Norwich see off sorry Stoke

Bradley Johnson's first goal for over a year earned Norwich a 1-0 win over Stoke which lifted them above their opponents in the Premier League.

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Bradley Johnson: Midfielder's first goal in over a year

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Stoke were aggrieved that they had not been awarded a free-kick for a foul on Charlie Adam in the build-up to the goal and felt the free-kick which then was awarded to the hosts was harsh, but in a game of few chances, Norwich's spirit ensured the result was a deserved one.

The home side had made a decent start, with Robert Snodgrass to the fore, but the first shot in anger came from Stoke as Adam curled one just wide from 20 yards after a loose clearance from Javier Garrido.

Anthony Pilkington had the first clear sight of goal for the home side after good work by Wes Hoolahan but Asmir Begovic was able to block his low eight-yard effort with his legs.

Adam went into the book for simulation after it appeared he had received a shove, but the Scottish midfielder was seen to better effect when he drilled one into John Ruddy's midriff.

After Andy Wilkinson was booked for bringing down Snodgrass, the visitors claimed harshly, Johnson (44) rose highest to meet Snodgrass' free-kick and flick the ball into the top corner to give the home side the lead.

Pilkington then skipped to the byline and cut the ball across for Snodgrass who could not provide the crucial touch with the goal gaping.

Early in the second period, Michael Turner missed his clearance to present Jon Walters with a glorious chance but the Stoke man, under pressure from Sebastien Bassong, could not beat Ruddy from 10 yards.

Pilkington volleyed over on the stretch while Alexander Tettey, a powerhouse in the home midfield, drilled one wide from 23 yards as Norwich looked to earn some breathing space.

One of Tony Pulis' two substitutes Kenwyne Jones headed Adam's free-kick straight at Ruddy and Peter Crouch hooked one volley over the top as the pressure mounted.

Jones again drilled wide as he muscled past Ryan Barnett but Norwich were able to hold firm to record only their second home win of the season.

Norwich CityTeam StatisticsStoke City
1Goals0
11st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target4
5Shots off Target5
5Blocked Shots0
9Corners1
12Fouls15
2Offsides2
1Yellow Cards5
0Red Cards0
71.8Passing Success76.6
21Tackles13
71.4Tackles Success84.6
43.6Possession56.4
51.5Territorial Advantage48.5
348Total Passes471
32Total Crosses23
188Lost Balls189
46Recoveries60
42.91st Half Poss.57.1
42.12nd Half Poss.57.9

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