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Norwich 0 Saints 0
Updated 5:41pm Saturday 9th March 2013 in Sport
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- Artur Boruc saves penalty in added time from Grant Holt
- Saints dominated much of the game, but failed to score
- Mauricio Pochettino's side remain 16th
Saints earn a point and stay 16th in the table. They are now four points clear of the drop zone, although 18th-placed Wigan have a game in hand on them. Thanks for joining us today. We will have reaction for you on the website later.
Norwich 0 Saints 0
Norwich are controversially awarded a penalty in added time after Holt goes to ground in the corner of the area under Shaw's challenge. It looked soft, but justice is done as Boruc makes a wonderful save from Holt to palm it away.
SAINTS SUBSTITUTION (90 mins): Rodriguez off, Puncheon on.
88 mins: Fonte booked for a foul on Becchio.
81 mins: Johnson booked for a trip on Rodriguez.
NORWICH SUBSTITUTION (79 mins): Kamara off, Becchio on.
SAINTS SUBSTITUTION (79 mins): Lallana off, Ward-Prowse on.
CHANCE (75 mins): Holt puts Snodgrass through, he goes round Boruc, but Yoshida makes a wonderful last-second challenge to clear before the midfielder can tap into an empty net.
SAINTS SUBSTITUTION (70 mins): Ramirez off, Guly on.
CHANCE (68 mins): Lambert puts a free-kick from just outside the box into the wall, after Snodgrass had pulled Shaw back right on the edge of the area.
CHANCE (60 mins): Ramirez plays a nice pass to Rodriguez, who has space 18 yards from goal. He prods a quick shot forward that Bunn palms straight to Lambert on the edge of the area. The striker's left foot volley rises over the crossbar, however.
CHANCE (50 mins): Rodriguez gets to the byline and fires a low ball across the face of goal. Garrido clears it, but straight to Lallana 12 yards out. But, with the goal gaping, the skipper fires his left foot shot over the bar.
Norwich 0 Saints 0
44 mins: Lallana booked for arguing with Clattenburg after a handball had been awarded against him.
NORWICH SUBSTITUTION (34 mins): Pilkington forced off with an injury. Replaced by Wes Hoolahan.
CHANCE (33 mins): Shaw bursts down the left and fires in a shot that is beaten away by Bunn at the near post.
CHANCE (29 mins): Snodgrass fires in a well-struck free-kick from 25 yards. The movement on the ball gave Boruc a problem, and he nearly allowed it to slip past him, only to get enough on it to divert it clear.
CHANCE (28 mins): Lambert releases Ramirez down the inside left channel. He tries to chip the advancing Bunn, but the keeper sticks a hand up and is just able to reach the ball to deny the Saints player.
CHANCE (19 mins): Best effort of the game so far. Ramirez rolls a ball into Schneiderlin just inside the area. He, in turn, lays it back to Lallana on the edge of the box, but the captain's sweet right-foot shot is well tipped over by Norwich keeper Mark Bunn.
16 mins: Grant Holt booked after a foul on Morgan Schneiderlin.
CHANCE (8 mins): Saints work the ball across the field and find Maya Yoshida marauding forward from his right-back position. He lines up a shot from 20 yards, but leans back and puts it well over.
Referee Mark Clattenburg gets the match underway.
The teams are out here at a soaked Carrow Road, where the rain is still teeming down. Saints playing in red this afternoon. Kick-off just a few minutes away now. We will have updates for you throughout the match.
Finances weren’t the only bit of news emanating from St Mary’s this week. Club captain Kelvin Davis had his contract extended until 2016. It was a bit of a surprise announcement, given that the 36-year-old keeper has been consigned to the substitutes’ bench for much of the season and already had a deal that ran through to the summer of 2014. But he’s a top man, Kelvin, and few would begrudge him another couple of years that may allow him to achieve his wish of finishing his playing career at the club. Here’s what he had to say...
