Norwich 1-0 Southampton (01.02.2016) Live Commentary

The game hasn’t been exhilerating, but it hasn’t been totally boring either. There have been a few nice movements on both sides. We were watching very balanced game in last 90 minutes. Both sides tried to combine well and to keep the ball on their feet.
Mark Clattenburg is looking at his watch and ends this match right now.
Harrison Reed (Southampton) makes a driving run into the box but he cannot work any space for a shot.
A horde of the players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Gary O’Neil (Norwich) takes it with a short pass.
Martin Olsson (Norwich) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Norwich will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
3 additional min. will be played.
Southampton work the corner short. The ball is passed to a nearby teammate.
Declan Rudd (Norwich) picks up a yellow card.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. It will be a corner kick for Southampton.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and James Ward-Prowse will leave the pitch so that Gaston Ramirez (Southampton) can replace him.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) put a cross into the box which wasn’t a bad decision, but he failed to achieve what he wanted as none of his teammates managed to meet it. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Norwich.
Cuco Martina (Southampton) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort.
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Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) does his best to catch the ball into the box from a cross, but he isn’t successful.
Substitution. Wesley Hoolahan leaves the pitch to be replaced by Martin Olsson (Norwich).
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Dieumerci Mbokani departs the field of play to be replaced by Cameron Jerome (Norwich).
Ronald Koeman has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Sadio Mane (Southampton) replacing Dusan Tadic.
Substitution. Jordy Clasie is making his way off the pitch with Harrison Reed (Southampton) coming on as his replacement.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) launches a cross from the corner, but Declan Rudd (Norwich) is alert to thwart the effort.
Shane Long (Southampton) collects a brilliant pass inside the box and finds himself in a goal scoring opportunity. He takes a shot, but the effort is well blocked by one of the defending players. Southampton force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) receives a precise pass inside the box from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich) and he beats the goalkeeper with a brilliant shot into the top left corner. 1:0.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but hits only one of the opponents who got in the trajectory of his effort.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) launches a powerful cross from the corner into the box, but the ball is intercepted by the defender.
This one will not go through. Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) lines up a shot from the edge of the box and goes for goal, but the effort is well blocked by a defender. Norwich force a corner. They send men into the box.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) should have been more careful. He makes a bad foul, receives his second yellow card and is sent-off!
Mark Clattenburg has a clear vision and sees a foul from Russell Martin (Norwich).
Like an avalanche. Alexander Tettey (Norwich) is penalised for his attacking foul. Mark Clattenburg has a clear vision and blows the whistle.
Free kick will be taken by Robbie Brady (Norwich).
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) should calm his temper, this was too much! He robbed the opponent of the ball, but Mark Clattenburg calls for a foul. Norwich win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
Flag up against Shane Long (Southampton). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) takes the chance to get an effort at goal from inside the box and blazes it just over the crossbar.
What an opportunity! Jonathan Howson (Norwich) latches on to a perfect cross from the side and produces a bullet header from around the penalty spot which goes narrowly over the crossbar!
Gary O’Neil (Norwich) swings in the corner, but the goalkeeper does a brilliant job to intercept the effort.
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich). Norwich have been awarded a corner kick.
Manager makes a subsitution with Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich) coming on for Nathan Redmond.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) produces an effort from the edge of the box, but doesn’t hit the ball properly and sends it yards over the bar.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. The assistant referee signals a throw-in for Southampton.
Shane Long (Southampton) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
The resulting corner from James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is unsuccessful.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. Southampton will take a corner kick.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) releases a low pass from just outside the box in an attempt to find his teammate, but one of the defenders calmly averts the threat.
A lofted cross from Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
The game is interrupted, a clear handball by Gary O’Neil (Norwich).
Russell Martin (Norwich) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Mark Clattenburg has a clear vision and blows his whistle.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) serves in a nice cross, but Maarten Stekelenburg (Southampton) punches the ball away.
The Norwich players are exchanging some short passes.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) produces a lofted cross from the free kick in order to find one of his teammates inside the box. His intention is right guessed by Maarten Stekelenburg (Southampton), who steals the ball from the air and avoids the danger.
