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Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Norwich City: Canaries go seven points clear with fifth straight win at bottom side

Teemu Pukki
Teemu Pukki slots in his seventh goal in five games

Norwich went seven points clear at the top of the Championship as they edged out hard-working Wycombe for a fifth straight win.

Emiliano Buendia picked out Teemu Pukki whose shot deflected off Chairboys defender Josh Knight and past home goalkeeper David Stockdale to put City ahead soon after half-time.

Buendia had earlier guided a header against the bar as the Canaries dominated first-half possession, but found clear chances hard to come by.

After Norwich wasted several gilt-edged chances following Pukki's opener, Adam Idah finally settled any nerves with a late second, poking home from close range after Stockdale had kept out Kenny McLean's flick-on.

With rivals Watford and Swansea both losing on Saturday, Norwich took advantage to take a further step towards automatic promotion, moving 10 points clear of the third-placed Hornets and seven clear of closest challengers Brentford, who they play on Wednesday.

Disciplined Wycombe, who were buoyed by a midweek win over promotion hopefuls Reading, stifled the visitors in the first half, Stockdale diving at full-stretch to tip over Mario Vrancic's fine free-kick to deny City an early opener.

But the hosts had no answer as Daniel Farke's side stepped up the intensity after the break, and the Canaries could have been out of sight by the hour mark with better finishing.

Onel Hernandez, making his first start since October in place of the injured Todd Cantwell, put a free header past the post and then skewed a shot wide when one-on-one with Stockdale.

Buendia showed strength, pace and composure to tee up Pukki's 18th goal of the campaign - taking him top of the Championship assists table with 10 for the season - but then blazed over a golden chance to double the lead after superb build-up play from Pukki and Hernandez.

The misses kept Wycombe in the game, and after Uche Ikpeazu came within inches of an equaliser with an audacious scissor-kick, the hosts tested City's nerve with a spell of late pressure.

But Idah's tap-in condemned Gareth Ainsworth's side to a ninth home defeat of the season which left them five points adrift at the bottom and 11 points from safety.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth:

"It doesn't feel like a 2-0 defeat. We set up to frustrate Norwich and we probably had the better chances in the first half.

"In the second half we started a little bit slow, there's a slight mistake and they get the cross in. Even then it takes a deflection to beat David Stockdale, who's been in great form. That took the wind out of our sails.

"We let them have it in their half and let's stay solid and break. It almost worked but we didn't take our chances."

Norwich boss Daniel Farke:

"We are absolutely happy with 70 points at this stage, but we know we have to be relentless and keep going. I want to have 80 points as soon as possible.

"If you're 10 points clear of relegation, you're probably safe, but if you're fighting for promotion that gap can close really quickly.

"It was difficult to open them up. In these games you have to be relentless, but you also have to be patient.

"We didn't give them any real chances, although they tried everything with their physical threats, but you also have to be switched on against a side like this."

Line-ups

Wycombe

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 31Stockdale
  • 2Grimmer
  • 12Knight
  • 5Stewart
  • 27ObitaSubstituted forJacobsonat 67'minutes
  • 19McClearyBooked at 60minsSubstituted forKashketat 68'minutes
  • 4GapeBooked at 57minsSubstituted forOfoborhat 68'minutes
  • 7WheelerBooked at 52minsSubstituted forThompsonat 68'minutes
  • 23Onyedinma
  • 33MehmetiSubstituted forHorganat 67'minutes
  • 9Ikpeazu

Substitutes

  • 3Jacobson
  • 11Kashket
  • 17Horgan
  • 18Thompson
  • 20Akinfenwa
  • 25Samuel
  • 26McCarthy
  • 28Ofoborh
  • 32Anderson

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 34Gibson
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 20SkippSubstituted forSørensenat 90+2'minutes
  • 23McLean
  • 17BuendíaBooked at 74minsSubstituted forPlachetaat 90+2'minutes
  • 8VrancicSubstituted forRuppat 84'minutes
  • 25HernándezSubstituted forIdahat 84'minutes
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forZimmermannat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Zimmermann
  • 7Rupp
  • 9Hugill
  • 10Dowell
  • 11Placheta
  • 19Sørensen
  • 27Tettey
  • 35Idah
  • 50Barden
Referee:
Robert Jones

Match Stats

Home TeamWycombeAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home8
Away19
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Norwich City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Norwich City 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Scott Kashket (Wycombe Wanderers).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Jacob Sørensen replaces Oliver Skipp.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Przemyslaw Placheta replaces Emiliano Buendía.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Christoph Zimmermann.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dimitrios Giannoulis (Norwich City).

  10. Post update

    Scott Kashket (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Christoph Zimmermann replaces Teemu Pukki.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 0, Norwich City 2. Adam Idah (Norwich City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Anthony Stewart.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Lukas Rupp replaces Mario Vrancic.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Adam Idah replaces Onel Hernández.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nnamdi Ofoborh (Wycombe Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 28th February 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich33217547252270
2Brentford33189661352663
3Watford33179743241960
4Swansea31178639221759
5Reading33166114537854
6Bournemouth331410947321552
7Barnsley32156113836251
8Cardiff331481149351450
9Middlesbrough33138123835347
10Stoke331112103837145
11Bristol City33143163544-945
12Millwall3391683230243
13Preston33134163742-543
14Luton32118132737-1041
15Blackburn32117144638840
16Nottm Forest331010132832-440
17QPR311010113136-540
18Derby32108142533-838
19Huddersfield33106173850-1236
20Coventry33811143044-1435
21Birmingham33810152541-1634
22Rotherham3185183342-929
23Sheff Wed3297162338-1528
24Wycombe3258192353-3023
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