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Norwich City 4-2 Watford

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Dieumerci Mbokani
Dieumerci Mbokani took his tally to seven goals for the season

Norwich were relegated to the Championship despite a thumping victory over Watford at Carrow Road.

Sunderland's 3-0 win over Everton consigned the Canaries to the second tier, as they are now four points from safety with just one game remaining.

Troy Deeney had given Watford the lead, but Norwich responded through Nathan Redmond's strike, Dieumerci Mbokani's tap-in and a Craig Cathcart own goal.

Odion Ighalo pulled a goal back, but Mbokani dinked in Norwich's fourth.

Relive the exciting action from Carrow Road

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Too little too late for Norwich

Norwich players
Despite being relegated, Norwich were applauded off the pitch by their fans at full-time

Although Alex Neil's side came from behind to score four - and hitting the post twice - against Watford, the damage had been done before the match.

The Canaries went into the game on the back of a four-game winless run in which they had not scored, and their top-flight destiny was out of their own hands.

It had looked good for Norwich on 2 April when they beat Newcastle - who also go down - but their poor recent form saw them drop into the relegation zone.

Before this game, they had scored just 35 goals in 36 games, conceding 62, with deficiencies in defence their downfall - demonstrated again by John Ruddy's fumble which allowed Deeney to net the opener.

At the full-time whistle, the Norwich players were given a round of applause by the home supporters, with one hugging boss Neil as he left the pitch.

Woeful Watford

Despite avoiding relegation and reaching the FA Cup semi-final, there have been doubts about the future of Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

Having performed brightly until February, their form has tailed off - with two wins from their past 11 league games.

Miguel Britos
Watford conceded four sloppy goals against Norwich but defender Miguel Britos was particularly poor. He lost possession of the ball 20 times - more than any away player and his 55% passing accuracy was the least of any outfield player

The slump coincided with Ighalo's loss of form, although the Nigerian finally ended a run of 12 league games without a goal when he slotted in Deeney's cutback in the second half.

Despite going in front, the Hornets were awful on the whole at Carrow Road. Midfielder Mario Suarez struggled badly, while keeper Heurelho Gomes was beaten at the near post for Norwich's opener.

The third goal was a calamity of errors as Allan Nyom slipped while trying to incept the ball, as Cathcart followed up Wes Hoolahan's cross by poking into his own net.

Man of the match - Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond
One goal, one assist and twice hitting the post. Redmond terrorised the Watford defence all game

What they said:

Norwich 4-2 Watford: I've let the club and fans down - Alex Neil

Norwich boss Alex Neil: "It is severe disappointment. The story for us is that, as a club, we have dropped short for a variety of reasons. We have made vital errors in games at crucial times and the recruitment has not been as good to strengthen the squad.

"I am here to do a job, the club will be bigger than me and I am not fearing for my job."

Norwich 4-2 Watford: Quique Sanchez Flores to reflect on future

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: "If we didn't worked really hard in the season then we may have been in Norwich's position. The level between Norwich and Watford is not too much. We recognise we have a good season.

"We will resolve my situation very quickly. We have enjoyed the season and the teams at the bottom have fought very hard recently. We didn't have that pressure."

What next?

Norwich have just pride to play for on Sunday at Everton, while Watford will look to end the season on a high at home to Sunderland (both at 15:00 BST).

The stats you need to know:

  • Norwich have been relegated from the Premier League for the fourth time - only Crystal Palace have been relegated as many times
  • Dieumerci Mbokani is Norwich's top scorer this season with seven goals, with Nathan Redmond one behind on six
  • Troy Deeney has provided an assist for Odion Ighalo seven times this season, a league high along with Dele Alli to Harry Kane for Tottenham



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ruddy
  • 25Pinto
  • 24BennettBooked at 47mins
  • 5Martin
  • 23Olsson
  • 28O'Neil
  • 18Dorrans
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forJarvisat 80'minutes
  • 7NaismithSubstituted forOdjidja-Ofoeat 81'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forBradyat 72'minutes
  • 9Mbokani


  • 6Bassong
  • 10Jerome
  • 12Brady
  • 13Rudd
  • 16Jarvis
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 32Odjidja-Ofoe


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gomes
  • 2NyomSubstituted forAkéat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 15Cathcart
  • 3Britos
  • 21Anya
  • 22AbdiBooked at 43mins
  • 4Suárez
  • 23WatsonBooked at 67minsSubstituted forGuédiouraat 72'minutes
  • 7JuradoSubstituted forBerghuisat 54'minutes
  • 24Ighalo
  • 9Deeney


  • 5Prödl
  • 11N Amrabat
  • 14Paredes
  • 16Aké
  • 17Guédioura
  • 18Pantilimon
  • 20Berghuis
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Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamWatford
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 4, Watford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 4, Watford 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Craig Cathcart (Watford).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Jarvis (Norwich City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Aké.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Berghuis with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

  13. Post update

    Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Gary O'Neil (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

  16. Booking

    Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich City).

  18. Post update

    Steven Berghuis (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) because of an injury.

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