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Norwich City 4-0 West Brom: Canaries safe after dominant win

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Norwich City 4-0 West Brom: Canaries safe after dominant win

Norwich City secured its place in the Premier League for next season by thrashing West Brom 4-0 and ensuring safety from relegation Sunday at Carrow Road.

Robert Snodgrass was at the heart of all Norwich’s best play, and the Scotland international broke the deadlock in the 24th minute when Ryan Bennett flicked the ball down to Wes Hoolahan, whose shot was well saved by Ben Foster. The Baggies keeper parried it into the path of Snodgrass, who was there to smash the rebound into the roof of the net.

As the half drew to a close, Hoolahan came close to doubling the home side’s lead when he let loose a 25-yard strike that was well saved and tipped over by Foster.

The the second half began with a chance almost immediately when West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku received the ball in the Norwich box, but curled the ball the wrong side of John Ruddy’s right hand post.

The tide turned the other way, with Foster having a tough go of it in net. In the 57th minute, Norwich’s Anthony Pilkington sent a cross in from the left with Foster managing to spill the ball twice before it was eventually cleared.

Foster then made another mistake, which this time was made to count by Norwich when Grant Holt had the easiest of finishes to double the Canaries’ lead. Foster came rushing out to clear what seemed an easy ball and a mix-up between him and McAuley in the defense allowed the ball to pass them both where Holt popped around the duo and tapped the ball home.

Minutes later the game was put beyond the reach of West Brom when a Gareth McAuley own goal put Norwich three goals to the good. The impressive Snodgrass whipped the ball into the West Brom area from a free kick and the ball deflected unkindly off of the Baggies defender and past a helpless Foster.

With the game drawing to a close, the Canaries continued the press in search for their fourth and nearly got it when Holt's superb low cross from the right side of the area was met by Pilkington, but the shot was superbly saved down low by Foster.

Jonny Howson sent a knock-down from Becchio into the corner of the net from 25-yards out with Foster left in no-man's land for a highlight-reel finisher to a decisive victory.

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