Norwich City extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight games with a gritty 2-1 home victory over struggling Sunderland at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Defender Sebastien Bassong stretched out a leg to poke Norwich into an eighth-minute lead and Anthony Pilkington made it 2-0 after 37 minutes, calmly cutting in from the left and burying a shot low into the corner.
Sunderland halved the deficit when Craig Gardner's shot flew into the bottom corner of Mark Bunn's goal a minute before halftime and the strike transformed the match.
Norwich were forced to hang on for long periods in the second period as Sunderland piled on the pressure.
Craig Gardner struck the base of the post with a free-kick and Matt Kilgallon somehow failed to turn in the rebound, scooping his effort over the bar.
Norwich had several other escapes but showed great defensive resolve to protect the three points and move up a place to 12th in the table on 19 points, the same as Liverpool.