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Sunday, December 8, 2013
The in-form striker shrugged off the statistic, but it’s far from a coincidence – Gary Hooper’s 13th minute strike at West Brom was not only his fifth goal of the season in all competitions and third in the Premier League. It also added more evidence to the statement of fact that when Hooper scores, Norwich City win.
And what a key goal it was too – giving the Canaries their first lead on the road since the full-time whistle blew at the Britannia Stadium back in September. That was City’s other top-flight win of the season away from Carrow Road.
Hooper’s unerring finish was exactly the sort expected from the £5.5m summer signing and as his third goal in five games – or four starts – the excitement will be that there’s more still to come.
“I thought we played well from the start,” said Hooper. “We pressed them high, Leroy (Fer) played a great ball to me and I put it away.
“I didn’t need to take a touch, just put it in. He takes an assist and a goal, and I thought he did well. It was good to go in 1-0 up at half-time.
“They had loads of chances but we dealt with them well and then caught them on the counter attack.
“It was the perfect away performance. Even though West Brom had a few chances I thought John Ruddy was outstanding, saved everything and claimed everything. The defenders won their headers and won their tackles, and it was a good counter attack for the second goal.
“It’s three points, and that takes us two points above West Brom.”