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14:25 24th October 2009


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A first half goal from Chris Martin was enough to seal all three points for Norwich City in front of a home sell-out crowd at Carrow Road. Martin capitalised on a loose ball inside the box on 32 minutes to fire in the only goal of the game.

Town made two changes with Michael Timlin and Lecsinel Jean-Francois returning to the line-up in place of Ben Hutchinson and Callum Kennedy. It was a determined effort from The Robins who came up against a well-oiled Norwich side who forced ten corners during the game with Swindon unable to muster a shot on target during a frustrating offensive effort.

The result saw Town suffer back to back defeats for the first time this season ahead of next weekend's trip to Tranmere Rovers.

Here is how the action unfolded:

Swindon Town (4-4-2): David Lucas; Kevin Amankwaah, Gordon Greer (Capt), Scott Cuthbert, Lecsinel Jean-Francois; Jon-Paul McGovern, Michael Timlin, Simon Ferry, Anthony McNamee (Hutchinson); Alex Revell (Peacock), Tope Obadeyi (Austin)

Substitutes not used: Phil Smith (GK), Sean Morrison, Craig Easton, Billy Paynter

Referee: Mr G Hegley

Kick-Off: 3pm, Carrow Road

Match Updates

1.58pm - The team news is in. Michael Timlin comes into the heart of the midfield with Ben Hutchinson dropping to the bench. Lecsinel Jean-Francois replaces Callum Kennedy at left-back whilst new signing Charlie Austin is named on the bench for the first time at Swindon. Jamie Cureton is named amongst the replacements for the home side - Owain Tudur Jones is not amongst the Canaries' matchday squad.

2.20pm - It's Kick Racism Out of Football week at Carrow Road with Town players warming up in black 'One Game, One Community' t-shirts, Norwich's are green. The subs warm-up separately to the starting eleven. Charlie Austin - fresh from non-league - must be taking it all in.

2.25pm - We have just been informed it's a home sell-out at Carrow Road with around 24,500 exected. Town are expected to bring around 700 and are in one end of The Jarrold Stand.

2.34pm - Town won 2-0 on their last visit here with a double from Chris Hay sealing the victory. Can Revell or Obadeyi repeat that feat today, or perhaps Austin off the bench?

3.00pm - The action is underway and the Town fans are already in good voice although 24,000 home supporters soon make themselves heard.

3.05pm - It's nip and tuck here with both sides trying to get themselves into the game early on.

3.08pm - Wes Hoolahan has the first real strike on goal and fortunately for Town his effort drifts wide of the right hand post.

3.09pm - It's all yellow here with Chris Martin seeing a penalty appeal turned down after clashing with Cuthbert inside the area. Holt then heads wide from a corner.

3.11pm - Another Norwich chance with defender Jens Berthel Askou going close from a corner, heading over.

3.18pm - The home side are still pushing with Lecsinel Jean-Francois forced to concede Town's third corner of the game - a safe pair of hands from Dave Lucas claims the ball.

3.19 - A moment of magic from McNamee sees him clip a fine ball into the box which is met by Revell whose back-header skips off the turf - and past the backpost.

3.21 - Wes Hoolihan escapes a booking after taking a tumble inside the box with Skipper Greer understandably irate after winning the ball from the Norwich man.

3.22pm - Grant Holt almost fires his side ahead with a fizzing 20-yard drive which shakes the crossbar and away to safety.

Danny Wilson on the touchline

3.29pm - Kevin Amankwaah does well to deny Holt an open goal. A cross from Francomb to the back post sees the Town right-back just do enough to put the Norwich striker off.

3.32pm - GOAL! Norwich's sixth corner of the game is not cleared and after an initial shot from Hoolihan was saved by Lucas, the ball found its way to Martin who fired home from close range.

3.40pm - A promising spell of possession from the visitors results in a neat turn from Revell inside the box but the loanee is unable to test Forster.

3.45pm - Inside the added one-minute of added time, Anthony McNamee can only prod a cross from Obadeyi wide under pressure from two Norwich defenders.

Half-Time: Norwich City 1 Swindon Town 0

4.01pm - There is a change at the break for the home side with George Francomb replaced by Paul McVeigh.

Alex Revell challenges

4.06pm - Town win their first corner of the day following pressure from Obadeyi but the set-piece is cleared by the Canaries backline.

4.12pm - It's a more positive second half showing from The Robins with Ferry evidently demanding the ball from the back four.

4.13pm - Just before the hour mark Norwich win their seventh corner of the game with Holt rising high but heads over from 16 yards out.

4.18pm - A vital challenge from Jean-Francois who concedes another corner, but there is still only one goal in it here with half an hour to go.

4.20pm - Norwich have a go from distance with Paul McVeigh lashing a drive well over from 25 yards.

Lecsinel Jean-Francois

4.22pm - SUBSTITUTION Town make their first change with Anthony McNamee withdrawn with Ben Hutchinson entering the fray.

4.28pm - SUBSTITUTION Charlie Austin comes off the bench to replace Alex Revell in the front line.

4.33pm - SUBSTITUTION A second change for The Robins with Lee Peacock coming on in place of Alex Revell.

4.35pm - Swindon are doing their best to force an equaliser with Austin and Hutchinson both involved, although The Robins are still without a shot on target.

4.38pm - Jamie Cureton comes into the action to replace Chris Martin.

4.44pm - Michael Timlin is cautioned for a late challenge on the touchline with Norwich taking their time with the set-piece to run the clock down.

4.45pm - There are three minutes of added time to be played, can Town snatch a late, late equaliser?

4.48pm - A chance falls for Peacock from a long-throw but the striker lifts his effort over from an acute angle before the full-time whistle goes.

    Data provided by Press Association