Norwich City 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 31, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's quest to move out of the Championship's relegation zone continues, after they were beaten 2-1 at Norwich City on Friday evening.

Cameron Jerome scored in each half, as the Canaries moved level on points with league leaders Derby County, while Lee Chung-Yong was on target with a late consolation for Neil Lennon's side.

Defeat leaves Wanderers two points from safety, having played a game more than their rivals ahead of the weekend fixtures.

There were two changes to the side that started against Brentford last weekend, with Oscar Threlkeld and Mark Davies taking the places of Kevin McNaughton and Joe Mason - as Wanderers lined-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Chung-Yong in behind Beckford, who was making his 50th appearance for the club.

Bolton started brightly and could have gone ahead inside the opening minute, as Darren Pratley saw a goalbound shot blocked before firing the rebound straight at goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Alex Tettey was the first Norwich player to have an attempt on goal, drilling a shot wide on 10 minutes, before the home side broke the deadlock two minutes later.

Having received possession on the halfway line, Jerome flicked the ball on to Jonny Howson before showing a great turn of pace to get away from Matt Mills. Howson then succeeded in returning the ball to the former Birmingham City forward, who prodded the ball past a stranded Andy Lonergan to open the scoring.

Norwich were denied a second when Dorian Dervite slid in to block from Steven Whittaker moments later, before Kyle Lafferty brought Lonergan into action with a curling strike from the left.

Chung-Yong and Mark Davies were combining well, but struggling to pick out the final ball to Beckford, prompting the Bolton boss into switching the two midfielders around - with Davies now in behind the lone-striker.

Pratley headed wide as the visitors looked to adopt a fresh approach, before Neil Danns had a free-kick charged down after Mark Davies had seen a weaving run brought to a halt on the edge of the Norwich box.

Nathan Redmond and Howson both failed to hit the target in the final moments of the half, but Norwich were good value for their lead as they went in one-goal to the good at the interval.

Having struggled in midfield in the opening 45 minutes, there was one substitution at the start of the second period - as Liam Trotter replaced the ineffective Jay Spearing in a tactical switch.

Norwich started the second-half the stronger of the two sides, as Jerome and Redmond both had early attempts on goal, while Bolton were denied an equaliser by a superb piece of defending from Russell Martin, who cut out Pratley's through-ball to Beckford.

That was as good as it got for Wanderers, who soon found themselves two goals behind. Moments after Lonergan had tipped a goalbound shot from Redmond on to the post, Norwich doubled their lead in the easiest of circumstances.

A corner from Gary O'Neil picked out the run of Jerome, who stole in unopposed at the near post to flick the ball into the back of the Wanderers net.

The home side almost repeated the trick at the midway point of the half, with Michael Turner heading over from another corner, prompting the Trotters boss into his second change of the evening - as Max Clayton replaced Beckford in attack.

Lonergan denied Whittaker again with 18 minutes to go, after he latched on to a cutback from Redmond, before Bolton spurned a glorious chance to pull a goal back as Clayton dragged a shot wide after being played clean through on goal by Mark Davies.

Bradley Johnson and Lewis Grabban combined well, resulting in the latter bringing a fine save out of Lonergan with 10 minutes left to play, before Bolton were given a late lifeline as Craig Davies - who was on as a substitute for Pratley - saw a flick into the Norwich box turned home by Chung-Yong.

Four minutes of time were added at the end of the regulation 90, during which time Dervite fired wide at a corner, as Wanderers failed to find a late equaliser that their performance had barely deserved.

Defeat for Bolton, their second in four games under Lennon, leaves them inside the bottom three of the Championship. They return to action against Cardiff City on Tuesday night, in what is the first of two successive home games for the struggling Wanderers.

Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Olsson, O'Neil (Johnson 73), Tettey, Redmond, Howson, Lafferty, Jerome (Grabban 73)
Subs Not Used: Cuellar, Hooper, Miquel, Murphy, Rudd
Booked: O'Neil
Goals: Jerome 12,61

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Threlkeld, Mills, Dervite, Ream, Danns, Spearing (Trotter 46), Pratley (C Davies 85), M Davies, Chung-Yong, Beckford (Clayton 66)
Subs Not Used: Moxey, Mason, Kenny, Vela
Booked: M Davies, Ream
Goals: Chung-Yong 86

Referee: Graham Scott
Attendance: 26,070

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