The former Celtic striker scored a stunning volley against Swansea yesterday to earn Norwich City a point with his fourth goal from his last four Premiership starts.
Those goals have helped Norwich to ten precious points to take the heat off Chris Hughton who watched his side lose 11 goals in two visits to Manchester earlier in the season,
All but one of Hooper’s Celtic goals- at home to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League- came from inside the penalty box but since moving to Norwich he has specialised in spectacular efforts with his goal at Swansea another goal of the season contender.
“It sat up nicely and I thought I’d give it a go,” Hooper explained about the chest pass from Johan Elmander. “I saw it looping and the keeper running backwards, and I thought it must be in. It hit the net full, so it was a good goal just before half-time.
“I couldn’t have scored it without Johan. He held it up well, it was a great ball from Whitts (Steven Whittaker) too. Johan did it with one touch, I took a touch and just went for it.
“I think that’s my fourth goal from outside the box. I very rarely score from outside the box. But if you hit it early and the keeper’s off his line, then you’ve got a chance. But that’s probably the best goal I’ve scored – outside the box.
“Maybe it was a fair result. Their goal knocked the stuffing out of us a little. I thought we were on top before that and then one long ball and Dyer scored. But I thought second half we played very well. We made a few chances, hit the bar and we were unlucky.”
With Spurs and West Ham struggling for goals it’s strange that those clubs overlooked a Londoner that has scored with regularity throughout his career.
After netting his first Norwich goal the striker tweeted that he had now scored in four English divisions, two cup competitions, the SPL, Champions League and Europa League.
Hughton was dogged in his determination to sign Hooper who is turning out to be a bargain compared to the £8.5m spent on Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon.
After yesterday’s goal the Norwich boss said: “It was a fantastic and very special goal. Gary is a finisher, technically a good striker of the ball so always gives himself a chance.
“It was set-up very nicely for him by Johan Elmander, but you still have to produce that.
“We conceded a poor goal and needed to get back into the game, we needed someone to produce something and thankfully Gary did.”