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Everton 3-0 Norwich: Toffees trounce Canaries in Tim Howard’s finale

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James McCarthy, Kevin Mirallas, and Leighton Baines did their part to send Tim Howard off in style, and Norwich had little to offer the American’s goal as Everton finished a trying season on a high at Goodison Park.

With former manager Roberto Martinez dismissed just days ago, Joe Royle and David Unsworth teamed up to take charge of the Toffees, and they put the home side into the offseason with some positives to look forward to.

Howard was forced into his first save on 9 minutes when a cross from Ivo Pinto from the right was intended for Cameron Jerome, but Howard was able to clear the danger over the end line. Everton went close down the other end as Gareth Barry pilfered the Norwich midfield and found Romelu Lukaku, but his low shot was saved acrobatically by John Ruddy.

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Everton went in front just before the 20 minute mark thanks to a fantastic counter-attack. Howard fed James McCarthy from the box, and the 25-year-old burst forward through the middle. He found Tom Davies on the right, who completely bungled Graham Dorrans. McCarthy picked up the loose ball and rifled home a sparkling shot to give Everton the opening goal.

Both teams lost a player early to injury, with Norwich needing to sub Martin Olsson off after just 10 minutes, while Everton’s Matthew Pennington was replaced just before the half-hour mark. Just after the Toffees sub, they had a chance for a second as Lukaku sprung countrymate Kevin Mirallas free down the left, but his tight shot beat Rudy and also beat the post.

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Norwich had a chance to equalize in the 41st minute as Cameron Jerome laid off perfectly for Matt Jarvis, but his shot went miles over the bar. They would rue the miss. Moments later, a ball for Gareth Barry over the top for Lukaku forced Robbie Brady to pull him back, and as Lukaku went to ground, the referee pointed to the spot. Leighton Baines slammed home the penalty, and Everton went 2-0 up.

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Straight after the break, the Toffees got a third. James McCarthy on the right sprung substitute Jonjoe Kenny down the edge of the box, and he crossed to the other side for a wide open Kevin Mirallas, who finished strongly to put the Toffees clean through.

The three points means Everton jumps above Swansea on goal differential, as the two teams finish the season with 47 points. Norwich end the year in 19th, heading to the Championship having just collected 34 points on the campaign.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich: Eagles secure first win of 2016

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Crystal Palace beat Norwich City 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday as the Eagles finally secured their first win of 2016 in the Premier League.

The game winning moment arrived in the second half as Jason Puncheon curled in the winner, but Norwich had plenty of chances to score in an end-to-end game in south London.

With the win Alan Pardew‘s side move to 37 points, while Alex Neil‘s Norwich remain just outside the bottom three on 31 points.

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Palace started brightly with Yannick Bolasie racing down the wing and his cross couldn’t quite find Dwight Gayle, then Puncheon missed an absolute sitter.

Norwich started decently but all of the big chances were falling to Palace.

Dieurmerci Mbokani blocked Yohan Cabaye‘s goalbound effort amid plenty of bodies in the box as the Canaries were hanging on.

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Norwich felt they should have had a penalty kick as Matt Jarvis latched onto a loose ball in the box and collided with Damien Delaney but referee Michael Oliver waved away the calls.

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In the second half Palace started well and should’ve been ahead as a corner was flapped at by John Ruddy under pressure from Mile Jedinak but Scott Dann somehow fired over the bar at the back post.

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Palace finally took the lead in the 68th minute as Puncheon cut inside and curled home into the bottom corner. 1-0.

Moments later Wayne Hennessey saved superbly from Ryan Bennett‘s free kick and Robbie Brady‘s shot was blocked brilliantly by Pape Souare.

Wilfried Zaha had a drilled shot saved by Ruddy as the game opened up late on, with Yannick Bolasie having a shot cleared off the line by Jonny Howson.

Norwich pushed for an equalizer late on with Bennett again going close, but they couldn’t find one as Alex Neil’s side lost for the first time in four games.

West Brom 0-1 Norwich: Canaries grab huge win to boost survival hopes

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  • Brady grabs Norwich’s first win in 11
  • Back-to-back clean sheets for Norwich
  • Canaries now have 28 points
  • West Brom lose for first time in 5

Norwich City beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns to boost their hopes of staying in the Premier League and ending a 10-game run without a victory.

Alex Neil‘s side won courtesy of Robbie Brady‘s strike and managed to keep a clean sheet for the second-straight game after going eight games without keeping one.

The Canaries now have 28 points and sit fourth from bottom, three points ahead of Sunderland and four points ahead of Newcastle. West Brom remain on 39 points after losing for the first time in five games.

