Tammy Abraham repaid manager Frank Lampard’s faith in youth as his two goals against Norwich helped to their first win of the season.

In a frantic start, Abraham opened the scoring inside three minutes for the Blues, whose starting line-up had an average age of 24 years and 208 days – their youngest in the since February 1994.

But Norwich equalised just 156 seconds later, Todd Cantwell finishing from close range from a Teemu Pukki cross.

Mason Mount restored the Blues’ lead midway through the first half with his second goal of the season, but the Canaries soon pulled level once more as Pukki slotted in from a tight angle for his fifth of the campaign.

dominated the start of the second half and were rewarded through Abraham’s second – an unstoppable drive past Tim Krul – before Kurt Zouma had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee after substitute Olivier Giroud was judged to have fouled the Norwich keeper.

The result means are unbeaten against Norwich in 16 meetings.

youth stay patient

Lampard made two changes to the side that drew with Leicester last weekend, bringing in Abraham and Mateo Kovacic for Giroud and the injured N’Golo Kante, but he was forced to make another change after Pedro picked up a hamstring problem in the warm-up, replacing him with Ross Barkley.

His trust in his younger players paid dividends inside the opening 20 minutes at Carrow Road, with Abraham – who he said before kick-off would “cause Norwich problems” – finishing off Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross with a sweet finish into the bottom right-hand corner in the opening stages of the match.

Just 11 minutes after Cantwell’s equaliser for Norwich, Mount – who Lampard had on loan at Derby last season – cut inside the hosts’ defence and unleashed an unstoppable shot high into the net.

Despite Norwich’s second leveller, continued to pressure their opponents’ shaky defence and Mount and Christian Pulisic both saw efforts go wide within moments of the second half getting under way.

Abraham’s second goal saw him become the youngest player to score twice in a fixture since 1998, tting and turning and tying Grant Hanley and Jamal Le in knots before firing past Krul.

The Blues thought they had scored again when Zouma poked a loose ball home, but the VAR got involved after referee Martin Atkinson had initially awarded the goal.

The only downside to ’s victory came late on as Mount hobbled off injured.

Canaries chirpy start slows down

newcomers Norwich have quickly established themselves as a side not to be underestimated this season and they demonstrated that early on against as Finnish striker Pukki – the Canaries’ hat-trick hero against – put the ball on a plate for Cantwell to score his first goal in the top flight.

After Mount’s goal, enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure and Norwich had Krul to thank for not slipping further behind, the keeper producing a sublime save to swipe an Andreas Christensen header over the bar.

The hosts were soon level though, Pukki effortlessly slotting home to become only the 10th player to have scored in his first three appearances.

Norwich struggled to match ’s tempo after the break and had to wait more than 20 minutes for their first attack of the second half, but were punished just 30 seconds later as Abraham bagged his second.

Ben Godfrey hit the bar with a header from a corner soon after but manager Daniel Farke ruled change was needed, making a triple substitution with 10 minutes to go as his side searched for a late equaliser.

It worked to some extent, Norwich pushing harder in the later stages than they had throughout the half but ultimately struggling to find the end product.

Man of the match – Mason Mount ()

Mason Mount cups his hand to his ear after scoring against Norwich

‘I’m really pleased’ – what they said

manager Frank Lampard, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “It was a tough test and Norwich will get a lot of points here because they are a good side.

“The two goals we gave away I didn’t like but there were lots of good elements to our play and I’m really pleased.

“I’m particularly pleased for Tammy – he scored two good goals and the winning goal – but I want to talk about all the players today as we controlled the game on a hot day. Our performances haven’t given us what we deserved so far – but today it did.

“Pedro felt his hamstring in the warm-up but Mason was just a kick to his calf so hopefully he can quickly recover.”

Norwich manager Daniel Farke, speaking to BT Sport: “It was a pretty close game. Small details made the difference today.

