Sunderland 1-3 Norwich City

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Canaries defender Russell Martin opened the scoring at the Stadium of Light

15 August 2015
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By Patrick Jennings
BBC Sport

Norwich City stunned Sunderland at the Stadium of Light to earn a deserved first win of the season.

Russell Martin opened the scoring fortuitously, inadvertently turning the ball home after Costel Pantilimon parried a Robbie Brady shot.

Steven Whittaker slammed home a second after a one-two with Wes Hoolahan, who also assisted in the Canaries' third from Nathan Redmond after the break.

Duncan Watmore then scored a late consolation on his Sunderland debut.

The 21-year-old struck with the Black Cats' second shot on target in the 88th minute, by which time many home fans had already left the ground.

The result leaves Dick Advocaat's side, who were beaten 4-2 at Leicester on the opening day, bottom of the Premier League table after two games.

Did Sunderland defend any better than last week?

Sunderland 1-3 Norwich: Advocaat says everyone to blame for loss

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Sunderland 1-3 Norwich: Advocaat says everyone to blame for loss

It was difficult to tell because of Norwich's urgency, fluidity and snappiness in attack.

The away side's opening goal might have had a heavy hint of fortune – goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon was particularly unlucky to concede seconds after brilliantly turning the ball behind for a corner – but it was certainly well deserved.

Manager Alex Neil is now unbeaten in 16 away games since taking over in January and his team were well on top throughout. Hoolahan was composed and inventive and Redmond a constant menace with his pace.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy, relatively untroubled behind a solid Norwich defence throughout, pounded the ground in frustration after seeing Watmore's slightly miscued volley bounce in late on.

What next for manager Dick Advocaat?

It would be interesting to hear the Sunderland manager's thoughts on the work that is still required to transform his side.

There was less of the defensive calamity that marked their opening-day defeat, but instead the Black Cats looked toothless in attack.

Sunderland striker's heat map

This heatmap shows Sunderland's four strikers attacking the goal to the right – they spent the majority of the game in midfield

Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher threatened sporadically but were isolated for long periods with seemingly little connection to midfield, where new signing Yann M'Vila made his debut.

The 25-year-old was outdone by youngster Watmore, whose every enthusiastic contribution was cheered by the home fans.

In truth, though, none of the four attackers on show – including substitute Danny Graham – looked likely to provide the presence Sunderland will need this season.

Manager reaction

Alex Neil

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Norwich had cutting edge – Alex Neil

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat:

"Two games two defeats, we did not expect. We have to discuss with the players how we go on.

"It was the same in pre-season and you hoped it would change but it is not changing. Myself as well, I am responsible for that, no doubt.

"They can talk and I can talk. Together we have to find out if we can find the solution, otherwise we have no chance."

Norwich City manager Alex Neil:

"I thought it was very good, similar to last week in that we dominated the game.

"We had the cutting edge this time though. The first goal is crucial – we didn't look back. I have a great group, they work hard and work as a team."

Man of the Match

Wes Hoolahan

Wes Hoolahan provided the killer pass for two of Norwich's goals and was composed in possession throughout

'A field day for the pundits'

BBC football analyst Garth Crooks on Final Score:

"From what I've seen both last week and this week, I don't think Sunderland are going to stay in the Premier League. Whoever does Match of the Day tonight is going to have a field day."

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The stats you need to know

  • Sunderland have conceded seven goals after two games for the first time since the 1970-71 season, playing in the old Second Division
  • The Black Cats have conceded 12 times in their last six Premier League home games
  • Nathan Redmond has scored five goals in his last six Norwich appearances
  • Wes Hoolahan has assisted three goals in the first two games of the Premier League season

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Sunderland

  • 01 Pantilimon
  • 02 Jones
  • 22 Coates
  • 15 Kaboul
  • 03 van Aanholt
  • 07 Larsson (Graham – 45' )
  • 06 Cattermole
  • 21 M'Vila
  • 17 Lens Booked
  • 26 Fletcher (Watmore – 70' )
  • 18 Defoe

Substitutes

  • 04 Bridcutt
  • 08 Rodwell
  • 12 Matthews
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 19 Graham
  • 25 Mannone
  • 41 Watmore

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Whittaker
  • 05 Martin
  • 06 Bassong Booked
  • 12 Brady
  • 18 Dorrans
  • 27 Tettey Booked
  • 22 Redmond (O'Neil – 83' )
  • 14 Hoolahan (Johnson – 62' )
  • 08 Howson
  • 10 Jerome (Grabban – 68' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Wisdom
  • 04 Johnson
  • 07 Grabban
  • 11 Hooper
  • 13 Rudd
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 28 O'Neil

Ref: Kevin Friend Att: 41,379

Match Stats

Possession

44

56

Shots

6

19

On target

2

6

Corners

6

6

Fouls

7

7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 1, Norwich City 3.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Norwich City 3.

90:00 +1:34

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:31

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban with a cross.

90:00 +0:27

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

87:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Norwich City 3. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

86:53

Hand ball by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

85:41

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Russell Martin.

82:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Gary O'Neil replaces Nathan Redmond.

81:39

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

80:00

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

78:15

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

76:35

Foul by Graham Dorrans (Norwich City).

76:35

Yann M'Vila (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:37

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

75:19

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady.

74:20

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

71:42

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

69:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Steven Fletcher.

67:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Lewis Grabban replaces Cameron Jerome.

66:43

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

66:02

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:02

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).

61:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Bradley Johnson replaces Wes Hoolahan.

60:06

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady.

59:27

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:27

Foul by Sebastián Coates (Sunderland).

56:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 0, Norwich City 3. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

52:50

Attempt missed. Younes Kaboul (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jeremain Lens with a cross following a corner.

52:22

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

52:03

Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).

52:03

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:21

Offside, Sunderland. Lee Cattermole tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

49:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:08

Delay in match Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) because of an injury.

47:05 Booking

Booking Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:57

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

46:57

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:19

Attempt saved. Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermain Defoe.

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 0, Norwich City 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Danny Graham replaces Sebastian Larsson.

45:00 +3:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 0, Norwich City 2.

45:00 +2:57

Attempt missed. Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

44:03

Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

42:47

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:19

Delay in match Robbie Brady (Norwich City) because of an injury.

40:42

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jeremain Lens with a cross.

38:53

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a headed pass.

36:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 0, Norwich City 2. Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

35:14

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33:58

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:58

Foul by Sebastián Coates (Sunderland).

29:09

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

29:09

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:45

Attempt missed. Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jermain Defoe.

25:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 0, Norwich City 1. Russell Martin (Norwich City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

25:33

Attempt saved. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

24:57

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

24:53

Attempt saved. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

21:18

Offside, Sunderland. Jeremain Lens tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.

20:52

Attempt saved. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

20:25

Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

19:21

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:21

Foul by Younes Kaboul (Sunderland).

18:19

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sebastián Coates.

18:14

Attempt blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

16:26

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Russell Martin.

13:41

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:41

Foul by Jeremain Lens (Sunderland).

12:13

Attempt missed. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

9:26

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

8:42 Booking

Booking Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

8:28

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:28

Foul by Jeremain Lens (Sunderland).

7:53

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Alexander Tettey.

7:40

Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:22 Booking

Booking Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

6:15

Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).

6:15

Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:08

Foul by Graham Dorrans (Norwich City).

1:08

Yann M'Vila (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:29

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:29

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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