Thursday 26 December 2013, 3:00pm at Carrow Road, Norwich
Barclays Premier League
Norwich City
Norwich City
Hooper 13'
Fulham FC
Kasami 33'; Parker 87'

13' Goal

Gary Hooper
Assist by Johan Elmander

50' Yellow Card

Michael Turner

58' Yellow Card

Leroy Fer Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Nathan Redmond

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Off:Johan Elmander

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Wes Hoolahan
Off:Robert Snodgrass

33' Goal

Pajtim Kasami

87' Goal

Scott Parker

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Damien Duff

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Adel Taarabt

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Arne Riise
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

Goals from Pajtim Kasami and Scott Parker saw Fulham come from behind to beat Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road.

Fulham secured a massive victory at Carrow Road as goals from Pajtim Kasami and Scott Parker saw them come from behind to beat Norwich City 2-1.

A deflected Gary Hooper strike had handed the hosts the lead but the Whites levelled when Kasami’s free-kick found a way through the Norwich wall and into the back of the net.

Fulham were the better side from thereon in but both sides had chances to win it, and the returning Hugo Rodallega thought he’d done just that when he bundled in at the far post, but not all of the ball crossed the line.

It mattered little in the end, though, as Whites Captain Parker smashed a brilliant effort into the corner from 20-yards out to earn his side a huge three points.

René Meulensteen made five changes to the side that put in a gallant display against Manchester City five days ago, with Fernando Amorebieta, Kasami, Damien Duff and Alexander Kačaniklić all coming in, while David Stockdale started in goal after Maarten Stekelenburg went over on his ankle during a Christmas Day training session.

The game’s first chance arrived four minutes in when Kasami was presented with the ball after Parker had won possession inside Norwich’s half. The Switzerland international advanced purposefully towards goal but his well-struck effort from 20 yards out was claimed by John Ruddy at the second attempt.

A Bradley Johnson shot from range shortly after was never troubling Stockdale but the Fulham defence was much more concerned when Nathan Redmond whipped in a dangerous cross a minute later. Thankfully, Kieran Richardson was on hand to hook away before a Norwich man could poke it into the net.

The Canaries were far from in control of the game but they took the lead in fortuitous fashion in the 13th minute. Hooper didn’t have much on when he collected the ball 25 yards from goal so tried his luck and his effort took a massive deflection off Aaron Hughes to loop over Stockdale for 1-0.

That goal gave Norwich a renewed vigour but the Whites responded in the 20th minute with a Kasami effort that slid a yard wide of the far post after he’d done well to work some space for himself between three yellow shirts.

Fulham hearts were in mouths a minute later, though, when a miscommunication between Hughes and Stockdale allowed Johan Elmander to nip in and steal the ball, but Amorebieta got back well to avert the danger.

Norwich should have doubled their lead in the 25th minute when a high ball was headed back into the area by Sascha Riether with Hooper gleefully accepting the loose pass before tamely hitting an effort wide. It was a big let off for the away side and they almost capitalised two minutes later. Kasami was hacked down on the edge of the area and Richardson planted the subsequent free-kick onto the top of Ruddy’s net.

And the Whites went even closer shortly after when Duff met Kasami’s delicious cross but was stretching when he connected and the ball sailed agonisingly wide.

Fulham had the ball in the net just after the half-hour mark when excellent pressing forced Ruddy into a rushed clearance that he smashed straight into Parker. The ball ricocheted into the net but via the midfielder’s arm which had been raised to protect himself from Ruddy’s fiercely struck kick.

The visitors were by far and away the better side now and were rewarded in the 33rd minute through Kasami’s set-piece. Parker was scythed down outside the box and, after Steve Sidwell had sold the wall a dummy, Kasami smashed a low effort through and beyond Ruddy.

A combination of Adel Taarabt and Kasami then worked some space on the edge of the box in the 41st minute with the latter flashing an effort wide. Replays showed that the Whites should have been awarded another free-kick as the turf-ridden Sebastien Bassong handled the ball as Kasami went to strike.

