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    Norwich City 4-2 Watford: Canaries relegated despite victory

    By Alex Easley
    Nathan Redmond celebrates his goal as Norwich were victorious 4-2 at a downbeat Carrow Road.
    Norwich City defeated Watford 4-2 at Carrow Road on Wednesday evening, but unfortunately it was not enough to prevent them from being relegated into the Championship.

    Troy Deeney opened the scoring for the visitors in the 11th minute, before Norwich responded three times before the break through Nathan Redmond, Dieumerci Mbokani and a Craig Cathcart own goal.

    However, as news filtered into the ground at half-time of Sunderland’s 2-0 lead over Everton, the mood turned from joy into sorrow as Odion Ighalo broke his recent goal drought by reducing the deficit.

    Despite Mbokani scoring his second and Norwich’s fourth of the game before the 60 minute mark, the home side’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed by the final whistle at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland beat Everton 3-0.

    Norwich boss Alex Neil opted to make four changes to the team that lost 1-0 at home to Manchester United on Saturday in a match the home side had to win to maintain their slim hopes of beating the drop.

    However, the Canaries made the worst possible start to proceedings after allowing opponents, who had lost six of their nine games leading into this contest, an early lead.

    Watford captain Deeney flicked the ball into the path of Ighalo and despite John Ruddy blocking the Nigerian's close-range effort; his strike partner was in the right place to tap home into an empty net.

    The hosts were not behind for long, as Redmond levelled the score four minutes later, albeit with help from Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

    The Brazilian somehow allowed Redmond's near-post shot to squirm under his body after the winger had played a neat one-two with Steven Naismith on the edge of the box.
    Watford's Jose Manuel Jurado takes on Ivo Pinto of Norwich.
    And just three minutes later the contest was completely turned on its head as Norwich went ahead for the first time, with that man Redmond again heavily involved in the goal.

    The England U21 international collected possession towards the left-hand edge of the box, before cutting in and firing a low shot against the post. But giant forward Mbokani was there to convert the rebound from close range, despite desperate Watford appeals for offside.

    The hosts really took control of proceedings though eight minutes before the break when Allan Nyom's unfortunate slip allowed Wes Hoolahan to fire a dangerous left-wing cross into the box, forcing Cathcart to slice the ball past his own 'keeper.

    But as news of Sunderland's third goal on Wearside reached East Anglia, Norwich switched off temporarily as Deeney broke clear to the right-hand byline, before pulling the ball back for the unmarked Igahlo to score his 15th goal of the season from near the penalty spot.

    However, the Canaries had the final say with the best goal of the night as man-of-the-match Redmond cleverly played Mbokani through on goal, with the Congo striker keeping his cool with a lovely dinked finish past the advancing Gomes.
    Dieumerci Mbokani celebrates Norwich's fourth goal.
    TEAM LINE-UPS

    Norwich City: Ruddy, Ivo Pinto, Martin, Bennett, Olsson, O'Neil, Dorrans, Redmond, Hoolahan, Naismith, Mbokani

    Used subs: Brady, Jarvis, Odjidja-Ofoe

    Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Anya, Abdi, Mario Suarez, Watson, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney

    Used subs: Ake, Guedioura, Berghuis

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Nathan Redmond
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