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Norwich 1-2 Blades - report

8 December 2019

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United deservedly left Carrow Road with all three points, following an excellent second-half comeback in Norfolk.

Alex Tettey fired the home side in front just before the half hour, but two goals in seven minutes after the restart swung the game decisively in the Blades favour, with Enda Stevens and George Baldock the scores.

VAR played a role in the game, checking a number of decisions by referee Simon Hooper, but it helped United late on when Chris Basham's straight red was downgraded to a yellow following a lengthy review.

For the clash against the Canaries, boss Wilder made two changes following Thursday's loss to Newcastle. Mousset and McGoldrick started in attack, with McBurnie and Sharp named amongst the substitutes.

Inside a minute the Blades were on the front foot, but from the left, Fleck's low cross evaded everyone. In response, the home side a flurry of early corners, but Henderson's first meaningful save saw him comfortably deny McLean.

On 26 minutes United had their first sight of goal, but despite a poor clearance by Godfrey, McGoldrick's goal bound effort hit Zimmermann and subsequently made Krul's save much easier. Less than 60 seconds later City went in front as TETTEY fired home with a left-footed strike through a crowded box after the Blades failed to fully clear Buendia's corner from the right and the goal stood despite a VAR check, with the ball appearing to catch Zimmermann's hand in the build-up.

The lively Buendia continued to cause United problems, but his theatrical fall in the box failed to convince referee Hooper to award a penalty, despite claims from the hosts. United, who were now on the back foot, received two yellow cards in a matter of minutes before the break with Egan and Norwood cautioned for incidents involving Pukki and Buendia.

After a below par first-half showing, the Blades were out of the blocks quickly following the restart and scored twice in three minutes to turn the game on it's head. On 49 minutes, STEVENS rose above Aarons to head powerful past Krul's despairing dive. Moments later, BALDOCK went from provider to scorer, starting and finishing a move, that ended with him firing low and hard into Krul's far post.

As the hour approached, United had the ball in the net again, with Lundstram playing to the whistle and firing home, despite Hernandez seemingly fouling Basham in the box seconds before. VAR checked the goal, which was chalked off, but perhaps surprisingly failed to have a look at the early foul, which would have seen the Blades awarded a penalty.

Norwood and Mousset, who had picked up a knock following an awkward landing, were replaced by Bešić and Robinson respectively, before VAR finally gave the Blades a needed decision. Basham had been given a straight red after a lunge on McLean, but replays showed he had made no contact with his opponent and the tackle was subsequently downgraded to a yellow card and United's number six, who was on the touchline was beckoned by on to the field by the referee.

There were little over ten minutes remaining when McGoldrick came so close to adding a third, with two efforts in consecutive attacks. His first shot went inches wide of Krul's far post after a run by Bešić, before he fired over after a through ball from Lundstram. But at the other end, United were indebted to Henderson, who produced a world-class save to deny substitute Cantwell, one that he celebrated by with the Blades fans, by pointing to them and pumping his chest.

McBurnie took the place of McGoldrick, before Henderson kept his composure to claim a number of crosses that were thrown into his box as United saw out six minutes of stoppage time to claim the spoils and maintain the unbeaten run away from S2.

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Byram (Lewis 73), Godfrey, Zimmermann, Vrancic (Srbeny 83), Hernandez (Cantwell 72), Buendia, Pukki, McLean, Tettey.
Unused: Stiepermann, Trybull, Fahrmann, Amadou.

Blades: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Lundstram, Egan, Norwood (Bešić 65), McGoldrick (McBurnie 84), Mousset (Robinson 65).
Unused: L. Freeman, Sharp, Jagielka, Moore.

As it happened...

Referee Simon Hooper blows his whistle and the action is underway...

Inside a minute, the Blades are on the attack, but Fleck's low cross evades everyone.

At the other end, Pukki breaks, but his through ball is safely gathered by Henderson.

Norwich on the attack, Buendia's shot is blocked, before Hernandez wins a corner, which is headed clear by McGoldrick.

Henderson's first meaningful test of the game is to comfortable save a curling effort from McLean.

Pukki and Hernandez were causing the Blades a few early problems, but from a resulting corner, it was McGoldrick who headed away from danger again.

United back on the front foot, but after Fleck's cross is headed clear, Basham return ball into the box is over hit and evades everyone.

First real chance for the Blades, Godfrey fails to clear O'Connell's cross, but McGoldrick's goal bound effort takes a deflection of Zimmermann which makes the save for Krul easier.

Goal for Norwich...

Tettey fires home through a crowd of bodies after the United fail to clear the ball from a Buendia corner.

VAR checks the goal, but it's allowed to stand, despite hitting Zimmermann's hand in the build up.

Not for the first time Bunedia is on the floor, but referee Hooper waves away appeals for a penalty for the home side.

Egan is booked following a tustle with Pukki and in the process stopping a quick restart

Moments later, Norwood is cautioned following a 50/50 challenge with Buendia, before Vrancic drags an effort wide after play was allowed to continue.

Two minutes of added time are signalled here at Carrow Road...

Vrancic tests Henderson with the last action of the half.

It's Norwich who led 1-0 at the break.

The second half is underway here in a windy Norfolk.

Some early promise for the Blades in the second half, but McGoldrick's cross to the back post is just too high for the onrushing Baldock.


United are level. Stevens rises highest at the back post to power a header past the despairing dive of Krul from Baldock's inviting centre.


United are in front after a blistering start to the second-half. Baldock fires home, low and hard past Krul.

VAR checking a potential third goal for the Blades!

It's decided after a lengthy wait it's no goal for the offside Lundstram, although the Blades were wanting a penalty for a foul by Hernandez on Basham, but again VAR goes against United!

Double change for the Blades, with Besic and Robinson replacing Norwood and Mousset respectively.

The French striker hobbles off having landed awarkadly moments early.

Double change for the home side now.

Bryam and Hernandez are replaced by Lewis and Cantwell

Basham is given a straight red by referee Hooper for a foul on McLean, before the decision is overturned by VAR, who deeemed the challenge was only worthy of a booking, much to the disgust of the home faifthful inside Carrow Road.

United close to a third. Basham charges an effort down before Besic powers the length of the field before McGoldrick's fires an effort inches wide of the far post.

Another break, this time from Lundstram, plays in McGodlrick again, but this time his effort goes just over the bar.

Final change for the hosts, with Srbeny replacing Vrancic.

Henderson's excellence keeps United in the lead.

Norwich break forward at pace, but the Manchester United loanee produces a wonderful low save to keep out Cantwell.

From the resulting corner, Srbeny fires high and wide.

United's final change sees McBurnie replace McGoldrick

Attendance at Carrow Road is 26,881

Henderson claims Bunedia's free-kick and is caught by an arm from Godfrey.

Six minutes of added time are signalled by the fourth official.

Robinson is booked for kicking the ball away.


United see the game out to register another deserved win on the road, with Dean Henderson leading the celebrations

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