City boss Daniel Farke was full of praise for his team after a determined display at Ashton Gate gave Norwich an excellent 1-0 win.
James Maddison’s second-half strike gave Norwich the three points and moved them within six points of the play-off and extended the Canaries’ unbeaten run to five matches.
“It’s a brilliant end to a tough week, and I can only praise the lads today,” Farke told the press pre-match. “We showed great togetherness and we had a special plan for today, and the lads did brilliantly and I can only praise them.
“It was a well-deserved win and a brilliant performance, and we’re number one in the form table. We’re five games unbeaten with 10 points from our last four games, so we want to go on even further now. Being there with such a performance, and with the squad all standing together like that, is brilliant.”
Norwich created the most chances in an even first half and then defended stoutly as Bristol City came out strong in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, but City restricted them to long-range efforts. The Canaries then started to take control and were rewarded with an excellent Maddison finish.
“We had a brilliant first half and didn’t give away one shot on our goal and had several situations where we could have taken the lead and in the second half there were 20 minute where Bristol played really well, and there were some free-kick and long throw-ins,” Farke said.
“They had a shot from 25 yards that hit the crossbar but we defended really, really well and after 70 minutes you got the feeling that the game was coming under our control and that it would be us who would score and thank god we did with a brilliant goal. The last moments of a game are always spicy with long balls, and seven minutes of injury time.”
Bristol City created only one real chance, and it came in injury time but Angus Gunn made a sensational save to deny Josh Brownhill.
“It was an unbelievable save,” Farke said. “He hasn’t had to do too much recently with saves, but today we needed him to make a world-class save and he did – and that’s a sign of his quality and his mentality.”