Norwich hang on for first win

Updated: 17 September 2011 22:49 IST

Two first-half goals proved enough for Norwich City to record their first win of the Premier League season, a 2-1 success away to 10-man Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Norwich hang on for first win

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Two first-half goals proved enough for Norwich City to record their first win of the Premier League season, a 2-1 success away to 10-man Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson struck for the Canaries, before Ivan Klasnic was sent off for the home side as the interval approached.

Martin Petrov reduced the deficit from the penalty spot just after the hour, and the visitors had goalkeeper John Ruddy to thank for a crucial save to deny David Ngog deep in stoppage time.

Paul Lambert's side move above Bolton in the table and on to five points, but there is no respite for Owen Coyle's men, who have now lost four league games on the bounce since a comprehensive 4-0 win at QPR on the opening day.

The hosts had been beaten 5-0 at home by Manchester United last weekend, but would have been hopeful of getting back to winning ways against promoted Norwich.

Norwich had not won in Bolton since 1982, when they triumphed at the old Burnden Park, and they had not won an away game in the Premier League since 1994.

However, they started the brighter of the two teams, and Jussi Jaaskelainen was forced into saves from an Elliott Bennett snapshot and a Russell Martin header.

A goal appeared to be a only a matter of time in coming, and it arrived eight minutes before the break when a corner came to Leon Barnett at the back post.

He diverted the ball back towards goal, where Pilkington was on hand to turn it home.

Bolton had barely recovered from that blow when Johnson rose to head a cross from the right-hand side low past Jaaskelainen.

Norwich then seemed to have the game wrapped up once Klasnic was shown a straight red card by Howard Webb for appearing to head-butt Marc Tierney.

Coyle responded by sending on Chris Eagles and Ngog for the second half and the latter won a penalty when he was brought down in the box by Barnett.

Bulgarian winger Petrov made no mistake from the spot, but Norwich held on fairly comfortably after that.

Ruddy was only required to save the day once, denying Ngog seconds before the full-time whistle, as the Norfolk club's long wait for away-day glory finally came to an end.

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