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Norwich 1-0 Doncaster | Capital One Cup match report

26th September 2012

Alexander Tettey fired Norwich into the last 16 of the Capital One Cup with a 1-0 win over Doncaster at Carrow Road, where there was a minute’s silence before kick-off in memory of the East Anglia club’s former manager John Bond, who has died aged 79.

Tettey, a Ghana-born Norway midfielder signed from Rennes, marked his debut with a fine 22-yard effort midway through the first half, which proved enough to see off Dean Saunders’ League One side.

Although there was a start for the captain Grant Holt, who has yet to score this season, the Canaries boss Chris Hughton made the expected sweeping changes, with the recent signings Jacob Butterfield and the goalkeeper Mark Bunn coming in.

Harry Kane, a striker on loan from Tottenham, also started but was carried off in the second half with what looked like a serious ankle injury.

Norwich, who have yet to win in the Premier League under Hughton, started brightly. Tettey showed his intent early on when he let fly from 25 yards but his shot was just over.

Doncaster had a chance on 12 minutes after a quick break down the right when Martin Woods’ shot was blocked and Robbie Blake stabbed the rebound goalward, Bunn tipping it behind at full stretch.

Goals have proved a problem so far this season for the Canaries, and the hosts were out of luck again as first Kane saw his effort blocked after a punch from Doncaster goalkeeper Gary Woods dropped to him in the six-yard box, before Marc Tierney had a 20-yard strike tipped over.

Rovers soaked up plenty of pressure, but were dangerous on the break and the midfielder David Cotterill flashed a low shot across goal.

Holt, Norwich’s leading scorer over the past two seasons, cut inside from the right and fired a low shot into the side netting.

His side finally took the lead on 26 minutes when Tettey found his range, lashing a fine curling effort in off the far post.

And Norwich continued to press.

Butterfield, also making his first start after recovering from a knee injury following a summer move from Barnsley, tried his luck from the edge of the box, but Woods got down to make a smart save.

Doncaster, though, were unfortunate not to level following a goalmouth scramble 10 minutes before half-time, Shelton Martis seeing his goalbound effort blocked in the melee.

At the other end, Rovers’ skipper Jamie McCombe somehow blocked Elliott Ward’s bullet header from point-blank range in first-half stoppage time.

Norwich were forced into a change on 50 minutes after Kane fell awkwardly on his ankle, and had to be taken from the pitch on a stretcher.

Woods made a smart double save to parry Holt’s low effort from 20 yards and then beat away the follow-up effort from the substitute Simeon Jackson.

Holt, who spearheaded Norwich’s rise from League One under Paul Lambert, went close again with a diving header at the far post on 72 minutes, before he combined with Jackson as the Canada striker skipped around the keeper but could only slide the ball back into the side-netting.

Doncaster almost snatched an equaliser with two minutes left after the full-back James Husband darted down the left and his low centre was stabbed goalward by substitute David Syers, when better contact would have seen the ball in the net rather than the grateful hands of Bunn.

Norwich, though, did enough to secure safe passage into the fourth round for the first time since the 1995-96 season, as they paid a fitting tribute to Bond, who guided the club to Wembley in this competition almost 40 years ago.

After the game they learned they would face Tottenham Hotspur in the next round.


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