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Norwich City 1-0 Rotherham United: Pukki goal moves Canaries seven points clear

Teemu Pukki scores for Norwich
Teemu Pukki has scored four goals in his past three Norwich games

Teemu Pukki's 15th goal of the season saw Norwich beat a spirited Rotherham side to go seven points clear at the top of the Championship.

The Finland striker ran through after a clever dummy from Todd Cantwell to slot under the excellent Millers goalkeeper Viktor Johansson and score the only goal in a game full of chances.

Lewis Wing struck the post direct from a corner and Clark Robertson had a goal disallowed as the visitors threatened before falling behind, though the Canaries sliced them open on numerous occasions thanks to free-flowing play between Emi Buendia, Cantwell and Pukki.

Rotherham made the leaders sweat for their victory, Ben Wiles smashing a second-half volley against the bar and Ben Crooks' strike kept out by a last-ditch Max Aarons block, but Norwich held firm and could have won by more.

Defeats for Brentford, in second, and fourth-placed Swansea mean Daniel Farke's side further extend their cushion, while their South Yorkshire opponents slip into the relegation zone after Birmingham's victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

Norwich looked like scoring every time they attacked in the first half, Mario Vrancic side-footing wide, Cantwell slicing over and Argentine playmaker Buendia seeing his effort cleared off the line by Robertson.

But the Millers - managed by boyhood Canaries fan Paul Warne - hung in there and put pressure on in seven minutes of added time, without creating one big opening.

The hosts are now unbeaten in their past 14 league games at Carrow Road, equalling their streak between August 2009 and January 2010 under Paul Lambert.

Pukki's goal went down as a Buendia assist, making it a league-high seven goals that they have combined for this season, and the goalscorer came close to a second when his shot from a narrow angle was superbly saved by Johansson and Vrancic put the rebound wide.

Meanwhile, Rotherham are now two points from safety after their third successive defeat and have picked up just one point from their nine Championship games against the current top six.

Reaction - Norwich 'best team in the league'

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"I think we were fantastic in the first half. We had so many chances and the game should be buried.

"It's always the same against Rotherham - if you just score one goal this team is always brave, they play with courage, they go for goals, so you have to punish them.

"If you want to win something you need to be there with a top-class defence and this is what we deliver at the moment, with many clean sheets."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I think the best team won - I think they were better than us, they're the best team in the league by quite a distance in my opinion.

"We harshly had a goal ruled off in the first half, we gifted them a goal and the back line looked a bit nervous but we grew into the game.

"Second half we asked them to play with a bit more belief and I think we did - all in all I'm pleased with the performance levels but just disappointed with the result."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 5Hanley
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 20Skipp
  • 23McLean
  • 17Buendía
  • 8VrancicSubstituted forTetteyat 90+6'minutes
  • 14CantwellSubstituted forRuppat 90+1'minutes
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forIdahat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Rupp
  • 10Dowell
  • 16Quintillá
  • 19Sørensen
  • 25Hernández
  • 27Tettey
  • 35Idah
  • 44Omobamidele
  • 50Barden

Rotherham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Johansson
  • 21MacDonaldSubstituted forOlosundeat 45'minutes
  • 20IhiekweBooked at 59mins
  • 15Robertson
  • 19HardingSubstituted forJozefzoonat 83'minutes
  • 8Wiles
  • 26BarlaserSubstituted forLadapoat 67'minutes
  • 5Wing
  • 30Giles
  • 24SmithSubstituted forHirstat 67'minutes
  • 25CrooksSubstituted forSadlierat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacDonald
  • 6Wood
  • 9Hirst
  • 10Ladapo
  • 17Sadlier
  • 18Clarke
  • 22Olosunde
  • 27Blackman
  • 28Jozefzoon
Referee:
Tony Harrington

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 1, Rotherham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Rotherham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Sadlier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Wing (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey replaces Mario Vrancic.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Adam Idah replaces Teemu Pukki.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Lukas Rupp replaces Todd Cantwell.

  10. Post update

    Tim Krul (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Oliver Skipp.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Grant Hanley (Norwich City).

  14. Post update

    Clark Robertson (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ryan Giles.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

  18. Post update

    Clark Robertson (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

  20. Post update

    Lewis Wing (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich31197542241864
2Brentford31169656342257
3Watford31169640211957
4Swansea29168537191856
5Reading31156104436851
6Bournemouth311310845301549
7Cardiff311371146331346
8Middlesbrough31137113631546
9Stoke31111283733445
10Barnsley30136113435-145
11Millwall3191573027342
12Blackburn30116134334939
13QPR29109103034-439
14Preston31123163442-839
15Bristol City31123162942-1339
16Luton30107132334-1137
17Nottm Forest3199132631-536
18Huddersfield31106153845-736
19Derby3097142232-1034
20Coventry31810132942-1334
21Birmingham31710142237-1531
22Rotherham2985163340-729
23Sheff Wed3097142132-1128
24Wycombe3048182251-2920
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