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Norwich City 3-0 Derby County

Nelson Oliveira shoots Norwich in front at Carrow Road
Norwich dominated from the moment Nelson Oliveira struck the opening goal of the game after 15 minutes

Nelson Oliveira's superb hat-trick emphatically ended Derby's 10-match unbeaten Championship run and relieved the pressure on Norwich boss Alex Neil.

Oliveira struck a fine first-half opener into the bottom corner.

City wasted numerous chances before the Portuguese striker headed number two in the second half, soon after the Rams had Jacob Butterfield sent off for a lunge on Wes Hoolahan.

Oliveira then struck a third to seal City's third win in 13 league games.

The visitors started well enough, with Matej Vydra sending a free-kick just wide.

But the Canaries dominated from the moment Oliveira surged through to hit the first goal on 14 minutes after Derby's Bradley Johnson was guilty of a sloppy pass against his former club.

Alexander Tettey hit the post with a 20-yard shot and Steven Naismith wasted three great chances to extend the lead, notably when he blazed a shot over from six yards - and Rams keeper Scott Carson made several fine saves.

With Hoolahan dictating play in midfield, opportunities continued to come for the home side, and they ensured a precious win which takes them up to ninth place after Butterfield's dismissal.

A deserved second arrived when former Nottingham Forest frontman Oliveira was left unmarked to head in, and he grabbed his 11th goal of the season two minutes later.

The Rams remain seventh, but would have climbed into the play-off spots with a victory.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil:

"It was an excellent performance, but it was in keeping with his general play for us in recent games.

"He (Oliveira) took time to settle after we brought him in, but he has been doing really well for the team since he got a run in the side.

"They were three really well-taken goals. And he could have scored four or five more, he really could.

"It's not a surprise to me. I knew what a good player I was getting when I bought him from Benfica. He has played 25-odd games for Portugal alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and people like that, so everyone here knows what he is capable of."

Derby county manager Steve McClaren:

"I think the referee got it wrong and we will be looking at an appeal. Butterfield's feet were not off the ground and he got a little bit of the ball. He also caught the player as well and because of that he falls down.

"I think the reaction of the player (Wes Hoolahan) and the crowd, which I can understand, played a part in it.

"That was a big turning point, for me it was all about the sending off. We were up against a very good Norwich side, who have got one of the best squads in this division, and it was always going to be very difficult for us when we went down to 10.

"It was a disappointing afternoon for us, but we were unbeaten in 10 and that run was always going to come to an end at some stage.

"What we have got to do now is dust ourselves down and go another run like that. We have got some big games coming up, West Brom in the FA Cup and Leeds in the league and we have got to make sure we are ready for those."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 25PintoBooked at 81mins
  • 5Martin
  • 15Klose
  • 3Olsson
  • 27Tettey
  • 8Howson
  • 22Murphy
  • 7NaismithSubstituted forPritchardat 90+2'minutes
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 9OliveiraSubstituted forJeromeat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Whittaker
  • 6Bassong
  • 10Jerome
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Bennett
  • 31Murphy
  • 33McGovern

Derby

  • 1CarsonBooked at 67mins
  • 12Baird
  • 6KeoghBooked at 41mins
  • 16Pearce
  • 8AnyaSubstituted forHansonat 63'minutes
  • 18ButterfieldBooked at 66mins
  • 15Johnson
  • 4Bryson
  • 10InceSubstituted forBentat 82'minutes
  • 23Vydra
  • 7RussellSubstituted forWeimannat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Shackell
  • 11Bent
  • 24Weimann
  • 26Hanson
  • 31Rawson
  • 35Mitchell
  • 48Vernam
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
26,422

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home24
Away6
Shots on Target
Home12
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 3, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Derby County 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Alex Pritchard replaces Steven Naismith.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Attempt missed. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross.

Attempt saved. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Baird.

Attempt saved. Darren Bent (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andreas Weimann with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Offside, Derby County. Bradley Johnson tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivo Pinto.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Darren Bent replaces Tom Ince.

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a through ball.

Booking

Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

Andreas Weimann (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 3, Derby County 0. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Scott Carson.

Attempt saved. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Derby County 0. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Scott Carson.

Attempt saved. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jamie Hanson.

Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamie Hanson (Derby County).

Offside, Derby County. Matej Vydra tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Booking

Scott Carson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) is shown the red card.

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamie Hanson (Derby County).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Hanson replaces Ikechi Anya because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton24166240152554
2Newcastle25171748202852
3Reading2414463632446
4Huddersfield2514473028246
5Leeds25143834241045
6Sheff Wed2512672824442
7Derby2511772418640
8Barnsley2511594337638
9Norwich25114104137437
10Fulham2499641301136
11Preston2510693332136
12Aston Villa2581162624235
13Birmingham259883035-535
14Brentford2596103231133
15Ipswich2587102529-431
16Wolves2578103234-229
17QPR2585122436-1229
18Bristol City2583143335-227
19Cardiff2476112738-1127
20Nottm Forest2575133745-826
21Burton2567122634-825
22Blackburn2566132940-1124
23Wigan2547142031-1119
24Rotherham2534182555-3013
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