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Premier League: Swansea 3 Norwich 4

Norwich have continued their incredible run of form with an impressive 4-3 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong and Grant Holt saw Norwich race to a 3-0 lead at half-time but they allowed the hosts to peg them back to 3-2 just before the hour mark.

Michael Laudrup’s side pushed for the equaliser but Robert Snodgrass sealed the points with a late free kick and Michu grabbed a consolation for Swansea late on.

The Swans began the game on the front foot but it was Norwich who had the first chance of the game. Snodgrass’ corner was flicked towards goal by Bradley Johnson but goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel reacted well to keep it out.

Swansea continued to enjoy more possession but it was the Canaries, again, who came closer to scoring. Jonny Howson was unlucky to see his superbly struck shot from distance come back off the post and moments later Tremmel dropped Javier Garrido’s cross but Snodgrass’ failed to capitalise on the goalkeeper’s mistake.

Chris Hughton’s side eventually made the breakthrough after 16 minutes when Whittaker made an excellent surging run forward before playing a one-two with Snodgrass and firing a powerful low shot into the net.

Swansea’s best chance of the half came just before the 30-minute mark, when Danny Graham headed Jonathan De Guzman’s cross onto the bar.

The Swans’ continued to pile forward towards the end of the half as Norwich began to sit back but the hosts could not make their possession count and allowed the Canaries to double their lead in the 40th minute.

Snodgrass’ free kick was cleared only as far as Holt, who whipped in a cross for Bassong to tower over Ben Davies and head into the near corner past Tremmel, who should have done better.

Four minutes later, yet another set-piece delivery from Snodgrass was met, this time by Holt. The unmarked Norwich forward gave the ‘keeper no chance with a bullet header across goal into the corner.

It should have been four for Norwich minutes after the restart; Snodgrass lifted a ball over the Swansea defence for Bradley Johnson, who almost scored a sublime goal with an exquisite volley but saw his effort hit the crossbar.

Swansea survived the scare and went straight back up the pitch to pull one back through Michu. The Spaniard swept home Davies’ deflected cross into the far corner past Mark Bunn. Graham was slipped through on goal minutes later but could only direct his effort at the Norwich keeper.

Ten minutes later and the comeback was well and truly on. Nathan Dyer hooked in a cross which Wayne Routledge kept alive. The ball eventually dropped to De Guzman and, 10 yards out, the midfielder fired emphatically past the ‘keeper.

At 3-2, all the pressure was coming from Swansea and the equaliser seemed inevitable but Snodgrass, once again, punished the hosts from a set-piece. The former Leeds winger took to goal directly this time, swerving his effort over the wall and into the bottom corner.

Michu made it interesting late on when he turned in a De Guzman cross in injury time, but it proved to be too little too late for the home side as Norwich extended their unbeaten streak in the league to nine matches.

Sat 8 December, 2012
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