Matchday

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  • 4 Norwich City

    • 22‘ Wes Hoolahan
    • 60‘ Alex Pritchard
    • 85‘ Josh Murphy
    • 92‘ Wes Hoolahan
  • 0 Queens Park Rangers

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Key Moments

  • 90+2' Hoolahan grabs his second and Norwich's fourth
  • 85' Josh Murphy makes it 3-0 from close range
  • 60' Alex Pritchard doubles the home sides lead
  • 22' Wes Hoolahan puts the Canaries ahead
  • R's make two changes as Doughty & Robinson start
Hide Line-ups
4-2-3-1
4-4-2
  • 1 GK Ruddy
  • 3 D Dijks
  • 5 D Martin
  • 15 D Klose
  • 4 M Dorrans
  • 14 M Hoolahan
  • 31 FWD Murphy
  • 8 M Howson
  • 35 D Godfrey (86‘)
  • 28 FWD Maddison (71‘)
  • 10 FWD Jerome (61‘)
  • 1 GK Smithies
  • 5 D Onuoha
  • 24 D Perch
  • 6 D Lynch
  • 41 M Manning
  • 21 M Luongo
  • 16 M Doughty
  • 15 M Wszolek
  • 2 FWD Freeman (45‘)
  • 35 FWD Grego-Cox (81‘)
  • 30 M Bowler (69‘)

Substitutes

  • 25 D Ivo Pinto (86‘)
  • 21 FWD Alex Pritchard (71‘)
  • 9 FWD Nélson Oliveira (61‘)
  • 33 GK Michael McGovern
  • 27 D Alexander Tettey
  • 17 FWD Yanic Wildschut
  • 22 M Jacob Murphy
  • 18 D Jack Robinson (69‘)
  • 17 FWD Matt Smith (45‘)
  • 9 FWD Conor Washington (81‘)
  • 13 GK Matt Ingram
  • 25 M Michael Petrasso
  • 10 M Sean Goss
  • 29 D Darnell Furlong
Attendance:
27005
Referee:
Tim Robinson

Season ends in defeat for R's

QPR ended the season in disappointing fashion losing 4-0 at Carrow Road against an in-form Norwich City side.

A double from Wes Hoolahan and goals from Alex Pritchard and Josh Murphy gave the Canaries a well-deserved win with Rangers falling considerably below the required standards.

The defeat means the R’s close the campaign out in 18th position with Norwich finishing in 8th.

Holloway opted to go with an experienced starting eleven making just two changes from the side that beat Nottingham Forest last week. Jack Robinson replaced Jake Bidwell at full-back and Michael Doughty came into the midfield at the expense of Luke Freeman.

However there was a new name on the bench with teenager Josh Bowler included in the 18 for the first time in his professional career.

Lining up in a 4-4-2 with regular keeper Alex Smithies in goal and the captain Nedum Onuoha alongside Joel Lynch at heart of the defence.

Robinson and James Perch were the full-backs with Massimo Luongo and Michael Doughty operating in the middle of the park. Pawel Wszolek started on the right wing with Ryan Manning continuing his new left midfield role. Up top was the big and little combination of Matt Smith and Conor Washington.

Norwich came quickly out of the blocks with winger Josh Murphy getting to the by-line and teeing up Nelson Oliveira but his shot was expertly cleared off the line by Joel Lynch.

A few moments later the lively Murphy drew a wonderful save from Alex Smithies down to his near post with the same player hitting the top of the bar with a 25 yard effort in what was a frantic opening to the game.

On the sixth minute Norwich were somewhat fortunate that their full-back Mitchell Dijks escaped a card after stopping what looked a certain QPR goal-scoring chance with his hand. However a free-kick was awarded and Doughty forced Ruddy into a decent save.

Just as Rangers looked to have seen off the early Norwich pressure the R's were punished for some slack defending in the 22nd minute. Wes Hoolahan picked the ball up on the right hand side and weaved into the box before unleashing a low shot which deflected off Onuoha and into the net.

It was almost two nil when Rangers failed to clear their lines from a corner and Hoolahan picked out Dijks whose close range header went just wide.

The home side were enjoying too much space in the midfield and the dangerous Alex Pritchard nearly doubled the score when he ran from the half way line straight through the centre of the pitch and to the edge of the box but his shot deflected off Lynch and went narrowly wide.

After creating very little, QPR's best chance of the game came towards the end of the half. A loose ball broke to Wszolek and his powerful left footed strike was pushed onto the bar by John Ruddy who was making his final appearance for the Canaries.

At half-time Holloway decided to make a change and bring on Luke Freeman for Matt Smith as the Hoops searched for more control in midfield.

QPR began the second half better and got into some good positions but were guilty of not pulling the trigger earlier.

On the 51st minute quick feet from Luke Freeman saw him win a free-kick in a dangerous area 25 yards from goal. The midfielder picked himself up and took the set piece but it went just wide.

But Rangers were punished in the 60th minute after yet again failing to clear their lines with the ball bouncing to Pritchard who on the second attempt volleyed home.

Smithies was once again called into the action five minutes later when Hoolahan danced into the box and struck a fierce shot which was parried away by the QPR number one.

On the 69th minute Jack Robinson was replaced by Josh Bowler who came on for his professional debut. Ryan Manning went to left back with Bowler playing in front of him. The youngster showed no fear as he looked to get on the ball and go past his man on more than one occasion.

But the game was drifting away from the visitors who in the 80th minute brought on Reece Grego-Cox for Conor Washington to try and liven things up.

However the Canaries were in a relentless mood and added another in the 85th minute when the impressive Murphy fired in from close range.

Hoolahan then wrapped the victory up in injury time, tapping in after good work from substitute Cameron Jerome.

It was another away day to forget for Holloway's side who were well beaten in East Anglia in what was an underwhelming way to end the campaign with the only real positive being the brilliant support from the 2,000 travelling fans.