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Norwich City 7-0 Huddersfield Town - Teemu Pukki nets hat-trick in Canaries rout

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport
Emi Buendia scores Norwich's third goal against Huddersfield
Emi Buendia scored one and provided assists for three more of Norwich's seven goals

Championship leaders Norwich City moved to within five points of securing an immediate return to the Premier League as they demolished Huddersfield Town in a brilliant display.

Teemu Pukki netted a hat-trick while Emi Buendia, Todd Cantwell, Kieran Dowell and Jordan Hugill also scored as five of the Canaries' seven goals came before half-time.

Huddersfield were blown away as their five-match unbeaten run came to a spectacular end.

Demeaco Duhaney went closest to claiming a consolation with a header against the post while Danny Ward was denied on the rebound by Tim Krul.

Having been frustrated in back-to-back draws against Blackburn and Preston, Norwich returned to winning ways in emphatic style to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games and move 17 points clear of third-placed Brentford.

After finishing bottom of the Premier League last season, the Canaries could seal promotion back to the top flight as early as Saturday should results elsewhere go their way.

Pukki produces another party piece

Despite recording their biggest league win in almost 70 years, Norwich could have won by even more, such was the nature of their dominance.

Finland striker Pukki took his season's tally to 25 league goals as he first tucked in from close range after Cantwell had weaved his way into the Huddersfield box from the left to square to him unmarked.

Teemu Pukki
Teemu Pukki has scored 62 goals in 114 league games for Norwich

His second was a great piece of understanding with Buendia, who played a measured ball from inside his own half behind the Huddersfield defence for Pukki to run on to and smash in off the inside of the post.

The hat-trick was completed just past the hour as he converted a penalty after Oliver Skipp's solo run into the area was ended by Isaac Mbenza's trip.

Canaries class shines through

Pukki also showed he could be a provider as well as scorer as his nearest challenger for the club's golden boot this season, Buendia benefited from his vision to net Norwich's third and his 12th of the campaign with an unstoppable drive into the bottom left corner.

Buendia then provided the final balls for Cantwell to make it 4-0 inside the opening half an hour with another powerful shot from the edge of the area before a brilliant one-two with Dowell set up their fifth just before the break.

Not to be outdone, full-back Max Aarons also produced one of the assists of the night as his pinpoint low cross laid on the seventh and final goal for substitute Hugill to fire into the roof of the net with his very first touch.

Terriers terrorised

For Huddersfield, this defeat was a stark reminder that they remain in a scrap for survival.

They have only won twice since the turn of the year and looked completely devoid of ideas how to contain their Premier League-bound opponents.

The margin of defeat meant they dropped a place to 19th as their goal difference took a severe dent and moved them below Derby County, eight points above the drop zone.

They face fellow strugglers Rotherham United next on Saturday, who are third from bottom and have three games in hand on Huddersfield.

Reaction: 'I'd have taken a dirty 1-0'

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"It was a brilliant performance from the lads, not only what we did in possession but also the intensity off the ball in terms of pressing.

"All round, it was pretty outstanding and I can't complain too much.

"It was important we kept going tonight even after half-time, I didn't want to allow them any chance to get back into it and I wanted to score as many goals as possible.

"Everyone stayed concentrated and focused right until the last second, but I would've also taken a dirty 1-0 tonight as I know how difficult it is to win games at this level.

"I'm not too addicted to the table, I just want us to go out and keep winning football matches and that's certainly going to be the attitude in the coming weeks."

Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio Leeds:

"I need to say sorry to all of our fans. I can understand the feelings they have and they don't feel today that we performed in the right way.

"It was clear we didn't play well, we didn't control any moment of the game and Norwich were better than us in all areas of the game.

"We didn't make any fans proud today and that is one of the worst feelings you can have as a player or coach.

"I have to analyse why this happened. The consequences have to come directly to me, I decided who played, the style we were trying to play so I have to be the first one to face those questions.

"But I am determined to continue facing the battle we're in right now."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 44Omobamidele
  • 5Hanley
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 20Skipp
  • 23McLeanSubstituted forSørensenat 70'minutes
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forPlachetaat 77'minutes
  • 10DowellSubstituted forStiepermannat 70'minutes
  • 14CantwellSubstituted forHernándezat 86'minutes
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forHugillat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Vrancic
  • 9Hugill
  • 11Placheta
  • 12Nyland
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 19Sørensen
  • 25Hernández
  • 26Mumba
  • 27Tettey

Huddersfield

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 44Castro Pereira
  • 12StearmanSubstituted forHighat 45'minutes
  • 15Keogh
  • 23SarrSubstituted forEdmonds-Greenat 66'minutes
  • 6HoggSubstituted forThomasat 54'minutes
  • 17Duhaney
  • 7Bacuna
  • 9HolmesSubstituted forRoweat 53'minutes
  • 8O'BrienSubstituted forBrownat 66'minutes
  • 18MbenzaBooked at 60mins
  • 25Ward

Substitutes

  • 4Elphick
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 20Thomas
  • 22Campbell
  • 28Brown
  • 29Rowe
  • 35Edmonds-Green
  • 49High
  • 55Sanogo
Referee:
Jarred Gillett

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 7, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 7, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Przemyslaw Placheta with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Przemyslaw Placheta (Norwich City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Sørensen.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Max Aarons.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Przemyslaw Placheta (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitris Giannoulis.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Onel Hernández replaces Todd Cantwell.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dimitris Giannoulis (Norwich City).

  9. Post update

    Isaac Mbenza (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Przemyslaw Placheta (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jaden Brown (Huddersfield Town).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 7, Huddersfield Town 0. Jordan Hugill (Norwich City) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Max Aarons.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Hugill replaces Teemu Pukki.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Przemyslaw Placheta replaces Emiliano Buendía.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Max Aarons.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Teemu Pukki.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Demeaco Duhaney (Huddersfield Town) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Isaac Mbenza with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Andrew Omobamidele.

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