Norwich City 6 Millwall 1

Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome is congratulated by Gary Hooper after notching his 12th of the season in the Boxing Day Championship romp against Millwall. 
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Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome is congratulated by Gary Hooper after notching his 12th of the season in the Boxing Day Championship romp against Millwall. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City thumped Millwall 6-1 in a Boxing Day rout that maintained their Championship revival at Carrow Road.

Neil Adams’ buoyant squad followed up their 5-0 romp against Huddersfield and a battling point at Derby before Christmas with an emphatic display against a dire Lions’ outfit.

Steven Whittaker notched his second in two games before Cameron Jerome’s 12th of the season and two braces from Bradley Johnson and Gary Hooper sealed the win with Millwall’s Jermaine Easter slotting an 87th minute header to deny the Canaries a clean sheet.

Adams made one change to his starting line up with Alex Tettey (knee) absent. Nathan Redmond came in on the right with Jonny Howson switching inside to partner Gary O’Neil. Scottish midfielder Conor McGrandles earned a promotion to the substitutes’ bench as the Norwegian international missed out.

Jerome sliced wide 67 seconds into the game when he shrugged off Mark Beevers but slashed over from 10 yards. Strike partner Hooper was then flagged offside in the fifth minute after chesting home Whittaker’s cross but the early signs were positive for the Canaries.

Millwall continued to look vulnerable despite probing on the counter but Forde needed gathered Jerome’s near post header from another home foray.

Redmond’s strike was parried by Forde but span away from Jerome as the striker hunted a rebound seven yards out.

City’s weight of possession paid dividends in the 13th minute when Forde fumbled Whittaker’s angled shot over his line from eight yards out after the hosts worked a swift corner routine.

Norwich doubled their lead in the 18th minute, Forde culpable again, when his attempted pass to Matthew Briggs was cut out by Jerome who rounded the stranded keeper and rolled into an empty net.

Norwich’s top scorer blazed wide shortly after with another horrible slice from barely seven yards as the bizarre Boxing Day clash continued.

John Marquis’ deflected shot flew over at the opposite end in the midst of a calamitous opening quarter from the Lions.

Whittaker was adjudged to have held Marquis, which presented the visitors with a set piece chance, but Johnson’s vigilance nullified the threat from Beevers’ deep run.

Carlos Cuellar then ranged forward but was a yard from connecting with O’Neil’s near post corner before Jerome again found himself in the thick of the action with a miscued back heel five yards out that would have beaten Forde but for Beevers’ goal line intervention.

Ricardo Fuller was fouled by Cuellar 20 yards out in the closing stages of a half that was now meandering after the early fireworks but John Ruddy dropped on Shaun Williams’ low set piece.

Redmond’s close control and clever pivot earned the crowd’s appreciation, but Hooper over-hit the return in a sign of City’s growing lack of precision prior to the interval.

Howson injected some dynamism with a slaloming run through the heart of the Lions’ defence but his scuffed right-footed effort rolled wide.

Jerome was then denied by Beevers at the near post from Redmond’s burst with City picking up the pace in the final seconds.

Marquis forced a corner in the early moments of the second period but the concession owed much to Norwich’s sluggish start since the interval. Johnson headed clear to spark a counter which saw Hooper poke wide with Forde to beat 10 yards out.

Whittaker, suitably emboldened by his two goals in two games, worked a space with a back heel to lose Briggs but the rising shot flew into the home fans.

Norwich finally grabbed the third their football merited in the 54th minute when Hooper superbly turned away from his marker to advance and roll in the overlapping Johnson to crash a first time strike low past Forde from 20 yards.

Johnson followed up his Huddersfield brace with another for the collection in the 61st minute when he arrived unmarked at the far post to divert Redmond’s angled shot past Forde from point blank range.

Forde denied Howson in the 66th minute when the Yorkshireman left the Lions’ defence trailing his wake but the Irish keeper guessed correctly to divert around his right-hand post.

Wes Hoolahan marked his arrival for O’Neil with another assist following his cameo against the Terriers as Hooper calmly rifled past Forde at his near post following a burst from halfway.

