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Brentford v Norwich City

16 September 2014


NORWICH City produced another clinical second half performance to beat Brentford 3-0 and soar to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.

The hosts had the best of the first period but City, as at Cardiff on Saturday, were much-improved after the break and took the lead when Alex Tettey drilled home on 68 minutes.

Cameron Jerome added to his debut goal at the weekend with a diving header to extend their advantage, before the same man picked out the top corner from range seven minutes from time to wrap up the points in style.

The result put Neil Adams' team at the peak of the division with rivals Nottingham Forest set to face Fulham on Wednesday night.

Bradley Johnson captained the Canaries in the absence of Russell Martin, who missed out with a back injury. Steven Whittaker replaced Martin in the team, with Cameron Jerome stepping in for Kyle Lafferty in City's other change.

Brentford made one alteration from the team that beat Brighton on Saturday, with Stuart Dallas replacing Jota in their starting eleven.

In an electric atmosphere under the lights at Griffin Park, the hosts had a half chance in the first minute when Alex Pritchard's header failed to trouble John Ruddy in City's goal.

The Canaries soon got a hold on the game and almost got lucky when ex-Brentford man Michael Turner's flick-on from a corner was cleared off the line.

The tackles were flying in as both teams fought to protect their record of having lost only once in the league this term, and it was a foul that led to a decent opportunity for Brentford on 37 minutes.

Pritchard's free-kick on the edge of the box, however, was seen comfortably over his own bar by Ruddy.

That preceded a strong spell for the Bees that warranted three decent opportunities, with the first two falling to Gray as he saw his initial effort deflected wide before Jos Hooiveld got in the way of his second attempt.

Ruddy then had to be at his best to stretch and push away Alan McCormack's sweet strike from range, before City's stopper kept Pritchard's close-range shot out with his legs.

HALF-TIME: Brentford 0-0 Norwich City

City collected themselves for the second half and through Nathan Redmond and Johnson should have troubled Button's goal, but their shots flew over the bar.

Brentford still offered plenty through their pressing game with Alan Judge twice testing Ruddy from range, before Lewis Grabban saw a shot off target when passing to Jerome may have been the better option.

On 68 minutes, however, they took the lead after a mix-up in the Brentford defence allowed Wes Hoolahan to pick out Alex Tettey in the box, and he powered his shot beyond Button.

The hosts had a penalty shout turned down as Pritchard fell in the area, and City took advantage by racing up the other end to bag their second through Jerome.

Moments after Grabban had stung Button's gloves, the striker's diving header from Steven Whittaker's delivery game Adams' side a cushion to defend.

They grabbed the opportunity to get a third, however, Jerome achieving it in style with seven minutes left on the clock, finding the top corner from outside the box after a counter-attack.

FULL-TIME: Brentford 0-3 Norwich City

GOALS: Canaries: Alex Tettey (68), Cameron Jerome (75, 83)

BRENTFORD: Button; Bidwell, Dean, Douglas (c), Odubajo, McCormack, Dallas (Betinho 77), Judge, Gray (Proschwitz 77), Pritchard, Tarkowski. Subs not used: Bonham (GK), Craig, Tebar, Toral, Jota.

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Hooiveld, Olsson; Redmond (O'Neil 70), Tettey, Johnson (c), Hoolahan (E Bennett 86); Jerome, Grabban (Odjidja 79). Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Lafferty, Miquel, Josh Murphy.

REFEREE: T Robinson


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