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Result: Norwich City edge to victory over West Bromwich Albion

Norwich City beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in their Premier League meeting at The Hawthorns.

Norwich City have defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in their Premier League meeting at The Hawthorns.

Gary Hooper put Norwich City into the lead early on when he was slipped through on goal by Leroy Fer, before firing a low effort into the bottom corner.

Gary Hooper of Norwich celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City at The Hawthorns on December 07, 2013© Getty Images

Youssouf Mulumbu threatened for the home side, as he exchanged passes with Morgan Amalfitano and hit a powerful strike that John Ruddy had to tip over.

The visitors came close to a second when Nathan Redmond saw his free kick pushed wide by the keeper.

Victor Anichebe was next to test Ruddy, but saw his powerful drive tipped over the bar.

The hosts should have equalised in the opening minutes of the second half when Stephane Sessegnon found himself through on goal, but he placed his shot wide.

Stephane Sessegnon of West Bromwich has his shot on goal blocked by the arm of Martin Olsson of Norwich during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City at The Hawthorns on December 7, 2013© Getty Images

Norwich were within inches of adding to their lead, as Jonny Howson picked up the ball on the edge of the box before bending a strike just over the bar.

Ruddy was proving hard to beat in the Norwich goal, and Sessegnon saw the keeper block his close-range effort when the ball fell to him in the middle.

After being under pressure for much of the second half, Norwich doubled their lead with a minute left to play.

Fer worked his way to the edge of the box, before placing a low strike past the keeper that sealed the three points for the away side.

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Gary Hooper of Norwich celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City at The Hawthorns on December 07, 2013
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1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166646301654
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
4West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27138655352047
5Middlesbrough281210630201046
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
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9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
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12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183334-138
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2887133443-931
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2757151840-2222
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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