Wolves 1 Norwich City 2
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Robbie Brady's superb 25-yard strike sealed Norwich City's first win at Wolves since 1995, but the Canaries had to survive another tense Championship finale.
Cameron Jerome opened the scoring in the second minute and Brady looked to have eased Alex Neil's side to the win when he rifled a left-footed finish past Carl Ikeme in the 73rd minute but Dave Edwards' 80th minute looping header forced the visitors to defend again deep into stoppage time to avoid any repeat of their painful midweek loss at Newcastle.
Neil made two changes from the starting line up that lost 4-3 in dramatic fashion at Newcastle United. Fit-again defender Timm Klose returned to partner Russell Martin with Seb Bassong making way and Wes Hoolahan was preferred to Jonny Howson.
Hoolahan needed two minutes to make his presence felt with a pinpoint cross headed home by Jerome pas the stranded Carl Ikeme from seven yards.
Wolves looked to utilise the searing pace of their attacking players with Helder Costa shrugging off Martin Olsson but curling a left-footed shot wide of Michael McGovern's far post.
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The likes of Robbie Brady and Hoolahan were enjoying the freedom to roam and the space to probe as Wolves retreated towards their own goal in the opening quarter. Jerome miscued a left-footed curling effort in the 27th following a burst from Jacob Murphy.
Murphy missed a golden chance in the 30th minute after Jerome fed the overlapping Alex Tettey who picked out the unmarked Hoolahan to draw players before slipping in the youngster but Ikeme's trailing leg denied him from six yards.
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Wolves tried to up the ante at the start of the second period with Joao Teixeira jinking inside but clipping a shot wide of McGovern's left-hand post.
Striker Nouha Dicko's competitive return after a year out with a knee injury pepped up the home fans when he was introduced for Teixeira in the 62nd minute.
Dicko was left unattended at the far post with Norwich failing miserably to play offside, but McGovern saved superbly at his near post.
With the home surge growing in a worrying echo of City's implosion at Newcastle, Brady soothed such anxiety with a sublime first time left-footed finish swept into the top corner from 25 yards from Jerome's set.
But City's defensive frailties were evident again in the 80th minute when Matt Doherty stood up a cross attacked by Edwards who powered a looping header past McGovern from 12 yards.
• Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty, Edwards, Batth, Costa, Iorfa, Oniangue (Coady 57), Teixeira (Dicko 63), Saiss, Borthwick-Jackson (Mason 87), Cavaleiro. Subs (not used): Longeran, Silvio, Stearman, Price.
• Bookings: Costa (foul on Hoolahan, 47); Edwards (foul on Hoolahan, 79); Saiss (foul on Pinto, 85)
• Goal: Edwards (80)
• Norwich: McGovern, Pinto, Martin, Klose, Olsson, Tettey, Dorrans, Jacob Murphy (Howson 69), Hoolahan (Oliveira 83), Brady, Jerome (Bennett 90). Subs (not used): Ruddy, Bassong, Pritchard, Josh Murphy.
• Bookings: Hoolahan (foul on, Costa, 12); Dorrans (foul on Costa, 26); Tettey (foul on Costa, 65)
• Goals: Jerome (2), Brady (73)
• Time added on: 1 minute / 5 minutes
• Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Durham)
• Attendance: 18,793 (1,103 away fans)