Norwich 2 Leeds 3 – Match Report


By @IanWaterhouse1

Line Ups

Norwich City

33 McGovern, 5 Martin, 24 Bennett ,15 Klose, 3 Olsson, 4 Dorrans, 34 Thompson, 12 Brady (Murphy 75), 14 Hoolahan , 21 Pritchard (Lafferty 84), 10 Jerome

Leeds United

1 Green, 2 Ayling, 5 Bartley, 18 Jansson, 21 Taylor, 23 Phillips, 14 O’Kane, 7 Roofe (Sacko 55), 19 Hernández (Grimes 89), 11 Doukara (Vieira 72), 9 Wood

The Action

A different Ronaldo was the hero at the Weekend at Carrow road as a 91st minute Ronaldo Vieira strike lifted Leeds into the play offs for the first time this season.

It was an action packed game in Norwich as the hosts took the lead courtesy of Robbie Brady’s header in the 24th minute despite Leeds controlling the game early on.

Leeds carried on in the second half as they had in the first and looked good despite trailing. It did not take long before Pontus Jansson headed home his first (and well deserved) goal for the Whites in what is proving to be a very successful loan spell for the Swede.

The game was finely balanced and it was Leeds top goal scorer Chris Wood who looked like he had won it, when in the 74th minute Luke Ayling set him up for his 11th of the campaign.

However, the game is never over until the whistle has blown and Kyle Lafferty popped up in the 88th minute to break Leeds hearts as it looked like Alex Neil’s men would snatch a late point.

That was until Vieira’s 25-yard strike settled it and perhaps for once the footballing gods were smiling down Garry Monks men as the march continues.

Managers Reaction

Alex Neil – Norwich City

“I thought we were a bit nervy early on, but once we got our goal we settled down and at half-time I told them to go out and get the second goal.

“But once Leeds scored there was a fear about us and although there was nothing wrong with the lads’ effort it was obviously a very disappointing result.”

Garry Monk – Leeds United

“I think the first 20 minutes was the best start to a game we have had since I have been here. We looked sharp, should have put some of our chances away and then found ourselves behind when we conceded a really poor goal.

“I told the lads at half-time that if they repeated those first 20 minutes in the second half there was a result to be had and full credit to the lads, they went out there and did just that.”


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