Canaries leapfrog Baggies after perfect response

Chris Hughton breathed a sigh of a relief as he saw his Norwich City side respond perfectly to their 5-1 loss to Liverpool with a 2-0 victory away at West Brom.

Gary Hooper netted his fifth goal of the season in the 13th minute when he converted Leroy Fer’s lay-off from 18 yards. Later in the match as West Brom pushed for an equaliser, Fer made sure of all three points in the 89th minute with a goal of his own after a Norwich counter attack.

West Brom will be kicking themselves after enjoying the better of play for most of the game but were denied time and again by John Ruddy in the visitors’ goal.

Both Victor Anichebe and Youssouf Mulumbu were denied impressively by the England goalkeeper in the first-half, leaving Clarke with no option other than to introduce strikers Shane Long and Saido Berahino at half-time to strengthen his side’s chances of finding an equaliser.

But the Baggies were left frustrated again in the second-half, and even had a penalty shout waved away by referee Mark Clattenburg when Stephane Sessegnon’s effort was blocked on the line by what looked like Martin Olsson’s hand.

Sessegnon spurned another chance soon after when his effort was denied by Ruddy’s legs before Shane Long’s volley was straight at the Norwich keeper.

Chris Brunt and Mulumbu both failed to find the net with late efforts as the Baggies cranked up the pressure, but Hughton’s men broke free from their own half and midfielder Fer slotted past Boaz Myhil to ensure Norwich ended the day in 13th and four points clear of the drop-zone.

West Brom have won just one of their last nine top-flight outings and find themselves just two points above the relegation zone after a strong start to their campaign.

Look back at our minute-by-minute commentary of the match here.


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