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Wes Hoolahan: It was very emotional

28 April 2018

Wes Hoolahan says City’s win made his final game even more special as he inspired the Canaries to a 2-1 victory over Leeds United.

Hoolahan found the net and set up Josh Murphy for the winner as he was given an emotional send-off at Carrow Road.

“The the send-off, with everyone coming up to me, was very emotional. It was a fantastic day. I said to the boys in the huddle that it doesn’t count unless we win the game, and the boys win the 50-50 battles, they played brilliantly.

“Especially in the second half we were on it and we deserved to win 2-1. It was nice to get the win, and it means I can enjoy it more.”

Hoolahan was delighted to see his deflected strike go in just before half-time to level the scores.

“I just hoped we’d win the game but it was nice to get the goal. There was a bit of luck involved but I was delighted to see it go in the back of the net. It took forever, and it hit the post and crawled across and I thought it was staying out but I think 27,000 fans roared it in!

“Then it was a good move to assist Josh and it was a great finish. Then to get the send-off at the end was amazing.”

Hoolahan was visibly moved as he was substituted in the 84th minute to an enormous standing ovation.

“There were a few tears,” Hoolahan said. “It’s been an emotional week getting lovely messages off people. I’ve been here a long time and you get attached to people.

“Knowing that I won’t step out at Carrow Road again for the Club in a league game was emotional, and it couldn’t have gone any better today.”

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