Adams made his final change with 15 minutes still remaining to hand McGrandles a Norwich senior debut for two-goal midfielder Johnson.

Millwall’s search for scant consolation saw Easter swerve around Whittaker but lift over in the 81st minute. But the Lions’ perseverance paid off in the 87th minute when Easter headed home Williams’ free kick which Ruddy could only initally parry onto his bar.

There was still time for Hooper and Hoolahan to be denied by Forde from another surging breakout led by Whittaker before Hooper sealed the rout in the first seconds of stoppage time when he rolled past the grounded Forde from inside the six yard box.

• Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Cuellar, Olsson, Howson, O’Neil (Hoolahan 66), Redmond, Johnson (McGrandles 76), Hooper, Jerome (Grabban 62). Subs (not used): Rudd, Turner, Lafferty, Bennett.

• Goals: Whittaker (13), Jerome (18), Johnson (54, 61), Hooper (69, 90)

• Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Briggs, Angel (Abdou 71), Williams, Marquis, Martin, Gueye (Easter 71), Fuller (Gregory 71). Subs (not used): King, Wilkinson, Upson, McDonald.

• Booking: Beevers (foul on Redmond, 72)

• Goal: Easter (87)

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 4 minutes

• Referee: Andy D’Urso (Essex)

• Attendance: 26,714

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  • I enjoyed that. Funny you should say that Jaemae - I was critical of Hoopers performance first half. I thought he was lazy, but he turned in a proper performance 2nd half. It could and should have been more as we must have missed at least 7 other clear cut chances. However, the passing was crisp and the midfield were very good and ran the show. The NAMP machine trundles on.

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • the first one I've missed this season. Doh!

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    Mikado Kember

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Whittaker was emboldened by his " two goals in two goals ??????" does that work???

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    Al Gurgleman

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • I forgot Xmas was more than just one day, but a Boxing Day gift is most welcome in the form of 3 points, well done.

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    Bald Canary

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Gutted Football Matches English Championship Matches Norwich v Millwall 26th of Dec 2014 3:00 pm Correct Score Norwich 6 - 0 @ 1751

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    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • I felt a bit like that till Pirlo Johnson did his stuff. I would not like to start with the eleven we finished with. Hope CC is okay. Great afternoon out!

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    el dingo

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • It's not often that I agree with Paddy's adjectives, but "bizarre" certainly sums up what I saw this afternoon. Yes. it was great to see some good individual performances and some good goals going in (thanks, goalie, for passing to Jerome) but am I carping ungraciously when I say that we saw some long passes going miles astray and the ball being given away too often? We got away with it because we did to Millwall what teams have done to us, namely capitalised on defensive errors and put together some good moves on the break. We ought get away with it again against Reading, but will Bournemouth be so kind to us? Despite NA's understandable euphoria on Canary Call, I hope he gets the message across to tighten up. That said, i enjoyed the game. Someone (a returning Brew?) tell me I'm being too critical?

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    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Great performance and result but cannot believe how bad Millwall played. Jerome could have had a hat trick first half but that is being greedy. Shame big John did not keep a clean sheet but at least that will give him a target for Sunday then hopefully we will gain revenge on Reading.

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    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Exactly what we should be doing indeed! Looking forward to the trip to Reading now...Bring back The Brew!

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    Wobbly Jnr

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • With close to a PL squad, this is what we should be doing at home to most teams in this league. We have seen a marked improvement since Mike Phelan came along, and just as well - things had gone badly astray while we plummeted from 1st to 10th in less than two months ! Looks like MP has turned things around and we are heading back the right way. We have to keep this form up to the end of the season now to ensure that we get out of the Chumpy this season.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Jingle bells, Millwall smells, Forde can't hold the ball, Johnson cracks 2 again and Hoops is on the board!

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    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • I sure do give Hooper stick, and those that like him. But it was actually good to see him actually have a great performance all around with both goals and assists against a full strength side. I'm not against saying that.

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    jaemae2 .

    Friday, December 26, 2014

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