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Norwich City 4-2 Fulham

Bradley Johnson
Bradley Johnson has scored 15 goals from midfield this season

Norwich City will face East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town in the play-off semi-finals after beating Fulham to finish third in the Championship.

Bradley Johnson's brace and goals from Nathan Redmond and Graham Dorrans earned victory for the Canaries.

Fulham added late consolations through Matt Smith's volley and Johnson, who headed the ball into his own net.

Norwich will go in to the Championship play-offs having lost just once in their last 11 games home and away.

Alex Neil's side finished the season four points short of earning automatic promotion, despite dropping just eight points from their final 18 games.

They have never faced Ipswich in the play-offs before, but have done the double over their rivals this term.

The Canaries will travel to Portman Road on Saturday, 9 May, with the return leg at Carrow Road on Saturday, 16 May.

Norwich took the lead when Johnson tucked away Gary Hooper's cut-back before Redmond fired in from the left corner of the box before half-time.

Hugo Rodallega had chances either side of the break for the visitors, but Dorrans finished from Redmond's lay-off to make it 3-0.

Fulham almost pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time when Shaun Hutchinson's goal-bound effort was blocked by Gary O'Neil.

And, after Smith had volleyed home for Fulham, Johnson fired in City's fourth from 25 yards to take his tally to 15 for the season.

Johnson headed into his own net for an injury-time consolation for the visitors, who suffered a first loss in six games in an encouraging end to the campaign.

Norwich manager Alex Neil: "First and foremost it's good to go into the play-offs with a bit of momentum behind us. We won the game, scored four goals and hopefully the win will give the players a little boost.

"I should imagine it will be biggest derby ever in terms of what is at stake. It's a huge game, the sort of game you want to be involved in as a manager or a player.

"I know how much it will mean to everyone connected with the club - and we will be doing our utmost to make sure we come through it."

Fulham manager Kit Symons: "It has been a tough season, tough for everyone - the management, the players and the fans.

"But that makes me all the more determined to bring good times back to the club.

"I am confident we can push on - and the hard work starts now. If I do get a quick break away with the family I'm sure I will be spending a lot of time on the phone.

"There will be changes - and there needs to be for the good of the club."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 17Bennett
  • 5Martin
  • 30BassongSubstituted forBennettat 86'minutes
  • 23OlssonBooked at 75mins
  • 28O'Neil
  • 8HowsonSubstituted forDorransat 61'minutes
  • 22Redmond
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forOdjidja-Ofoeat 61'minutes
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 23mins
  • 11Hooper

Substitutes

  • 3Cuéllar
  • 12Andreu
  • 16Loza
  • 24Bennett
  • 26Rudd
  • 39Odjidja-Ofoe
  • 41Dorrans

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 2HooglandSubstituted forBodurovat 12'minutes
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 33Burn
  • 29Richards
  • 13GuthrieBooked at 90mins
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 32KavanaghSubstituted forRobertsat 62'minutes
  • 10Ruiz
  • 44McCormack
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forSmithat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 6Bodurov
  • 9Smith
  • 12Fofana
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 25Dembele
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
26,662

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 4, Fulham 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 4, Fulham 2.

  3. Goal!

    Own Goal by Bradley Johnson, Norwich City. Norwich City 4, Fulham 2.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Bennett (Norwich City).

  5. Post update

    Matt Smith (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 4, Fulham 1. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond following a set piece situation.

  7. Booking

    Danny Guthrie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Danny Guthrie (Fulham).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patrick Roberts (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett replaces Sebastien Bassong.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 3, Fulham 1. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 3, Fulham 0. Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a through ball.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Russell Martin.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth462612898455390
2Watford462781191504189
3Norwich4625111088484086
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich4622121272541878
7Wolves4622121270561478
8Derby4621141185562977
9Blackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton461418145460-660
13Sheff Wed461418144349-660
14Nottm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham461116194667-2146
22Millwall46914234276-3441
23Wigan46912253964-2539
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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