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Norwich City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
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Norwich are without a win in their last five Premier League games

Norwich City suffered a third straight Premier League defeat as Salomon Rondon's header secured victory for West Bromwich Albion at Carrow Road.

Canaries forward Nathan Redmond forced a fine save from keeper Boaz Myhill before firing wastefully over.

Craig Dawson spurned a great chance for West Brom when he headed over unmarked before Rondon's winner.

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The £12m buy from Zenit St Petersburg powered James McClean's cross beyond John Ruddy from close range.

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Norwich had their chances but remain 16th in the Premier League table after a lacklustre performance on the back of a 6-2 defeat at Newcastle last week.

In contrast, West Brom leap five places to eighth spot after another excellent defensive display.

'Clean-sheet Pulis'

Since blowing a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at home to Everton on 28 September, the Baggies have had two clean sheet wins in three league games.

West Brom created plenty of chances before club record signing Rondonexternal-link scored his second goal since joining the club in August.

The heat map of West Brom's Claudio Yacob who made seven interceptions against Norwich, the most by a Baggies midfielder in a Premier League game since February 2014

It was an impressive move that led to the winner, but West Brom's dogged and determined defending was key to their fourth win of the season.

Dawson, despite his glaring miss at the other end, was impressive along with Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley when Norwich were at their most dangerous.

Tough times for Norwich

Manager Alex Neil could have done without this result going into a tough run of fixtures.

Three of Norwich's next four games include matches at Manchester City and Chelsea along with a trip to Arsenal.

The Canaries started the season brightly with just two defeats from seven games, but things are starting to unravel.

Against West Brom, Matt Jarvis on the left wing proved a dangerous outlet but Norwich lacked bite in front of goal.

Redmond missed two great chances when the game was goalless, and there was little response from the hosts after falling behind.

Man of the Match - Chris Brunt

Norwich v West Brom
Chris Brunt was excellent at both ends of the pitch for West Brom. He forced two saves from John Ruddy, including one full-stretch stop, and was also willing to get back and help defensively

What they had to say

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Norwich City manager Alex Neil: "I wouldn't say it is worrying times. It is not a nice time, I have never even lost two league games in a row, never mind three.

"Yes, you are concerned, I'm looking at what I can do to put it right. I'm trying to do everything I can and I'm working as hard as I can and it is about making sure when the lads are on the pitch they do as well as they can.

"In our box we didn't defend well enough and in the other box they defended it well."

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "The defenders do a lot of work on the training ground, we work very hard on certain aspects.

"We talk about it because of the record I have got but we also work hard going forward and today we got our reward. The quality of our play going forward was very, very good at times.

"We also thought we should have had a penalty and we had a couple of headers as well."

What's next

Norwich have an opportunity to forget their poor league form on Tuesday when they visit Everton in the fourth round of the League Cup. They desperately require a confidence-boosting win before their next league match at title-chasing Manchester City on 31 October.

As for West Brom, they entertain in-form Leicester next Saturday before a tough double-header away to Manchester United on 7 November and at home to Arsenal on 21 November.

The stats you need to know

  • Norwich have won just three of their last 10 league games against West Brom
  • The Baggies have kept a league-high 16 clean sheets in the Premier League since Tony Pulis' first game in charge on 10 January
  • The Canaries have conceded more goals than any other side in the Premier League this season - 21
  • The Baggies have kept six clean sheets in their last nine Premier League games



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Ruddy
  • 5Martin
  • 24Bennett
  • 6Bassong
  • 12Brady
  • 27Tettey
  • 22Redmond
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forJeromeat 78'minutes
  • 8HowsonBooked at 22mins
  • 16Jarvis
  • 9Mbokani


  • 2Whittaker
  • 7Grabban
  • 10Jerome
  • 13Rudd
  • 18Dorrans
  • 23Olsson
  • 28O'Neil

West Brom

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Myhill
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Evans
  • 11BruntBooked at 72mins
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 24Fletcher
  • 5Yacob
  • 14McCleanBooked at 78mins
  • 33RondónSubstituted forLambertat 74'minutes
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forGardnerat 88'minutes


  • 3Olsson
  • 4Chester
  • 8Gardner
  • 10Anichebe
  • 17Lambert
  • 19McManaman
  • 21Lindegaard
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Norwich City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

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    Attempt missed. Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Russell Martin with a cross.

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    Foul by Robbie Brady (Norwich City).

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    Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Gardner replaces Saido Berahino.

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    Attempt saved. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Brady.

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    Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

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    Attempt missed. Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

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    Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Jarvis with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Boaz Myhill.

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    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Wes Hoolahan.

  17. Booking

    James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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    Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

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    Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).