Canaries win but still go down

Norwich stunned Watford with a heroic 4-2 comeback victory at Carrow Road in a match that sadly could not avoid their relegation.

  • Norwich City 4 Watford 2
  • Deeney opens scoring for visitors
  • Redmond and Mbokani put hosts ahead
  • Cathcart slides home an own goal
  • Ighalo pulls one back
  • Mbokani completes his brace

Match Summary

Troy Deeney put the visitors in front on 11 minutes when John Ruddy failed to smother Odion Ighalo's burst into the six-yard box.

The Canaries then took the lead with a goal each from Nathan Redmond and Dieumerci Mbokani.

An own goal from Craig Cathcart, deflecting Wes Hoolahan's shot past Heurelho Gomes, made it three for the hosts just before half-time.

The Hornets managed a second just after the break through Ighalo, but Mbokani's terrific chip restored Norwich's two-goal lead.

Full Report

Sadly for the home supporters, Alex Neil's side were at the mercy of fellow relegation candidates Sunderland, who were playing Everton in a concurrent fixture. The Black Cats broke Canaries hearts, however, by comfortably brushing aside the Toffees 3-0, thereby consigning them to the Championship next season.

The Hornets applied enormous pressure on the hosts by opening the scoring on 11 minutes. Ighalo was put though on goal by Deeney's neat header into his path. The Nigerian striker surged though on goal and when Ruddy's attempt to smother the ball resulted in a spill, Deeney pounced and side-footed home.

Norwich manufactured an immediate reply through Redmond, who found himself unmarked in the box after some excellent build-up play by Graham Dorrans and Steven Naismith.  The winger's powerful strike at close range squirmed under the body of Gomes, who will be very disappointed to be beaten at his near post.

Redmond was again involved four minutes later when his effort from just outside the box cannoned off the far post and flew directly at Mbokani, who was perfectly positioned to slam the ball home on the volley. 

Watford's 1-0 lead became a distant memory seven minutes before the break when a slip by Allan Nyom put Hoolahan through on goal just on the edge of the box. The Ireland international took an early shot across the face of goal which Cathcart intercepted with a slide that deflected the ball past Gomes and into his own net.

Neil's men showed no sign of easing the pressure on their stunned opposition. First Naismith took advantage of some poor Watford defending to force a save from Gomes and a minute later it was Hoolahan who tested the Brazilian keeper who was up to the challenge.

Five minutes into the second half, the Hornets gave themselves a foundation for a fightback, again through the combination of Deeney and Ighalo. The Englishman turned provider this time as his pass across the six-yard box found his unmarked strike-partner, who tapped the ball home.

The visitors' potential comeback was derailed again on 57 minutes when Mbokani was put through on goal and executed a fantastic improvised chip over Gomes with the outside of his right boot.

When the final whistle blew and news of Sunderland's victory started settling in, Canaries supporters rose and applauded their team's heroic effort which was, sadly, not enough to save their them from the drop.

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