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PREMIER LEAGUE: Norwich record first home win of campaign at Sunderland's expense

Norwich deservedly earned their first three points at Carrow Road in the top flight with a 2-1 success over a disappointing Sunderland. Steve Bruce arrived in Norwich with his Sunderland team looking for successive wins for the first time in 22 outings but on this performance that record looks to continue for some time yet.

The Canaries looked the more lively as the visitor's failed to build on their 4-0 thrashing of Stoke last time out.

The home side took the lead just after the half-hour through Leon Barnett who got on the end of an Elliott Bennett cross.

Nicklas Bendtner almost levelled before the break but it was Norwich who doubled their advantage soon after the restart.

Marc Tierney sent over the perfect centre for Steve Morison to power home a header.

Sunderland rallied but had to wait until the 86th minute to give themselves a glimmer of hope when Kieron Richardson reduced the arrears from long range.

Norwich had to endure an anxious last few minutes but held on for their eighth league game unbeaten at home to their visitors from the North-East and now lie in mid-table.

Referee: Chris Foy

Venue: Carrow Road

Attendance: 26,107

Norwich scorers: Barnett 31, Morison 48 Sunderland scorers: Richardson, 86

TRIBAL ASKS: After the glimmer of a recovery with the victory over Stoke will Sunderland fans continue to call for the head of boss Steve Bruce?

Yellow cards: Ruddy (NOR), Naughton (NOR), O'Shea (SUN)

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