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Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers

7 May 2017


NORWICH City rounded the 2016-17 campaign off in stylish fashion with a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Carrow Road.

They made a rapid start to the first half, with Nelson Oliveira and Josh Murphy twice going close to opening the scoring in the early stages.

City had to wait until the 22nd minute to move ahead of Ian Holloway's visitors, with Wes Hoolahan, revealed as the Canaries' Player of the Season before kick-off, marking the occasion with a deflected drive past Alex Smithies.

Alan Irvine's men continued to be the main players in the game but John Ruddy had to be at his best to deny Pawel Wszolek just before half-time, tipping his shot onto the crossbar.

The home side continued to probe and 15 minutes into the second period they doubled their lead when Alex Pritchard's volley proved too hot to handle for Smithies after his initial effort was charged down.

Cameron Jerome and James Maddison were introduced to bring some fresh energy into City's play for the final third of the game though QPR's threat was minimal.

Smithies smothered a Murphy shot but a minute later the lively winger got the better of Rangers' stopper to add a deserved third, slotting the ball home from close-range.

There remained time for City and Hoolahan to notch a fourth, with the influential Irishman slotting in from close-range from Jerome's pass.

Ruddy started in goal and captained the side on his final appearance in yellow and green ahead of his summer departure.

Irvine made two changes from the 3-3 draw at Leeds United last time out as Timm Klose and Wes Hoolahan returned to his starting eleven.

Ryan Bennett dropped out of the matchday squad while Steven Naismith began his three-match suspension for his red card at Elland Road. Maddison and Ben Godfrey were among the substitutes.

Even though City maintained a level of control over their visitors throughout, they needed the second goal to give themselves a cushion in the game.

Hoolahan was instrumental once again, cutting in off his unconventional right flank position but finding Pritchard in the box.

His fellow creator's initial shot was charged down but the ball looped up nicely for a volley that Smithies failed to do enough to stop.

At the close of the campaign, City finished eighth in the Sky Bet Championship, ten points off the top six.

GOALS: Canaries: Wes Hoolahan (22, 90), Alex Pritchard (60), Josh Murphy (85) - Hoops:

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy (c); Pinto (Godfrey 86), Martin, Klose, Dijks; Dorrans, Howson; Hoolahan, Pritchard (Maddison 71), Jo. Murphy; Oliveira (Jerome 61). Subs not used: McGovern (GK), Wildschut, Ja. Murphy, Tettey.

: Smithies; Onuoha (c), Lynch, Washington (Grego-Cox 81), Wszolek, Doughty, Smith (Freeman 45), Robinson (Bowler 69), Luongo, Perch, Manning. Subs not used: Ingram (GK), Goss, Petrasso, Furlong.

REFEREE: Tim Robinson


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