Norwich guaranteed their Premier League safety by thrashing West Brom at Carrow Road.
The Baggies were hunting their fourth straight win in east Anglia but were stunned as Chris Hughton’s men displayed a potency in front of goal that as eluded them for a majority of the season and confirmed their top-flight status for next term.
As ever with the Canaries it was Robert Snodgrass who was their chief threat and it was no surprise when the Scotland international nudged them into the lead mid-way through the first half.
Grant Holt sent in a cross from the right for Ryan Bennett to flick goalwards and despite Ben Fosters best efforts to keep it out, his save fell kindly for Snodgrass to fire the ball home.
Foster then tipped over Wes Hoolahan’s long-range missile before Norwich doubled their lead after the break when Holt chased down a punt upfield that Foster mis-kicked and allowed the striker to convert into an empty net just after the hour. And the game was put beyond doubt three minutes later when Gareth McAuley headed Snodgrass’ teasing delivery into his own net.
Jonny Howson applied the sheen in stoppage time when exchanged passes with ex-Leeds team-mate Luciano Becchio and curled a gorgeous effort past a beleaguered Foster to allow Chris Hughton a huge sigh of relief at the final whistle.
Chris Hughton post-match…“It’s a feeling of massive pride and we made life quite difficult in the second half of the season but that’s an indication of how tough this league is. We have to fight for every win and were in a downward spiral we found it difficult to get out of.”
Steve Clarke post-match…“It was definitely the worst performance of the season by a considerable distance. It’s now the kind of performance you associate West Brom with and we want better next week.”
Man of the Match…Robert Snodgrass: It doesn’t bear thinking about where Norwich would be without Snodgrass this season. Their creator-in-chief was a nuisance to West Brom and deserved his goal to cap off a tremendous performance.
Flop of the Match…Goran Popov: Just didn’t have the answers to stop Snodgrass on a difficult afternoon for the full back, who could have played his last game for the Baggies.