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Norwich City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Alex Neil
Since becoming Norwich City boss, Alex Neil has taken 16 points from 21 available

Norwich moved into the Championship's top six with a hard-earned win over fellow play-off chasers Wolves.

Bradley Johnson headed in Nathan Redmond's corner to give the home side the lead in a first half lacking clear-cut opportunities.

Wolves improved after the break and Benik Afobe lost control of the ball when through one-on-one.

But the Canaries ensured a comfortable finish when Lewis Grabban completed a well-worked move in the 67th minute.

Just two points had separated the sides before the game, but Norwich were able to capitalise on Brentford's defeat at Charlton to move into the play-offs for the first time since early November.

The appointment of Alex Neil as manager in January has instigated a resurgence for the Norfolk side, who have now won three matches in a row and five of the Scot's seven games in charge.

Wolves were starved of creativity at Carrow Road, where they suffered just a second loss in 11 Championship outings.

But long-distance efforts aside, they had managed to frustrate the hosts until Johnson found the space five yards out to flick in Redmond's corner just before the half-hour mark.

Wolves had rare opportunities through Afobe, who fluffed a one-on-one and then shot wide, before Norwich secured the points with a goal that started deep in their own half.

Sebastien Bassong drove out of defence with the ball and slipped in Martin Olsson, who rolled the ball across to give Grabban a simple finish.

Grabban forced Wolves keeper Tomasz Kuszczak into a fine save late on, as the Canaries eased to three points.

Norwich manager Alex Neil:

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Neil on Norwich v Wolves

"I'm not too interested about moving into the top six. The stat I'm really interested in is that we have now won five out of seven, and that is good form in anybody's book.

"Looking at the match overall that's probably the best 90 minutes I have seen from the lads.

"No disrespect to (recent opponents) Blackpool and Charlton but games like these are the ones we will be judged on and to have produced such a good performance, especially in the first half, was very pleasing."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"To be honest Norwich eased us out of the game and we were never able to build up a head of steam. It's disappointing after the way we played at Huddersfield on Tuesday night (in a 4-1 win).

"But we have still got 15 games left and there is still an opportunity for us. I think we need 30 points, two a game from now on in, and that is perfectly possible.

"That would get us up to 78 points and that will usually get you in the play-offs."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 30Bassong
  • 23OlssonSubstituted forGarridoat 90+1'minutes
  • 27TetteyBooked at 20mins
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forAndreuat 66'minutes
  • 4Johnson
  • 8Howson
  • 11HooperSubstituted forJeromeat 83'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 3Cuéllar
  • 10Jerome
  • 12Andreu
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 18Garrido
  • 21Murphy
  • 26Rudd

Wolves

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 33IorfaBooked at 70mins
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 30HauseSubstituted forGolbourneat 78'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 19Price
  • 17van La Parra
  • 12Afobe
  • 10Sako
  • 40DickoSubstituted forEdwardsat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Golbourne
  • 4Edwards
  • 7Henry
  • 14Evans
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 27Jacobs
  • 31Flatt
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
26,322

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Hand ball by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Javier Garrido replaces Martin Olsson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Martin Olsson (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Gary Hooper.

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

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Scott Golbourne replaces Kortney Hause.

Foul by Martin Olsson (Norwich City).

Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Booking

Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Tony Andreu (Norwich City).

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Tony Andreu replaces Nathan Redmond.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth31178665323359
2Middlesbrough30178548202859
3Derby30177658283058
4Ipswich31169650311957
5Watford31175963372656
6Norwich31158859362353
7Brentford31164114642452
8Wolves3113993840-248
9Blackburn30119104040042
10Nottm Forest311011104746141
11Sheff Wed3191392328-540
12Leeds31108133340-738
13Birmingham30911103241-938
14Huddersfield31108134153-1238
15Bolton31107144048-837
16Reading30107133545-1037
17Cardiff3099123743-636
18Charlton3171593141-1036
19Fulham31105164455-1135
20Rotherham30712112938-933
21Brighton31613123239-731
22Millwall3179152848-2030
23Wigan30410162742-1522
24Blackpool3149182760-3321
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