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8 April 2017

City stun Reading at Carrow Road

ALAN Irvine says his Norwich City players showed their full potential in Saturday's 7-1 blitzing of Reading.

The Canaries stunned their opponents and onlookers by firing six goals before the break for the first time ever at Carrow Road.

Wes Hoolahan and Alex Pritchard were the stars of the show with two goals each - but Irvine reserved praise for the entire group at the end of a challenging seven days.

Reflecting on a sensational opening 45 minutes, he told Norwich City TV: "It doesn't happen anywhere very often, it was certainly an amazing first half.

"That's certainly what the players are capable of doing, I think we all know that. What's happened today is that everybody has performed at a very high level.

"You've got a real chance, with the group of players that are here, of winning games when people perform at that level.

"They took a lot of criticism and rightly so for the performance at Huddersfield, but they now deserve a lot of praise.

"A big point just before we went out was that we needed a reaction. There was, and they deserve the credit for that."

The peerless Hoolahan clocked his 49th and 50th strikes for the Club and Irvine revealed himself to a long-time admirer of the City icon.

"He's an outstanding player," he added. "I actually tried to sign Wes when I was at Preston and he was at Blackpool.

"He's my type of player: a very gifted player and he's a great professional, which is really important as well. I can't really praise him any higher than that."

A statement from City's Board of Directors on Friday confirmed that Irvine will be in charge of the side until the end of the season and he spoke about that decision soon after the incredible win over the Royals.

"I'm a lot happier today, that's for sure! I wasn't very happy on Wednesday," said the Scot.

"I will try and do the best job I can between now and the end of the season and hope that we get some more nice days like today."

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