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Match Report


Posted Sat 22 Aug 09 at 16:59 PM


The Wanderers were on the wrong end of an extraordinary game of football at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon, as Paul Lambert's Norwich City ran out 5-2 winners in the Glaswegian's first game in charge of the Canaries.

Just a fortnight ago City received a 7-1 home drubbing courtesy of the former Celtic man's Colchester United outfit, but on this occasion it was the East Anglian side dishing out the punishment as Peter Taylor's men lost their way with a series of basic defensive errors.

Four of Norwich's five strikes came from set pieces as they ran riot in the first half, with

Grant Holt, Korey Smith and Jon Otsemobor taking advantage of defensive lapses before Jon-Paul Pittman opened his account for the season to give the Chairboys some hope.

Those fleeting aspirations were further fuelled as Matt Harrold grabbed his second goal in a week after the break, but yet more carelessness allowed the home side to seal all three points thanks to strikes from Jens Berthel Askou and another calm finish from Holt.

Peter Taylor made four changes to the side that grabbed a point against Southend in midweek, with Chris Westwood and Leon Johnson moving into the back-line, whilst Jon-Paul Pittman and Stuart Green offered a different attacking option.

A quiet opening 15 minutes was shattered as Lambert's men opened the scoring, with Grant Holt poking home unmarked from Simon Lappin's fizzing set-piece. Paul McVeigh came within inches of doubling his side's lead moments later as he dragged an effort narrowly wide, but the vocal Canaries support were rewarded after 25 minutes thanks to Korey Smith's deflected effort.

Once again the Wanderers failed to fully clear their lines from a Paul McVeigh corner, allowing the City midfielder to slam a drive back into the box - which took a nick of Michael Duberry before dropping into the net.

A shell-shocked Wycombe side were further behind after 38 minutes as Jon Otsemobor nodded home another set piece that just wasn't dealt with by the visitors. That prompted a brief resurgence from the Buckinghamshire boys as Jon Paul Pittman took advantage of a calamitous error from Berthel Askou before slotting home past Ben Alnwick, whilst after the break Matt Harrold sent home an unstoppable half volley to give Carrow Road the footballing jitters.

Despite taking control of the game for the next five minutes the same inadequacies would come back to haunt the Blues, as Askou made up for his earlier error by emphatically heading home from another simple set-piece - whilst any hopes of an extraordinary comeback were dashed with twenty minutes remaining as John Mousinho lost possession in disastrous fashion, allowing Grant Holt to coolly flick past Shearer to bag a brace.

Only solid defending from Leon Johnson would deny the ex-Shrewsbury man a hat-trick towards the end of the afternoon, and as City relentlessly pushed forward the final whistle came as a welcome relief for a beleaguered Wanderers outfit.

They will be left to lick their wounds ahead of the clash with Bristol Rovers at Adams Park next weekend, perhaps nursing the consolation that in spells this season they have proved to be an attacking force to be reckoned with.

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