“We’ve finally married a great result with a great performance”: Fans react to Norwich City’s 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest
PUBLISHED: 17:53 11 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:49 12 February 2017
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Norwich City turned on the style to hammer 10-man Nottingham Forest and keep up the heat on the Championship top six at Carrow Road. Here’s what the fans made of it...
Alex Neil’s side were rampant with a three-goal spell inside eight first-half minutes over-powering the Reds. Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan struck brilliant individual goals with Josh Murphy finishing a flowing team move prior to the interval.
There was even better to come when Hoolahan controlled Josh Murphy’s aerial flick and embarrassed Henderson with a half-volley that arced over the stranded keeper from fully 30 yards.
That was Henderson’s final involvement when he was stretchered off, taking on oxygen, with what appeared a leg injury following his mid-air leap following prolonged treatment in his six yard box.
Captain Russell Martin was convinced it should be four in the 34th minute when he towered above his marker but Zach Clough cleared his close range header off the Forest line. Referee Duncan waved away Martin’s appeals his effort had crossed the line.
City survived another set piece concession in a rare attacking moment from the visitors a minute prior to the interval when Danny Fox’s glancing header clipped the outside of John Ruddy’s far post.
Clough skied over in the 54th minute with the Reds committing more men forward.
McCormack was introduced shortly after, to a suitably negative reaction from the home fans, before Steven Whittaker replaced Ivo Pinto. The Portuguese defender had been struggling for the previous 10 minutes after twisting awkwardly inside his own area.
City quelled any lingering prospect of a revival from the visitors when Pritchard burst into the box to square up Fox and rifle a low strike into the bottom corner from 16 yards.
Jack Hobbs bundled the ball home in the 65th minute but Britt Assombalonga was penalised for a challenge on Ruddy in the build up.
Dijks was replaced by Ryan Bennett for the final quarter, with Neil perhaps already thinking about Newcastle’s midweek visit to Carrow Road.
The Reds’ afternoon deteriorated even further when captain Lichaj was dismissed for hauling down Oliveira to pick up his second yellow card.
Wildschut was introduced for his home debut as Hoolahan made way in the final change for the hosts but it was McCormack who announced his arrival when he sneaked in behind the City backline to lift the ball over the advancing Ruddy.
Pritchard ensured City deservedly had the final say with a dipping left-footed effort from the edge of the area to seal the rout.