Gary Hooper continues his match-winning trend for Norwich City with West Bromwich Albion victory

Gary Hooper gets clear of Claudio Yacob at The Hawthorns on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Gary Hooper gets clear of Claudio Yacob at The Hawthorns on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, December 8, 2013
6:16 PM

The in-form striker shrugged off the statistic, but it’s far from a coincidence – Gary Hooper’s 13th minute strike at West Brom was not only his fifth goal of the season in all competitions and third in the Premier League. It also added more evidence to the statement of fact that when Hooper scores, Norwich City win.

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And what a key goal it was too – giving the Canaries their first lead on the road since the full-time whistle blew at the Britannia Stadium back in September. That was City’s other top-flight win of the season away from Carrow Road.

Hooper’s unerring finish was exactly the sort expected from the £5.5m summer signing and as his third goal in five games – or four starts – the excitement will be that there’s more still to come.

“I thought we played well from the start,” said Hooper. “We pressed them high, Leroy (Fer) played a great ball to me and I put it away.

“I didn’t need to take a touch, just put it in. He takes an assist and a goal, and I thought he did well. It was good to go in 1-0 up at half-time.

“They had loads of chances but we dealt with them well and then caught them on the counter attack.

“It was the perfect away performance. Even though West Brom had a few chances I thought John Ruddy was outstanding, saved everything and claimed everything. The defenders won their headers and won their tackles, and it was a good counter attack for the second goal.

“It’s three points, and that takes us two points above West Brom.”

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10 comments

  • Keep up the good work Gary. Wonder what the latest excuse is on our 8-5 million purchase is ? Anyone out there heard anything on the grapevine? answers on a postage stamp L,O,L

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    yarco

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • He is starting to find his form , still want to see him paired with Becchio , as I think they would compliment each other very well . That seems unlikely as CH does not feel inclined to give Lucifer anything other than a bit part role . Come on , give the boy a chance .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Would like to know hoopers conversion rate per chance? He is looking like the real deal. Although for Norwichs sake I hope he doesn't go to Brazil because playing for England is too often a graveyard for a players career.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • JB

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Given a quality ball it shows he can score goals, but how any can provide the quality?

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    JB

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Hooper is the new Holt. Absolutely delighted he is performing so well.

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    ncfc boy

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • ncfc boy, with all due respect to the legend that is Grant Holt, I think Mr Hooper is a significant upgrade.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Please 'ncfc boy' don't say "Hooper is going nowhere". We all know what that means!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Hooper is getting better with every game. Rarely gives the ball away and strong. Keep it going. OTBC

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    sharky

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Yarco, it happens. Saw today Torres 11 app's 1 goal; Eto'o 9 app's 2 goals; Ba 7 app's 1 goal. All I think valued a bit more than £8m...and all at one club.

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    Pierre

    Monday, December 9, 2013

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