Championship
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Martin Olsson
Martin Olsson scored for just the second time in two years for Norwich City

Norwich went top of the Championship as they got the better of a stubborn 10-man Burton Albion side at Carrow Road.

Martin Olsson fired Norwich ahead in the first half, but Burton levelled as Lucas Akins netted from close range.

Parity lasted less than a minute as Jacob Murphy put Norwich back in front as his effort went in off the post.

Tom Flanagan was sent off for a second booking as he handled in the area, but Robbie Brady's penalty was saved before Ivo Pinto shot high into the net.

Norwich are now a point clear at the summit after previous leaders Huddersfield went down 1-0 at Reading.

Burton had the better of the early play, although they only had Lloyd Dyer's 15th-minute shot over the bar to show for it before Olsson got on the end of Graham Dorrans' pass having started the move out wide.

Akins steered in Albion's equaliser straight after half-time following a goalmouth scramble, but seconds later Murphy put Norwich back in front with his fifth goal of the season from Cameron Jerome's lay-off.

Flanagan was harshly given his second booking as a shot from outside the box hit his arm, but Jon McLaughlin got down to his right to keep out Brady's penalty before smothering a Jerome effort soon after.

Although Burton's Jackson Irvine sent a header just wide, Norwich dominated with a man's advantage - Brady hit the side-netting and Olsson went close to his second before defender Pinto wrapped up the points.

Norwich manager Alex Neil:

"I am satisfied with the result because that is the main thing in any game, to win it.

"As for the performance, well I thought there were a number of good individual displays but did we play well as a collective unit? I think we could probably have been better.

"The main thing is we are getting results, that is what it is all about."

Burton manager Nigel Clough:

"We were playing against a side who were in the Premier League five months ago, who could afford to change their whole side after winning at Everton in the cup in midweek.

"So to have pushed them so close, and created so many chances, is a good thing, I suppose.

"In the end we were punished for conceding two really poor goals. The second one should never have happened - we had just equalised and you have got to defend better than that from the kick-off."

REACTION: Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough talks to BBC Radio Derby

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 33McGovern
  • 25Pinto
  • 5Martin
  • 15Klose
  • 3OlssonBooked at 62mins
  • 8Howson
  • 4Dorrans
  • 22MurphySubstituted forMurphyat 84'minutes
  • 14HoolahanBooked at 83minsSubstituted forThompsonat 84'minutes
  • 12Brady
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forOliveiraat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 6Bassong
  • 9Oliveira
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Bennett
  • 31Murphy
  • 34Thompson

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Mousinho
  • 15NaylorBooked at 33mins
  • 3BrayfordSubstituted forFlanaganat 44'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 10Akins
  • 19Choudhury
  • 16Palmer
  • 36Irvine
  • 11Dyer
  • 9BeavonSubstituted forBarkerat 88'minutes
  • 12WardBooked at 50minsSubstituted forMillerat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Flanagan
  • 7Williamson
  • 13Bywater
  • 18Miller
  • 21Fox
  • 22Myers-Harness
  • 25Barker
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
26,104

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 3, Burton Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Burton Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

  6. Post update

    Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Louis Thompson (Norwich City).

  8. Post update

    Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Graham Dorrans (Norwich City).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 3, Burton Albion 1. Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Shaun Barker replaces Stuart Beavon.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Cameron Jerome.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

  15. Post update

    Hamza Choudhury (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Jacob Murphy.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Louis Thompson replaces Wes Hoolahan.

  19. Booking

    Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Jon McLaughlin (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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