Nor­wich cruise it to climb to sev­enth

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Neal Wid­dows

NOR­WICH City man­ager Neil Adams ad­mit­ted his side had to be pa­tient and earn the right to play be­fore run­ning riot in the sec­ond half against ten-man Hud­der­s­field Town.

Town were re­duced in num­bers when Mur­ray Wal­lace was sent off, be­fore Bradley John­son bun­dled home Gary Hooper’s cross within a minute of the start of the sec­ond half.

Sub­sti­tute Nathan Red­mond’s header dou­bled City’s lead be­fore John­son nod­ded home his sec­ond of the game.

Cameron Jerome’s header made it four be­fore sub­sti­tute Lewis Grab­ban’s clin­i­cal fin­ish com­pleted the rout as Nor­wich se­cured just their sec­ond win in nine home games.

“It’s all about re­sults,” said Adams. “The dif­fer­ence is stick­ing the ball in at one end and stop­ping pre­ventable mis­takes at the other end.

“We’ve been more solid in mid­field and we’ve got six points from it.We’ve set up to make sure we don’t end up chas­ing a game and to stop giv­ing teams a head start.

“I was pleased at half-time. It’s a 90-minute game and if we’d have gone gung-ho from the start and lost 1-0 we wouldn’t have been applauded off.

“It was tough to leave Nathan out last week as well as this week. The send­ing off gave us the chance to bring him on and he was out­stand­ing.”

Town’s hopes of a first point in four away games took a sig­nif­i­cant dent in the 17th minute as Jerome latched on to a poor touch from Mark Hud­son, only to be un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously brought down by Wal­lace as he headed for goal, leav­ing ref­eree Mark Brown with no al­ter­na­tive but to show the red card.

Hooper and Jerome both wasted glo­ri­ous chances as City strug­gled to break down the Ter­ri­ers in an unin­spir­ing first half de­spite their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage.

Adams in­tro­duced Red­mond at half-time, and the change paid im­me­di­ate div­i­dends. Less than 60 seconds into the sec­ond half, Hooper’s back heel across the box fell to the out­stand­ing John­son, who man­aged to poke the ball past Smithies.

City dou­bled their ad­van­tage min­utes later as Martin Ols­son’s deep cross from the left found Red­mond at the back post, and his loop­ing header sailed over Smithies and into the net.

With just six min­utes gone in the sec­ond half, Jack Robin­son blocked Jonny How­son’s well­struck vol­ley, and the ball fell kindly for John­son to head into an empty net with Smithies stranded on the floor.

Red­mond con­tin­ued to tor­ment the Ter­ri­ers with his pace, and his cross pro­vided the fourth as Hooper headed back across goal for Jerome to head home.

Two more sub­sti­tu­tions brought re­wards for Adams as Grab­ban slot­ted home the fifth of the game from fel­low re­place­ment Wes Hoola­han’s pass within two min­utes of re­plac­ing Hooper.

“I thought we re­sponded well to the send­ing off,” said Hud­der­s­field boss Chris Pow­ell, who has seen his side slip to four con­sec­u­tive away de­feats.

“We were in the game in the first half but you can’t start the sec­ond half like we did, and we gave our­selves no chance of get­ting some­thing from the game. We made things dif­fi­cult in the first half but we cer­tainly didn’t in the sec­ond half.

“When you’re down to ten men you know you’re go­ing to get ex­posed. We have to re­spond to what hap­pened. I’m go­ing to have to pick the play­ers up and then we’ll go again next week and I have some de­ci­sions to make with re­gards to the team.

“I’ve got no prob­lems with the red card, it was the cor­rect decision and we move on. It’s not a great day for the team, for me or for Hud­der­s­field.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

ON TAR­GET: Nor­wich’s Cameron Jerome scores their fourth FLY­ING HIGH: Nor­wich’s Bradley John­son, left, cel­e­brates the third goal with Martin Ols­son

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