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Norwich City consolidated their place in the top half of the table by inflicting more home misery on West Bromwich Albion. Goals from Andrew Surman and Steve Morison were sufficient to sink the home side, whose reply was a Shane Long penalty.

Hawthorns patrons deserve a bit more than the thin rations they have received this season. Going into the match, their side had served up a meagre seven goals in 10 home league matches, with six of them ending in defeat. Yet a positive spirit still emanated from the Black Country crowd, and with Peter Odemwingie leading the line, hope can always spring eternal.

Odemwingie gave Norwich an early scare, a swirling 25-yard drive forcing goalkeeper John Ruddy to push to safety via his crossbar. The Nigerian then powered a shot wide, and a dangerous cross-come-shot had to be palmed away by Ruddy.

The clearest of the early openings fell to Albion’s Simon Cox, a hat-trick hero in the previous week’s FA Cup defeat of Cardiff, who was played through by James Morrison but could only drum his shot against Ruddy.

Not that Norwich were unable to pose a threat of their own. They could have been in front in the 12th minute when Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster’s clearance ricocheted off Morison and clipped the outside of his goalpost.

Yet the impetus was with Albion as they pressured a defence that has not managed a clean-sheet in any of their 20 league matches this season. Fortunately for them, Surman remained at his station at the near post following a corner, and was well placed to head clear Morrison’s goalbound screamer.

Just as Norwich’s only ambition appeared to be to make it to half-time unscathed, they grabbed the lead. Much of their threat was through their rapid counter-attacking and it was played to perfection in the 44th minute.

Anthony Pilkington’s arching ball out of defence allowed Simeon Jackson to run at unguarded space on Albion’s left flank before pulling the ball back for Wes Hoolhan, whose dinked cross dropped perfectly for Surman to volley in from 15 yards.

Although Morrison’s 55th-minute shot skimmed the top of the visitors goal net but Albion clearly needed inspiration, and manager Roy Hodgson supplied it in the 63rd minute with the introduction of top scorer Shane Long for Odemwingie.

Within a minute, Long had spun his marker to send a shot blocked only by Ruddy’s outstretched leg, then served up an opportunity for Morrison, whose firm drive went straight at the goalkeeper.

Albion were freshly energised and the equaliser came in the 67th minute from the penalty spot. Jerome Thomas’s dash into the Norwich penalty area was halted by Daniel Ayala’s untidy tackle. A yellow card for him and a spot-kick for Albion, rolled calmly rolled in by Long.

Just as the tide seemed to have turned for Albiion, they were stung again by another Norwich breakaway. Substitute Grant Holt tore forward down the left and crossed for Morison to head home.

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