Poll: Our Norwich City Man of the Match against West Brom was Grant Holt, who was yours?
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Grant Holt has long been the man for the big occasion at Norwich City. Some may have doubted whether his powers were on the wane, but the Canaries were indebted to a marauding wrecking ball of a performance from the captain.
Holt bullied both Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley into brutal submission. The skipper also found the time in between aerial dominance and tireless running of the channels to sereve up numerous assists. None more important than the opening goal, when his deep cross was met by Ryan Bennett's towering header and Robert Snodgrass did the rest.
Holt even had the luxury of celebrating before rolling in the second goal after a calamitous mix up involving Ben Foster and the harassed Olsson. It bore more than an echo of his finish against Everton last season, which effectively sealed Norwich's Premier League survival on Easter Saturday.
City should already have been two goals to the good at that stage when Anthony Pilkington kicked fresh air from Holt's knock down. McAuley's scrambled reflexes after his pummelling clearly did little to avert a classy header despatched into his own net that Norwich's skipper would have been proud to call his own.
Pilkington was then denied by Foster late on before Holt left to a deserved standing ovation for the final minutes of a day when he was firmly back in the limelight.