Live: Cardiff 2 Norwich 1

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The Man of the Match accolade goes to Wilfried Zaha. He made an immediate impact coming midway through the first half for his Cardiff City debut. Inspired move from Ole!

It's all over and it's a first league win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer! Cardiff prevail. Cardiff 2-1 Norwich.

90+3
Cardiff have won themselves a corner and they play the time-wasting game.

90+2
Furiously quick exchange between the sides but neither is able to string two passes together.

90+1
Great ball in from the right from Snodgrass but Bassong's header is well wide of the target.

90
Two corners in quick succession for Norwich, Cardiff somehow manage to clear their lines. Redmond comes back but can't get the ball into the box.

88
Norwich continue to press but concede a throw-in. Words exchanged by Martin and Zaha. Getting very heated.

87
CHANCE! Snodgrass rattles the woodwork with a header from the corner. Free run for the playmaker and that would have been in if he got it on target.

86
Norwich starting to get frustrated now, especially Snodgrass, who appears to be very angered at the minute.

85
Snodgrass whips Norwich's 10th corner in but Cardiff repel the attack before Bellamy concedes a free-kick. Snodgrass whips it in and Fer forces another excellent save from Marshall!

84
Olsson's cross is tipped into the path of Martin by Marshall but his shot is deflected over the bar.

83
Both players are back up and at it as Norwich press forward once again.

81
There has been a clash of heads between Caulker and Bassong from the corner. Clattenburg immediately stops play as both receive treatment.

80
Excellent save from Marshall! Somehow Cardiff after surviving here! Redmond sets himself on the edge of the box and shoots, Marshall gets low to his right and denies the shot somehow before Bellamy heads off the line!

79
CHANCE! Ball is in the net from Redmond, but it will not count, he was in an offside position when he picked up the ball.

78
CHANCE! Redmond gets straight in on act and takes a shot himself, just wide of the post! Agonisingly close for Norwich.

Triple switch from Chris Hughton as well as Leroy Fer, Nathan Redmond and Ricky van Wolfswinkel replace Jonas Gutierrez, Bradley Johnson and Johan Elmander.

75
Final change for Cardiff as Fabio da Silva makes way for Kevin Theophile-Catherine

75
Ball slid through for Jones, but he will not double his tally. He's offside.

74
Zaha races down the right, he's got pace and he beats the Norwich defeats before sliding into the path of Bellamy, who goes to ground with Johnson. Clattenburg waves play on. Bellamy is furious. Cardiff still haven't had a penalty all season.

73
Throw-in for Norwich in the attacking third and Snodgrass weaves his way down the right before his cross is repelled by Caulker.

72
Corner is swung in by Bellamy, and Elmander rises to head out for a second corner. This time Norwich clear their lines and launch the counter attack with Hooper.

71
Big burst of acceleration from Bellamy as Cardiff attack, he looks to get the cross into the box but a deflection drops it into the path of Noone, who wins a corner for Cardiff.

70
Norwich every effort to get the ball back in the box but Cardiff earn a reprieve as Clattenburg awards them a free-kick.

69
Snodgrass' corner is wasted by Norwich but Gutierrez snap-shot from the clearance wins another one for the visitors. Nervy moments for the hosts as Jones gifts Norwich another corner. This time it is cleared further.

68
Second substitution from Solskjaer as Aron Gunnarsson comes on to replace Jordan Mutch.

68
Appears muscular for Fabio, Solskjaer looks like he may have to rethink. Or maybe not...

67
Turner makes an excellent late challenge to cut out Elmander. Norwich corner and the striker is staying down. Elsewhere, Fabio is on the ground and looks in pain.

66
Cardiff race straight back at Norwich with Bellamy before the hosts decide to slow the pace of the game down.

65
Nice link-up between Martin and Snodgrass on the right but they can't work a ball into the box between them.

64
Norwich press forward with Elmander, Hooper is in support, but the striker goes alone and shoots wide of the post.

63
John races forward for Cardiff before handing over to Noone, whose attempt to switch play to Bellamy only results in a Norwich throw-in.

62
Gutierrez swings a cross towards the back post, it's met by an unchallenged Snodgrass but the header is just over the bar, much to the relief of Marshall!

61
Gutierrez' cross is repelled by Cardiff and they launch the counter with Noone, who has little support as he encounters traffic.

59
Yellow card for Craig Noone after he goes in heavily on Gutierrez.

59
Noone and Fabio link on the right, the former's cross results in Medel taking a 50-50 from Bassong and a deflection off Jones almost sneaks beyond Ruddy.

