Vital Report: Norwich 3 Cardiff 2
It was an all too familiar feeling, and outcome, for Cardiff on Saturday with a second half revival coming too late at Carrow Road with Norwich winning 3-2.
A missed penalty and going into half time 3-0 down gave us a mountain to climb, two goals in three second half minutes wasn't enough to bring us a share of the points, we had left ourselves too much too do against Alex Neil's side.
Simon Moore continued in goal with David Marshall injured and he pulled off a fine save to keep out a Gary Hooper shot but it wasn't much later that the striker did break the deadlock. Nathan Redmond crossed into Cameron Jerome with his header across to Hooper turned in at the far post.
A chance to equalise passed us by when Sean Morrison wasn't able to get on the end of a corner that John Ruddy missed with the lead doubled had it not been for Moore who pulled of another good save to keep out Gary O'Neil but the second soon came when a break ended with Kyle Lafferty given too much room curling in off the post to make it 2-0 on 25 minutes.
When Carlos Cuellar fouled Adam Le Fondre we got a penalty, which gave us a chance to get back into the game. Usually so deadly from a dead ball Peter Whittingham was denied by Ruddy who made a good low save. If that had gone in we would be back in the game, we would have been level if Alex Revell hadn't put the ball over from six yards just before the break.
It was three in first half injury time when Russell Martin's forward run from the back was blocked out but Jerome was in the right place to convert.
Three could have become four or five if Redmond's effort hadn't hit the crossbar or Jerome not headed an effort wide before we finally managed a breakthrough with Whittingham finding Revell who made no mistake this time to score his first goal for us.
Hope of a Bluebirds comeback was raised minutes later when we scored again. Nothing more than a routine ball forward from Moore saw Kadeem Harris get in behind the home defence to lob the ball over Ruddy and make it 3-2.
Norwich pressed and went close to adding a goal or two more but when Revell headed just wide with time running out an unlikely comeback was ended. It wasn't all Norwich but it was Norwich that secured then points.