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Norwich City 4-0 Queens Park Rangers

Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan scored twice to make it seven goals for the season

Wes Hoolahan starred to help Norwich City end their Championship season with a thumping victory over QPR.

Hoolahan found the bottom corner from the edge of the area to put the hosts in front midway through the first half.

The 34-year-old set up Alex Pritchard to volley in a powerful second and Josh Murphy to squeeze a low finish in under QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

The midfielder then wrapped up the win in injury time with a finish into an empty net from Cameron Jerome's pass.

Hoolahan won the Canaries' player of the season award and the fan favourite completed another memorable season with a stellar performance, albeit against a QPR side who have now ended their campaign with seven defeats from their last eight games.

He cut through the away side's defence in the 22nd minute, firing a left-footed shot into the corner after exchanging passes with Nelson Oliveira.

Norwich keeper John Ruddy, playing in his last game for the club, produced an excellent stop to tip Pawel Wszolek's shot onto the crossbar before the Canaries took control.

Pritchard fired in on the volley after a ricochet from Hoolahan's pass before Murphy got in behind the defence, held off a defender and beat Smithies at the near post.

Hoolahan completed the scoring late on from Jerome's pass to see Norwich end the season strongly in eighth place, while QPR finish 18th.

Norwich caretaker manager Alan Irvine:

"It was a good way to finish, although I thought we got a little bit sloppy after we had opened the scoring. We had a word about that at half-time and the players went out and did really well after that.

"The new manager might want to bring in his own people, and I would fully respect that, while he also might talk to me and decide not to take me on.

"Also I might talk to him and decide I didn't want to stay. Everything is up in the air at the moment but I am still contracted to this club and I will now go home and wait for a call."

QPR boss Ian Holloway:

"I am not going to be critical of the lads out there today, because they tried their best, but they were nowhere near Norwich.

"We were beaten by a better side, a better club at the moment, and we have to accept that.

"We gave some of their best players far too much room and they could have scored more goals than they did."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 25PintoSubstituted forGodfreyat 86'minutes
  • 5Martin
  • 15Klose
  • 3Dijks
  • 8Howson
  • 4Dorrans
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forMaddisonat 71'minutes
  • 31Murphy
  • 9OliveiraSubstituted forJeromeat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Jerome
  • 17Wildschut
  • 22Murphy
  • 27Tettey
  • 28Maddison
  • 33McGovern
  • 35Godfrey

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 24Perch
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6Lynch
  • 18RobinsonSubstituted forBowlerat 69'minutes
  • 15Wszolek
  • 21Luongo
  • 16Doughty
  • 41Manning
  • 9WashingtonSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 81'minutes
  • 17SmithSubstituted forFreemanat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Freeman
  • 10Goss
  • 13Ingram
  • 25Petrasso
  • 29Furlong
  • 30Bowler
  • 35Grego-Cox
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
27,005

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 4, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 4, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 4, Queens Park Rangers 0. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

Attempt missed. Reece Grego-Cox (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Bowler.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joel Lynch tries a through ball, but Reece Grego-Cox is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Ben Godfrey replaces Ivo Pinto.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 3, Queens Park Rangers 0. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

James Maddison (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Manning.

Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Bowler tries a through ball, but Reece Grego-Cox is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Reece Grego-Cox replaces Conor Washington.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Mitchell Dijks.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

Attempt missed. Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Doughty.

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Timm Klose (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Josh Bowler.

Attempt blocked. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. James Maddison replaces Alex Pritchard.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ivo Pinto.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Bowler replaces Jack Robinson.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Freeman tries a through ball, but James Perch is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivo Pinto.

Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Attempt missed. Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) because of an injury.

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