The second half has just started.
We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is rather common and not hugely entertaining. Even first half from both sides, and they’ve both had chances. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. The same goes for the away side.
The end of the first half.
1 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Close! Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails narrowly over the bar.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear.
Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) rose like a stag to produce a header from the resulting corner, but one of the defending players intercepts the ball and averts the threat. The ball goes out for a corner. Southampton can continue in their attacking effort.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) goes over to take a corner kick after one of the defenders makes a good clearance.
Jordy Clasie (Southampton) gets into a good scoring opportunity. He creates himself some space and tries his luck from distance, aiming to the right post. His decent effort is denied by Declan Rudd who makes a great save! The ball goes out-of-play. Southampton have been awarded a corner kick.
Shane Long (Southampton) sends a pass into the penalty area, but the opponent manages to cut it out.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) covers his face with his hands after wasting a promising chance. He takes the rebound on the edge of the box but blazes the ball high over the crossbar.
Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) leaps highest to meet the resulting corner and attempts to head home, but the effort goes harmlessly wide of the left post.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) takes the corner.
Good clearance! Steven Davis (Southampton) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders. The ball goes out-of-play. Southampton are awarded a corner kick.
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Sebastien Bassong (Norwich) headed on.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) sees a yellow card from Mark Clattenburg after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground.
The corner from James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is intercepted by the defence.
Shane Long (Southampton) jumps inside the box to meet the resulting corner and steers his header into the roof of the net, but the goalkeeper pulls off an astonishing save and denies him. Southampton get a corner.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) goes over to take the corner kick and it looks like he will send the ball into the penalty box.
Shane Long (Southampton) makes contact with a cross and produces a strike that is not powerful enough to find its way into the back of the net. The goalkeeper makes a good save to keep his effort out. The ball is out-of-play and Southampton manage to earn a corner.
Chance! Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich) comes within inches of scoring after picking up a pass from Nathan Redmond, but his shot from inside the box flashes inches wide of the right post.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) was in a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the side, but his strike isn’t accurate at all and the ball goes well wide of the right post.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) commits an offensive foul and referee Mark Clattenburg immediately signals a set piece.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) steps up to send the ball in.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. The referee points to the corner flag. Norwich are given a corner.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) attempts to send a cross in from the free kick but he can’t find any of his teammates and the ball goes behind for a goal-kick.
Russell Martin (Norwich) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Mark Clattenburg signals.
Declan Rudd saves his team from danger as he rises high to steal the cross from the air. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) attempted to find one of his teammates in the box from a free kick, but was unsuccessful.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) comes up with a challenge to deprive his opponent of the ball. However, the referee calls for a foul and blows his whistle. He’s not happy with the decision.
Jonathan Howson (Norwich) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates. The ball is out-of-play. Southampton will have a throw-in.
Mark Clattenburg calls for a foul. Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
Cuco Martina (Southampton) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
Cuco Martina (Southampton) was too aggressive in his challenge. The referee blows his whistle.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) takes the free kick which is averted by the opposition defence.
Gary O’Neil (Norwich) is penalised for holding. Mark Clattenburg signals for a set piece.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) fires from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels low towards the middle of the target, but Declan Rudd comes with a save and doesn’t allow it any further.
Jonathan Howson (Norwich) makes space inside the box for a shot, but his effort goes just wide of the left post.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) has a go from a long way out which goes high over the top.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat. The ball is out-of-play. Southampton will have a chance to score from a corner.
A beautiful low pass from aside is received by Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich) waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) aims a cross from the side into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates, but he fails, and the situation doesn’t bear fruit.
Shane Long (Southampton) attempted to put in the ball from a rebound with his header almost on the edge of the goal line, but it went just a few inches over the bar.
Steven Davis (Southampton) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender.
Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
Here we go, today’s match is starting right now.
The players are out at last! Norwich will take the kick-off.
Mark Clattenburg will referee today’s match.
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