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Josh Sargent’s late strike sends the Canaries into second place within the Championship

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Sunderland 0-1 Norwich: Josh Sargent’s late strike sends the Canaries into second place within the Championship… as Black Cats LOSE first game after Alex Neil’s shock departure for Stoke

  • Josh Sargent’s 76th minute strike handed Norwich a win against Sunderland 
  • The American’s goal lifts the Canaries as much as second place within the Championship
  • The visitors on the Stadium of Light had dominated the ball with 55% possession
  • Nonetheless the hosts were the more threatening side managing six shots on course
  • Norwich have won their last three in a row having lost and draw their first two
  • The loss for Sunderland comes immediately after Alex Neil’s departure for Stoke 

The Roker End was raucous, febrile and agitated. ‘Don’t worry a few thing, because every little thing is gonna be all right,’ they sang, a rendition of Bob Marley.

They continue to be optimistic on Wearside but, with a manager shockingly walking out on them 24 hours before a crunch match, Sunderland fans were rightly wound up.

Alex Neil, heralded a ‘saviour’ for leading them out of League One after 4 seasons down there, made a snap decision to hitch Stoke and left Sunderland managerless.

Josh Sargent handed Norwich City an away win against Sunderland late in the sport

The forward's goal came in the 76th minute from an Aaron Ramsey assist

The forward’s goal got here within the 76th minute from an Aaron Ramsey assist

So the very fact they hosted promotion favourites Norwich felt somewhat of an afterthought, with anger directed at the administrators for letting Neil go so easily.

But despite ultimately losing, Sunderland players and fans might be pleased with their efforts here. Josh Sargent’s second-half goal settled a match that, nine times out of 10, would have been won by the Black Cats.

Led by Martin Canning – with Neil watching his soon-to-be Stoke side at Blackburn – Sunderland had a plethora of decent possibilities and were denied by the crossbar, post and a string of heroic blocks by defender Grant Hanley.

After a shaky start Norwich have now managed three wins in a row from their first five games

After a shaky start Norwich have now managed three wins in a row from their first five games

Sunderland fans will perhaps wonder how they managed to lose after six shots on target

Sunderland fans will perhaps wonder how they managed to lose after six shots on course

One wondered if the off-the-pitch drama may need suited Norwich but, for 75 minutes, it felt anything but. The Black Cats got here out with all guns blazing, and played as in the event that they had some extent to prove. In spite of everything, a football club is far more than one bloke.

Saying that, though, what a seismic three points this was for Dean Smith’s Canaries. They’d a tough begin to the season and, while performances haven’t been at the very best level, winning at tricky away grounds like this is strictly what the very best teams do.

Ellis Simms and Lynden Gooch each had headers which couldn’t be turned goalwards for Sunderland, while the house team peppered Norwich with venomous set-pieces.

Ross Stewart's header from inside the box was one of many chances saved by Tim Krul

Ross Stewart’s header from contained in the box was one among many possibilities saved by Tim Krul

They looked hungry and kept pushing for goals, only to be denied thrice by last-ditch blocks by Hanley, two in the primary half and one shortly after the break.

Martin Canning was left in charge after Alex Neil's shock exit for Stoke City

Martin Canning was left in charge after Alex Neil’s shock exit for Stoke City

The third of those was the closest Sunderland got here, as Ross Stewart rattled the crossbar and, with Tim Krul still grounded, Alex Pritchard’s rebound was heroically blocked by Hanley.

As this game ticked on, Sunderland fans probably conceded that it won’t be their day. Everton loanee Ellis Simms’ header hit the post, as they continued to miss decent possibilities.

At the opposite end, Norwich carved out just a few decent counter-attacks. Josh Sargent probably must have directed a low cross goalwards in the primary half but couldn’t sort his feet out.

But, revitalised as a central forward fairly than shoehorned on the appropriate wing, Sargent pushed for his goal and got it on 76 minutes.

Aaron Ramsey burst into space on the left wing and squared for the American to tap home into an empty net on the back post.

It’s not all gloom for Sunderland fans, whose recent signing Edouard Michut was sat within the stands ahead of his proposed move from Paris Saint-Germain.

Don’t worry a few thing.

The Stadium of Light was filled with a rendition of one of Bob Marley's greatest songs

The Stadium of Light was crammed with a rendition of one among Bob Marley’s biggest songs

MATCH FACTS: SUNDERLAND 0-1 NORWICH

SUNDERLAND (3-4-1-2): Patterson 7; O’Nien 6.5, Batth 6.5, Cirkin 6.5; Gooch 7, Evans 6.5 (Embleton 87), Neil 7, Clarke 7; Pritchard 7.5 (Roberts 77); Stewart 7, Simms 7.

Subs not used: Bass, Diamond, Wright, Hume, Alese.

Booked: Cirkin, O’Nien.

Manager: Martin Canning 7.

NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Krul 7; Aarons 6.5, Hanley 8.5, Omobamidele 7, McLean 6; Gibbs 6 (Byram 19, 6), Nunez 6.5, Dowell 6.5 (Ramsey 60, 6); Sinani 6 (Pukki 60, 6), Sargent 7, Hernandez 6.5 (Cantwell 60, 6).

Subs not used: Gunn, Gibson, Sara.

Booked: None.

Manager: Dean Smith 7.

Referee: Tim Robinson 6.5.

Attendance: 37,619.

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