Redmond’s trickery and low crosses had caused problems for Fulham in the first half and the young winger was at it again immediately after the restart, although Stockdale read the situation well to smother his delivery.

A delightful flick from Taarabt in the 49th minute sent Kačaniklić into space in the area but he wasn’t able to get an effort away as Bassong’s presence was enough to prevent him getting the ball properly under control. Following the breakdown of that move, Michael Turner was shown the game’s first yellow card after he’d fouled Taarabt off the ball in an earlier build-up.

Norwich then won a corner after Redmond’s strike had deflected over, with Leroy Fer seeing his header from the set-piece cleared off the line by Riether.

Incredible vision from Amorebieta in the 56th minute saw the defender send a brilliant forward pass into Taarabt’s path but, with the Moroccan stretching, Ruddy was able to claim his first-time effort without too much concern.

Fer – who has been using his physicality against Fulham all game – followed Turner into the book in the 58th minute, with Meulensteen then making an attacking change as Rodallega entered the action for Duff, before Ricky van Wolfswinkel came on for Elmander.

Quick feet from Martin Olsson ended with the full-back winning a free-kick in a good position on the edge of the area after being clipped by Sidwell, with Redmond’s set-piece hitting the wall and going behind for a corner which culminated in Fer heading straight at Stockdale.

With Norwich enjoying plenty of possession it was important that the Whites fought to get back into the game and they did just that with Taarabt hitting a ferocious strike from 35 yards that Ruddy did well to hold.

Then Kačaniklić latched onto a precise throughball to get in on goal but he was unable to square to Rodallega. It looked as though the winger had been clipped in the area and so it’s to his credit that he stayed on his feet and tried to find a pass.

Each side then made another alteration as Wes Hoolahan came on for Robert Snodgrass, with Ashkan Dejagah coming on for Fulham in place of Taarabt.

Sidwell was then presented with a great chance to put his side in front with a quarter of an hour remaining when he collected Kačaniklić’s pass in the area and side-stepped a challenge, only for Bassong to make a superb last-ditch tackle as the midfielder went to pull the trigger.

Rodallega was then adamant that he’d put Fulham ahead when he bundled in following a corner but the assistant referee ruled that it hadn’t crossed the line.The goalline technology replays showed that almost 90 per cent of the ball had crossed the line, but not all of it.

Both sides were going for the win and it was the away side who took control in the 87th minute through Parker. The ball had broken to him outside the box and, after beating one man, the former Norwich loanee crashed a right-footed effort into the corner of the net.

Four minutes of added time were announced and Meulensteen looked to add an extra defensive element to his side, as John Arne Riise came on for Kačaniklić, with his side successfully seeing the game out to earn a valuable win.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Thursday 26 December 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich
Attendance: 26,811

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Norwich City

Line-up: Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Sébastien Bassong, Martin Olsson; Snodgrass (Hoolahan 72'), Fer, Johnson, Redmond; Elmander (van Wolfswinkel 63'), Hooper

Unused substitutes: Bunn, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Josh Murphy, Becchio

Manager: Chris Hughton


Line-up: Stockdale; Riether, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Parker, Sidwell; Duff (Rodallega 58'), Kasami, Kacaniklic (John Arne Riise 90'); Taarabt (Dejagah 72')

