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Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Norwich City

Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper's goal came against his old manager at Celtic, Neil Lennon

Substitute Gary Hooper scored an injury-time winner to keep Norwich in the Championship promotion places with victory at Bolton Wanderers.

Graham Dorrans opened the scoring when his free-kick deflected in off the Bolton wall for his first Norwich goal.

Against the run of play, Adam Le Fondre drew Wanderers level when he turned home Tom Walker's excellent cross.

The game looked to be winding down for a draw, but Hooper flicked it over Adam Bogdan in the 93rd minute to win it.

Hooper's goal - against a side managed by Neil Lennon, his old boss at Celtic - sent the Norwich fans and coaching staff wild and ensured they did not drop below Watford and Middlesbrough, who both won.

The Canaries ended the day in the position they began, second behind leaders Bournemouth, above Watford on goal difference, and one point above Boro. Bolton drop to 17th.

Alex Neil's side, trying to keep pace with a Cherries team who had won at Brighton on Friday, took the early initiative when Dorrans's wickedly-deflected strike sent Bogdan the wrong way.

Norwich dominated the opening stages and came close to adding a second when Jonny Howson forced a terrific save from Bogdan, while Sebastien Bassong headed over a corner under pressure from defender Dorian Dervite.

But Tom Walker, who looked a threat down the left until being brought off late on, crossed in to set Le Fondre up to take Bolton's first chance.

The Canaries were undeterred, as both Nathan Redmond and Cameron Jerome forced Bogdan into saves.

In the second period, Le Fondre came close to his second, but Alex Tettey was on hand to clear the Bolton striker's looping header off the line.

Neil boldly decided to bring on Lewis Grabban and Hooper off the bench to play alongside Jerome, knowing a victory was vital with others around City winning.

And the former Hamilton manager's fearless approach paid off, when Jerome flicked on for Hooper to slot home a dramatic winner and make it four wins in a row for the Canaries.

Norwich boss Alex Neil:

"We did everything we possibly could have done to force it to come. The one thing you know about Gary Hooper is if you give him the ball in and around the box, he is a danger and it was a fantastic finish.

"I put him on with 25 minutes to go so he had plenty of time to make an impact.

"We need to try and win every remaining game. If it means I am going to throw caution to the wind and go for it and it costs us, well I would rather do that than play defensively and see out a draw which over the piece probably won't be good enough.

"I was pleased with the decisions I made - now they have paid off. Had we conceded it might have been different but those are the decisions you live and die by."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon:

"Gary Hooper is the best striker I have worked with. I got him from Scunthorpe for £1.5m and sold him for £6m.

"We can't keep giving away last-minute goals.

"It is a lack of moral fibre. And I really have to be careful how I go about it because I don't want to put myself or the club in a bad light.

"However, it is totally unacceptable that with two minutes to go, we can leave a £6m striker in front of goal with a free shot.

"It is not as though Norwich cut us open with a brilliant piece of football. It was a diagonal ball, a knock down and Gary is in acres.

"It is not good enough even though we are not far away. It was criminal defending and it is happening far too often."

Graham Dorrans
Graham Dorrans had only scored once before this season - for West Brom against Burnley in the Premier League
Wes Hoolahan and Josh Vela
Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (left) and Bolton's Josh Vela tussled for the ball
Neil Lennon
Bolton manager Neil Lennon remonstrated with the referee after one of his players was booked

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Bogdan
  • 25Vela
  • 14Dervite
  • 5Ream
  • 3MoxeyBooked at 90mins
  • 29Bannan
  • 7Feeney
  • 52WalkerBooked at 26minsSubstituted forJankoat 87'minutes
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forDannsat 82'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 19Heskey

Substitutes

  • 16Davies
  • 17Trotter
  • 18Danns
  • 20Costa Rocha
  • 24Lonergan
  • 47Janko
  • 54McCarthy

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2WhittakerSubstituted forBennettat 71'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 5Martin
  • 30Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 27Tettey
  • 41Dorrans
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forHooperat 66'minutes
  • 8Howson
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forGrabbanat 57'minutes
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 7Grabban
  • 11Hooper
  • 17Bennett
  • 24Bennett
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
  • 39Odjidja-Ofoe
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
16,027

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away24
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Norwich City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Norwich City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Norwich City 2. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Cameron Jerome with a headed pass.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Liam Feeney is caught offside.

  7. Booking

    Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Russell Martin (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Saidy Janko replaces Tom Walker.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Liam Feeney.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Eidur Gudjohnsen.

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

  18. Booking

    Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

  20. Post update

    Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth422311889434680
2Norwich422310981443779
3Watford422471184483679
4Middlesbrough422391062323078
5Derby4220121074462872
6Ipswich4220111164481671
7Brentford422181371561571
8Wolves4220111163511271
9Nottm Forest421513146559658
10Blackburn411513135450458
11Charlton421317125154-356
12Cardiff421413155155-455
13Sheff Wed421316133844-655
14Birmingham411314144961-1253
15Leeds421410184756-952
16Huddersfield421312175269-1751
17Bolton421310195160-949
18Reading411211184463-1947
19Brighton421015174350-745
20Fulham42129215475-2145
21Rotherham421013194264-2243
22Wigan42812223757-2036
23Millwall41812213567-3236
24Blackpool42413253483-4925
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