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Norwich continue winning run with 4-1 victory at Swansea

24 November 2018

Norwich picked up where they left off in their unbeaten run, securing all three points with a 4-1 win over Swansea City.

An own goal in the first half got the Yellows under way, with Emi Buendia, Marco Stiepermann and Teemu Pukki all adding to the scoreboard to give City the win.

Swansea got a goal back just before the break, but it wasn’t enough to get them back into the game.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting eleven and unchanged bench from the squad that beat Millwall 4-3 at Carrow Road in City’s last outing before the international break.

Swansea started off looking the stronger of the two sides, although Norwich had an early chance from Teemu Pukki who was played through by Emi Buendia. However, his low effort went straight into the hands of the Swans goalkeeper Erwin Mulder.

Both sides shared possession in the opening ten minutes patiently passing the ball around, but neither side really tested the keepers.

Swansea were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position just outside of the box in the 14th minute, but Bersant Celina’s strike was beaten away by Tim Krul before Leroy Fer fired a follow up shot over the crossbar.

Norwich took the lead in the 16th minute with an own goal from Swansea’s Mike van der Hoorn, who accidentally put Pukki’s cross into the back of his own net.

The Canaries nearly made it two just moments later as Buendia picked out Mo Leitner 14 yards out, but he fired it over the bar.

Ten minutes later and City got their second of the game after Buendia stole the ball off Celina and slotted it home.

Both teams continued to share possession, but it was Norwich who looked the more dangerous of the two sides with chances for Pukki and Onel Hernandez.

And Norwich got their reward in the 37th minute with their third of the match. Pukki put the ball wide out to Max Aarons, whose low cross found Marco Stiepermann in front of the goal to tuck it home.

Swansea responded just before half time with a goal of their own. Kyle Naughton’s strike was parried away by Krul, but the rebound fell to Daniel James who tapped it home.

The hosts made a double substitution at the start of the second half, with Wilfried Bony and former Canary Martin Olsson replacing Leroy Fer and Jay Fulton.

Swansea came back out looking lively, with an early chance for the hosts as Daniel James fired a dangerous ball across the box which just missed both the attackers and defenders. Another chance came from a corner cross, but Bonny’s header went just wide.

The hosts continued to pile the pressure on, but the City defence remained strong and weathered the storm.

Pukki added his name to the scoreboard in the 60th minute with a clever twist in front of the goal to score from close range. The build-up came from a lovely cross-field ball from Buendia to Hernandez, who cut inside to find the Finnish striker.

Krul was forced to make a brave save at the feet of Connor Roberts who rushed into the box, but the City keeper got down well to smother the ball.

Swansea made their final substitution in the 68th minute, with Barrie McKay on for Celina.

Two great chances followed for City, with Hernandez picking out Pukki in acres of space in the first, but his pass went just behind the striker allowing the defence to block his shot. Then came a powerful strike from Buendia which fell to the Argentine from a Mo Leitner corner, but Mulder made the save.

Norwich’s first change came in the 77th minute, with Todd Cantwell returning from injury to replace Hernandez, followed by Mario Vrancic coming on for Buendia.

Swansea had a chance in the 86th minute with a fierce strike from Oli McBurnie, but Krul made a good save to deny the hosts.

Jordan Rhodes came on in the 88th minute in Norwich’s final change of the game.  


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