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Norwich push on as Leeds slip up again

February 28, 2010

Grant Holt's goal was his 25th of the season -

Norwich City are now favourites to leave League 1 as champions following last year’s relegation into the third tier for the first time in half a century. Their win away at Oldham yesterday was uninspiring but solid – they restricted their limited opponents to few chances and took their best opportunity of the game, when Grant Holt slid home after good work down the left by Anthony McNamee.

The win came after Leeds United, undoubtedly the best team in the division until beating Manchester United at Old Trafford last month, conceded a late equaliser at Huddersfield Town. The gap between the top two is now five points, though Leeds have a game in hand.

For their part, Norwich have been unspectacular as they moved into top spot. Their well-documented humiliation at home to Colchester on the opening day looks increasingly irrelevant in the context of the table, though signing Paul Lambert to replace Bryan Gunn as a result is probably the best signing Delia Smith and co have approved in years.

But, by all accounts, they have not been playing particularly well and yesterday they laboured to victory again, withstanding a late Oldham surge led by Keigan Parker and Pawel Abbott to take the points. Oldham’s prospects, though, looks increasingly bleak as they lie in the relegation zone. Like many teams at the bottom they look bereft of invention going forward. Poor finishing prevented them from taking a point yesterday but they only created one excellent chance.

Whether Norwich’s slow defence – the main reason for last year’s demotion -will come unstuck before the end of the season remains to be seen, but Parker came closest when he passed Gary Doherty too easily and advanced on goal.

The top two meet in four weeks time at Carrow Road.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Stewart permalink
    March 9, 2010 5:18 pm

    Played with Holty at Barrow back in the day.

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