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Derek Boateng, Ruiz, Bent

Head Coach: Rene Meulensteen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 18 39
2 Chelsea 18 37
3 Liverpool 17 36
4 Manchester City 17 35
5 Everton 18 34
6 Newcastle United 18 33
7 Manchester United 18 31
8 Tottenham Hotspur 18 31
9 Southampton 18 27
10 Stoke City 18 21
11 Swansea City 18 20
12 Hull City 18 20
13 Aston Villa 18 19
14 Norwich City 18 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 18 17
16 Cardiff City 18 17
17 Crystal Palace 18 16
18 Fulham 18 16
19 West Ham United 18 14
20 Sunderland 18 13
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Norwich City (4-4-2)
  • 1John Ruddy
  • 3Steven Whittaker
  • 6Michael Turner
  • 5Sébastien Bassong
  • 23Martin Olsson
  • 7Robert Snodgrass
  • 10Leroy Fer
  • 4Bradley Johnson
  • 22Nathan Redmond
  • 16Johan Elmander
  • 11Gary Hooper
  • 13Mark Bunn
  • 2Russell Martin
  • 24Ryan Bennett
  • 14Wes Hoolahan
  • 31Josh Murphy
  • 9Ricky van Wolfswinkel
  • 19Luciano Becchio
  • Chris Hughton
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 19Adel Taarabt
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 23Derek Boateng
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 39Darren Bent
  • Rene Meulensteen
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross
  • Captain Scott Parker's wonderstrike clinched a dramatic late victory for the Whites after Pajtim Kasami levelled following Gary Hooper's opener.
  • 90+2 Kačaniklić is replaced by Riise.
  • 90 Four minutes added.
  • 87 Dejagah combines with Riether to cross, Norwich only half clear, and Parker cuts inside and slams a shot into the top corner.
  • 87 Norwich 1-2 Fulham. WHAT A SCORCHER FROM SCOTT PARKER!
  • 84 A nice opening for the Whites, as Kasami moves the ball left to Richardson, but his cross aimed at Rodallega is over-hit.
  • 82 Redmond is in the book for holding back Sidwell.
  • 80 Desperate defending at both ends, but both back-lines hang on as we go into the last ten minutes.
  • 78 It's a huge appeal but the referee waves play on. Rodallega thinks the ball is in the net as it bobbles around, but Ruddy scrambles it away.
  • 77 It's end-to-end now as Stockdale saves from Redmond's drive and the Whites go straight back on the attack.
  • 75 The Canaries are beginning to take control but Fulham can counter, and Sidwell takes Kasami's pass in his stride but Bassong makes a vital block.
  • 70 A change for both teams Hoolahan is on for Snodgrass, while Taarabt is switched for Dejagah.
  • 66 Taarabt rifles a shot at goal which Ruddy parries to save. Then Kasami's crossfield pass puts Kačaniklić in behjnd. He tries to square to Rodallega but Norwich recover well.
  • 65 Danger for Fulham as Fer jumps highest from another corner and Stockdale is right behind his header to save.
  • 63 van Wolfswinkel is coming on for the Canaries, replacing Elmander. Taarabt is playing off Rodallega now, with Kasami on the right.
  • 61 Norwich almost catch the Whites out after a corner, and a quick throw by Ruddy sets Redmond on a counter-attack. Fulham scramble back and Stockdale saves from Olsson's shot.
  • 58 It's an early tactical change from Meulensteen, with Duff replaced by Rodallega, in his first appearance since October.
  • 58 Taarabt shows a nice change of pace to skip past Fer, but the Dutchman clearly brings him down. Yellow card.
  • 56 Amorebieta hits a long pass from deep inside his own half which catches the Norwich defence flat, Taarabt takes the volley first time but Ruddy reacts well to save.
  • 53 Jinking in from the left wing, Redmond eyes up a shot and hits one that's defelcted over the crossbar. Fer climbs highest to win the header, but Riether heads off the goal-line.
  • 49 There are appeals for a penalty after Bassong's clumsy tackle on Kačaniklić, not given, but Turner gets a belated yellow for an earlier foul on Taarabt.
  • Norwich gets us started in a delicately-poised second-half, and they attack immediately with Stockdale getting down quickly to gather Redmond's low cross.
