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Norwich City v Bournemouth

12 September 2015


NORWICH City secured their first home win of the season with a confident 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.

Cameron Jerome's first goal of the season put Alex Neil's team ahead on 35 minutes before the excellent Wes Hoolahan scored early in the second period.

A debut effort from Matt Jarvis put the game out of Bournemouth's reach, but they notched a consolation goal on 81 minutes when Steve Cook was left unmarked to head home.

The swashbuckling nature of City's attacking play, especially in the second half, will have pleased their manager, with the Irish pair of Hoolahan and Robbie Brady particularly impressing.

City will now go to Anfield next Sunday with seven Premier League points on the board and ambitions to return with a positive result.

Neil handed a debut to Jarvis on Saturday, with Graham Dorrans the man to make way in midfield from the 3-0 defeat to Southampton.

Fellow new signing Dieumerci Mbokani took his place among the substitutes, while Andre Wisdom started at right-back in place of the suspended Steven Whittaker. Kyle Lafferty was on the bench alongside fellow returnee Martin Olsson.

Ex-Canary Andrew Surman returned to Carrow Road in Bournemouth's midfield, with Eddie Howe making three changes from their 1-1 draw with Leicester City last time out.

The opening part of the game saw neither side create any clearcut opportunities, but it was the hosts who dictated the tempo.

Jarvis was showing promising signs, quickly combining with Robbie Brady on the left flank, while Jerome was a nuisance for the Cherries' defensive pair of Tommy Elphick and Cook.

Brady showed his defensive ability with a vital intervention on 29 minutes - the full-back stepped in with well-timed challenge as Junior Stanislas prepared to fire at goal from close-range.

Two minutes later, City had their best opportunity up to then through Jerome, who raced onto Wes Hoolahan's pass before taking on the shot first-time, only to see it nestle in the sidenetting.

Shortly afterwards however, the pair combined again to give Neil's team the advantage.

Redmond found Hoolahan on the right, and the in-form creator advanced inside with a classy nutmeg on Cook before waiting to square to Jerome, who stretched to poke the ball into the empty net.

The goal came at the perfect time for City ten minutes before the break, but Bournemouth went close to levelling on the cusp of half-time.

Adam Smith nodded down a cross into Callum Wilson's path, and the leading English scorer in the top flight almost added another to his tally but his effort rebounded off the base of John Ruddy's post.

HALF-TIME: Norwich City 1-0 Bournemouth

After Stanislas had scuffed a shot wide for Bournemouth, Hoolahan and Jerome combined yet again with the striker curling an effort wide of Boruc's goal from outside of the penalty area.

Hoolahan then turned from provider to scorer, doubling his team's lead in the 52nd minute and putting City firmly in control of the match.
The Ireland international found himself in space and picked his spot from the edge of the box, leaving Boruc in goal with no chance.

His international colleague Brady was also shining at left-back, and the former Hull City man almost bagged his first Norwich goal only to see his low shot rebound off the post.

Three minutes after, though, a rampant City side got their third through Jarvis, capping a promising debut from the West Ham loanee.

Once again Bournemouth were left exposed at the back as Howson was able to pick out Jarvis on the counter-attack, and the winger cut inside to curl the ball home from inside the dangerzone.

The imperious Hoolahan and the impressive Jarvis were both given standing ovations when withdrawn on 73 minutes as Martin Olsson made his first appearance of the campaign.

City were hunting their first cleansheet of the season but they conceded with ten minutes left on the clock, leaving Cook free in the box to turn his header past Ruddy.

Mbokani came on for his debut and nearly bundled home a Nathan Redmond cross, but Neil will have had no complaints with the final scoreline as his charges notched their second win of 2015-16.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 3-1 Bournemouth

: Canaries: Cameron Jerome (35), Wes Hoolahan (52), Matt Jarvis (67) - Cherries: Steve Cook (81)

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Wisdom, Martin (c), Bassong, Brady; Redmond, Howson, Tettey, Jarvis (Olsson 73); Hoolahan (Dorrans 73); Jerome (Mbokani 82). Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Lafferty, R Bennett, O'Neil.

BOURNEMOUTH: Boruc; Francis, Elphick (c), Cook, Smith; Ritchie, O'Kane (Gosling 72), Surman, Stanislas (Kermorgant 57); King (Murray 57); Wilson. Subs not used: Federici (GK), Distin, J Bennett, Pugh.

REFEREE: Martin Atkinson


GOLDEN GOAL TIMES: 34:35, 51:11, 66:17, 80:21.

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