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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Walters shoots down Canaries

Stoke 3 Norwich 1

After falling behind to Jonathan Walters’ 49th-minute effort, Norwich did well initially
to level six minutes later: Nick Potts/PA Wire
After falling behind to Jonathan Walters’ 49th-minute effort, Norwich did well initially to level six minutes later: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Norwich proved instrumental in their own downfall as they succumbed to a 3-1 English Premier League defeat at Stoke.

With the score at 0-0, the Canaries were reduced to 10 men in the 31st minute when Gary O'Neil was sent off for an utterly needless slide tackle on Ibrahim Afellay.

After then falling behind to Jonathan Walters' 49th-minute effort, Norwich did well to level six minutes later through a cracking Jonny Howson strike.

But Stoke regained the lead via Joselu's smart finish in the 67th minute, and the away side then shot themselves in the foot again as Ryan Bennett's own-goal 12 minutes from time sealed victory for the hosts.

Norwich remain five points clear of the relegation zone in 15th place, but will be disappointed with their efforts here after registering three wins in their previous four league fixtures. The Potters, meanwhile, now have three victories from four top-flight games themselves and are up to seventh.

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