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Norwich City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Morgan Amalfitano shoots West Brom into the lead against Norwich

Morgan Amalfitano's fine first-half strike earned West Brom just their third Premier League away win of the season and put the Baggies level on points with fellow strugglers Norwich.

The visitors deservedly led at the break when Amalfitano fired a classy low shot past goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Norwich improved greatly and hit the bar through Gary Hooper's stinging shot and a Robert Snodgrass free-kick.

But they could not find an equaliser and avoid a fourth loss in six games.

The Canaries, who had not lost at home in the league since December, created enough chances to turn things around after a dismal opening 45 minutes but are now only five points clear of the relegation zone following Fulham's win over Aston Villa.

The victory was crucial for a Baggies side who have still only managed six league wins all season and face a tough run-in, including games against Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.

It came courtesy of an impressive first half against a City side whose play was characterised by misplaced passes and careless defending.

The Baggies did almost gift the visitors a goal inside a minute when Gareth McAuley's back-pass almost saw Hooper nip in.

But any fears of the dressing-room bust-up between James Morrison and Saido Berahino affecting their performance were soon dispelled.

West Brom looked the better side, with their defence solid and Stephane Sessegnon and Matej Vydra lively in attack.

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Graham Dorrans tested Canaries goalkeeper Ruddy with a swerving shot and Amalfitano smashed an effort into the side-netting.

The hosts finally created an noteworthy opening when Johan Elmander shot woefully over the bar with a first-time 18-yard strike after good work by Snodgrass.

But almost immediately West Brom went ahead when Amalfitano showed great composure to take advantage of Norwich left-back Martin Olsson's slip and send a superb low strike across goal and into the far corner.

West Brom had chances to double the lead, but Jonas Olsson failed to anticipate a free-kick and Ruddy made a blocked save to deny Vydra on a fine counter-attack.

Just before the break, Norwich finally tested Baggies keeper Ben Foster, but the England international made a fabulous one-handed save to keep out the Swede's instinctive header.

Norwich, whose own run-in sees them face Fulham next week - followed by Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal - were a totally different proposition after the interval, dominating possession and territory.

Elmander almost got on the end of a teasing centre, Hooper smashed a shot onto the angle of bar and post and within a minute Snodgrass also hit the bar with a superb, curling free-kick from 30 yards.

West Brom were standing firm but their last-ditch defending and desperate blocks were in stark contrast to the controlled display of the opening period.

The increasingly influential Snodgrass fired a shot well over after good interplay with Hooper, but the chances dried up in the closing stages and, with home supporters' frustrations growing, Baggies substitute Berahino could have sealed the win late on.

West Brom manager Pepe Mel:

"A team that has displayed discipline on the pitch and has played as they did today - well and together - demonstrates that there is a good spirit in the camp and that we are a family.

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Important win for West Brom - Mel

"I think the players have shown today exactly what they want and how to go about achieving it. Both Saido and James, plus all the players, have just shown how important they are for us.

"These three points really move us closer to the end and make our route a lot easier. I think the Tottenham game next week is really important. If we are able to win against Tottenham the future for us will be a very happy one."

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Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Martin
  • 23OlssonSubstituted forGutiérrezat 81'minutes
  • 8Howson
  • 26Yobo
  • 5Bassong
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 27TetteyBooked at 44mins
  • 16ElmanderSubstituted forBecchioat 70'minutes
  • 11Hooper
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forRedmondat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 4Johnson
  • 9van Wolfswinkel
  • 13Bunn
  • 15Gutiérrez
  • 19Becchio
  • 22Redmond

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Reid
  • 6Ridgewell
  • 7Morrison
  • 23McAuley
  • 3Olsson
  • 18Amalfitano
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 20VydraSubstituted forBerahinoat 71'minutes
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 17DorransSubstituted forGeraat 77'minutesSubstituted forO'Neilat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Myhill
  • 16Anichebe
  • 22Gera
  • 25Dawson
  • 38Berahino
  • 40O'Neil
  • 50Bifouma Koulossa
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
26,859

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Morrison.

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Luciano Becchio (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonás Gutiérrez with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Liam O'Neil replaces Zoltán Gera because of an injury.

Delay in match Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jonás Gutiérrez replaces Martin Olsson.

Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Zoltán Gera replaces Graham Dorrans because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Russell Martin (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino replaces Matej Vydra.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Luciano Becchio replaces Johan Elmander.

Attempt missed. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Youssuf Mulumbu.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Stéphane Sessegnon tries a through ball, but Morgan Amalfitano is caught offside.

Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).

Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ben Foster.

Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Gary Hooper (Norwich City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Joseph Yobo.

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

Russell Martin (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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2Liverpool32225588394971
3Man City31224584295570
4Arsenal32197656371964
5Everton31179549311860
6Man Utd331761056381857
7Tottenham32175104044-456
8Southampton33139115044648
9Newcastle33144153851-1346
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11West Ham32107153642-637
12Hull33106173440-636
13Aston Villa3297163548-1334
14Crystal Palace32104182339-1634
15Swansea3389164549-433
16West Brom32614123748-1132
17Norwich3388172652-2632
18Fulham3383223374-4127
19Cardiff3368192964-3526
20Sunderland3067172848-2025
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