Norwich City 4-2 Watford

12 May

Norwich have been relegated from the Premier League after just one season despite a 4-2 win against Watford at Carrow Road.

Match Reports: Norwich City 4-2 WatfordMatch Reports: Norwich City 4-2 Watford

Alex NeilÂ’s side, who came up via the play-offs last season, knew they had to win the game in order to give themselves any hope of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.

However they got off to the worst possible start when Troy Deeney put the Hornets ahead early on.

The Canaries responded immediately with two quick goals from Nathan Redmond and Dieumerci Mbokani before a Craig Cathcart own goal made it 3-1.

Odion Ighalo pulled one back early in the second half only for Mbokani to grab his second to seal the points for the hosts.

However, with Sunderland defeating Everton 3-0 at the Stadium of Light, it means both Norwich and Newcastle are relegated with one game left to play.

Deeney tested the water first for Watford on seven minutes with an effort from distance which John Ruddy required two attempts to gather.

The hosts failed to heed the early warning and the Hornets took the lead on 11 minutes.

Ighalo got on the end of a flick-on into the area but Ruddy slid out to block his effort with his feet only for Deeney to then follow up and fire the loose ball into the empty net.

Norwich responded to the setback and were level on 15 minutes when Redmond picked up a return pass from Steven Naismith down the right of the area and watched as his tame strike somehow managed to get past Heurelho Gomes at his near post.

It was 2-1 to the Canaries three minutes later when Redmond lashed a strike off the post and the rebound fell to Mbokani who had a simple tap-in into the empty net.

Redmond then looked to make it 3-1 on 20 minutes but his speculative effort dropped inches wide of the upright.

The former Birmingham winger was playing like a man possessed and on 26 minutes later he produced an excellent solo run into the area only to see his effort again hit the post, before Gomes tipped Martin OlssonÂ’s follow-up strike over the crossbar.

It was 3-1 on 37 minutes when a slip from Allan Nyom gave Wes Hoolahan possession down the left and his cross into the middle ended with Cathcart putting the ball into his own net as he attempted to cut it out.

Norwich could have been further ahead before the interval but Gomes did well to deny Naismith before turning a Hoolahan effort away from goal from the resulting corner on 44 minutes.

The Canaries clearly knew that Sunderland were ahead in their game as they started the second half sluggishly.

And they were made to pay when Watford pulled a goal back on 51 minutes with Deeney pulling the ball back from the right by-line to Ighalo who was unmarked in the middle as he fired in from close range.

However Mbokani restored the two-goal cushion on 57 minutes when he got on the end of a Redmond through ball and coolly lifted his effort over Gomes.

The fourth goal finished the game as a contest with Norwich fully aware that Sunderland were cruising to the win they needed to secure top-flight safety and ultimately meant they were on their way back to the Championship.


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