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Norwich City 3-4 West Bromwich Albion: Jay Rodriguez efforts please Baggies boss

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Jay Rodriguez struck twice as West Brom recorded their first Championship win of the season

Boss Darren Moore praised West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez after his double helped edge a seven-goal thriller at Norwich City for their first Championship victory of the season.

Rodriguez, who was the subject of transfer window interest from Burnley but remained at the Hawthorns, scored his first goals of the season to steer the visitors to success.

Further goals from Harvey Barnes and Hal Robson-Kanu made sure of the points, despite goals from Jordan Rhodes, Teemu Pukki and Grant Hanley.

"It's testament to Jay," Moore told BBC WM. "He's a great man, a valuable player for us and a potent striker.

"We're pleased to have him at West Brom, he showed his prowess today and that will do him the world of good. We're delighted to have him here."

The Baggies fell behind to Rhodes' strike, but Rodriguez levelled from the penalty spot after on-loan Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle drew a foul from Tim Krul.

Scotland striker Rhodes then had a spot-kick saved after Chris Brunt felled the twisting Onel Hernandez inside the area - and the Baggies took control in the second half through Rodriguez's long-range strike and Barnes' finish from Matt Phillips' cutback.

Daniel Farke's side found a second through Pukki, only for Robson-Kanu to sweep home Brunt's corner to make it 4-2.

Hanley pulled one back for the hosts to set up a nervy finish at Carrow Road, but Moore's men hung on to claim a first win in three attempts.

Norwich dominated a lively first half and the Baggies did not muster a shot on target until the 21st minute, when Kieran Gibbs' deflected strike was comfortably reached by Krul.

Returning full-back Ivo Pinto was inches away from scoring a stunning goal as he glided into the West Brom box, evaded two challenges and then whipped a fierce drive from 20 yards that Sam Johnstone palmed away at full stretch.

The Baggies started the second half strongly and initially restricted the hosts to a handful of harmless long-range strikes before four goals arrived in a maddening 17-minute spell.

City pressed for an equaliser amid five minutes of added time and controlled the closing stages, but they missed a golden chance to level when Hanley headed just wide from Ben Marshall's free-kick.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"It's really disappointing we lost this game, it's hard to take. I got the feeling that this was the best first half that we played since I was in charge.

"We created so much against a side with real quality, it was 1-1 at half-time which was ridiculous for this game.

"To lose this game with four conceded goals after 90 minutes is even tougher to take, it's the reality, and football is not fair."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 7Marshall
  • 31Hanley
  • 15Klose
  • 2PintoSubstituted forStiepermannat 88'minutes
  • 23McLeanSubstituted forSrbenyat 75'minutes
  • 27Tettey
  • 10LeitnerSubstituted forThompsonat 88'minutes
  • 22Pukki
  • 11Rhodes
  • 25Hernández

Substitutes

  • 4Godfrey
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 34Thompson
  • 36Cantwell

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Nyom
  • 5Bartley
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3GibbsSubstituted forTownsendat 45'minutes
  • 10Phillips
  • 8Livermore
  • 11Brunt
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 66'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16GayleSubstituted forMorrisonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Morrison
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Townsend
  • 17Burke
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 28Field
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
25,144

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home20
Away13
Shots on Target
Home10
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 3, West Bromwich Albion 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, West Bromwich Albion 4.

Offside, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey tries a through ball, but Grant Hanley is caught offside.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City).

Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Norwich City).

Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Norwich City) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Ben Marshall following a set piece situation.

Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Hegazi following a set piece situation.

Offside, Norwich City. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Dennis Srbeny is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Louis Thompson replaces Moritz Leitner.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann replaces Ivo Pinto.

Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Dwight Gayle.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

Attempt blocked. Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 3, West Bromwich Albion 4. Grant Hanley (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Onel Hernández with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

Attempt blocked. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, West Bromwich Albion 4. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed Hegazi with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Alexander Tettey.

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Timm Klose (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Kenny McLean.

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, West Bromwich Albion 3. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

goal

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