Hotshot Hoolahan makes it five in a row

Wes Hoolahan was clutching the champagne once again at Carrow Road last night after helping push Norwich City further into the League One promotion picture.

Wes Hoolahan was clutching the champagne once again at Carrow Road last night after helping push Norwich City further into the League One promotion picture.

The bottle - unopened, it must be said - was his prize after being named sponsors' man of the match in the 4-1 victory over Brighton, a result that took Paul Lambert's team above Huddersfield into fourth place in the table.

And there was plenty for the in-form Irish forward to celebrate after scoring for the fifth game in a row, while the Canaries made it five straight victories on home territory.

Hoolahan's goal, the second on the night, took him into double figures for the season, ahead of the schedule he set himself at the start of the campaign.


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He said: “It's five in my last five games, so I hope I can keep it going.

“I think the most I've scored was 11 at Blackpool in the promotion season, when we went up into the Championship.

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“My aim was to get 10 before Christmas and I have now so I hope I can kick on and get a few more.”

If 27-year-old Hoolahan is looking for good omens as he seeks to maintain his scoring spree, City's next date is the FA Cup second round tie on Saturday at Carlisle, where he scored the only goal in the League One meeting between the two clubs last month.

He said: “I look forward to playing on Saturday and I hope I can add another goal to my tally.

“I got a goal up there last time and we won 1-0. But Carlisle is a tough place to go and I see they won 4-3 at MK Dons so it will be a tough match.”

Though he was presented with the bubbly, Hoolahan was keen that the credit for last night's victory should be shared around the dressing room.

“I'm happy with my performance but it's a team game and all the lads did brilliantly tonight,” he said.

“I think the early goal helped us a lot, opened it up, but Brighton seemed to play a bit of good football and the strikers caused us a bit of a problem. They were decent.”

Hoolahan's goal, after 22 minutes, owed much to Adam Drury and Simon Lappin, he said.

“It was great tackle from Adam on the edge and it came out to me. Lapps made a great run and I just came inside and put it into the net.”

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