Wes Hoolahan on target for Norwich
Anthony Stokes grabs a consolation for Blackburn as they lose 4-1
Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal. Phot: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
Three goals in the first 25 minutes gave Norwich the perfect reintroduction to Championship football as they thrashed Blackburn 4-1.
Jacob Murphy capped his first Norwich league start with a spectacular opener after 12 minutes, before Republic of Ireland winger Wes Hoolahan doubled the lead with a low drive. Cameron Jerome’s close range strike ensured the game was over as a contest midway through the opening period.
Steven Naismith’s low strike made it four early in the second half before substitute Anthony Stokes headed a debut consolation.
Title favourites Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 at Fulham on Friday after a disjointed performance that coach Rafael Benitez described as a “wake-up call”. Towering forward Matt Smith scored the only goal when he profited from an error by Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles to head home.
Substitute Grant Ward scored a second-half hat-trick on his Ipswich Town debut while Ireland striker David McGoldrick was also on target as they defeated Barnsley 4-2 while Nottingham Forest came from behind to sink promoted Burton Albion 4-3 in a thriller. Walter Zenga’s Wolverhampton Wanderers recovered from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 at Rotherham United.