Match Details: 06/03/2010
Norwich City 3-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Arron Davies, 9. Sam Williams, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 13. Ryan Mason, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 25. Shaun MacDonald, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 8. Keiran Murtagh, 11. Andy Welsh, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 17. Aidan Downes, 23. Danny Hutchins,
Substitutes Used: Aidan Downes for Ryan Mason (46 mins), Andy Welsh for Arron Davies (46 mins), Keiran Murtagh for Gavin Tomlin (87 mins)
Bookings: Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (Foul, 82)
Yeovil Town were comprehensively beaten by League One's league leaders this afternoon at Carrow Road as Norwich City put three goals past the Glovers to no reply, and even passed up a number of other opportunities to increase the lead further. Goals from Wes Hoolahan, Grant Holt and Chris Martin gave a familiar look to Norwich's scoresheet for a trio who have now netted 60 goals between them. The Glovers barely got a shot on goal all afternoon, and the gulf between the rich and the poor in League One was at times very apparent.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change from last weekend's game, with striker Dean Bowditch as expected ruled out through his hamstring strain, and Ryan Mason was on hand to replace him. That meant that Gavin Tomlin played as a frontline striker whilst Mason occupied the right-wing slot.
Clearly when you are playing in front of a 25,000 strong home crowd, the first thing you want to do is to silence and frustrate them and to keep the scoreline at 0-0. If that was the intended game plan, then that went right out the window from the start, as Norwich scored an opening goal announced by the Carrow Road PA as scored 104 seconds into the match. A corner was headed against the woodwork by Grant Holt and in the resultant confusion, Wes Hoolahan was on hand to plant home the rebound. 1-0 down and about the worst possible start.
The first half tended to be a case of men against boys at times, with Norwich appearing to have plenty of time to make their passes count, whilst Yeovil's tended to be hurried. If anything the home side were overplaying the ball and trying to create the perfect goal. The Glovers battled hard, but were all too often chasing shadows. A 13th minute bobbling shot by Jean-Paul Kalala that was meat and drink for home keeper Fraser Forster was their only shot of the half. It was to be their only shot - on or off target - of the entire game.
That said, the second half opened up with Norwich threatening to go off the boil. The Glovers had made a double substitution, taking off both wingers and bringing on two more, with Andy Welsh and Aidan Downes. Downes filled a space in the hole in a 4-4-1-1 formation as Gavin Tomlin switched to the right wing, and this provided a more compact Yeovil midfield, and Norwich struggled to find a route through the midfield, frequently misplacing passes and sending balls off for throw-ins as they struggled to find width on the pitch.
Even when Norwich threatened through long range shots, Alex McCarthy was equal to them, and if only Yeovil could have created chances at the other end then they might have given the home side a scare. As it happens on 69 minutes, Yeovil's resolute performance was finally broken thanks to their nemesis Grant Holt. A ball into the box from Anthony McNamee took a deflection and left McCarthy backpedalling. His punch away from danger wasn't the best, and with various players including McCarthy left on the deck, Holt was the first to react and to smash the ball into the roof of the net.
Six minutes later, and it was all over, as Chris Martin was delivered a clever through-ball, and his powerful drive squirmed under the body of McCarthy and slowly fell into the back of the net. Yeovil heads unsurprisingly went down and really that was the end of the match. Norwich were able to withdraw their trio of goalscorers, and introduce more strikers - thankfully none troubled the scoreline.
With Norwich's trio of leading scorers having hit 60 goals, the gulf between the two sides was there for all to see. Norwich got 18 goal attempts during the match. Yeovil managed just Jean-Paul Kalala's first half attempt. With Yeovil's leading goalscorer Jonathan Obika no longer with the club, and second placed Dean Bowditch missing out through injury, it's worth noting that Yeovil's entire starting eleven have scored 20 goals between them - six less than Grant Holt has managed on his own this season. When that's the playing field that both sides are operating to, it's little surprise that the Glovers came up short today. The only consolation is that Yeovil are not the first and they won't be the last to fall at Carrow Road this season. Move on, and prepare for Hartlepool United next weekend, and write this game off.
Final Score : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Wesley Hoolahan (3 mins, 1-0), Grant Holt (69 mins, 2-0), Chris Martin (75 mins, 3-0).
21. Fraser Forster
6. Russell Martin 12. Gary Doherty 5. Michael Nelson 23. Michael Rose
24. Anthony McNamee 30. Korey Smith 14. Wesley Hoolahan 19. Simon Lappin
9. Grant Holt 16. Chris Martin
13. Declan Rudd (GK) 4. Matthew Gill (86 mins for Wesley Hoolahan) 8. Stephen Hughes 11. Stephen Elliott (77 mins for Grant Holt) 15. Michael Spillane 18. Paul McVeigh 32. Oli Johnson (77 mins for Chris Martin)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
13. Ryan Mason 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 7. Arron Davies
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh (87 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 11. Andy Welsh (46 mins for Arron Davies) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes (46 mins for Ryan Mason) 23. Danny Hutchins
Norwich Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (82 mins, foul)
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire) and Stephen Ross (Lincolnshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Sannerude (Suffolk).