West Brom come out on top in seven-goal thriller with Norwich

West Brom come out on top in seven-goal thriller with Norwich

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Jay Rodriguez struck twice as West Brom recorded their first Championship win of the season

A Jay Rodriguez double helped West Bromwich Albion to their first Championship win in three attempts after a seven-goal thriller at Norwich.

The Baggies fell behind to a Jordan Rhodes strike, but Rodriguez levelled from the spot when on-loan Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle drew a foul from Tim Krul.

Rhodes had a penalty saved when Chris Brunt felled the twisting Onel Hernandez inside the area before the Baggies took control in the second half through Rodriguez’s long-range strike and Harvey Barnes’ finish from Matt Phillips’ cutback made it 3-1.

Daniel Farke’s side found a second through Teemu Pukki only for Hal Robson-Kanu to sweep home Brunt’s corner, and although Grant Hanley pulled one back for the hosts, Darren Moore’s men hung on for a tense finish.

Norwich dominated a lively first-half and the Baggies didn’t muster a shot on target until the 21st minute, when Kieran Gibbs’ deflected strike was comfortably reached by Krul.

Returning full back Ivo Pinto was inches away from scoring a stunning goal as he glided into the West Brom box, evaded two challenges and then whipped a fierce drive from 20 yards that Sam Johnstone palmed away at full stretch.

The Baggies started the second half strongly and initially reduced the hosts to a handful of harmless long-range strikes before four goals arrived in a maddening 17-minute spell.

City pressed for an equaliser amid five minutes of added time and controlled the closing stages, but missed a golden chance to level when Grant Hanley headed just wide from Ben Marshall’s free-kick.

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August 11, 2018 at 09:24AM

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