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Norwich take plunge despite battling Watford victory

Norwich City 4-2 Watford

By Matt McGeehan

Norwich were relegated to the Championship despite a thumping victory over Watford at Carrow Road.

Sunderland's 3-0 win over Everton consigned the Canaries to the second tier, as they are now four points from safety with just one game remaining.

Troy Deeney had given Watford the lead, but Norwich responded through Nathan Redmond's strike, Dieumerci Mbokani's tap-in and a Craig Cathcart own goal.

Odion Ighalo pulled a goal back, but Mbokani dinked in Norwich's fourth.

Norwich boss Alex Neil: "It is severe disappointment. In recent matches we have known it was going to be a difficult match. We had it in our hands five matches ago but we came up short.

"The story for us is that as a club, we have dropped short for a variety of reasons. We have made vital errors in games at crucial times and the recruitment has not been as good to strengthen the squad.

"The support was humbling for. We have not given them too much to shout about and that makes it harder for me to accept for letting them down.

"I am here to do a job, the club will be bigger than me and I am not fearing for my job."

David McNally quit as chief executive after last Saturday's loss to Manchester United, with some blaming City's plight on a lack of strengthening following their success in the Championship play-offs 12 months ago.

But the Norwich faithful, trying to take the positives as they accepted their fate, sang: "Ipswich Town, we're coming for you."

The night threatened to end as it had begun. Ruddy fumbled a Deeney shot before gathering it at the second attempt.

But there was to be no recovery for Norwich.

Norwich: Ruddy, Ivo Pinto, Bennett, Martin, Olsson, O'Neil, Dorrans, Redmond (Jarvis 80), Naismith (Odjidja-Ofoe 81), Hoolahan (Brady 72), Mbokani.

Booked: Bennett, Odjidja-Ofoe.

Goals: Redmond 15, Mbokani 18, Cathcart 37 og, Mbokani 57.

Watford: Gomes, Nyom (Ake 46), Cathcart, Britos, Anya, Abdi, Mario Suarez, Watson (Guedioura 72),Jurado (Berghuis 54),Ighalo, Deeney.

Booked: Abdi,Watson,Ake.

Goals: Deeney 11,Ighalo 51.

Attendance: 26,279

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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