Nottm Forest 1 Norwich 2: Graham Dorrans puts Norwich second in the EFL

GRAHAM DORRANS fired a bullet to gun down Forest — and shoot comeback boys Norwich up to second.

The Scotland midfielder, 29, exploded a stunning 20-yard hand grenade midway through the second-half to seal three wins in a week for the high-flying Canaries.

Apostolos Vellios puts Forest ahead
Apostolos Vellios puts Forest ahead from close range

Jonny Howson sparked the fightback after Greek striker Apostolos Vellios had slotted his third in three games to put Forest ahead minutes before the interval.

Dorrans’ wonder strike spared Wes Hoolahan’s blushes after his penalty to draw first blood was brilliantly saved by home goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Thrilled Norwich chief Alex Neil said: “That was our most complete performance of the season.

“There was a real confidence and swagger about us.

“We did ever so well to come from behind and were fantastic in the second-half.”

Stojkovic tipped Robbie Brady’s effort away from a Hoolahan cross after just two minutes.

Vellios celebrates scoring their first goal
A delighted Vellios  wheels away in  celebration
Jonny Howson squeezes in the Norwich equalise
Jonny Howson squeezes in the Norwich equaliser

Jacob Murphy then volleyed narrowly wide after being set up by Hoolahan as the match started at a cracking pace.

Vellios almost slid home Mustapha Carayol’s teasing ball at the other end.

Stojkovic got down to make a smart stop from Brady after Hoolahan had picked Pajtim Kasami’s pocket.

And Hoolahan then blew a fantastic chance to give City the lead from the spot after he was chopped down by Nicolao Dumitru.

Norwich paid the price when the Reds stormed in front on 40 minutes.

Vellios swept home the loose ball after Eric Lichaj’s header from Carayol’s centre rattled the back post.

Stojkovic fisted over a 30-yard missile from Murphy as the visitors came out revved-up after the break.

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan has his penalty saved by Nottingham Forest's Vladimir Stojkovic Mandator
City’s Wes Hoolahan’s penalty was saved by Nottingham Forest’s Vladimir Stojkovic Mandator
Graham Dorrans celebrates scoring the Norwich winner
Graham Dorrans celebrates scoring the Norwich winner

Norwich equalised with a scrappy goal from the resulting corner as Howson took advantage of Forest’s back-four dozing off.

He stabbed in Murphy’s flag-kick off the back post on 52 minutes to throw the match back into the melting pot.

Reds boss Philippe Montanier reacted by hurling former Arsenal ace Nicolas Bendtner on for his home debut.

But it was Norwich who struck next with Dorrans’ sensational hit — his first of this campaign — after 66 minutes send almost 2,000 visiting fans berserk.

Denmark striker Bendtner, 28, showed flashes of his old skills and powered Carayol’s superb cross inches wide as Forest battled back.

Substitute Ben Osborn had their best chance, heading another Carayol cross wide late on as Norwich held on with few problems.

Montanier said: “We are very disappointed.

“It’s our first defeat here at home and it’s a great shame, especially after going 1-0 up.

“The match was going our way, but once Norwich equalised we just didn’t do enough and had just two efforts on target.”

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