58
Cardiff on the attack once again with Mutch, he looks to feed it through for Jones but the ball is cut out.

57
Zaha and Bellamy link up down the left-hand side but are unable to work the ball into the box.

56
Totally different Cardiff side as Mutch comes forward and looks to find the ball over the top to Bellamy but the Norwich defence wrestle him out.

55
Snodgrass wins a free-kick on the edge of the Cardiff box this time. It's getting lively and very competitive at the Cardiff City Stadium!

54
A moments reprieve now as Zaha concedes a free-kick on the edge of the Norwich box.

53
CHANCE! For Norwich this time. What an electric start to the second half. Elmander finds Johnson on the edge of the box and his curling effort rattles the woodwork!

52
How quickly things can change. Two in two minutes and Cardiff appear to be in the ascendancy.

51
GOAL! KENWYNE JONES! It's a debut goal for Jones! The cross comes in from the right and a goal-mouth scramble ends with Jones rifling the ball into the roof of the net.

50
GOAL! CRAIG BELLAMY! Zaha finds space in the middle and he slides it through to Bellamy, who scuffs a shot beyond a helpless Ruddy, who should have done far more to stop that!

49
Snodgrass whips it in and Johnson's initial header loops towards the back post, where Marshall collects with ease. Marshall kicks long and quick but Mutch is unable to control and make the most of the counter attack.

48
Turner gifts the ball to Snodgrass, who takes the volley from the edge of the box, it's deflected off Caulker and Norwich have a third corner.

47
Snodgrass takes advantage of a napping Cardiff midfield and races towards the box, where he encounters traffic and loses possession.

46
Norwich the first to string some passes together and forge an attack. Tettey's lofted ball flies out for a throw-in however.

45
We're back underway with Cardiff...

Norwich players are back with us now, action imminent!

Ruddy is back out to warm up for the second half and is soon followed by the Cardiff players.

Mark Clattenburg brings the first half to a close. The only goal coming from Robert Snodgrass in the opening five minutes. Cardiff found zest midway through the first half when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer introduced new-signing Wilfried Zaha. He will have plenty to prove in the second half. Can expect a lot more action in this one!

45+2
One final flurry from Cardiff as Noone wriggles his way down the right and wins a throw-in. Fabio goes long but can't find a red shirt. Snodgrass hoofs it into the Cardiff half.

45+1
Two minutes added time signaled by Stuart Attwell as Norwich look to clear their lines and maintain their lead.

45
Bellamy races into the Norwich half and skips beyond Johnson before slipping a ball into Jones. The angle is too tight for Jones to shoot, he squares but Bellamy hadn't continued his run through. Too busy admiring his beautiful through-ball.

44
Cardiff won't want the half-time whistle to come here. Mutch gets the cross in towards Jones this time, it goes wayward but Noone is unable to gain control.

43
Snodgrass stayed down holding his head after Zaha went over the top of him. Referee not interested. Zaha skips down the left again and looks to get a cross into Jones, but Bennett is on hand to intercept.

42
A real zest about Cardiff's play now as Zaha races down the left but there is collision between him and Snodgrass and Norwich are back in control.

41
Getting a little bit lively in the middle of the park and Clattenburg must have words with Mutch after he goes for a late clip on Johnson. No card produced this time.

40
Zaha, wearing the number 36, turns out of one tackle with his first touch of the game before running into Snodgrass. He thinks he's been fouled but Clattenburg is not interested, rightly so.

39
Norwich look to work their way into the Cardiff box from a throw-in in the final third but again the dithering between Olsson and Gutierrez costs the visitors.

Tactical change from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Peter Whittingham makes way and gives a debut to Wilfried Zaha.

38
Snodgrass' corner is cleared easily by the Cardiff defence and Bellamy races into the attacking half in a bid to launch the counter attack.

37
Snodgrass races forward for Norwich, he finds Martin and the ball is cut back to Johnson on the edge of the box. Johnson lets loose and wins a corner.

36
Cardiff unable to break out of their own territory. Norwich chasing of the ball really effective but Cardiff must find a way through if they are to have any chance.

35
Medel spreads it wide for Cardiff, Bellamy brings it back inside but Norwich press high and send them back into their own half.

34
Wasteful from Whittingham. Free-kick on the edge of the box and he must have put that at least 10 metres over the crossbar. Should have tested Ruddy from there.

33
Corner repelled but Mutch comes back at Norwich and Alexander Tettey drops his shoulder and brings him down on the edge of the box. Yellow card for the Norwich man.

