Cov hold Prem-bound Canaries

Norwich ended their season with a 2-2 draw against Coventry as Carrow Road celebrated a return to the Premier League and a £90million jackpot.

Last Updated: 07/05/11 at 16:48

Norwich: Signed off from the Championship

Norwich: Signed off from the Championship

The Canaries - who last played among the elite clubs of English football for just one season in 2004/2005 - had already secured a second-successive promotion at Portsmouth on Monday night after rivals Cardiff suffered a shock 3-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough.

It meant a party atmosphere at a sun-baked Carrow Road, where Paul Lambert's men had to come from behind after Richard Keogh bundled the Sky Blues in front at the start of the second half.

Two goals in the space of six minutes from captain Grant Holt and on-loan Liverpool youngster Dani Pacheco put the Canaries in front, only for Lukas Jutkiewicz to grab a quick equaliser.

While Coventry were left to contemplate another campaign looking up at the riches of the Premier League, the Canaries set off on a lap of honour as the 25,000-strong home support dreamed of tackling the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal just two years after dropping down into League One.

Norwich skipper Holt - who had been named player of the season before kick off following another 20-goal haul - almost got on the end of a deep Russell Martin cross from the right, but Keogh nodded clear.

Coventry, though, were in the mood to spoil the party and Norwich keeper John Ruddy, who made one Premier League appearance at Everton, did well to push away a fierce low strike from Chris Hussey.

The home side were soon back on the offensive, and United States defender Zak Whitbread saw his close-range effort scrambled off the line from a corner.

After a scrappy spell, Norwich midfielder David Crofts fired wide when well placed 20 yards out.

On 40 minutes, Holt saw his diving header brilliantly saved by Michael Quirke after Marc Tierney's ball in from the left.

Coventry again looked lively at the start of the second half and were deservedly in front on 53 minutes when Keogh - an ever present following his summer move from Carlisle - bundled the ball in after Hussey's shot had cannoned through a crowded six-yard box.

Norwich, though, immediately stepped up a gear and were level when Holt crashed in a bullet header from Tierney's swirling left-wing cross for his 23rd goal of the season.

The 30-year-old Canaries skipper, who has yet to play in the top flight, was then replaced by Liverpool starlet Dani Pacheco.

The Spaniard had an instant impact as he drilled past Quirke after weaving into the Coventry box on 62 minutes.

Norwich, though, switched off and were immediately punished when Hussey's low cross was tapped in by former Everton striker Jutkiewicz.

Pacheco then rattled the bar with a 25-yard free-kick, and Whitbread somehow stabbed the rebound wide.

Norwich have made a habit of conjuring late goals in a remarkable campaign, but this time could not find a way through as Simeon Jackson, whose goal at Fratton Park sealed promotion, was just off target with a close-range effort.

The lack of any points sanction for champions QPR following today's Football Association verdict into the registration of Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin meant there would be no trophy to parade at next week's Civic Reception - but you suspect that will not take the icing off the sweet £90m promotion cake for majority shareholder Delia Smith, who came down from the directors' box to revel in the jubilant post-match celebrations.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
20:00
Bolton 0-1 Leicester Report
Reading 2-0 Middlesbro' Report
Monday, 21 April 2014
17:15
Leeds 0-2 N Forest Report
15:00
Birmingham 2-4 Blackburn Report
Brighton 1-1 Blackpool Report
Burnley 2-0 Wigan Report
Derby 2-1 Barnsley Report
Ipswich 2-2 Bournemth Report
Millwall 0-0 Doncaster Report
QPR 2-1 Watford Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 44 37 96
2 Burnley 44 34 89
3 Derby 44 30 81
4 QPR 44 15 76
5 Wigan 43 15 70
6 Reading 44 12 67
7 Brighton 44 12 66
8 N Forest 44 7 65
9 Ipswich 44 6 65
10 Blackburn 44 5 64
11 Bournemth 44 -1 63
12 Watford 43 17 60
13 Middlesbro' 44 7 58
14 Bolton 44 -3 55
15 Sheff Wed 44 1 53
16 Leeds 44 -10 53
17 Huddersfld 44 -8 50
18 Charlton 43 -23 45
19 Doncaster 44 -28 44
20 Millwall 44 -29 44
21 Birmingham 43 -13 43
22 Blackpool 44 -27 43
23 Barnsley 44 -30 39
24 Yeovil 44 -26 37

Updated Tue, 22 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta vows to keep fighting

Pablo Zabaleta has warned Liverpool that the title race is far from finished and says Man City will keep fighting.

Premier League: Liverpool ready to be busy in summer transfer market

Ian Ayre is confident Liverpool will be able to attract their top targets in what promises to be a busy summer.

Moyes 'frustrated' by sacking

David Moyes is frustrated he was not given more time to build a team at Manchester United, according to a Sky source.

Mail Box

Presenting Both Sides Of The Moyes Argument

One of the finest damn Mailboxes this MC has ever had the pleasure of creating, with sensible thoughts on Moyes et al. Some are happy, some are worried but all are eloquent...

You've Had Your Fun, But Now It's Over

We have thoughts on David Moyes at the exit door, time-wasting, FIFA and the use of 'clever-quick' players rather than outright pace. It's an absolutely excellent Mailbox.

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property