Norwich - Norwich City conjured up an emphatic 4-2 victory
over Watford but it was not enough to prevent relegation from the Premier
League on Wednesday.
News that Sunderland had beaten Everton 3-0 meant that the
Canaries, and Newcastle, cannot now climb out of the bottom three regardless of
what happens on Sunday's final round of fixtures.
At least the home fans had a rare victory to cheer, with
Dieumerci Mbokani scoring twice and the inspirational Nathan Redmond
contributing a goal and two assists.
Norwich's preparations for the game hadn't exactly been
ideal with chief executive David McNally handing in his resignation following
Saturday's home loss to Manchester United.
Ed Balls, the chairperson, described that as "very
destabilising" but the Canaries had actually been flatlining for a while;
the loss to United was their fourth straight loss without even a goal being
Norwich nerves allowed Troy Deeney to unleash the game's
first shot, a low drive from distance that John Ruddy in the home goal was able
to get behind with difficulty.
Ruddy was beaten soon afterwards however, with Deeney the
11th-minute scorer and creator.
The Hornets captain nodded down a long ball to the edge of
the box and although Ruddy was able to stop Odion Ighalo from converting Deeney
was there to sidefoot the loose ball into the net.
Norwich needed an instant response and Redmond provided it
just three minutes later.
The winger played a one-two with Naismith on the right of
the box but Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes won't want to be reminded of how
easily he was then beaten at his near post.
Belief surged through the home ranks and Redmond again put
the ball past Gomes, having cut in from the left. This time it hit a post and
was despatched by Mbokani, who had been onside when the initial shot came in,
despite Watford appeals.
The game was just 18 minutes old but Redmond sprinted
forward again to fire across goal and wide this time but play was then held up
for a while for treatment for Mbonaki following a clash with Miguel Britos.
Redmond hit the same post again following a one-two with Wes
Hoolahan and Gomes did well to palm over a fierce follow-up from Martin Olsson
as City were roared on by their supporters.
Those fans had another goal to cheer in the 37th minute and
again it was painful watching for Watford.
Allan Nyom slipped over to allow Hoolahan to fire in a low
ball into the box that Craig Cathcart, the centre-back, diverted into his own
Again Carrow Road erupted but the atmosphere was soon
dampened by news that Sunderland had taken the lead on Wearside, and quickly
followed that up with a second before half-time.
Watford conjured up a goal out of nothing six minutes into
the second half with Deeney getting the better of Russell Martin on the right
and firing in a cross that Ighalo converted for his first goal in 13 outings.
Norwich would not be denied, in this game at least, and just
after Watford fans informed everyone that Sunderland were now 3-0 up, Mbokani
made it 4-2 before the hour mark with a dink over Gomes.
Once again Watford had made a mess of their offside trap;
once again Redmond was the provider.
It made no difference to the league table however as Norwich
ended the night a Championship club in waiting.