‘They were a class above. It was men against boys’ - what the opposition’s media thought of Norwich City’s 4-1 win at Blackburn Rovers

Norwich City manager Alex Neil and Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Foc

Norwich City manager Alex Neil and Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

How the Lancashire Telegraph reported Norwich City's 4-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

• Live coverage

'Rovers old boy Martin Olsson off, Steven Whittaker on. Some boos, but mostly applause. Oh to have a left-back of his quality.

'Rovers are a shambles at the back. This could get even more embarrassing.

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'Rovers need to show more fight. Norwich passing it around like it's an end-of-season game.

'Shellshocked feel around the ground after the anger died down. Rovers, bar a couple of teasing crosses, not looked like getting back into this.

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'Boos ringing out around the ground after that third goal went in. This is a disaster.'

• Match report

'Norwich, with the pace and movement of their fluid front four, were looking very much like promotion favourites, ruthlessly exposing their opponents' mistakes and deficiencies.

'But it was all too easy and, whether shell-shocked or not, there was no excusing the lack of fight shown by Rovers.'

• Blackburn Rovers reporter Paul Wheelock's verdict

'Few expected much but did anyone expect that? It's true Rovers will not face teams of the calibre of the Canaries every week.

'With their pace, movement, intricate passing and ruthless finishing Norwich looked every inch a side set for a one-season stay back in the Championship.

'They were a class above. It was men against boys.

'With Norwich popping the ball about to 'oles' from their fans, the Rovers players needed to show they were hurting as much as their supporters, but gallingly they barely laid a glove, let alone left a boot in, on their opponents.'

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