When I first came to this club, to say that I would have been here for this period of time is something that I would have dreamed about. For that dream to have materialised and for me to be feeling good is something I am really, really pleased with.Kelvin Davis
Saints this week released interim financial results covering their first six months as a Premier League club (up to December 31, 2012). Finances might be boring, but football club finances are...well, they’re still boring...but they’re also important. There was plenty of good news for Saints too. Here’s a summary:
- The club made a profit of £900,000 before player trading for the first six months back in the top flight.
- Their revenue nearly trebled, from £11.6m to £33.1m.
- Wages have come down to 59% of turnover, compared to 102% in 2011/12.
- Markus Liebherr and his estate invested £38m since the 2009 takeover (£5m of that came in 2011/12).
- All of that has now been formally converted into equity, effectively removing the debt.
- A “low-interest” loan is funding the expansion of the training ground and investment in infrastructure. This stood at £3.8m at the end of the last financial year.
- The club paid a total of £5.3m in one-off bonuses to players and staff on promotion.
Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino has also been speaking to reporters. Here’s a little snippet of what he had to say...
We can't get really ahead of ourselves. We need to take every game as it comes. 'The game against Manchester City seems quite tough and difficult, but we did manage it quite well. Instead, games that could have been easier, like QPR, we have had problems in. At the end of the day, what is most important is that the team finds a regularity in terms of the mental aspect. In a tactical manner and a way of proposing football, the team is playing in a regular way over these last six games. We just need to find our regular way of playing in a collective and individual manner, which was perhaps missing against QPR.Mauricio Pochettino
Norwich (last six, league only): L D D D W L
Saints (last six, league only): D L D W L L
Norwich top scorer (league only): Grant Holt 5
Saints top scorer (league only): Rickie Lambert 12
Three changes for Saints today. Nathaniel Clyne drops to the bench with a slight knock, as does Jason Puncheon, while Danny Fox misses out completely through injury. In come Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez. Maya Yoshida is set to play at right back.
NORWICH: Bunn; R Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Pilkington; Kamara, Holt.
Subs: Camp; Whittaker, Hoolahan, Fox, E.Bennett, Becchio, R.Bennett.
SAINTS: Boruc; Yoshida, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Cork; Lallana, Ramírez, Rodriguez; Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Clyne, Forren, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Chaplow, Puncheon.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton has been speaking to the media ahead of this fixture, and you can pretend like you’re an East Anglia-based football reporter by pressing play on the below video and watching him speak in his press conference...
(Ignore the fact that the thumbnail seems to be of Hughton when he was Birmingham manager, ahead of a Europa League tie. It is the right video when you get to it.)
There’s been some GREAT matches between Norwich and Saints over the years, and while today’s will inevitably end up being a painfully dull affair now I have written that, here’s a reminder of perhaps the best of all: It’s Ken Monkou and Matt Le Tissier on Norwich 4 Saints 5.
NORWICH SQUAD NEWS: Norwich will again be without midfielder Alex Tettey because of a knee problem, while ex-Saint Andrew Surman is also sidelined long-term with a similar problem. On-loan Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara is pressing for a place in the starting XI after some impressive displays as a substitute. England goalkeeper John Ruddy continues his rehabilitation from thigh surgery and is set for a return at the end of March.
SAINTS SQUAD NEWS: Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Adam Lallana has been back in training after suffering a concussion in last weekend’s 2-1 home defeat to QPR. Danny Fox is a doubt with a leg injury, but Luke Shaw should be fit to return to the starting lineup anyway. Pochettino said there are a couple of other concerns, but would not reveal who. Vegard Forren, who is yet to feature since his January arrival from Molde, played for the under-21s earlier in the week and could earn a place in the squad.
Hello Saints fans, and welcome to the Daily Echo’s live blog covering this afternoon’s Premier League encounter between Norwich and Saints, at Carrow Road. As you and the rest of our lovely audience will no doubt already be aware, this is an important afternoon for both teams, as they look to cement their status in the top flight. There is a greater urgency surrounding Saints’ position, though, as they start the day just three points above the drop zone, compared to the rather comfortable eight-point cushion that the Canaries currently enjoy. After back-to-back defeats, a positive result would be a truly significant boost for Saints. The good news is they have enjoyed plenty of success against their opponents in the last few years, having not lost any of the previous six encounters between the teams. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news and match updates.