Premier League - Early Amalfitano goal gives West Brom vital win against Norwich

Premier League, Carrow Road - Norwich 0 West Brom 1 (Amalfitano 16)

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Morgan Amalfitano (R) of West Bromwich Albion celebrates with Steven Reid (L)

Morgan Amalfitano’s first half goal gave West Brom a vital 1-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The Frenchman scored his fourth of the season to give the Baggies a vital three points and lift his side out of the relegation zone.

West Brom took the lead in the 16th minute from an Amalfitano strike into the bottom corner after he skipped round Martin Olsson who had slipped.

Norwich struggled to create anything for much of the half and could have gone two down when Matej Vydra sprinted the length of the pitch, played a one-two with Stephane Sessegnon before striking at goal only for the goalkeeper to make a good save.

The home side rallied in the second half and were unlucky to hit the crossbar twice through Gary Hooper and a beautiful Robert Snodgrass free-kick. They toiled for much of the half and couldn’t find the breakthrough they needed.

The result leaves Norwich in 17th and five points clear from the drop zone. West Brom have hauled themselves up to 16th, also five points clear of Fulham in the relegation places.

KEY MOMENTS

16’ – BAGGIES LEAD!: Mulumbu lays it to Amalfitano on the edge of the box. His first touch causes a slip from Olsson. He skips around him and dribbles in to the penalty area before placing a shot low into the bottom corner.

30’ – ALMOST TWO! Vydra dribbles from his own penalty area to Norwich’s. He plays a one-two with Sessegnon and lets fly with a vicious left footed strike which is well saved by Ruddy.

39’ – SUPER SAVE! Elmander plants a header into the bottom corner but Foster’s reflexes were sharp as he threw himself across to claw the ball away for a corner.

57’ – CROSSBAR! Snodgrass floats in a free kick from the right. The ball is only half cleared and ends up at Hooper’s feet from a tight angle. He strikes powerfully but the ball crashes into the crossbar.

59’ – CROSSBAR AGAIN! Snodgrass with a free-kick 35 yards out. He whips the ball over the wall and towards the top corner but the crossbar comes to Foster’s rescue again!

66’ – CANARIES STRUGGLING! It is Snodgrass again as he plays a one-two with Hooper on the edge of the box but he balloons his shot well over the crossbar despite the time and space he had.

90+3 – SHOULD BE TWO! Sessegnon dribbles in to the box and decides to shoot from a tight angle rather than lay it back to Berahino in a better goalscoring position. Ruddy saves.

KEY STATS

Today’s victory was West Brom’s sixth win in the Premier League this season.

Amalfitano has scored four goals in 23 games for West Brom having scored twice in 60 for his previous club Marseille. This is also the second time this season he has scored in successive games.

Norwich dominated possession with 69% of the ball but managed just four shots on target all game. West Brom managed five.

This is only West Brom’s second victory this season having been leading at half time.

TALKING POINT

Can Norwich stay in the Premier League? They were banking on their home form getting them out of trouble having not lost in their last six at Carrow Road. They missed out on a big opportunity to put themselves well clear of West Brom and ease some pressure on a very difficult run of games to the end of the season.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Morgan Amalfitano (West Brom): He was the difference between the two sides today. The shot for his goal was pure quality and he looked lively all day. The Frenchman was diligent in his duties going the other way too and limiting Norwich down their left side.

PLAYER RATINGS

Norwich: Ruddy 7, Martin 6, Yobo 7, Bassong 6, Olsson 5, Snodgrass 7, Howson 6, Tettey 5, Hoolahan 5, Elmander 5, Hooper 6. Subs: Gutierrez 6, Becchio 6, Redmond 6.

West Brom: Foster 7, Reid 7, McAuley 7, Olsson 7, Ridgewell 7, Amalfitano 8, Morrison 7, Mulumbu 7, Dorrans 7, Sessegnon , Vydra 7. Subs: Berahino 6, O’Neil 6, Gera n/a.

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