Norwich City vs. West Bromwich Albion  4 - 0


Brunt looks to rectify Norwich loss

14 May 2013 11:36

West Brom captain Chris Brunt wants to make amends for the club's 4-0 loss to Norwich City on Sunday.

Over 2,000 supporters travelled to Carrow Road for the game, but Steve Clarke's men suffered their heaviest defeat of the season.

And Northern Ireland International Brunt is desperate to right that wrong when they host champions Manchester United at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

"All we can do now is move on and hopefully put it right by giving a good account of ourselves against United," the captain told the club's official website.

"The fans travelled to Norwich in party mood and dressed up for the last away game of the season. To put on a performance like that wasn't on from us.

"You expect to have bad days but we didn't do enough to help each other out. Over the last two or three seasons, we have dug deep and battled for each other.

"That's been a big characteristic of ours. We're a good, honest set of lads. We normally work hard for each other but we let each other down on Sunday."

The 28-year-old praised the club's fans for their support throughout the campaign.

"We've had tremendous backing all season and Sunday summed it up," he added.

"At the end of the game, a lot of the lads went to give their shirts to the fans. It was the least we could do."


Premier League: Norwich 4 West Brom 0

12 May 2013 18:16

Norwich secured Premier League football for 2013/14 with a 4-0 win over West Brom at Carrow Road on Sunday.

Goals from Robert Snodgrass, Grant Holt and Jonny Howson, as well as a Gareth McAuley own goal, were enough for the home side as they won only their third game in 2013 and ended a run of two straight defeats.

After Aston Villa's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, Norwich are now one point ahead of Villa and six ahead of Wigan, with the latter having two games left to play.

But with those two sides meeting in the final game of the season next Sunday, only one is able to reach the 41-point mark Norwich already have.

Chris Hughton made one change to the Norwich side with John Ruddy making his return to the side after five months out with a thigh injury.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke made five changes to the side that lost against Manchester City 1-0 on Tuesday, with Ben Foster, Steven Ried, Goran Popov, McAuley and Shane Long returning to the team.

Knowing a win would guarantee Premier League survival, Norwich started the game the far brighter of the sides and forced West Brom to defend well in the opening exchanges.

Snodgrass caused Popov problems down the Norwich right and nearly set up Holt after skipping past his man, but his cross was blocked at the back post.

The Norwich midfield five was finding space in the West Brom half and Anthony Pilkington almost found Holt again, but his cross was over hit.

Despite Norwich's dominance, Romelu Lukaku was a threat to the home side's defence with his pace and strength but his final ball lacked quality.

Pilkington forced Foster into a save midway through the half having found space in the box, and from the resulting half-cleared corner Snodgrass smashed the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle six yards out, after Foster had saved a Wes Hoolahan effort.

The goal woke the away side up and Lukaku continued to cause problems for the home defence, but Sebastien Bassong and Ryan Bennett held firm.

However, it was Norwich who had a great chance to double their lead, forcing Foster into another smart save with Hoolahan firing from 30 yards out and the West Brom keeper tipping it over the crossbar.

Lukaku went close in the dying minutes of the first half but his shot went wide of Ruddy's far post.

A double substitution at half-time by Clarke saw Chris Brunt and Billy Jones replace Markus Rosenberg and Steven Ried, and it nearly paid off immediately as Lukaku found space but put his chance just wide.

The Belgium international was causing big problems for the home defence, but it was Norwich who almost added a second as Hoolahan fired a volley wide from 20 yards.

The home side continued to press forward and Foster was forced into a number of saves as West Brom hung in the game.

An inspired Snodgrass was almost the architect of the second as he found Holt in the box but his header flew over the crossbar.

Foster, who had kept West Brom in the game, then had a nightmare moment as he scuffed a clearance into the path of Holt who tapped into the empty net from close range.

Norwich added a third quickly after, as West Brom defender McAuley inadvertently headed a Snodgrass free-kick past Foster into his own net.

West Brom tried to get a goal back but England international keeper Ruddy look assured in the Norwich goal as they kept possession with some lovely two-touch passing.

Foster made a great save from Pilkington late on, redeeming himself after his earlier error, but he could do nothing as Norwich wrapped it up in the 89th minute when Howson curled the ball past the goalkeeper after a neat one-two with substitute Luciano Becchio.

Norwich can now head to Manchester City next weekend knowing survival is secure.


Pilkington: We´ll give our all against West Brom

12 May 2013 13:45

Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington has promised his side will give their all in Sunday's crunch meeting with West Brom.

The Carrow Road outfit are mired in the Premier League relegation battle, sitting just three points clear of the drop zone with a goal difference of -22 which threatens their top-flight status.

But Pilkington is eyeing a crucial three points against Steve Clarke's side on home soil to ease those fears.

"The games against the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal have been massive games down here and it will be no different on Sunday," he said.

"It's a huge game and I'm sure the boys will be up for it. It's exciting and we'll go out there and give our all. We're all being positive and looking forward to the game.

"Everyone's been positive in the dressing room and all around the club. You talk to the fans around the ground and everyone's right behind each other.

"I'm sure we can all pull together and get the result we're looking for."

The 24-year-old missed almost a month of action between March and April due to injury but said he is fully fit ahead of a crucial run-in.

"In the back end of the season I've had a few little niggles here and there," he said.

"I've not been able to play as much as I would have liked to, but that’s all behind me now. I've got some more training sessions under my belt and hopefully it can carry on Sunday."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25