Always Back Winners

Norwich City v West Ham United – 9th November 2013

Norwich City v West Ham United – 9th November 2013

Gary Hooper

A trio of second-half goals moved Norwich City out of the relegation zone and above 16th-placed West Ham to ease the pressure on manager Chris Hughton.

Gary Hooper scored his first league goal for Norwich from the penalty spot after Jussi Jaaskelainen’s foul, before Jonny Howson curled in a free-kick.

Leroy Fer secured Norwich’s third win of the season with an injury-time goal, slotting in from 18 yards.

Ravel Morrison’s close-range goal gave West Ham a deserved half-time lead.

The Hammers looked like they were going to make it a miserable evening for Hughton after a dominant first-half display but Jaaskelainen’s 54th-minute error turned the game in Norwich’s favour.

The Finland goalkeeper sent Hooper tumbling after dropping a comfortable-looking cross and the former Celtic striker emphatically levelled from the spot.

From there Norwich, who were poor before the break, took control and a first Premier League goal of the season from Howson and Fer’s individual late effort capped a rousing second-half comeback.

The defeat leaves West Ham with just two wins this season and just one point above the relegation zone, with Norwich a position and a point above them.

The Norwich fans would have been expecting a reaction from their side after last weekend’s 7-0 thrashing at Manchester City but they did not initially get it as West Ham bossed the opening 45 minutes.

Former Newcastle boss Hughton has been quick to point out his side have already played Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham but Morrison’s opener deservedly left his side trailing at the break.

In a spell of concerted pressure, the visitors went close on 13 minutes when Guy Demel’s powerful header cannoned off the bar to safety.

Sam Allardyce’s side were now in control and Morrison rewarded their dominance on 32 minutes, converting Kevin Nolan’s pull-back from close range after Razvan Rat’s left-wing cross had caused problems.

After being gifted a route back into the game by Jaaskelainen, Norwich looked a different side as Howson, who had earlier hit the bar from 25 yards, brilliantly curled the hosts ahead on 72 minutes.

And their second-half control was rewarded when Fer finished low into the net after breaking from from midfield.

Please ‘LIKE’ and ‘SHARE’ our FACEBOOK PAGE for all latest sports news.

Pages: 1 2 3

You must be logged in to post a comment Login