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Brentford 1-2 Norwich: Canaries' first league win of season cannot save Daniel Farke

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Teemu Pukki
Teemu Pukki's penalty was his third Premier League goal this season

Norwich picked up their first Premier League win of the season at the 11th time of asking by beating Brentford, but it was not enough to prevent manager Daniel Farke being sacked hours later.

The Canaries made a dream start when Mathias Normann slotted in from the edge of the area after a good run.

It was the first time Norwich had been ahead in a league game this season, although only a superb save from Tim Krul to deny Christian Norgaard from point-blank range prevented Brentford from quickly drawing level.

It proved a crucial save because Norwich doubled their lead midway through the first half when Teemu Pukki was brought down inside the box by Charlie Goode. The Finland striker stepped up to score the penalty.

It prompted scenes of jubilation in the away end, with the travelling fans seeing their side score two goals for the first time in 29 Premier League games.

But they endured a nervous second half as Brentford put on the pressure. Bryan Mbeumo had a goal ruled out for offside before Rico Henry volleyed home to make it 2-1.

Krul superbly kept out Sergi Canos' fierce drive as the home side pushed for an equaliser, but the visitors held out for a precious win.

Norwich remain bottom despite the win but are five points from safety, while Brentford are 14th.

Farke came out in defiant mood in the post-match interviews, warning others not to write Norwich off.

However, later on Saturday, Norwich released a statement to announce his departure, ending his four-year spell at the club.

Norwich's season finally up and running

First Premier League win is a 'big relief' - Farke before learning his fate

Celebrating a Premier League victory will have been something of a forgotten feeling for Norwich fans.

This was their first top-flight win since they beat Leicester 1-0 on 28 February 2020. And it ended a run 20 games without a victory, during which they lost 18 and drew just two.

Their first-half performance belied that of a team on such a torrid run. Farke's side attacked with pace and confidence and fully deserved their two-goal lead at half-time.

But poor defending has blighted Norwich this season, and when Henry was left completely unmarked to halve the deficit, the away fans must have feared the worst.

Brentford did respond but to Norwich's credit, they defended resolutely to protect their slender lead and secure a huge, confidence-boosting win.

Farke's departure leaves an element of uncertainty, however, and whether they can build on this victory will depend on who replaces the German.

Brentford, meanwhile, have now lost four league games in a row for the first time in five years and for the first time under coach Thomas Frank.

They currently sit 14th in the table will be desperate to turn around their fortunes after a strong start to their maiden Premier League season.

"My body is burning, I hate losing," Frank said. "I will be devastated tonight but then I will have 24 hours and then need to go again.

"Out of the last four games we lost - three top performances we should have won and we were bad against Burnley."

'My body is burning, I hate losing!' - Frank

Player of the match

NormannMathias Normann

with an average of 8.38

Brentford

  1. Squad number14Player nameGhoddos
    Average rating

    5.18

  2. Squad number17Player nameToney
    Average rating

    5.06

  3. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo
    Average rating

    5.02

  4. Squad number3Player nameHenry
    Average rating

    5.01

  5. Squad number40Player nameFernández
    Average rating

    4.87

  6. Squad number4Player nameGoode
    Average rating

    4.80

  7. Squad number22Player nameM Jorgensen
    Average rating

    4.76

  8. Squad number5Player namePinnock
    Average rating

    4.68

  9. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard
    Average rating

    4.68

  10. Squad number18Player nameJansson
    Average rating

    4.67

  11. Squad number8Player nameJensen
    Average rating

    4.56

  12. Squad number27Player nameJanelt
    Average rating

    4.55

  13. Squad number7Player nameCanós
    Average rating

    4.53

  14. Squad number9Player nameForss
    Average rating

    4.51

Norwich City

  1. Squad number16Player nameNormann
    Average rating

    8.38

  2. Squad number35Player nameIdah
    Average rating

    8.11

  3. Squad number44Player nameOmobamidele
    Average rating

    7.86

  4. Squad number22Player namePukki
    Average rating

    7.81

  5. Squad number17Player nameRashica
    Average rating

    7.72

  6. Squad number2Player nameAarons
    Average rating

    7.64

  7. Squad number1Player nameKrul
    Average rating

    7.63

  8. Squad number21Player nameWilliams
    Average rating

    7.60

  9. Squad number20Player nameLees-Melou
    Average rating

    7.51

  10. Squad number24Player nameSargent
    Average rating

    7.47

  11. Squad number30Player nameGiannoulis
    Average rating

    7.41

  12. Squad number23Player nameMcLean
    Average rating

    7.40

  13. Squad number10Player nameDowell
    Average rating

    7.40

  14. Squad number4Player nameGibson
    Average rating

    5.73

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 40Fernández
  • 22M JorgensenSubstituted forGoodeat 12'minutesBooked at 28mins
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 7Canós
  • 8Jensen
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 27JaneltSubstituted forGhoddosat 45'minutes
  • 3HenrySubstituted forForssat 69'minutes
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 17ToneyBooked at 4mins

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 4Goode
  • 9Forss
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 15Onyeka
  • 28Bidstrup
  • 30Roerslev
  • 36Stevens
  • 41Cox

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2AaronsBooked at 90mins
  • 44OmobamideleBooked at 52mins
  • 4Gibson
  • 21Williams
  • 16NormannBooked at 32mins
  • 23McLean
  • 10DowellSubstituted forGiannoulisat 74'minutes
  • 20Lees-Melou
  • 17RashicaSubstituted forIdahat 90+5'minutes
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forSargentat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Rupp
  • 8Gilmour
  • 11Placheta
  • 18Tzolis
  • 19Sørensen
  • 24Sargent
  • 28Gunn
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 35Idah
Referee:
Jarred Gillett
Attendance:
16,837

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Norwich City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Norwich City 2.

  3. Post update

    Saman Ghoddos (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dimitris Giannoulis (Norwich City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pierre Lees-Melou.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Adam Idah replaces Milot Rashica.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Goode (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

  8. Booking

    Max Aarons (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergi Canós (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Mbeumo.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Max Aarons tries a through ball, but Milot Rashica is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Charlie Goode tries a through ball, but Ivan Toney is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Milot Rashica (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pierre Lees-Melou.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergi Canós (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    Joshua Sargent (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Joshua Sargent replaces Teemu Pukki.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergi Canós (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mathias Jensen with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Dimitris Giannoulis.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Dimitris Giannoulis replaces Kieran Dowell.

  20. Post update

    Saman Ghoddos (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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