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Norwich City 3-1 Nottingham Forest

Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan celebrates after scoring a penalty for Norwich City

Norwich City stormed to an impressive three points against Nottingham Forest which kept alive their Championship automatic promotion hopes.

The hosts were ahead on the stroke of half time when Wes Hoolahan found Jonny Howson, who fired past Karl Darlow.

Cameron Jerome doubled the Canaries' lead when he found space to backheel Martin Olsson's delivery into the net.

Hoolahan made it 3-0 from the spot after Olsson was felled by Chris Burke, who found Forest's consolation.

The result saw the Canaries bounce back after two points from their last two matches, whilst Forest lost their first in four.

Forest missed an opportunity to take an early lead when Eric Lichaj broke into the Norwich box but Russell Martin cleared the danger.

The Canaries' recent record against Forest
Norwich have won only one of the last four meetings between the two sides, when they won 2-1 at Carrow Road in the Championship in April 2011.

The Canaries could have broken the deadlock through Bradley Johnson, but he nodded Howson's cross well wide.

Jerome found space at the back post to latch onto Howson's delivery but he poked the ball over the crossbar.

Forest's best chance in a lively first half came when substitute Burke threaded a pass to Michail Antonio, who was denied by John Ruddy.

Darlow kept the scores level after he pulled off an excellent save to deny Howson's powerful long-range drive.

But Howson was rewarded minutes later when he linked up with Hoolahan to fire home on his 100th City appearance.

Jerome then showed why he is Norwich's leading scorer after the break when he cheekily backheeled Olsson's cross past Darlow.

It was a tough afternoon for Forest who seemed overwhelmed by Norwich's dominant attacking intent.

The hosts got a third after Olsson was cynically felled by Burke and Hoolahan sent Darlow the wrong way from the spot.

Jerome saw his impressive effort disallowed for offside after some smart link-up play with Steven Whittaker.

Burke redeemed himself when he tapped home from close range after Ruddy parried Gary Gardner's shot.

Nottingham Forest now lie nine points off the Championship play-off places with seven games left to play this season.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil:

"That's certainly up there with the best performances since I have been here.

"We were up against probably the form side in the Championship, who had only lost one out of 10 before today, so I believe, and the way we dominated the match was extremely pleasing.

"I thought our movement and quality on the ball were top class and we could have a lot more than three goals with the chances we created and the crosses we got into their box."

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

"There's no way we are going to stop fighting for a top-six finish, even though it will be tough. As manager of Nottingham Forest I would expect nothing less from the players.

"We will continue to show spirit and commitment for the rest of the season and battle hard for every point and we'll be going all out to win our next two games against Wolves and Brentford.

"If we can take six points from those, who knows what might happen?"

Gary Gardner and Wes Hoolahan
Nottingham Forest's Gary Gardner and Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan tussle for the ball
Jonny Howson
Norwich City's Jonny Howson celebrates breaking the deadlock
Michail Antonio
Michail Antonio shoots for Nottingham Forest

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 30Bassong
  • 23OlssonBooked at 17mins
  • 41Dorrans
  • 27Tettey
  • 8Howson
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forRedmondat 80'minutes
  • 4JohnsonSubstituted forO'Neilat 80'minutes
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 3Cuéllar
  • 11Hooper
  • 16Loza
  • 22Redmond
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
  • 39Odjidja-Ofoe

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Darlow
  • 4MancienneBooked at 66mins
  • 16Lascelles
  • 6Wilson
  • 2Lichaj
  • 22Gardner
  • 19BarrowSubstituted forPatersonat 53'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38OsbornSubstituted forWalkerat 83'minutes
  • 18Antonio
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forBurkeat 18'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 13Fox
  • 21Paterson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 26Evtimov
  • 27Burke
  • 34Walker
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
26,976

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home13
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

  7. Post update

    Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

  13. Post update

    Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyler Walker replaces Ben Osborn.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Gary O'Neil replaces Bradley Johnson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond replaces Wes Hoolahan.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by John Ruddy.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Burke with a through ball.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth392110882404273
2Watford392261178463272
3Middlesbrough39219959302972
4Norwich392010976433370
5Derby3919101069432667
6Ipswich3919101059431667
7Brentford392061364521266
8Wolves3918111056451165
9Nottm Forest391512126254857
10Blackburn391412135150154
11Charlton391315114850-254
12Sheff Wed391314123640-453
13Leeds391410154347-452
14Cardiff391312144850-251
15Birmingham381114134355-1247
16Brighton391015144346-345
17Bolton39129184657-1145
18Huddersfield391111174867-1944
19Reading38128184261-1944
20Fulham39127205068-1843
21Rotherham39913174060-2040
22Wigan39811203552-1735
23Millwall39712203364-3133
24Blackpool39411243078-4823
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