“I think 2-2 at half time was the right result. Then were dominating in the first 15 minutes of the second half and that gave them the edge.

“Sometimes when you play against a team like , you have to ride that pressure out. I am pretty happy with the performance, we had a number of chances, unfortunately we could not find the equaliser.”

The stats

  • boss Frank Lampard has lost none of his three managerial meetings with Norwich (W2 D1), winning both of his visits to Carrow Road (also 4-3 with Derby in December 2018) – Mason Mount has been on the scoresheet in both such wins.
  • Norwich have scored at least twice in 16 of their last 17 home league games, scoring a total of 46 goals in this period. However, this was their first home league defeat of 2019 (P12 W8 D3 L1).
  • Both Norwich and had scored after just five minutes and 32 seconds, the earliest time taken for both teams to find the net in a fixture since November 2017, when v was at 1-1 after 5:25.
  • striker Tammy Abraham has scored 28 league goals (including in the play-offs) since the start of last season, the most of any English player in the top two tiers of English football in that time.
  • Aged 21 years and 326 days old, Abraham is the third youngest player to score a brace in the for , after Mark Nicholls in January 1998 against Coventry (20y 225d) and Eddie Newton in December 1992 against (20y 358d).
  • Norwich forward Teemu Pukki (five goals) is the 10th player to score in each of his first three appearances, while only Pavel Pogrebnyak also scored as many as five in his first three in the competition.
  • had two English players aged 21 or under score in the same match (Abraham and Mason Mount) for the first time since 22 August 1992, when Eddie Newton and Graham Stuart scored against Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Norwich’s Todd Cantwell (one goal, two assists) has already been directly involved in as many goals in three games as he was in 24 Championship appearances last season.
  • Since the start of last season, Norwich’s league matches have seen a total of 164 goals scored (99 for, 65 against), more than any other side in the top four tiers of English football in this time (excluding play-offs).

What’s next?

Following a trip to Crawley in the EFL Cup on Tuesday (19:45 BST), Norwich travel to on Saturday (15:00 BST) while host at the same time.

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12Le
  • 10LeitnerSubstituted forMcLeanat 81′minutes
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forVrancicat 81′minutes
  • 17Buendía
  • 18StiepermannBooked at 43minsSubstituted forSrbenyat 81′minutes
  • 14Cantwell
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 3Byram
  • 8Vrancic
  • 15Klose
  • 21Fährmann
  • 23McLean
  • 27Tettey
  • 32Srbeny

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Christensen
  • 15Zouma
  • 33Emerson
  • 17Kovacic
  • 5JorginhoBooked at 33mins
  • 8Barkley
  • 22PulisicSubstituted forWillianat 84′minutes
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forGiroudat 75′minutes
  • 19MountSubstituted forAlonsoat 90+1′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Alonso
  • 10Willian
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Giroud
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 29Tomori
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
27,032

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway Team
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away23
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 2, 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, 3.

Hand ball by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Willian () right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Emerson.

Corner, . Conceded by Tim Krul.

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley () left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

Substitution

Substitution, . Marcos Alonso replaces Mason Mount because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Mason Mount ().

Substitution

Substitution, . Willian replaces Christian Pulisic.

Foul by Olivier Giroud ().

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud ().

Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Tom Trybull.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Marco Stiepermann.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Kenny McLean replaces Moritz Leitner.

Foul by Olivier Giroud ().

Tim Krul (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, . Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.

Substitution

Substitution, . Olivier Giroud replaces Tammy Abraham.

Foul by Christian Pulisic ().

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Andreas Christensen.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, 3. Tammy Abraham () right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emerson.

Christian Pulisic () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamal Le (Norwich City).

Hand ball by Ross Barkley ().

Jorginho () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

Foul by Andreas Christensen ().

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Emerson () left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mason Mount.

Corner, . Conceded by Max Aarons.

Attempt blocked. Mason Mount () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emerson.

Attempt blocked. César Azpilicueta () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

goal

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