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Wes Hoolahan sets one up and scores one as he inspires Norwich victory
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NORWICH PICKED UP their first home Premier League win of the season with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Bournemouth thanks to goals from Cameron Jerome, Wes Hoolahan and Matt Jarvis.

Hoolahan was the star of the show for Alex Neil’s men setting up the first goal with a great run and cross before smashing home the second from 20 yards before Jarvis sealed the victory with a goal on his Norwich debut.

Steve Cook pulled one back late on for Bournemouth but it was not enough for the visitors who suffered their third league defeat in five games.

Bournemouth’s early defensive efforts were nearly rewarded just before half an hour as Junior Stanislas latched onto Joshua King’s intricate flick into the box, only to be denied by Brady’s last-ditch tackle.

That scare sparked Norwich into life, and they came close to taking the lead moments later when Jerome fired into the side netting after capitalising on Hoolahan’s defence-splitting pass.

However, Jerome was not to be denied a first Premier League goal of the season for long, the striker linking up with the Irishman again 10 minutes before the break to stab home a close-range effort.

Wilson came close to restoring parity on the stroke of half-time, poking Cook’s header onto the post from six yards.

Stanislas then scuffed a speculative effort well wide two minutes after the break, before Jerome fired just wide from the edge of the box.

Hoolahan continued to run the show and was given his reward on 52 minutes, bursting through the middle of some lacklustre defending to pick his spot on the edge of the box and net with a low drive.

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Jerome poked wide four minutes later as Norwich continued to press, before Brady cut inside to strike the post with a stinging drive.

Yet Norwich’s determination to seal the win in style continued and a third goal duly arrived on 67 minutes when a great run allowed Jarvis to jink into the box and calmly curl home.

Cook pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time, but it was never going to anything more than a consolation for Bournemouth, who have now taken just four points from their first five Premier League games.

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