Norwich City’s Man of the Match v Wolves

Simple maxim it may be but when Wes Hoolahan plays well, invariably so do Norwich City. There were plenty of candidates in yellow and green - which has not been the case in recent times.

In itself a testament to the measure of control Norwich City exerted between Grant Holt's leveller and his late sending off. City dominated territory and possession. That is Hoolahan's game to a tee. Freed from defensive strictures in a reshaped Norwich formation with the added protection afforded by David Fox and Jonny Howson, the Dubliner was able to indulge in his full reportoire of tricks in and around the Wanderers' penalty box.

Hoolahan latched onto Holt's flick down inside the first five minutes, but the strike was blocked. A hint of things to come. City's playmaker was pivotal to the match-winning move. Holt deserved his plaudits for the cool penalty slot, but the opportunity owed everything to Hoolahan. Spatial awareness and vision to combine with Howson to set up Holt for the initial strike. Then loitering with intent on the edge to slam goalwards against the upper arm of Eggert Jonsson.

Howson and Hoolahan continued to set the tempo after the interval; switching the point of attack and probing for holes in and around Holt. His only blemish came late on when a rash inside pass brought a rebuke from his manager, but no terminal damage.


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