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NORWICH: ON THE WHISTLE MATCH REPORT

18 February 2017

Nigel Clough made one change to the team that lost 4-1 to Brighton on Saturday. Cauley Woodrow replaced Lucas Akins as the Brewers switched to a 4-4-2.

Albion began the game with a lot of purpose, and would have been in front if it wasn't for the outstanding defending of Steven Whittaker. Tom Naylor broke forward from right-back before playing a through ball into Cauley Woodrow who saw his shot saved by John Ruddy but the ball fell into the path of Jackson Irvine who saw his reaction shot blocked brilliantly by the Norwich full-back.

GOAL: Burton Albion's bright start to the game was rewarded 25 minutes into the first half when Tom Naylor clipped a curling ball down the right which was chased down and won in the corner by Lasse Vigen Christensen before the Fulham-loanee crossed it for a fellow Fulham lad who was on hand to tap past John Ruddy (1-0).

The closest Norwich came to an equaliser in the first half was through Cameron Jerome who picked up the ball on the edge of the box before curling an effort past Jon McLaughlin's left-hand post.

HT: Burton Albion FC 1-0 Norwich City

Norwich came out flying in the second half and could have been level when they took a quick free kick to Yanic Wildshut who tested Jon McLaughlin at his near-post but the Albion stopper did well to deny him.

GOAL: The away side equalised just over five minutes into the second half when Alex Pritched drilled the ball into the box and Cameron Jerome somehow put the ball over the line, the forward didn't know much about it (1-1).

GOAL: Just five minutes later the Brewers were back in front when Cauley Woodrow played a lovely ball over the top for Michael Kightly who touched it to his right and dinked it over John Ruddy from the edge of the box to score his third goal in as many games (2-1).

The Burnley-loanee was replaced by Lloyd Dyer with just under 15 minutes to play. Luke Varney also made an appearance for the last ten minutes when he replaced Cauley Woodrow.

Albion's number 11 found himself alone in the 18-yard box minutes after coming on but his shot only found its way over John Ruddy's crossbar.

Shaun Barker wasn't named on the bench at 2PM when the teams were released, but an injury to Lucas Akins saw him drop off the team sheet which left space for Shaun Barker who replaced Lasse Vigen Christensen on 88 minutes.

FT: Burton Albion FC 2-1 Norwich City

Attendance: 5,263

Ash's man of the match: Cauley Woodrow

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