Norwich striker Gary Hooper always though Huddersfield Town’s spirit would be broken once that all-important first goal went in.

Although Chris Powell’s side held on for the rest of the first half after Murray Wallace’s 17th minute dismissal, they fell apart as Neil Adams’ team opened the second half with three goals in six minutes.

Former Celtic striker Hooper set up Bradley Johnson’s opener with a clever back-heel and said: “Huddersfield made it very difficult for us in the first half.

“They sat back but in the second half we just went all out. We changed things and put Nathan Redmond on and he made a difference.

“We moved the ball quicker and he took his goal (Norwich’s second) very well indeed.

“But the first made all the difference. It kicked us on and we stepped it up.

“Huddersfield had to open up a bit and we took full advantage.”

Hooper was convinced Wallace’s sending off for a professional foul on Cameron Jerome was the correct decision.

 

“There is no doubt about it. The defender’s come right across him,” added former Scunthorpe United man Hooper.

“Cam did well to win the ball and he was in on goal and could have scored, so it was certainly a straight red-card offence.”

Hooper’s partnership with Huddersfield-born Jerome, signed from Stoke City in August, is beginning to bear fruit.

“I have had to be patient after an injury and had to get my fitness back. I’m starting now and I have returned stronger,” said Hooper.

“The partnership is beginning to really gel. We complement each other. We both work hard and help each other.”

Hooper says Norwich, now seventh, can make an immediate return to the Premier League.

“We were due a clean sheet and a lot of goals and it showed that on our day we can beat anyone and do it well. It was an all round good performance,” he explained.

“It was a good three points and we can kick on from here.”