Norwich City were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday afternoon after being beaten 4-0 by West Ham United at Carrow Road, four goals from Michail Antonio ensuring the Canaries will play Championship football next season.
Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting lineup from Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat away to Watford, with Todd Cantwell returning from injury to replace Jordan Thomas on the bench.
West Ham looked lively right from the first whistle, Antonio cutting in from the left wing and seeing a scuffed shot find Tomas Soucek who hit the side netting.
The Antonio-Soucek linkup looked dangerous again moments later, the former picking out the latter in the D, Soucek dragging his first time cushioned shot wide of the post.
City forged their first chance ten minutes in, getting bodies in the box when Emiliano Buendia lined up Vrancic to shoot from just outside the area, but the Bosnian’s effort went wide of Lukasz Fabianski’s left post.
At the other end, Aaron Cresswell crossed for Antonio to force a save at the near post from Tim Krul, before the Hammers took the lead in the 12th minute with a Jarrod Bowen corner finding Antonio via the flick of Issa Diop. Antonio volleyed into the roof of the net for 1-0.
Teemu Pukki headed wide a Jamal Lewis cross in the 23rd minute, but it was clear that the Canaries were getting more bodies in and around the 18-yard box than in recent weeks.
Onel Hernandez took down a cross from Max Aarons well with half an hour played, switching it out to Lewis who crossed to Hernandez again, but the Cuban couldn’t direct his shot on target.
Vrancic looked set for a trademark free-kick in the 32nd minute, but he didn’t get enough dip on the ball as it sailed over Fabianski’s crossbar.
During an end-to-end first half, Bowen was next to have a go, cutting in from the right and shooting just wide on his left foot.
Bowen continued looking a threat, getting the wrong side of Lewis to smash a shot across the face of goal and wide of the post in the 36th minute.
Just before half-time, David Moyes’ side came close to doubling their lead, Mark Noble crossing for Soucek to volley, but Krul was equal to it, tipping the ball over the bar.
Antonio did make it 2-0 in stoppage time of the first half, heading past Krul from a Noble free-kick.
Buendia almost got City back into the game shortly after, lining up a shot from distance on his left foot not dissimilar to the goal he scored against Watford on Tuesday, but this time Fabianski got to his right to save.
West Ham restarted the second half continuing to look more dangerous, Antonio heading over from a Bowen free-kick in the 53rd minute.
Antonio completed his hat-trick moments later, being sent one-on-one with Krul. Krul saved his initial effort, but the rebound fell kindly to Antonio’s head as he directed the ball across the line for 3-0.
Hernandez found himself in a promising position on the hour mark, but his shot was within comfortable reach of Fabianski to save. Aarons then crossed for Vrancic to header as City continued to look for a consolation goal.
Fornals cut in from the left wing and dragged a shot wide in the 68th minute before a host of changes were made.
Adam Idah, Lukas Rupp, Josh Martin and Cantwell were introduced midway through the second half to freshen things up, with Hernandez, Buendia, Marco Stiepermann and Pukki making way.
Antonio got on the scoresheet again in the 74th minute, scoring from close range after meeting a cross from Ryan Fredericks.
Norwich did have the ball in the West Ham net in the 80th minute when Idah’s cross was touched over the line by Cresswell, but the former was offside in the build up.
Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis, Tettey (c), Vrancic (McLean 78’), Buendia (Martin 69’), Stiepermann (Rupp 69’), Hernandez (Cantwell 69’), Pukki (Idah 69’)
Subs not used: McGovern, Trybull, Drmic,, Duda
Bookings: Stiepermann (33’)
West Ham United: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna (Balbuena 87′), Cresswell, Fornals (Masuaku 83′), Rice, Noble © (Wilshere 77’), Soucek, Bowen (Yarmolenko 83′), Antonio (Haller 77’)
Subs not used: Randolph, Johnson, Lanzini, Ajeti
Goals: Antonio (12’, 45+1’, 54’, 74’)
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: Kevin Friend