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Norwich 0-1 Fulham ~ Halftime Report

last updated Saturday 31st December 2011, 4:09 PM

Norwich (0) 0 Fulham (1) 1

Fulham striker Orlando Sa
Fulham striker
Orlando Sa
Orlando Sa
Orlando Sa's early strike gave Fulham a 1-0 half-time lead at Norwich.

The Portugal forward netted after just six minutes to put the Cottagers in front.

Norwich had plenty of possession and forced a couple of saves from David Stockdale, but were almost 2-0 down when Clint Dempsey's header came back of the crossbar.

Duff had not featured since the Europa League tie against Odense on December 14, and the Republic of Ireland winger had recovered enough only to make the substitutes.

Norwich have yet to keep a clean sheet and it was only six minutes before their defence was breached.

Moussa Dembele was allowed to charge to the edge of the penalty area before feeding Sa, who drilled a low shot past John Ruddy into the bottom right corner.

The home side were almost 2-0 down before they could mount a recovery, with Naughton on hand to clear an effort off the line from lively Portugal striker Sa.

Slowly Norwich managed to get some possession, and a spell of pressure saw Johnson set up just inside the Fulham box, but his sidefoot effort was deflected behind.

Fulham keeper David Stockdale then knocked the ball up off the underside of the crossbar from Zak Whitbread's header, before John Arne Riise blocked Morison's close-range effort.

Despite being pegged back, Fulham remained composed when needed as Norwich struggled to make any clear openings.

On 22 minutes, Riise hit a 25-yard free-kick well wide.

Norwich remained on the offensive, but continued to lack a telling final pass when in promising positions.

The visitors broke quickly on 32 minutes and came close to a second goal when Dempsey's close-range header cannoned back off the crossbar from a right-wing cross by Stephen Kelly.

Kerim Frei charged forwards, brushing off Ayala far too easily before riffling in an 18-yard effort which Ruddy beat away.

When Norwich finally managed to get the ball into the Fulham half, once again there was no outlet to support Morison. HT: Norwich 0 Fulham 1

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