Sunday 17 December 2017

Norwich three points off top as Bradley sees off Ipswich

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NORWICH City boss Alex Neil has hailed the form of Ireland star Wes Hoolahan (below) as the Canaries moved to within three points of the Championship summit with a derby win over Ipswich Town.

Bradley Johnson (below) and Lewis Grabban scored in the 2-0 win over Mick McCarthy's side but Hoolahan, who has come back into the side after being omitted for a spell, is now undroppable. "The one thing I do when I pick a team is to try and assess how we go about attacking their weaknesses," says the Canaries boss.

"However, if a player's form is exceptional, sometimes you just can't leave them out. I think Wes has fallen into that category in the last three games. If I think back to Charlton he came on and made the goal; at Watford he was involved in the penalty and made the second; at Blackburn he made the first goal and I thought here again he was excellent. He was disappointed to be left out before that run, but ultimately you are looking for a reaction as a manager. Credit to him, he has performed really well."

McCarthy wants his side to put yesterday's defeat behind them. "We'll knuckle down and look to finish, at least, in the play-offs," he said.

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