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Bolton Wanderers 0-4 Norwich City: Teemu Pukki double helps Canaries regain top spot

Norwich celebrate.
Teemu Pukki (centre) celebrates his early opener for Norwich City at Bolton

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke says moving to the top of the Championship by thrashing struggling Bolton was the "perfect response" to the Canaries' midweek defeat by Preston.

Finland international Teemu Pukki scored twice and moved to 23 league goals for the season as the Canaries cruised to victory and leapfrogged Leeds, who do not play this weekend.

"The performance was really good. It was our third game in six days and away from home against a team who got a clean sheet after beating Birmingham," Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"It was the perfect response."

Pukki's brace bookended a superb display from Farke's side and the striker turned provider in between to set up Marco Stiepermann, with Emi Buendia also on the mark.

A dominant Norwich performance was marred only by Kenny McLean seeing his second-half penalty saved by Remi Matthews after Pukki was fouled by Mark Beevers.

Farke continued: "They [Bolton] are fighting against relegation and for every single point, so to score four goals and be able to return with a clean sheet is outstanding.

"I'm impressed with the response after the setback at Preston and we are all happy tonight."

Victory put Norwich two points clear of second-placed Sheffield United, who also jumped above Leeds, while Phil Parkinson's Wanderers remain three points adrift of safety in 23rd.

Pukki's double meant he has scored more league goals this season than Bolton's team combined - 23 to 21 - and moved him above Blades striker Billy Sharp as the Championship's leading scorer.

The Finn, a free transfer from Danish club Brondby in the summer, superbly turned Bolton defender Callum Connolly to fire home Norwich's early opener and find the net for the sixth game running.

Stiepermann's clever ball had sent Pukki racing away and the forward returned the favour with an intelligent cut-back for the German midfielder to steer home City's second.

Bolton had no answer to the rampant visitors as Buendia steered home McLean's lofted ball on the volley to make it 3-0 and only a string of saves from former Canaries keeper Matthews kept the score down.

Pukki cleverly dinked over the keeper for Norwich's fourth before the Canaries' penalty woes continued when the Scandinavian striker was fouled by Beevers but Matthews saved McLean's spot-kick.

Norwich, who host in-form Bristol City next Saturday, have now missed six of their seven penalties this season, leaving Farke at least one issue to ponder as his side bid to stave off the chasing pack.

Canaries keeper Tim Krul saved well from both Pawel Olkowski and Connolly as Wanderers tried in vain for a consolation and suffered a fifth league defeat in seven games ahead of next Saturday's testing trip to Leeds.

Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We got beaten by an outstanding team today. Sometimes you've got to hold your hands up and they were absolutely outstanding as they have been all season.

"Some of the goals they scored were right out of the top drawer.

"We can always do better but everything has to be perfect to get a result against a team like Norwich."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 16Olkowski
  • 4Lowe
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 12NooneBooked at 29minsSubstituted forBuckleyat 88'minutes
  • 6VelaSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes
  • 15Murphy
  • 17Connolly
  • 8DonaldsonSubstituted forAmeobiat 45'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 10Ameobi
  • 11Buckley
  • 21Williams
  • 27Williams
  • 34Pritchard
  • 35Hall

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37Aarons
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12LewisSubstituted forHanleyat 89'minutes
  • 19Trybull
  • 23McLean
  • 17Buendía
  • 18StiepermannSubstituted forLeitnerat 79'minutes
  • 25Hernández
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forSrbenyat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Leitner
  • 11Rhodes
  • 15Klose
  • 31Hanley
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 36Cantwell
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
14,006

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home11
Away23
Shots on Target
Home3
Away12
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home20
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Norwich City 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Norwich City 4.

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Trybull (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Tom Trybull (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moritz Leitner with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Callum Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Grant Hanley replaces Jamal Lewis.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. William Buckley replaces Craig Noone.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Teemu Pukki.

Foul by Onel Hernández (Norwich City).

Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Onel Hernández with a cross.

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Moritz Leitner replaces Marco Stiepermann.

Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City).

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

Attempt blocked. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pawel Olkowski with a cross.

Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Maximillian Aarons.

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Williams.

Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Noone.

Attempt missed. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

Attempt saved. Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

Attempt missed. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Penalty saved! Kenny McLean (Norwich City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty Norwich City. Teemu Pukki draws a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich33189665422363
2Sheff Utd33187858342461
3Leeds32187753361761
4West Brom32169764402457
5Bristol City31158840301053
6Middlesbrough311312635241151
7Derby3114984336751
8Nottm Forest33111484638847
9Birmingham32111384940946
10Aston Villa33101495652444
11Preston331111115047344
12Hull32128124542344
13Swansea32128124239344
14Blackburn321110114349-643
15Sheff Wed321011113647-1141
16Brentford311010115043740
17Stoke33913113441-740
18QPR31116143947-839
19Wigan3297163246-1434
20Millwall31710143445-1131
21Reading33611163449-1529
22Rotherham33514143353-2029
23Bolton3368192151-3026
24Ipswich33311192556-3120
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