeper went from zero to hero when he denied David Cotterill’s effort, allowing momentum to swing Norwich’s way.

An Anthony McNamee cross was swung in during the 87th minute, Ashley Williams attempted clearance going into his own net to give Norwich the lead.

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Three minutes later, Simeon Jackson, on as an 81st minute substitute, tucked away a Grant Holt cross courtesy of the underside of the crossbar for 2-0.

Norwich City XI: Ruddy, Ward, Nelson (Askou 90’), Russell Martin, Drury, Crofts, Hoolahan (Jackson 81’), Smith, Surman (McNamee 64’), Holt, Chris Martin
Unused substitutes: Rudd, Fox, Lappin, Johnson

What happened next?

Norwich stormed to second place and promotion to the Premier League, finishing in the automatic promotion spots by four points.

On the other end of those four points were Swansea, who finished third and won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

Both sides fared well in the topflight during 2011/12, Norwich finishing 12th and Swansea 11th.

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