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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hughton hails players' drive

West Brom 0 Norwich City 2

Norwich City's Leroy Fer celebrates scoring the second goal against West Bromwich.
Norwich City's Leroy Fer celebrates scoring the second goal against West Bromwich.

Andrew Gwilym

Norwich manager Chris Hughton praised his players after they delivered the "ideal response" to their Anfield nightmare at West Brom yesterday.

Gary Hooper scored the opener in the 13th minute, smashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner, before Leroy Fer finished off a sharp counter late on to seal the victory.

West Brom had countless chances to take at least a point with Stephane Sessegnon twice failing to convert great opportunities and Shane Long also guilty of being profligate in front of goal.

It is now one win in nine games for the Baggies and Steve Clarke's side were booed off at full-time.

The midweek hiding against Liverpool had put Canaries boss Hughton's position under scrutiny, but he was delighted with the way his side bounced back to secure an away win for just the second time this season.

"It was the ideal response," he said. "We have done that a couple of times this season and it has to be down to the players as after a Wednesday game you don't have too much time to prepare. So it has to be a response from the players and we got that."

The defeat drops West Brom to within two points of the relegation zone and Baggies boss Clarke admitted: "We created a lot of chances but we did not get the goal. We made it difficult for ourselves conceding the soft goal from a throw-in."

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