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Defending haunts Rodgers

Richard Rae , at Carrow Road

Published 16/10/2011 | 05:00

The result may have compounded a gloomy weekend for Welsh sport, but, as in Auckland a few hours earlier, there was compensation of sorts to be had in the performance. After a shocking opening few minutes in which their central defence was horribly exposed, Swansea played well enough to just about deserve to take something from the match, and for the best part of an hour, they looked likely to do so.

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Manager Brendan Rodgers sounded understandably frustrated. "It was one of the very few times the basics in our defending have gone missing and we were two down before we got going. But, after that, we looked bright, clever and threatening," he said.

Forty-eight seconds was all it took for Norwich to take the lead. David Fox's shot was blocked by Ashley Williams and the ball rebounded to Elliott Bennett on the right. The winger's cross to the far post was high and hanging, but Steve Morison rose above Garry Monk to head the ball back across the area for Anthony Pilkington to thrash it past Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm on the half-volley score.

A few minutes later it was two. This time it was Fox who pumped in the ball from a free-kick on the Norwich left for Russell Martin to rise unmarked and head firmly past the disbelieving Vorm.

But Norwich immediately conceded. Former Chelsea player Scott Sinclair somehow managed to turn the ball back across the area when pretty much lying on his back and Danny Graham's scuffed shot beat Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.

There should have been more goals before Pilkington extended Norwich's lead shortly after the hour, swivelling on to Bradley Johnson's pass after Swansea had, again, failed to deal with a Fox corner.

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