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Norwich City 2-0 Bristol City: Canaries extend lead at top of the Championship

Jordan Hugill
Jordan Hugill's double took his tally for the season to four

Jordan Hugill scored twice as Norwich City extended their lead at the top of the Championship with a comfortable win over Bristol City.

The hosts had a number of opportunities to open the scoring before Hugill eventually headed them into the lead after 36 minutes from Todd Cantwell's measured cross.

Hugill bundled in a second to wrap up the win when Bristol City defender Tommy Rowe was down in the area.

The Canaries are now seven points clear of second-placed Swansea and nine points ahead of third-placed Brentford, although they have played a game more than the Swans and two more than the Bees.

Ominously for the rest of the division, Daniel Farke's men have five more points than they had at this stage two years ago when they won the league by five points.

Only great defending from Tomas Kalas and a superb save by Daniel Bentley from Kenny McLean's long-range shot stopped them going in front prior to Hugill's header.

Injury-hit Bristol City improved after the break but struggled to create any clear-cut chances against the dominant hosts.

Hugill, in for injured leading scorer Teemu Pukki, scored his fourth of the season from just a couple of feet after Max Aarons' low ball across the face of goal bounced off Kalas.

The visitors had some cause for complaint as Rowe was down in the area after the initial ball into the box but referee James Linington deemed it not to be a head injury and allowed play to continue.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke:

"It is always difficult to compare games but I would say this was our best performance of the season so far. The lads were fantastic and I can't praise them enough.

"We dominated the game from start to finish, had nine shots on goal while denying them a single effort on our goal, had two thirds of the possession and the only complaint I could make was that we didn't take more of the many chances we created.

"We are in a great position but we are not over the moon or anything like that because there are still a lot of games to play and I expect teams like Brentford and Swansea to win their games in hand."

Bristol City boss Dean Holden:

"We were beaten by a top team tonight, undoubtedly the best team in the league.

"We knew all about their qualities, how well they keep the ball and how expansive they are but were hoping to take advantage when we got the ball from them. But we never really did that and didn't create nearly enough.

"We actually started the game quite brightly and also had quite a lot of the ball in the opening stages of the second half, but overall it was a tough evening for us."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 34Gibson
  • 19Sørensen
  • 20Skipp
  • 23McLean
  • 17Buendía
  • 8VrancicSubstituted forPlachetaat 77'minutes
  • 14CantwellBooked at 51minsSubstituted forDowellat 90'minutes
  • 9HugillSubstituted forHernándezat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Rupp
  • 10Dowell
  • 11Placheta
  • 24Martin
  • 25Hernández
  • 27Tettey
  • 44Omobamidele
  • 50Barden
  • 53Omotoye

Bristol City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Hunt
  • 22Kalas
  • 5Mawson
  • 25Rowe
  • 31AdelakunSubstituted forSemenyoat 56'minutes
  • 26VynerBooked at 76minsSubstituted forBakinsonat 85'minutes
  • 4Nagy
  • 45PalmerBooked at 51minsSubstituted forWellsat 75'minutes
  • 9Diédhiou
  • 7MartinSubstituted forMassengoat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12O'Leary
  • 18Semenyo
  • 19Mariappa
  • 21Wells
  • 23Moore
  • 30Bakinson
  • 33Bell
  • 35Edwards
  • 42Massengo
Referee:
James Linington

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 2, Bristol City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Bristol City 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Onel Hernández replaces Jordan Hugill.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Kieran Dowell replaces Todd Cantwell.

  5. Post update

    Max Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Oliver Skipp (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nahki Wells (Bristol City).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Tyreeq Bakinson replaces Zak Vyner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Han-Noah Massengo replaces Chris Martin.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Jacob Sørensen tries a through ball, but Przemyslaw Placheta is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Norwich City).

  14. Post update

    Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Przemyslaw Placheta replaces Mario Vrancic.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Bristol City. Nahki Wells tries a through ball, but Famara Diédhiou is caught offside.

  17. Booking

    Zak Vyner (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 2, Bristol City 0. Jordan Hugill (Norwich City) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Nahki Wells replaces Kasey Palmer.

  20. Post update

    Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich25165435211453
2Swansea24137429131646
3Brentford23128337211644
4Watford24127528171143
5Reading2413473728943
6Bournemouth25119538211742
7Middlesbrough24116730201039
8Stoke2591063026437
9Bristol City24113102526-136
10Preston25112123133-235
11Barnsley25104112732-534
12Blackburn2496939281133
13Luton2596102127-633
14Huddersfield2594122835-731
15Cardiff2485113028229
16Millwall2461172124-329
17QPR246992330-727
18Coventry2468102234-1226
19Birmingham2568111830-1226
20Nottm Forest2567122029-925
21Derby2457121525-1022
22Rotherham2255122332-920
23Sheff Wed2367101523-819
24Wycombe2336141635-1915
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