West Brom 0, Norwich City 1 - what the nationals said

Robbie Brady runs off to celebrate his winning goal with Patrick Bamford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/F

Robbie Brady runs off to celebrate his winning goal with Patrick Bamford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Here are the national newspapers' views on Norwich City's 1-0 win at West Brom in the Premier League.

• BBC Sport: 'The Canaries didn't cover themselves in glory in the first half, but after the break they began to look something more like side that picked up some impressive results earlier in the season. After the goal, Jonny Howson, Gary O'Neil, Brady and Matt Jarvis began to dominate in midfield and their play at the back was also much improved.'

• Sky Sports (Paul Merson): 'Norwich look like they've got a new-found belief they can survive. Norwich played very well, they all got into their shape, and things look a lot different to their display against Liverpool a few months ago. If Norwich continue playing in this manner they could be OK, they've earned two clean sheets and a bit of luck today to get the chance to win the game.'


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• The Daily Mail: 'West Brom boss Tony Pulis labelled it 'such a poor goal' but Norwich will take all they can get. That bit of luck, Jarvis miscontrolling into Brady's path, has been absent since the turn of the year. The goalscorer would later come off with blurred vision after landing on his neck. Neil was adamant results would turn and what a time to start: Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Sunderland are up next.'

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• The Mirror: 'In an even first half, Albion had the better chances with Claudio Yacob and Stephane Sessegnon firing just wide. Norwich were solid and added more cutting edge after the break when they got the breakthrough after good work by Dieumerci Mbokani who found Matt Jarvis in the box. Jarvis was crowded out but the ball broke for Brady to tuck it in under Ben Foster from eight yards out with one of the visitors rare shots on target.'

• The Independent: 'Robbie Brady's 50th-minute goal gave Norwich the perfect start to the run of four matches that will almost certainly determine whether they stay in the League. After the international break, the Canaries face Newcastle and Sunderland at home, with a trip to struggling Crystal Palace in between, offering chances to inflict damage on their immediate rivals as well as increase their own points tally.'

• The Sun: 'Norwich players can be fragile souls. The Baggies bullied them all over the park before the break and they dropped like flies. Alex Neil is NOT a fragile soul. Two minutes after his half-time 'chat' Mbokani elbowed Jonas Olsson – 'message received and understood boss!'

• The Guardian: 'Norwich's self-belief tangibly increased after they made their breakthrough. It was a fine move that led to a scruffy goal. Bamford laid a pass back neatly into midfield where the ball was played to Mbokani, who played an intelligent square pass for Jarvis to come inside Jonny Evans. Even though he bungled his shot, the ball broke for Brady to slot home from close range. Without an away win since they triumphed at Manchester United the week before Christmas, Norwich started playing with more pizzazz, delivering some excellent centres that cried out for a dominant centre-forward to attack.'

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