Blackburn 1 Norwich City 4

Wes Hoolahan slots Norwich City's second goal at Blackburn. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wes Hoolahan slots Norwich City's second goal at Blackburn. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City stormed to a 4-1 win on their return to the Championship against Blackburn at Ewood Park.

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Jacob Murphy marked his first league start for the club with a thumping long range strike, then Wes Hoolahan and Cameron Jerome put Alex Neil's men in total control prior to the half-hour mark. Steven Naismith added a fourth after the interval before Anthony Stokes reduced the deficit for the poor hosts.

Murphy made his first league start for Norwich City with new Tottenham signing Alex Pritchard in reserve. Jonny Howson captained the side with John Ruddy preferred to Michael McGovern in goal. Russell Martin (back), Robbie Brady (calf) and Graham Dorrans (groin) sat out the opening game but Neil suggested on Friday both Martin and Brady could be in contention for next week's home opener against Sheffield Wednesday.

Rovers featured City old boys Elliott Ward and Elliott Bennett in their starting line up for Owen Coyle's first competitive match in charge since replacing Paul Lambert at Ewood Park.

Jacob Murphy announced his arrival in stunning fashion just 12 minutes into his big day when he twisted away from his marker to crash an unstoppable 25-yard shot beyond the flailing Jason Steele.

Norwich doubled their lead in the 17th minute when Hoolahan was afforded too much room inside the Rovers' penalty area to guide a low, left-footed finish beyond Steele.

City remarkably added a third in the 25th minute when Jerome swept home Ivo Pinto's gorgeous cross from a tight angle at the far post following clever interplay from Naismith and Hoolahan.

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Norwich suffered an injury blow shortly after the interval when Martin Olsson was forced to depart with what looked a hamstring injury but Naismith ended any faint hope of an improbable home comeback when he beat Steele at his near post from seven yards following Hoolahan's clever pass.

Rovers did pull a goal back in the 67th minute when Stokes rose powerfully above Ivo Pinto to head Liam Feeney's deep cross past John Ruddy from 10 yards.

• Blackburn: Steele, Henley, Ward (Greer 21), Duffy, Lowe, Feeney, Marshall, Akpan (Byrne 63), Lenihan, E Bennett (Stokes 45), Graham. Subs (not used): Raya, Hendrie, Guthrie, Conway.

• Bookings: E Bennett (foul on Jerome, 15); Greer (foul on Jacob Murphy, 75)

• Goal: Stokes (67)

• Norwich: Ruddy, Pinto, R Bennett, Klose, Olsson (Whittaker 53), Howson (Mulumbu 77), Tettey, Jacob Murphy, Naismith, Hoolahan (Pritchard 80), Jerome. Subs (not used): McGovern, Bassong, Lafferty, Josh Murphy.

• Bookings: Jerome (foul on Lenihan, 69); Mulumbu (handball, 80)

• Goals: Jacob Murphy (12), Hoolahan (17), Jerome (25), Naismith (58)

• Time added on: 2 minutes / 4 minutes

• Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

• Attendance: 12,641 (1,535 away)