Atdhe grabs glory in five-star show

Wednesday signed off a desperately disappointing 150th anniversary season with a five-goal show against Norwich in the Hillsborough sunshine.

Atdhe Nuhiu grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick … a fine header to open the scoring on 14 minutes, a close-range effort just after the hour when Norwich keeper Angus Gunn collided with a team-mate and then a last-minute penalty after Fernando Forestieri had been fouled by Harrison Reed.

Forestieri had put us two-up on the half-hour mark, seizing on a poor backpass from Christoph Zimmermann to slot past Gunn in expert fashion and the unlikely figure of Frederico Venancio hammered home a sweet volley to put us three-up, just a minute before Nuhiu’s second.

Norwich, who had their fair share of the game but paid for sloppy play at both ends of the pitch, grabbed a consolation goal eight minutes from time through Timm Klose.

For Wednesday, victory marked our sixth win in the last nine games and we finish in 15th place in the Championship table on 57 points.

The match also signalled a farewell first-half appearance from club captain Glenn Loovens, who received a standing ovation from the 28,000 crowd when he was substituted on 42 minutes.

And, at the end of the game, there was a guard of honour from team-mates and a presentation from chairman Dejphon Chansiri for the departing Loovens and Ross Wallace.

Dawson, Baker (Palmer 83), Venancio, Loovens (Thorniley 42), Pudil, Reach (Matias 78), Pelupessy, Bannan, Forestieri, Nuhiu, Joao.

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