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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 wasting several gilt-edged chances after 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 22 points clear of the third-placed Hornets and seven clear of closest challengers Brentford, who they play on Wednesday.

  • Relive Norwich’s win against Wycombe
  • 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 26 th goal of the campaign – taking him top of the Championship assists table with 20 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 equalizer 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 pointspoints from safety.

    Wycombe manag is Gareth Ainsworth:

    “It does not 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 did not take our chances. “

    Norwich boss Daniel Farke:

    “We are absolutely happy with points) this stag e, but we know we have to be relentless and keep going. I want to have points as soon as possible.

    “If you’re 18 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 did not 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

    68 Stockdale

    Grimmer Grimmer Knight 5 Stewart Obita

    McCleary Gape Wheeler Onyedinma

    Mehmeti

    99

    68 Stockdale 2

  • Grimmer Grimmer Knight
  • 5 S tewart Obita

  • Substituted for Jacobson
    at minutes
  • 30 McCleary Booked at 624 mins

    Substituted for Kashket at minutes 4 Gape Booked at 624 mins

  • Substituted for Ofoborh at
  • 7 Wheeler
      Booked at 28 Substituted for Thompson at minutes Onyedinma Mehmeti Substituted for Horgan at ” Minutes

    9 Ikpeazu Substitutes

  • Jacobson
  • Kashket Horgan

    Thompson

  • 32
  • Akinfenwa
  • 50 Samuel McCarthy
  • 60 Ofoborh

12270118215 23 Anderson

  • Norwich

    Formation 4-) 2-3-1

    1 Krul

    209696 2 Aarons 82412 5 Hanley Gibson 50 Giannoulis

    Skip McLean

    Buendía Vrancic Hernandez

    11 Pukki

    1 Krul

  • Aarons 5 Hanley Gibson

    Giannoulis 32

  • Skip Substituted for Sørensen at 59082 + 2 ‘ minutes McLean Buendía Booked at mins Substituted for Placheta at + 2 ‘ minutes
  • Vrancic

  • Substituted for

    Rupp at minutes Hernandez Substituted for Idah at Pukki

  • Substituted for Zimmermann at Minutes

    Substitutes Zimmermann

    • Rupp 9 Hugill EllDowell 21 Placheta
    • Sørensen Tettey 67 Idah Barden

      Live Text

    • Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Norwich City 2.

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

        Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

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

        Foul by Scott Kashket (Wycombe Wanderers).

    Substitution, Norwich City . Jacob Sørensen replaces Oliver Skipp.

  • Substitution, Norwich City. Przemyslaw Placheta replaces Emiliano Buendía.

  • Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Christoph Zimmermann.

  • Foul by Dimitrios Giannoulis (Norwich City).

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

  • Substitution, Norwich City. Christoph Zimmermann replaces Teemu Pukki.

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

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

  • Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Anthony Stewart.

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

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    Substitution, Norwich City. Lukas Rupp replaces Mario Vrancic.

  • Substitution, Norwich City. Adam Idah replaces Onel Hernández.

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

  • Foul by Nnamdi Ofoborh (Wycombe Wanderers).

    12270110897 Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

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