The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Blair Fer­gu­son

WES Hoola­han marked his fi­nal game at Car­row Road as a Nor­wich player with a game-chang­ing per­for­mance in the Ca­naries’ come­back vic­tory.

The de­par­ture of Hoola­han af­ter 10 years at the club gave some sig­nif­i­cance to a match be­tween two sides locked in midtable.

Kalvin Phillips’ im­pres­sive vol­ley opened the scor­ing for Leeds, but the Ir­ish­man was on hand to pro­vide a quick lev­eller be­fore cut­ting back to Josh Mur­phy for the sec­ond-half win­ner.

The day un­folded neatly for Nor­wich and man­ager Daniel Farke was de­lighted Hoola­han could play a piv­otal role in his fi­nal Car­row Road ap­pear­ance.

“It was a per­fect day,” Farke said. “If I was al­lowed to paint the last home game of the sea­son I’d have painted it ex­actly like that.

“It was a hard strug­gle up un­til the end, but we had Wes Hoola­han in his last game and an un­be­liev­able at­mos­phere.

“He was pretty cru­cial for this win and he proved again that he is able to win Cham­pi­onship games.

“His scored his first goal of the sea­son in his last game and then the as­sist, and his per­for­mance was es­pe­cially good in the sec­ond half and then a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere, so it was bril­liant.

“There were a lot of tears when he came off. It was pretty emo­tional over the day and still is in the dress­ing room. It was an un­be­liev­able mo­ment and I’m sure Wes will never for­get this day.”

Hoola­han was the fo­cus of at­ten­tion but Phillips’ goal fought for it. Af­ter an un­event­ful open­ing 39 min­utes, the mid­fielder latched onto Ron­aldo Vieira’s scuffed shot and hit an el­e­gant first-time vol­ley into the bot­tom right cor­ner from 20 yards.

Nor­wich were only behind for five min­utes when their cap­tain for the day lev­elled.

The for­mer Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional ran to the edge of the area be­fore hit­ting a left-footed shot that looped up into the air off the foot of Pon­tus Jans­son and over Bailey Pea­cock-Far­rell, hit­ting the in­side of the left post and rolling along the goal line be­fore go­ing in off of the right up­right to draw the scores level.

The Ca­naries con­tin­ued to threaten af­ter the break and a fly­ing save from Pea­cock-Far­rell was re­quired to push Mad­di­son’s sting­ing ef­fort away for a cor­ner.

De­spite im­press­ing, the Leeds goal­keeper was at fault for the sec­ond goal. Hoola­han cut the ball back to Mur­phy in the box with the winger hit­ting a pow­er­ful shot that some­how found a way un­der him and in at the near-post.

Af­ter los­ing for a fourth con­sec­u­tive time on the road Leeds man­ager Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom is now con­cen­trat­ing on chang­ing the men­tal­ity of his side, who he be­lieves have lacked fire over re­cent weeks.

“The big­gest thing I’m dis­ap­pointed with, and the thing I’m not go­ing to be able to change un­til we get the chance, is the fire that I’ve al­ready spo­ken about,” he said.

“There’s too many fifty-fifties not won, and I know when I look at the duals that we won’t be com­ing out on top and that’s a thing we have to change, but that’s a men­tal­ity thing.

“I’m cer­tain about what needs to hap­pen and what needs to change, and I’d sit down with any­one now and ar­gue my point be­cause I know I’m right. Some­times it’s nice to be that cer­tain.”


NO WAY THROUGH: Nor­wich de­fender Timm Klose makes a tackle on Samu Saiz of Leeds and, in­set, Josh Mur­phy cel­e­brates the win­ner

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