It has been a tough week for Norwich City manager Chris Hughton as a Radio Norfolk poll suggested the majority of fans wanted him out and fresh blood in the managerial position. This piled on the pressure for Saturday’s game against Hull City, but Hughton proved his doubters wrong with a good performance and a vital 3 points.
Before the game kicked off, Gary Hooper was named the December Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month after some impressive performances over the Christmas period.
Although Norwich won, it was Hull who had one of the best chances of the game as new signing, Nikica Jelavic was picked out at the near post, but his shot skimmed the outside of the post. Liam Rosenior then had a good opportunity when he received the ball from a cross, but his volley drifted horribly wide.
The game then shifted emphasis to Norwich with van Wolfswinkel coming close. Snodgrass nodded the ball across goal to the Dutch international, but he failed to wrap his foot around the ball to get his shot on target.
Snodgrass then had a long range effort, but failed to convert, although he did force a good save from McGregor moments later. Hooper then had a chance to end the dead-lock, but he fired wide from inside the box.
Hull dug deep to defend hard in the second half, putting bodies on the line to prevent Norwich taking the lead. That was until the 87th minute when up popped Ryan Bennett from a well taken corner. Snodgrass whipped the ball in and Bennett beat Alex Bruce in the air to nod the ball into the net.
As Hull desperately tried to get back into the game, Tom Huddlestone earned his second yellow of the game for a sloppy tackle on Fer. Bennett was unlucky not to grab his second from the free kick, but Hull’s resilience helped to eventually clear the ball.
This win took the Canaries to 12th place in the Premier League, which will boost the morale of the team and fans, whilst alleviating some pressure on Hughton.
The Anglian Home Improvements Man of the Match was goalscorer Ryan Bennett.
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