West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Norwich City – Match Review

Steve Morison’s late winner ensured West Brom’s poor home form continued as Norwich left the Hawthorns with all three points.

As the clock ticked down towards it’s conclusion in the Midlands the Welshman popped up to powerfully head home Grant Holt’s cross to be the Canaries’ match winner for a second successive game. Andrew Surman had earlier given the visitors a the lead against the run of play before Shane Long came off the bench to equalise from the penalty spot after Jerome Thomas had been fouled. But the Baggies couldn’t hold on to earn a share of the spoils as Morison popped up to make it three straight defeats for Roy Hodgson’s side as they slipped closer to the drop zone. Paul Lambert, on the other hand, will have been delighted that his players managed to leave the Midland’s with maximum points to keep them firmly entrenched in the top half of the table.

It was Albion who started brighter though as they sought to remedy a home record that had seen them win just two out of the 10 games contested in front of their own supporters. Peter Odemwingie almost of got them off to a flyer cracking a fierce 25-yard drive at goal that was pushed over by John Ruddy whilst James Morison saw his effort cleared off the line by Surman. The away side were hardly in the game but almost broke the deadlock after Ben Foster rushed out to clear a loose ball only to see it smack off Morison and hit the post as the Hawthorns crowd held it’s breath. The Baggies continued to attack in numbers which left them vulnerable on the counter attack and that proved to be the route Norwich took to break the deadlock. Simeon Jackson helped the ball onto Wes Hoolahan who in turn picked out Surman for the midfielder to volley home in space just before the break.

The Canaries continued to soak up the pressure after the break and it was the introduction of Long that turned the tide back into the Baggies favour as he struck over just after coming on before scoring from the spot after Daniel Ayala had brought down Thomas in the penalty area on 68 minutes. It was backs to the walls time for the away side after that as West Brom poured forward in search of a winner only to be hit by a sucker punch with 11 minutes left on the clock. After weathering the Albion storm the Canaries were finally given the chance to attack taking full advantage as Morison stole in to nod Holt’s cross past Foster and ensure all three points went back to East Anglia.