Blackpool vs Norwich match report: Canaries go top after a late salvo

Blackpool 1 Norwich 3

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Late goals from Lewis Grabban (pictured scoring earlier this season) and Josh Murphy were enough for Norwich to grind down Blackpool as Neil Adams’ side moved top of the Championship.

Jose Riga’s home side had the better of the first half and led after the break through Nathan Delfouneso, only for Donervon Daniels’ own-goal to bring Norwich level.

Blackpool looked set for just a third point of the campaign before Grabban scored with a deflected effort with 10 minutes left and youngster Murphy added a third a minute later.

It was the first time Blackpool had been beaten by more than one goal since the opening day. Although Blackpool had more chances, Grabban should have put Norwich in the lead before the interval, when he was played through by Wes Hoolahan only to turn wide from close range.

In the first minute after the break, the hosts moved in front when Nile Ranger’s shot was blocked by John Ruddy and Delfouneso swept in the rebound on the volley for his team’s fourth goal of the season.

Norwich responded when Daniels headed a Hoolahan corner in off the post. Grabban’s deflected effort from the edge of the area flew past goalkeeper Joe Lewis and Murphy surged forward and found the bottom corner a minute later.