Idah seals Norwich comeback win over Bristol City

Published on: 03 December 2023

Adam Idah came off the bench to score his sixth goal of the season and hand Norwich a dramatic late win

A 95th-minute strike from substitute Adam Idah sealed a comeback win for Norwich City against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The game had looked as if it was heading for a draw until the striker arrived to slot home Kenny McLean's cross.

Bristol City took the lead in the 34th minute when Jason Knight finished well from Mark Sykes' ball in.

But a George Tanner own goal in the 59th minute put Norwich level before Idah's injury-time winner.

Norwich's third win in four matches means they leapfrog their opponents into 13th in the Championship table, while Robins boss Liam Manning's side drop to 14th after back-to-back defeats.

Both sides had early openings, with Norwich defender Shane Duffy sending a header over the bar before Taylor Gardner-Hickman forced Angus Gunn into a smart save.

The Canaries were inches away from opening the scoring in the 24th minute when Onel Hernandez struck the post with a shot from the edge of the box.

But it was the Robins who seized the advantage 10 minutes later when Knight pounced on Sykes' cross.

Jason Knight's goal put Bristol City in front before Norwich's comeback

Manning's side had their tails up and twice went close to doubling their lead before the break, with Gunn saving from Tommy Conway before tipping a Knight header over the bar.

Norwich failed to register a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes but started the second half with much more attacking intent, with Ashley Barnes and Marcelino Nunez forcing Max O'Leary into saves and Gabriel Sara having a couple of efforts blocked.

David Wagner's side got their reward, albeit with a slice of good fortune, shortly before the hour mark through an own goal when Tanner diverted Dimitris Giannoulis' cross past his own goalkeeper.

The hosts then went in search of a winner but Sam Bell's shot was off-target and a Conway header was well held by Gunn, before Idah popped up with the crucial intervention with his sixth goal of the season, sparking wild celebrations and a hug from boss Wagner, who ran on to the pitch to congratulate the Republic of Ireland international.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsBristol City

Formation 3-4-3


    1O'Leary26Vyner16Dickie3Pring19TannerBooked at 72mins6James22Gardner-HickmanSubstituted forWilliamsat 81'minutes17SykesSubstituted forBellat 57'minutes14WeimannSubstituted forMehmetiat 74'minutes15ConwaySubstituted forCornickat 81'minutes12Knight




Formation 4-4-2

28Gunn3Stacey24Duffy23McLean30Giannoulis27Rowe17Gomes Sara26Núñez25Hernández8Gibbs10Barnes

    28Gunn3Stacey24DuffyBooked at 26mins23McLean30GiannoulisSubstituted forMcCallumat 75'minutes27RoweSubstituted forFassnachtat 62'minutes17Gomes Sara26Núñez25HernándezSubstituted forPlachetaat 75'minutes8GibbsSubstituted forSainzat 83'minutes10BarnesSubstituted forIdahat 62'minutes



Referee:Gavin WardMatch StatsHome TeamBristol CityAway TeamNorwichPossessionHome61%Away39%ShotsHome15Away12Shots on TargetHome6Away3CornersHome6Away6FoulsHome5Away7Live Text Post update

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Norwich City 2.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Norwich City 2.


Goal! Bristol City 1, Norwich City 2. Adam Idah (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kenny McLean.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Harry Cornick (Bristol City).

90'+2'Post update

Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'Post update

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Marcelino Núñez.

89'Post update

Attempt blocked. Zak Vyner (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anis Mehmeti with a cross.

88'Post update

Anis Mehmeti (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88'Post update

Foul by Borja Sainz (Norwich City).

86'Post update

Attempt blocked. Sam Bell (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Williams.

84'Post update

Attempt missed. Jason Knight (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.


Substitution, Norwich City. Borja Sainz replaces Liam Gibbs.

83'Post update

Attempt blocked. Jason Knight (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Bell.


Substitution, Bristol City. Harry Cornick replaces Tommy Conway.


Substitution, Bristol City. Joe Williams replaces Taylor Gardner-Hickman.

80'Post update

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

76'Post update

Attempt saved. Tommy Conway (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jason Knight with a cross.


Substitution, Norwich City. Sam McCallum replaces Dimitris Giannoulis because of an injury.


Substitution, Norwich City. Przemyslaw Placheta replaces Onel Hernández.

75'Post update

Jason Knight (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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