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Four second-half goals give City the win at Hillsborough

3 November 2018

Four second-half goals gave City another three points in the league as they beat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

After missing a penalty in the first half, Norwich turned the game around with two goals from Teemu Pukki, and a further two from Emi Buendia and substitute Dennis Srbeny to make it a comfortbale 4-0 win.

Daniel Farke made six changes to his starting eleven from the cup team who faced Bournemouth during the week, with Under-23s players Alfie Payne and Timi Odusina coming in on the bench. Mario Vrancic made his first league start for the Club this season, while Teemu Pukki made his first start since suffering a hamstring injury playing for Finland during international break in October.

Both sides observed a minute’s silence prior to kick-off in memory of those involved in the incident at Leicester and also in honour of those who lost their lives in action serving our country as we approach Remembrance Day.

Sheffield Wednesday had an early chance in the third minute after the City defence failed to deal with a cross from Adam Reach. The loose ball fell to Josh Onomah but he hit the ball well over from just ten yards.

Norwich soon had their own chance to go ahead after Mario Vrancic was brought down in the box in the seventh minute. He stepped up to take the spot-kick, but his low effort was saved by Cameron Dawson.

Norwich continued looking the more confident of the two sides and had a couple of good chances flagged offside.

There was concern whether Timm Klose would be able to continue the game after he went down in the Norwich box in the 13th minute, but after receiving treatment on the pitch he was back on his feet.

City had another scare from a Wednesday corner in the 18th minute which fell to Matt Penney, but his powerful shot took a deflection before being smothered by Tim Krul. The Owls continued to pile on the pressure in the Norwich box, but the City defence remained strong.

Norwich’s best chance of the first half came in the 30th minute with a superb ball from Emi Buendia to Pukki. His cross found Vrancic in the box who laid the ball off to Onel Hernandez driving in from the left, but his effort went just wide.

It wasn’t long before Wednesday answered again, but Reach’s shot was well saved by Krul, before falling to Onomah who put it over the bar. Krul had more work to do with a long-distance strike from Barry Bannan, but he got his hands to it and pushed it over the bar.

Both sides failed to create much in the last five minutes before the break and it remained goalless at half time.

City started off the second half looking strong and it wasn’t long before a Pukki shot put them in the lead. A corner cross fell to Vrancic in the box, but his shot was deflected and fell into the path of Pukki who slotted it home in the 51st minute.

The goal gave Norwich the confidence to continue driving forwards and just minutes later the Canaries got their second as a deflected cross from Jamal Lewis fell to Emi Buendia who placed the ball in the bottom corner.

Norwich made it 3-0 in the 62nd minute with a superb run from Max Aarons who found the Finnish striker in the box, slotting it home for his second of the game.

Wednesday tried to get back into the game with Atdhe Nuhiu firing a shot on target, but it was comfortably saved by Krul.

Norwich continued to look dangerous and a weaving run from Hernandez almost made it four, but Dawson got a foot to the ball at the near post and put it out for a corner.

Dennis Srbeny came on to replace Pukki in the 80th minute and got City a fourth goal with his first touch of the game. A poor clearance from Dawson fell to Vrancic who fed it into Srbeny to see it home.

City made their second substitution in the 84th minute, with Marco Stiepermann coming on to replace Emi Buendia, followed by Ben Godfrey on for Moritz Leitner.

Norwich’s attempts continued until the final whistle, with further chances for Hernandez and Marco Stiepermann.

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