Monday 18 December 2017

Wes sparkles for Canaries in big win

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan
Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan

Norwich City boss Alan Irvine has hailed the "outstanding" Wes Hoolahan as he helped keep the club's slim promotion hopes alive.

Hoolahan scored twice in a 7-1 win for Norwich over Reading, the Canaries still nine points off the last play-off spot and needing a string of wins to stay in the hunt.

"He's an outstanding player. I actually tried to sign Wes when I was at Preston and he was at Blackpool," says Irvine, who has been confirmed as City boss for the rest of the season.

"He's my type of player: a very gifted player and he's a great professional, which is really important as well. I can't really praise him any higher than that."

For Irvine, the win over Liam Kelly's Reading side was a reaction to the previous result, a 3-0 loss to Huddersfield.

"They took a lot of criticism and rightly so for the performance at Huddersfield, but they now deserve a lot of praise," the Scot added.

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