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Norwich thrashes West Brom

Robert Snodgrass of Norwich City tackles Goran Popov of West Bromwich Albion
Norwich staved off relegation with a dominant win over West Brom.
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Norwich beat West Brom 4-0 at Carrow Road to secure their place in the Premier League next season.

West Brom had won on their last three visits to Carrow Road but there was no chance of them extending that record on Saturday.

The home side had scored 16 fewer goals than at this stage last season and won fewer games in 2013 than any other top flight side but you certainly couldn't tell as Wes Hoolahan and Robert Snodgrass made their intentions clear early on driving at the West Brom back four.

Snodgrass it was who looked the most dangerous but his crosses were being dealt well with by Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson.

Then, just as it looked like West Brom had weathered the early storm Grant Holt deliverd a ball from the right which Ryan Bennett headed into Hoolahan's path. Ben Foster reacted quickest in the West Brom goal but he his save fell to Snodgrass and he converted expertly high into the net.

It was the goal Chris Hughton's men deserved and they could have doubled their advantage just before the break but Hoolahan's 25 yard drive was tipped over by Foster.

Steve Clarke made a double change at half time bringing Billy Jones and Chris Brunt on for Markus Rosenberg and Steven Reid but it had little impact and Norwich doubled their lead on 62 minutes.


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Grant Holt chased a Hoolahan through ball but Foster had a moment to forget when he missed his kicked clearance leaving Holt free to walk the ball into the net.

The game was over three minutes later when Snodgrass delivered a teasing ball from the right only for the helpless Foster to look on as McAuley headed past him and into the back of the net.

West Brom briefly threatened but it was never going to be their day. Jones looked like he had created an opening but Ruddy claimed easily.

Then in the ninetieth minute Jonny Howson combined with former Leeds teammate Luciano Becchio before curling an unstoppable shot past Foster.

It was a fitting reward for Howson and rubber stamped his sides position as a Premier League side for another season.

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