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West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City

19 March 2016


NORWICH City's long run without a win ended as they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 for a priceless three points at The Hawthorns.

Robbie Brady's finish five minutes into the second half was enough for Alex Neil's troops in a game of few openings, but the Canaries did enough after the break to merit victory.

The win lifts City out of the Premier League relegation zone, with their main rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland going head-to-head on Sunday.

Neil made three changes from the Canaries' 0-0 draw with Manchester City as Robbie Brady and Sebastien Bassong returned from spells out.

Dieumerci Mbokani also started for the first time since February 6, with Ryan Bennett and Nathan Redmond injured and Wes Hoolahan included among the substitutes.

Salomon Rondon led West Brom's attack, the Venezuelan having scored the winner in the reverse fixture at Carrow Road in October.

Five minutes into the game, City had the chance to test Ben Foster with a free-kick 20 yards from goal in a central area, but Brady curled his effort over the bar.

In general it was an even start at The Hawthorns, with Craig Gardner and Saido Berahino shooting off target for the Baggies inside quarter of an hour.

Claudio Yacob went closest to opening the scoring on 19 minutes, firing Rondon's lay-off narrowly over after John Ruddy had got a palm to Gardner's corner.

West Brom's pressure receded but the Canaries were struggling to build any fluid play, even though they did see more of the ball as the half wore on.

Opportunities were difficult to come by, but Gary O'Neil's error presented West Brom with an opening two minutes before the break.

His pass for Martin Olsson was jumped on by Stephane Sessegnon, and the winger drove forward but luckily for City he sliced his low shot wide of Ruddy's post.

HALF-TIME: West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Norwich City

City faced a big second half and they got it off to the perfect start when they took the lead five minutes into the second period.

Mbokani turned in West Brom's half and played a pass across the box aimed at Matt Jarvis. The winger got his feet in a muddle but the ball fell to Brady, who made no mistake from close range.

The away fans were in fine voice and they could have had more to cheer if Olsson's excellent delivery had have been met by a City head moments later instead of that of Baggies defender Jonny Evans.

Brady then missed a chance with a header from O'Neil's deep cross, but there was concern on 64 minutes when the Ireland international needed treatment after a nasty fall when challenging Craig Dawson.

After a few minutes of medical attention, Brady was allowed to continue, much to the relief of his manager.

Neil brought Steven Naismith on to freshen up his forward line, but Brady was eventually taken off as a precaution - Vadis Odjidja came on for him.

The task was to now see the rest of the game out for their first three points since beating Southampton at Carrow Road at the start of the year, and despite there being six minutes of additional time, they did.

FULL-TIME: West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Norwich City

GOALS: Canaries: Robbie Brady (50)

WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Foster; J Olsson (McClean 60), Yacob, Evans, Gardner (Pritchard 73), Berahino, McAuley, Fletcher (c), Dawson, Sessegnon (Lambert 86), Rondon. Subs not used: Myhill (GK), Chester, Anichebe, Sandro.

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Martin (c), Klose, Bassong, M Olsson; Jarvis (Pinto 90), Howson, O'Neil, Brady (Odjidja 77); Bamford (Naismith 72); Mbokani. Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Jerome, Hoolahan, Dorrans.

REFEREE: Anthony Taylor


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