Norwich City 1-0 Stoke City – Match Review
Bradley Johnson’s goal just before half time was enough for Norwich as they beat Stoke at Carrow Road to stretch their unbeaten run to four games.
The Canaries form has picked up of late after a slow start and Johnson’s header ensured a positive week ended on an elevated high note.
Chris Hughton’s men nabbed a point at Aston Villa last week before narrowly beating Tottenham in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday and produced another determined display to see off the Potters.
It has been a mixed start to the season for Tony Pulis’ men and they never really got going in East Anglia as they sought to get back on the winning trail.
Charlie Adam had two chances to break the deadlock but could only curl wide from 25-yards before snapping an effort into the body of John Ruddy.
The hosts soon found their feet Wes Hoolahan was instrumental throughout as he was last week against Villa and he set up Anthony Pilkington, who saw his effort saved by Asmir Begovic.
And a minute before the break they found themselves in front as Johnson rose highest to head Robert Snodgrass’ inviting free kick into the net.
Stoke improved after the restart but found themselves wanting in front of goal and Jon Walters was guilty of wasting a golden chance, shooting straight at Ruddy when through on goal.
Kenwyne Jones then should have done better than pull his shot across goal when well placed from 12-yards as Norwich held on to secure only their second league win of the season and move above their opponents in the table.