32
Period of sustained pressure from Cardiff as Noone crosses for Jones, who doesn't have as much time as he thinks to take a controlled volley. Cardiff come back with Whittingham however and win another corner.

31
Whittingham's first corner is sent straight back out for a second, which is easily cleared by the Norwich defence.

30
CHANCE! Cardiff really coming into the game now and it's that man Noone again, racing down the right. He finds Fabio, who squares into the middle of the box and Bassong can only concede the corner.

29
Bennett looks for the long ball through to Elmander, but there is no chance he is going to beat Marshall to that one.

28
Norwich very much dictating the pace of the game at the minute as Olsson draws a free-kick from Noone.

27
Long ball from Cardiff causes some problems for Norwich as Bassong's clearance goes straight up in the air. Bennett comes to the rescue before Norwich win a free-kick to clear their lines.

26
CHANCE! Cardiff come close to finding an equaliser as Noone turns his defender before unleashing a snap-shot, which goes just to the right of Ruddy's goal. Better build-up play from the hosts.

25
Norwich continue to press high and race after the ball, Cardiff defence looks susceptible to breaking under the pressure.

24
Yellow card for Johan Elmander after he unnecessarily gets himself in the way of Cardiff taking their free-kick.

24
Snodgrass curls it towards the front post, where Caulker clears, only as far as Gutierrez but the Norwich midfielder gets a hand on the ball.

23
Norwich back in the Cardiff half as Elmander chases down a lobbed pass before winning a throw-in for the visitors. Snodgrass works his way down the wing and Norwich have the first corner of the match.

22
Noone races into the Norwich half and looks to play the ball over the top to Bellamy, but both he and Jones are in an offside position.

21
Another Norwich throw-in sees Olsson lose out to Fabio as Cardiff look to clear their lines and break into opposition territory.

20
A tussle for possession on the fringe of the Cardiff box results in a Norwich throw-in. Snodgrass works his way into space before being cut off by John and Norwich are forced back.

19
Olsson sends a long ball in search of Elmander, but the forward is unable to win the race before it goes out for a Cardiff goal-kick.

18
The hosts win a throw-in but the ball is given straight to the feet of Bassong in the Norwich defence.

17
Olsson caught in possession by Noone and Cardiff look to forge an attack.

16
Norwich race back at the hosts and win a throw-in deep into the attacking third. After some deliberation, Olsson and Gutierrez manage to tangle and lose possession.

15
Mutch comes inside to find Whittingham, who opts to spread it wide to Fabio, in space on the right. The new signing's cross leaves plenty to be desired however as Ruddy collects with ease.

14
Poor delivery this time from Whittingham as the ball flies straight out of play for a Norwich goal-kick.

13
Free-kick for Cardiff after Ryan Bennett brings down Bellamy for a second time. The Norwich centre-back goes into the book for his efforts.

12
Cardiff starting to find some cohesion as they pass across the back four before 18-year-old full-back John skips beyond two defenders on the left wing before watching the ball race out of play.

11
Noone drifts inside from the right and curls a ball towards the far post and the on-rushing Mutch slides in but can't get contact on the ball.

10
It's a good delivery from Whittingham, floating towards the back post but Caulker is unable to keep the header down.

9
Cardiff win a free-kick in a decent position after Bennett brings down Bellamy. Just inside the attacking third.

8
Gutierrez picks Olsson out with a lobbed through-ball, Fabio exposed, and the Norwich winger whips the ball into Elmander, who drops it into the path of Johnson but the shot is high and wide.

7
Another cross in from the left, almost finds Elmander at the back post. Marshall finds some confidence to come and collect.

6
Norwich continue to press high and the Cardiff defence seems rattled already. This could be a long afternoon for the hosts.

5
GOAL! ROBERT SNODGRASS! Russell Martin releases Martin Olsson down the left wing, he puts a low cross in and Snodgrass fires home at the back post. Poorly dealt with by the Cardiff defence.

4
Noone off down the right after a good switch of play from Bellamy. He tries to turn back onto his left foot but is unable to get the cross away.

3
Cardiff forced back into their own half by the ever-pressing Hooper, who wins a throw-in for the visitors. Snodgrass's cross just behind Gutierrez, who is unable to control.

2
Mutch's acrobatic effort left him down the deck for a second or two but he seems fine to continue as Cardiff keep up their lively start.

