Saturday, 7 December 2013

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Norwich City match report Saturday 7th December

Norwich ended their dismal run of results with a convincing 2 – 0 victory which plunged Steve Clarke’s West Bromwich Albion side closer to the relegation zone.

Leroy Fer and Gary Hooper grabbed the goals in a perfect away day win which saw The Canaries climb above The Baggies for the first time this season.

West Brom dominated the game but simply couldn’t fine the net while Norwich made the most of their limited openings, scoring twice out of three chances.

For thirteen minutes, the home team were on top and looked odds-on to take the lead but Norwich broke the deadlock with a classic counter attack. Leroy Fer broke up an attack in the middle of the park before slipping a pinpoint pass through the West Brom back four to Gary Hooper on the right hand side of the box. The former Celtic striker powered the ball into the left hand corner of the net across goalkeeper Boaz Myhill much to the delight of the travelling Norwich fans and co-owner Delia Smith.

The home team responded with wave after wave of attack but they all faded out in and around the six-yard box. The best chance fell to midfield dynamo Stephane Sessignon early in the second half but the Benin player pushed the ball wide of the left hand post when it looked easier to score.

Norwich weathered the storm and hit West Brom once again with a killer counter in the 89th minute. Nathan Redmond collected the ball in midfield and played a quick ball to the left where Fer easily turned Baggies defender Diego Lugano to wrong foot Myhill inside his right hand post.

The full time whistle was greeted with a chorus of boos from the angry home fans clearly frustrated at the decision to play two defensive midfield players and one striker against a team who have conceded 22 goals in their last five games. After the match Baggies boss Steve Clarke said he was disappointed to lose his second home game on the trot.

“We created enough chances but could not get the goal that would change the game in our favour,” he said.

Canaries boss Chris Hughton said his team played well and praised performances from his goal scorers Fer and Hooper and the hard work of Nathan Redmond. After a turn-around in form for both teams, Norwich now sit two points above West Brom who now linger two points above the relegation zone in 15th position.

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