Sunday 25 February 2018

Neil hails 'fantastic' hoolahan as Norwich batter Bournemouth

Norwich City's Matt Jarvis celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game
Norwich City's Matt Jarvis celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game Newsdesk Newsdesk

Matt Jarvis scored on his debut as Norwich beat Bournemouth 3-1 at Carrow Road, but the day belonged to Wes Hoolahan after the Irish international produced another five-star display.

"Fantastic," said Norwich manager Alex Neil when asked to sum up the 33-year-old's contribution,

"Wes is capable of that. He isn't going to always have days when he has that much influence, but when he does he is a joy to watch.

"He is a special player and he has been excellent since I came here. I think his performance today was terrific, and he put in a work rate to match it."

Cameron Jerome opened the scoring with his first of the campaign, having been teed up by Hoolahan, who was still holding his shin-pad having lost it in an earlier challenge.

Hoolahan, who was at the heart of everything positive for the home side, slotted home the second after the break, before Jonny Howson played in Jarvis to wrap up the points.

Steve Cook headed home a late consolation for Bournemouth.

Jarvis, whose last goal came in a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal 17 months ago, left Upton Park after the arrivals of Michail Antonio and Victor Moses all but sealed his fate as a bit-part player in Slaven Bilic's squad.

He was signed by former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce for a reported fee of £10m in 2012, and admitted his emphatic goal celebration was a release having been forced to leave the club.

"It was a little bit of frustration coming out, but I was absolutely delighted to score," said Jarvis. "It was an absolute joy to play with Wes. He's something else."

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