1
Norwich open up by conceding two quick throw-in, which allows Cardiff to walk their way into the attacking half in the opening minute. Noone racing down the right, crosses towards Mutch, whose overhead kick goes straight into the hands of Ruddy.

Clattenburg checks his watch one more time, he makes it 3pm, off we go...Norwich get us underway.

One final pre-match huddle for both teams...

Cardiff don their now familiar red and black home strip. Norwich in their white and black away kit.

Mandatory handshakes done and dusted, the captains meet in the middle for the coin toss.

Here we go, out come the players, greeted by Cardiff mascots waving club flags...

Players are slowly assembling in the tunnel alongside referee Mark Clattenburg.

It was 0-0 last time the sides met earlier in the season, will we see goals today?

This game pitches together the two goalkeepers to have conceded the most goals this season (Marshall 39 & Ruddy 35).

Norwich have won just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League away games (W1 D2 L5).

12 of Cardiff's 18 Premier League points this season have been secured at home.

A few gems from the good men at Opta towers as we await kick-off.

Players are making their way back to the dressing rooms for a final team talk...

Reuben Moore has been in touch, he reckons a set-piece will decide this one. He says: "I think it will be a very close game but Norwich will just scrape a win from a goal from a corner. 1-0 Norwich."

Our referee this afternoon is Mr Mark Clattenburg; he is assisted by Simon Beck and Stephen Child. Stuart Attwell stands as fourth official.

Norwich City starting XI: John Ruddy, Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Sebatien Bassong, Martin Olsson, Robert Snodgrass, Alexander Tettey, Bradley Johnson, Jonas Gutierrez, Johan Elmander, Gary Hooper.

Cardiff City starting XI: David Marshall, Fabio da Silva, Steven Caulker, Ben Turner, Declan John, Craig Noone, Peter Whittingham, Gary Medel, Jordan Mutch, Craig Bellamy, Kenwyne Jones.

Just 15 minutes away from kick-off now and as Vincent Tan parades down the touchline, let's remind ourselves of the starting line-ups...

There is also a few changes from Chris Hughton after that feisty affair at Carrow Road which saw Bradley Johnson and Loic Remy sent off. Johnson's red card was rescinded by the FA so he remains. Tettey, Gutierrez and Elmander all come in. Norwich fans happy?

So, Cardiff new boys Fabio da Silva and Kenwyne Jones come straight into the starting line-up. Cardiff fans happy with Ole's selections? Did you expect to see Zaha involved from the off?

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is going for a 2-0 home win, he said: "Cardiff have had two tough games against Man United and Man City and were always going to be in the bottom three by the time this game came along. Now they have to win and for me, if they don't win, I think it's goodbye. I would go that far because if they end up five or six points behind, they won't have three wins on the trot in them. I like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's signings; Kenwyne Jones, for me, hasn't really proved himself over a distance of time, but if you can get him going for six or seven games, he could keep you up. I think this is a game they will have targeted and I think they'll win."

Chris Hughton's side currently sit in 12th position, although they are just five points clear of the dreaded relegation zone.

Solskjaer's return to his former club resulted in their fourth loss on the bounce, which continues a run of seven games without a win.

Norwich meanwhile endured an ill-tempered goalless draw at home to Newcastle, which in the end they will feel unlucky not to have taken all three points from after scuppering late chances.

Solskjaer will hope Cardiff can bounce back after they suffered a 2-0 loss to his former club at Old Trafford in midweek, which left them bottom of the table and three points from safety.

Norwich bench: Mark Bunn, Steven Whittaker, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Leroy Fer, Luciano Becchio, Anthony Pilkington, Nathan Redmond.

Cardiff bench: Joe Lewis, Fraizer Campbell, Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Aron Gunnarsson, Mats Moller Daehli, Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Wilfried Zaha.

Norwich City starting XI: John Ruddy, Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Sebatien Bassong, Martin Olsson, Robert Snodgrass, Alexander Tettey, Bradley Johnson, Jonas Gutierrez, Johan Elmander, Gary Hooper.

Cardiff City starting XI: David Marshall, Fabio da Silva, Steven Caulker, Ben Turner, Declan John, Craig Noone, Peter Whittingham, Gary Medel, Jordan Mutch, Craig Bellamy, Kenwyne Jones.

We have the team sheets in nice and early...

No better place to start the discussion than transfers following the closing of the January window yesterday. How do Cardiff fans feel after a very busy period from Mr Solskjaer? A bit quieter at Norwich, fans happy with Chris Hughton's lack of business? I would love to hear your opinions. @BH92 on Twitter or Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com is the email.

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