  • Pajtim Kasami's perfectly-placed free-kick levels the scores and the Whites finish the half strongly after Gary Hooper's early goal.
  • 44 Stockdale reacts well to deny a slider Hooper after good work from the Canaries down Fulham's left-hand side.
  • 41 More enterprise from the Whites, with Kasami finding space to shoot and his shot floats wide of Ruddy's right-hand post.
  • 40 Smart build-up play between Richardson and Kačaniklić on the left. The young Swedish winger dribbles in and finds Sidwell, but his cross is too deep for Duff.
  • 33 That was a superbly executed set-piece. Sidwell's decoy shot made the wall jump, then Kasami rolled his shot underneath them and past Ruddy's out-stretched hand.
  • 33 Norwich 1-1 Fulham. Sidwell steps up and dummies a free-kick, the wall jumps, then Kasami curls a low free-kick under the wall into the corner!
  • 32 Fulham put superb pressure on the Canaries defence and Ruddy's kick slams in Parker at close-range and deflects into the net. The assistant referee gives handball.
  • 31 Elmander's diagonal run cuts the Whites' defence open but a superb saving tackle from Richardson denies the Canaries.
  • 28 A fine ball in from Kasami on the left finds Duff, attacking it on the penalty spot. His right-footed shot on the stretch flashes past the post.
  • 26 Kasami is caught with a high boot by Fer, winning the Whites a free-kick in a dangerous place. Richardson's shot ripples the roof of the net. Good effort.
  • 25 Norwich's pressing hurries Hughes and Amorebieta, then Hooper intercepts Riether header to go through on goal, but the forward drags his effort wide.
  • 21 It's Amorebieta to the rescue after Elmander races onto a through ball and nicks it past Stockdale. He cuts inside and Fernando intercepts the pass.
  • 20 Kasami wriggles free after picking up a loose ball and slams a left-footed strike at goal, which skims just wide of the post.
  • 17 That was a bitterly unfortunate setback for the Whites as we now begin to fight to get back into the game. Sidwell wins a free-kick in his own half.
  • 13 Norwich 1-0 Fulham. Hooper's long-range shot takes a huge deflection off Hughes and floats over Stockdale.
  • 9 The Whites work the ball well up the pitch into Norwich's half but good pressing forces us back. Clever movement from Taarabt frees Duff, whose cross wins a corner.
  • 7 The Canaries register their first attempt on goal, with Johnson pulling his shot well wide of Stockdale's goal.
  • 6 Kačaniklić gets the ball in his stride and flies past one tackle before the toes of Turner prevent him going through on goal.
  • 4 Kasami drives forward and bursts through the Norwich midfield before releasing a powerful strike which Ruddy fumbles.
  • 3 Fulham are getting familiar with the football early on. Sidwell and Kačaniklić get good early first touches.
  • Taarabt and Sidwell get us started at Carrow Road in front of a roaring home crowd
  • Out march the players at Carrow Road, with both teams in their traditional colours. We are moments away from our Boxing Day kick-off!
  • The Whites' bench today includes Marcus Bettinelli, who returns from a loan spell at Accrington Stanley, alongside Riise, Ruiz, Rodallega, Boateng, Dejagah, Bent.
  • Fulham's team today is: Stockdale; Riether, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Parker (c); Duff, Kasami, Sidwell, Kačaniklić; Taarabt.
  • The Head Coach mentioned last week he intended to use his squad over the festive period so Ashkan Dejagah and John Arne Riise are rested to the bench.
  • René Meulensteen has made five changes from the Man City game on Saturday, with David Stockdale, Fernando Amorebieta, Pajtim Kasami, Damien Duff & Alexander Kačaniklić coming in.
  • But on the bright side, Hugo Rodallega makes a welcome return to the squad after recovering from an abductor injury.
  • Dimitar Berbatov and Maarten Stekelenburg failed late fitness tests, so do not join the team at Carrow Road.
  • We'd like to wish all Fulham fans a Merry Christmas and hopefully the Whites can make it an even better Boxing Day!