English Premiership

Hoolahan shines in Norwich stroll

2015-09-12 19:46
Wes Hoolahan (AFP Photo)

Norwich - Wes Hoolahan stole the spotlight as Norwich secured their second Premier League win of the season with a 3-1 success against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Alex Neil's side took the lead when Hoolahan set up Cameron Jerome's first half opener and Hoolahan added the second with an eye-catching individual effort before debutant Matt Jarvis netted the third at Carrow Road.

This was the first ever top-flight meeting between these sides, who were both promoted from the Championship last season, and, although Steve Cook got one back for Bournemouth, it is Norwich with seven points who are making the smoother transition.

Norwich were without former Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban, who is out of favour after trying to force a move to his old club earlier this season, but the hosts still swept to a comfortable win.

Canaries midfielder Alexander Tettey needed treatment after suffering a head injury in an early clash with Joshua King and he was fortunate to escape with a booking soon after for an ugly hack on the Bournemouth forward.

That tetchy challenge brought the simmering tensions between the teams to the boil and Bournemouth duo Simon Francis and Adam Smith earned yellow card for crunching fouls, while Hoolahan also went into Martin Atkinson's book.

Amid all the aggression, Jerome had a chance to open the scoring when Hoolahan found him with a clever through-ball, but the former Stoke forward fired into the side-netting.

Jerome made amends for that miss in the 35th minute when he scored from close-range after Hoolahan unhinged the Bournemouth defence with a clever nutmeg of Cook.

The visitors nearly equalised just before half-time when Callum Wilson's strike was touched onto a post by Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.

But Hoolahan's sublime solo goal increased Norwich's lead in the 52nd minute.

Taking possession 40 yards from goal, the Republic of Ireland midfielder advanced unchecked before drilling a superb strike past Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Neil's team were well on top and on-loan West Ham winger Jarvis sealed the points in the 67th minute with a cool curled finish.

Cook headed in a Francis corner in the 81st minute but it was little consolation for bedraggled Bournemouth.

Read more on:    english premiership  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.