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Leeds United 1-3 Norwich City: Canaries top after Elland Road victory

Teemu Pukki celebrates a Norwich City goal
Only Billy Sharp and Tammy Abraham (both with 19) have scored more Championship goals than Teemu Pukki (18) this season

Norwich City produced a superb away performance to beat Leeds United and leapfrog their opponents to go top of the Championship.

Sheffield United's home win over Bolton earlier on Saturday had seen the Canaries slip out of the top two, but Daniel Farke's side ended the day above second-placed Leeds on goal difference.

The first two Norwich goals at Elland Road came during a pulsating first half, firstly a deflected Mario Vrancic free-kick and then Teemu Pukki's close-range finish.

Vrancic made it 3-0 about 12 minutes before full-time, meeting a left-wing cross and firing another deflected shot through the legs of goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

Substitute Patrick Bamford headed in a stoppage-time consolation for the home side, but Norwich's victory means the top seven in the Championship are separated by only 10 points.

Leeds gave everything in pursuit of a goal, sending 15 first-half attempts towards Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, but they could not find a way past a resolute Norwich defence and were punished for any minor lapses at the other end.

Pontus Jansson's clumsy foul on the edge of the hosts' area provided Vrancic with the chance to beat Casilla left-footed from 25 yards, albeit aided by a flick off Adam Forshaw.

And, after Leeds midfielder Forshaw was caught in possession 40 yards from his own goal, it looked as though the moment had passed for Norwich to get a shot away.

But Vrancic's effort from the edge of the box was blocked kindly into the path of Pukki, who slotted the ball into an unguarded net.

It was the Finn's 22nd goal for club and country this season.

Leeds, who have taken more points from losing positions than any other team in the second tier this season, threw on exciting teenage winger Jack Clarke, left-back Barry Douglas and fit-again striker Bamford as they sought a way back into the match.

However, the visitors saw off further Leeds pressure and Vrancic's clincher ensured Norwich would move to the Championship summit for the first time in 2019.

Leeds go to fifth-placed Middlesbrough for their next league match on Saturday, 9 February, while Norwich host bottom club Ipswich in an East Anglian derby the following day.

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"The lads delivered in a difficult and complicated game, so I'm really thrilled.

"We had to be brave in order to show we could press whenever we could. There were of course periods where we had to sit in and be brave as well.

"I've got the feeling we could've scored one or two more, but I'm even more pleased how we controlled the second half.

"Such an away win as this is outstanding and the consistency the lads are delivering is also great. It's important we enjoy these kind of results and enjoy it."

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa: "We still need too many chances to score and we need to be much more clinical than we were tonight. We did not make our possession count.

"We have now lost the previous defensive solidity and that is down to me, not the players. I feel deeply responsible.

"We made the changes at half-time to try and make better use of the wide areas. It did not work and you have to give credit to Norwich for the quality they showed."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 33Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 74mins
  • 4Forshaw
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 11RobertsBooked at 52minsSubstituted forBamfordat 63'minutes
  • 43Klich
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forDouglasat 45'minutes
  • 7RoofeBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 3Douglas
  • 9Bamford
  • 23Phillips
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
  • 53Gotts

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1KrulBooked at 26mins
  • 37Aarons
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12Lewis
  • 8Vrancic
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forTetteyat 84'minutes
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forMcLeanat 85'minutes
  • 18StiepermannBooked at 83mins
  • 25Hernández
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forRhodesat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Rhodes
  • 23McLean
  • 27Tettey
  • 31Hanley
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 36Cantwell
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
36,524

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home21
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Norwich City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Norwich City 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

  4. Post update

    Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Leeds United 1, Norwich City 3. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tim Krul.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

  9. Post update

    Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Teemu Pukki.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mario Vrancic (Norwich City).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Kenny McLean replaces Emiliano Buendía.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey replaces Tom Trybull.

  17. Booking

    Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich30169557391857
2Leeds30176750341657
3Sheff Utd30166850311954
4West Brom29148759382150
5Middlesbrough291311534221250
6Bristol City2913883729847
7Derby2913884035547
8Birmingham30101374536943
9Aston Villa30101375346743
10Hull30127114338543
11Blackburn30111094246-443
12Nottm Forest30101284235742
13Swansea30118114037341
14QPR29116123541-639
15Stoke30911103339-638
16Sheff Wed29108113445-1138
17Brentford29910104841737
18Preston30910114545037
19Wigan3095163145-1432
20Millwall2979133444-1030
21Rotherham30511142848-2026
22Reading30510153244-1225
23Bolton3058171945-2623
24Ipswich3039182351-2818
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