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7 May 2017

City ease past QPR on the final day

ALAN Irvine was left satisfied with his team's work as they ended the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship season with a 4-0 victory over QPR.

The Canaries have ultimately fallen short of their target of promotion back to the Premier League but ended the campaign with a thumping win over the Hoops.

Newly-crowned Player of the Year Wes Hoolahan netted twice with Josh Murphy and Alex Pritchard also adding their names to the scoresheet.

Irvine told Norwich City TV afterwards: "I'm pleased with the result and pleased with the performance.

"I did say in the build-up to the game that we had a game to play and that we were playing in front of our own fans. It was vitally important that we put on a good show and thankfully we did that.

"We probably should have won by more. It was a comfortable win in the end. We started the game extremely well but missed a chance at the start.

"We created a lot of chances but after we scored we almost took our foot off the pedal. We spoke about that at half-time but the second half was better."

John Ruddy kept a cleansheet on his 243rd and last appearance for the Canaries, with the toweing goalkeeper given the captaincy for the day and warmly received by the home crowd after the match.

"I hoped he would get that," Irvine added as part of his reflections.

"John was captain today but that wasn't my idea, it was actually Russell Martin's idea. I thought it was a great gesture.

When Russell phoned me during the week to suggest that, I was all for it. He didn't know until today that he was going to be captain.

"It was fitting for him to lead the team out and keep a clean sheet. I'm delighted that he got the reaction that he did.

"He has been a fantastic servant for the club and he's seen some great times. When people look back at John's career here at Norwich, they will look back at it very fondly."

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