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Coventry City 0-2 Norwich City: Championship leaders move four points clear

Emi Buendia
Emi Buendia has now scored nine and assisted eight goals in the Championship this season

Championship leaders Norwich City eased to a comfortable victory at Coventry City to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points.

Teemu Pukki put the visitors in front with a composed finish from Emi Buendia's perfectly weighted through-ball and the Finn returned the favour for Buendia to make it 2-0 just before the break.

Callum O'Hare got in behind for the hosts after the break but Canaries goalkeeper Tim Krul raced off his line to deny him.

Victory saw Daniel Farke's men put daylight between themselves and second-placed Brentford, who suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at QPR.

Norwich had ended a three-match winless run with a thumping 4-1 win over Stoke on Saturday and they picked up where they left off with a brilliant first-half showing at St Andrews, where they probably should have scored more than twice.

It was a familiar duo who did the damage for the visitors after Pukki opened the scoring with a crisp finish across Ben Wilson in the home goal from a defence-splitting pass from Buendia.

The Argentine attacker, who has assisted five of Pukki's 14 goals this season, was then the beneficiary of some great work from the Finnish striker to put the game beyond the hosts with the last kick of the first half.

Pukki pinched the ball off Sky Blues defender Kyle McFadzean 40 yards from goal, drove forwards and then unselfishly squared for Buendia to tap in.

Norwich host struggling Rotherham on Saturday while Coventry, who are three points above the relegation zone, have a home game against out-of-sorts Brentford.

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins told BBC CWR:

"The second half was good, the first half was awful. In certain areas we looked like we were lacking confidence and we were making the wrong decisions and consequently we ended up in a really poor position. If you give the ball away to them then they can hurt you and that's what happened.

"If you're going to concede a goal, stay in the game, and in the second half you can have a really good go, but to concede the second goal gave the game away. We're giving too many rubbish goals away.

"The second half was much better and we have to get after teams whoever they are. Teams aren't having to work hard to score goals against us. We have to be more ruthless and clinical."

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"I'm pretty proud tonight. It was the perfect away performance against a side who is fighting relegation and desperately needs the points, especially in home games.

"We showed good game management and got back to the dressing rooms with a clean sheet. We know we have good players and are capable of dominating games and being nice on the eye, but the most important thing is to be effective and to win the games and we got the balance right today.

"I always want to score more goals but I also wanted the clean sheet today so I was pleased with the win. We are three points closer to what we want to achieve at the end of the season."

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 13Wilson
  • 4RoseSubstituted forØstigardat 45'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 15Hyam
  • 29Da CostaBooked at 4minsSubstituted forPaskat 58'minutes
  • 8AllenSubstituted forBiamouat 45'minutes
  • 25JamesSubstituted forKellyat 78'minutes
  • 26Shipley
  • 11O'Hare
  • 38Hamer
  • 19WalkerSubstituted forGyökeresat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marosi
  • 2Østigard
  • 6Kelly
  • 9Biamou
  • 12Gyökeres
  • 14Sheaf
  • 16Pask
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 41Bapaga

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5HanleyBooked at 17mins
  • 34GibsonBooked at 70mins
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 20SkippSubstituted forTetteyat 90+3'minutes
  • 23McLean
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forZimmermannat 88'minutes
  • 8VrancicSubstituted forDowellat 69'minutes
  • 14CantwellBooked at 84minsSubstituted forRuppat 87'minutes
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forIdahat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Zimmermann
  • 7Rupp
  • 10Dowell
  • 16Quintillá
  • 19Sørensen
  • 25Hernández
  • 27Tettey
  • 35Idah
  • 50Barden
Referee:
Jarred Gillett

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home20
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 0, Norwich City 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Adam Idah (Norwich City).

  4. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey replaces Oliver Skipp.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Adam Idah replaces Teemu Pukki.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Callum O'Hare.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Christoph Zimmermann replaces Emiliano Buendía.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Lukas Rupp replaces Todd Cantwell.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

  11. Booking

    Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Max Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Shipley (Coventry City).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Liam Kelly replaces Matty James.

  15. Post update

    Grant Hanley (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City).

  17. Post update

    Dimitrios Giannoulis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matty James (Coventry City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Dowell (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Max Aarons.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich30187541241761
2Brentford30169556322457
3Swansea28168436152156
4Watford30159638201854
5Reading30156944341051
6Bournemouth301310744281649
7Cardiff30127114233943
8Middlesbrough30127113431343
9Stoke30101283433142
10Barnsley29126113335-242
11Millwall3091473027341
12Blackburn291161243331039
13Preston30123153438-439
14Bristol City30123152941-1239
15Luton29107122331-837
16QPR2899102833-536
17Derby2997132130-934
18Nottm Forest3089132531-633
19Huddersfield3096153444-1033
20Coventry30710132742-1531
21Rotherham2885153339-629
22Sheff Wed2997132131-1028
23Birmingham30610142137-1628
24Wycombe2947182251-2919
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