Norwich too strong for Bournemouth

Matt Jarvis scored on his debut as Norwich City clinched a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.

  • Norwich City 3 Bournemouth 1
  • Jerome fires Norwich in front
  • Hoolahan doubles hosts' lead
  • Debutant Jarvis makes it 3-0
  • Cook nets late consolation

Match summary

Norwich claimed the lead after 35 minutes through Cameron Jerome and doubled their advantage when Wes Hoolahan fired home from 20 yards following a surging run from midfield.

Jarvis marked his debut with a goal in the 67th minute to put the Canaries out of sight, rendering Steve Cook's 81st minute goal nothing more than a consolation.

Full report

The first half proved to be a comfortable one for the hosts as they mustered four efforts on goal, with the Cherries only created one, which failed to find the mark.

Following an evenly contested opening 10 minutes Norwich began to impose themselves on proceedings as the half wore on.

Midfielder Alexander Tettey lashed a powerful effort over the bar from 25 yards out on 12 minutes, while Jerome latched on to a through pass from Wes Hoolahan before firing into the side netting from a tight angle.

Jerome didn't have to wait long for another chance as, just three minutes later, he raced on to Hoolahan's through ball before bundling the ball home under pressure from eight yards.

Bournemouth's solitary first-half chance came in the second minute of injury time. Steve Cook's header found Callum Wilson, whose shot was tipped onto the post by the outstretched fingertips of Norwich keeper John Ruddy.

The visitors started the first half as they had ended the first, although Junior Stanislas was unable to make a clean connection with the ball, slicing a 16-yard effort well wide.

He was made to rue that missed chance as Hoolahan added his name to the scoresheet in the 52nd minute. The Irishman picked up the ball some way out and bore down on goal before unleashing a 20-yard shot into the back of the net.

The Canaries continued to apply the pressure and nearly stretched further ahead on 64 minutes when Robbie Brady struck Artur Boruc's near-post with a fierce effort.

The match was effectively over as a contest three minutes later as debutant Matt Jarvis latch on to an inviting pass from Jonathan Howson before slotting home a curling left-footed effort.

Bournemouth eventually pulled one back in the 81st minute when Steve Cook headed home from a Simon Francis corner, but it was a case of too little, too late as Norwich comfortably saw out the remaining minutes.