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Monday, November 16, 2009

Big Match Review - Norwich 2 Tranmere 0

League One
Norwich City 2-0 Tranmere Rovers
Saturday November 14, Carrow Road, (Att: 25,025)

Two second half goals were enough for in-form Norwich to continue their fine form and leave managerless and struggling Tranmere six points adrift of safety in League One.

In a fierce wind, both teams had trouble trying to adapt to the conditions, but the Wirral club's defence managed to restrict City to half chances from distance.

And Les Ross's visitors had a chance to take the lead when a breakaway ended with Chris Shuker's low shot being palmed away by Fraser Forster. Then Norwich were denied when Grant Holt's header from a corner was cleared off the line.

The home side finally made the break through after an hour, but only from the penalty spot. Full back Adam Drury's run forward ended in his shot striking John Welsh's arm.

Despite Rovers' protestations, referee Darren Deadman awarded the spot-kick which was dispatched past the dive of Luke Daniels and into the bottom corner by Wes Hoolahan.

And the Canaries wrapped up the spoils ten minutes from time after more poor defending from the away side. They failed to clear Simon Lappin's cross from the right, and when Hoolahan recovered the ball his low centre was turned in by Gary Doherty.

A third straight league win for Paul Lambert's men who remain fifth and in contention for an automatic return to the Championship, but Tranmere's woes continue.

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