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  • Norwich 3-3 Blackburn: Hoilett, Morison, Yakubu great-strike

    Grant Holt scored deep into injury time as Norwich salvaged a 3-3 Premier League draw with Blackburn Rovers after trailing 3-1 with eight minutes left in a pulsating contest at Carrow Road.
    Steve Kean's side move off the bottom of the table with a point, but they were probably worthy off all three having played the better football for most of the afternoon.

    They were only denied by an outrageous decision by the referee Anthony Taylor three minutes into five added on when the ball hit off Steve Nzonzi's arm.

    He did not know anything about it, but the penalty was given for substitute Holt to slam the ball beyond visiting goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who almost saved it diving to his right.

    Rovers had grabbed the lead when David Hoilett beat two men before smacking a delicious shot beyond home keeper John Ruddy from 20 yards inside first half stoppage time.

    Steve Morison clipped home a superb volley from the edge of the area to level for Paul Lambert side's on 53 minutes only for Rovers to strike twice inside three minutes just after the hour mark.

    Yakubu beat the unconvincing Ruddy at his near post with a shot from just inside the area before Christoper Samba popped up unmarked to head home Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick.

    That looked like sealing the win until Bradley Johnson's drive from distance took a wicked deflection off Jason Lowe to fly over Robinson and set up a frantic conclusion that left Kean and the visiting bench looking on in disbelief. Rover continue to search for their first away win in the Premier League, but their main problem seems to be conceding goal.

    Blackburn and Norwich are the only teams in the Premier League yet to keep a clean sheet.

    Blackburn - boosted by their 4-3 midweek win over Newcastle in the Carling Cup - set about their task with some relish as Mauro Formica accepted a neat pass from Yakubu to wallop a shot narrowly over the bar from 25 yards on three minutes.

    Yakubu was at the heart of the action again two minutes later after Ruddy failed to deal with Pedersen's corner, but Norwich frantically hacked the ball clear.

    Blackburn continued to create the most notable chances as Yakubu lifted the ball over the bar on 12 minutes after being played in by the evasive Ruben Rochina.

    Norwich finally began to find some joy as Robinson dived low to his right to nudge David Fox's shot past a post on 15 minutes.

    Bennett was lucky to avoid a straight red card for a late lunging tackle on Yakubu. He was booked after a tackle that was reminiscent of Didier Drogba's red card at QPR last weekend and should have benefited from his good fortune moments later.

    The intelligent Morison did superbly well to play in Anthony Pilkington up, but the cross was whacked into the side netting by the unmarked Bennett when it looked easier to hit the target.

    Ruddy looked like he had carried the ball over the line from Pedersen's free-kick moment before the break after catching the ball, but did just enough to keep it out. He was helpless to stop Hoilett's howitzer.

    There was plenty of huffing and puffing in the second period, but Rovers appeared to have weathered the storm when Morison's played in Holt on 80 minutes only for Gael Givet to clear the danger before Robinson was on hand to make the save from Holt's header.

    Source: Eurosport

    Teams Line-up:
    Norwich City: Ruddy, Naughton, Russell Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Johnson, Fox, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Morison.subs: Rudd, Crofts, Holt, Jackson, Surman, Wilbraham, De Laet
    Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Lowe, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Rochina, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Formica, Yakubu..subs: Bunn, Dunn, Petrovic, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley


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