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Substitutes Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan combined to secure Norwich City’s first win in five matches.

Injury-hit Queens Park Rangers looked to be heading for a hard-earned point after Luke Young’s goal cancelled out Russell Martin’s opener.

But Holt had the final word, bundling in Hoolahan’s cross only three minutes after the pair were brought on.

Norwich went ahead when Andrew Surman’s 14th-minute corner dropped straight to Anton Ferdinand and the defender miscued his clearance, allowing Martin to pounce on the loose ball and blast home.

Ferdinand had earlier been fortunate after Steve Morison nipped in front of him only to shoot straight at Radek Cerny, before Morison sent an effort over the bar from just outside the penalty area.

Third-choice goalkeeper Cerny was playing because Paddy Kenny, whose deputy Brian Murphy is injured, was himself ruled out with a hamstring problem that is likely to keep him out for several weeks.

Despite being without Kenny and their talismanic captain Joey Barton, who was suspended, Rangers battled spiritedly and equalised just before the hour mark.

Leon Barnett’s dreadful clearance fell to Jamie Mackie and, after the forward’s shot bounced back off the post, Young was on hand to net his second goal is as many games.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert responded with a double switch, sending on Hoolahan and popular striker Holt – a change which quickly had the desired effect.

Seconds after his header from Morrison’s cross was blocked on the line by Shaun Derry, Holt was set up by Hoolahan for the winner.

Heidar Helguson missed Rangers’ best chance to draw level when he headed Jay Bothroyd’s cross wide at the far post.

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