Norwich 2 Sunderland 1: Black Cats left in a flap by Canaries

Norwich City's Grant Holt (right) and Sunderland's Connor Wickham battle for the ball.
Norwich City's Grant Holt (right) and Sunderland's Connor Wickham battle for the ball.
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NORWICH recorded their first home Barclays Premier League victory as toothless Sunderland were made to pay for some slack defending in a 2-1 defeat at Carrow Road.

Centre-back Leon Barnett put the Canaries, who had won at Bolton last week, in front in the 31st minute after winger Elliott Bennett skipped into the right side of the penalty area.

Sunderland manage Steve Bruce gestures on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 26, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Sunderland manage Steve Bruce gestures on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 26, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Wales forward Steve Morison powered in a bullet header at the start of the second half after the Black Cats were again caught napping at the back, before substitute Kieran Richardson set up a tense finale when he drilled in a late consolation with what looked like a driven cross rather than a shot.

It’s a result that leaves the Wearsiders with only one win from their opening six games going into Saturday’s home visit of West Broomwich Albion.