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Norwich had plenty of the ball early on but failed to create any clear cut chances.

West Brom grew into the game and after a corner was half cleared Claudio Yacob sent an effort just wide of the post as the Baggies gathered a head of steam.

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Norwich’s Gary O’Neill then gave the ball away in front of the back four and Stephane Sessegnon surged forward but drove his effort wide of the near post when he should have hit the target.

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Five minutes into the second half Norwich went 1-0 up as Matt Jarvis was found in the box by Dieumerci Mbokani and although the ball got stuck under his feet, Brady was on hand to finish. 1-0 to the visitors as their survival hopes received a huge shot in the arm.

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Craig Gardner whipped in a free kick which somehow evaded everyone but despite pinning Norwich back the home side were failing to create any clear chances.

In the end Norwich held on for the victory rather easily and piled pressure on relegation rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland ahead of their Tyne-Wear derby later in Week 31.

Liverpool 1-1 Norwich City: Martin cancels out Ings, leaves Liverpool feeling empty

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  • Game finished 0-0 after first 45 minutes
  • Danny Ings broke the deadlock three minutes after coming on
  • Russell Martin leveled things up after an hour with a stunning flick

The Reds looked a quality side at Anfield, but that didn’t produce the desired result as Russell Martin rescued a point for Norwich at Anfield, canceling out a goal from Danny Ings right after halftime.

Liverpool looked meaningful off the opening whistle with Daniel Sturridge back in the lineup, but James Milner had a shocking start to the match with a yellow card and a dive in the box inside the first four minutes. The latter came from a stellar flick from Sturridge, indicating he may be back to full fitness.

Milner’s day got worse as he had a wide open shot on 16 minutes in the middle of the penalty area but blasted it straight at a defender with the goal gaping.

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Liverpool continued to pummel the Norwich box, and Sturridge had his best chance yet on the half-hour mark as a horrible giveaway by the Canaries in their own half allowed Lucas to slot through the England international alone on goal, but with a defender closing down fast, his hurried shot was acrobatically saved by John Ruddy.

Norwich continued to make mistakes at the back, and it nearly played in the head of Christian Benteke on 40 minutes had Ruddy not come out to punch away just in time.

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Brendan Rodgers was forced to remove Benteke at halftime due to an injury, and on came Danny Ings in his place, who would immediately make an impact. Yet again a Norwich giveaway allowed Moreno to play in Ings who struck home around poor marking from Sebastian Bassong for his first Liverpool goal.

Despite Liverpool’s ascendacy, Norwich wasn’t phased. A corner came in past the hour mark and Simon Mignolet went for the punch. He didn’t get all of the ball, and it fell right at the feet of Russell Martin who pulled a striker’s trick out of his bag and spectacularly poked the ball with the outside of his foot, looping his shot over the crowd in front of net and in for the equalizer.

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With the game level, Rodgers brought Daniel Sturridge off for Adam Lallana, and the game exploded open. Nathan Redmond found Matt Jarvis in the box on the break but Mignolet crumpled to a heap and stopped the shot. Coutinho had an open look with 12 minutes from the right edge of the six-yard box but he couldn’t finish around Ruddy. Ings had another chance after Lallana sliced up the Norwich defense on the ball, but he couldn’t get a shot off before the end line.

The point puts Liverpool on eight points for the young season, moving them level with West Brom in 12th. Norwich moves there as well, on eight points with a slightly better goal differential.

Norwich City 3-1 Bournemouth: Hoolahan again the hero

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  • Goal, assist for Hoolahan
  • Cook nets for Cherries
  • Jarvis, Jerome also score
  • Norwich rises to eighth

So far this season, Wes Hoolahan is one of the best playmakers in the Premier League, and he led Norwich City to a 3-1 win over visiting Bournemouth at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Hoolahan scored after setting up the Canaries’ first goal, and Matt Jarvis scored on debut for Norwich.

Steve Cook scored Bournemouth’s lone goal.

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Norwich went ahead when the Canaries took care of not one but two Cherries’ defenders. First, Hoolahan touched the ball by Cook before squaring a neat left-footed pass to Jerome, who had lunged past Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick to slap the ball home. 1-0.

Hoolahan kept up his hot play in the second half, dribbling for a spell before sending a 20-yard shot past Elphick. The Canaries were well on their way to three points at Carrow Road.

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Ex-West Ham man Jarvis sent a left-footed shot home of Jonny Howson’s assist to make it 3-0 in the 67th minute. ‘Twas over, though Cook made some amends for his earlier defending with a late consolation goal.

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