Match Report


Sat 08 Aug 09

An opening day extravaganza for the U's saw Nowich City defeated 7-1 thanks to a brace each from Kevin Lisbie and Clive Platt and further goals from Scott Vernon, david Fox and David Perkins.

It was emphatic to say the least and Paul Lambert could not have asked for more from his troops.

Four goals in the opening twenty minutes set the tone for an incredible day, and the U's didn't let up, scoring three more to ensure one of their highest scoring league victories.

Paul Lambert picked a side that had the potential to trouble the Canaries on the flanks, with both Vincent and Hackney included in the starting line-up.

Williams started between the sticks and Okuonghae and Beevers were just in front of him, at centre half and right back respectively. Vincent was joined by other new boy Fox in the midfield and making his first U's start since his return from Ipswich was Kevin Lisbie.

The other two of Lambert's signings, Holt and Thomas were on the U's bench, alongside Cousins, Maybury, Perkins, Vernon and Izzet. Izzet would have been itching to get on the pitch, to make his 300th league appearance for the U's. The game got underway with the U's on the attack from the off and got themselves a free kick inside ninety seconds. Unfortunately, Dean Hammond's effort flew over the bar.

The home side then took the initiative and put the U's under pressure, especially from Hoolahan on the left wing. Pat Baldwin dealt well with the most dangerous ball in and then the game erupted with goals.

On ten minutes, Kevin Lisbie silenced the Norwich boos he received earlier by walking the ball home after an horrific mistake by keeper, Theoliittos. He failed to deal with a bouncing backpass and Lisbie controlled and scored with no-one around him.

Two minutes later, Lisbie turned provider, as his strike partner Clive Platt got on the scoresheet. Lisbie latched onto a ball into the channel and after easily sidestepping Doherty, he struck his shot in at goal. Theoklitos failed miserably to push the ball to safety and Platt tapped in from the edge of the six yard box.

With eighteen minutes gone, it was three as Platt scored his second, once again from close range and from Norwich failing to clear the danger. A corner was cleared out to Simon Hackney on the U's left and his cross caused havoc in the Norwich area. No-one took any responsibility and Platt was left to lift a clever shot high into the net.

There was worse to come for theCanary fans, as David Fox put the U's 4-0 up. A free kick was given for a foul on Vincent and David Fox took over the duties from skipper Hammond. The new signing looked confident as he stepped up and that was justified as his effort whipped into the top corner.

Disturbing scenes followed, with two Norwich fans endeavouring to get to Bryan Gunn to vent their anger. Having been apprehended, it looked like they threw their season tickets at the Norwich boss before being ejected.

With the 1,800 U's fans still cheering, the U's went further ahead, with Lisbie matching Platt with his second of the game. A long throw by Marc Tierney was flicked on by Platt and Lisbie ghosted in unmarked to score with his head for U's fifth.

It was a fantastic, almost unbelievable, start to the campaign for the U's and they went in at half time for a well deserved drink and sit down. But Paul Lambert would not have let them rest on their laurels and would have been urging them to carry on the good work and keep the pressure on the hosts. And while the U's were happy to commit less men forward in the second half, they still managed to run the show. Lisbie could have had his hat trick in the early minutes but the ball caught under his feet.

There wasn't too much goal mouth action before the seventy first minute goal from the hosts, as MacDonald scored after coming off the bench. That was as good as it got though for Norwich, as the U's just stepped up again after conceding.

Substitute David Perkins scored the sixth, with a controlled left foot volley into the top corner in the seventy fifth minute and fellow sub Scott Vernon tapped in after good work from the third U's sub, Kem Izzet.

A win on the opening day is always welcome but even the most optimistic U's fans would have been gob smacked at the U's 7-1 victory.  
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