Canaries add to Sunderland woes

Norwich City produced a dominant performance on Saturday afternoon as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over an out-of-sorts Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

  • Sunderland 1 Norwich 3
  • Martin bundles home the opener
  • Whittaker doubles Norwich's lead
  • Redmond adds a third after the break
  • Watmore nets debut goal late on

Match summary

The Canaries posted the perfect response to an opening-day defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace as goals from Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker gave them a comfortable half-time lead.

Nathan Redmond  added his name to the scoresheet for Norwich on 57 minutes, before debutant Duncan Watmore netted a consolation for the Black Cats two minutes from time.

Full report

The match started at a high tempo, although there was very little in the way of goalmouth in the opening 10 minutes of play.

Strong challenges were flying in at both ends of the pitch, though, leading to Norwich's Sebastien Bassong and Sunderland's Jeremain Lens picking up early bookings.

Norwich looked more likely to find an early breakthrough, with new signing Robbie Brady firing over in the 11th minute before Wes Hoolahan saw a goal-bound effort blocked by the Black Cats defence.

Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher, meanwhile, were struggling to make an impact in the final third of the pitch as the Norwich defence held firm.

Another Canaries opportunity arrived on 26 minutes and it was from this chance that they broke the deadlock. Robbie Brady's powerful shot was kept out by Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon, but the ball flew straight into Russell Martin, who unwittingly bundled home the rebound from close range.

Sunderland looked shell-shocked after falling behind and wasn't long before Norwich added a second. Steven Whittaker picked up the ball outside the danger area before breezing past Patrick van Aanholt and Younes Kaboul and slotting past the advancing Pantilimon on 37 minutes.

Fletcher went agonisingly close to pulling one back on the closing stages of the first half, but was unable to plant his headed effort on target.

The second half started a cautious tempo, with neither side committing too many men forward.

However, the match sprung to life in the 56th minute when Nathan Redmond played a neat one-two with Hoolahan before firing into the back of the net from the edge of the box.

Cameron Jerome dragged a good opportunity wide in the 69th minute as Sunderland's blunt attack again failed to make their chances count.

The Black Cats didn't give up the fight, though, and eventually bagged a consolation with two minutes left on the clock.

Substitute Duncan Watmore, making his Premier League debut for the Black Cats, found the bottom corner under somewhat fortunate circumstances after as the ball came off his shin before trickling over the line.