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