Norwich City made it five wins on the bounce with a 3-2 victory over Hull City at Carrow Road, thanks to goals from Marco Stiepermann and Emi Buendia (2).
City raced out of the traps and took a two-goal lead within 15 minutes. Stiepermann's gliding run and finish was followed by Buendia poking home the loose ball from six-yards.
Hull responded completely against the run of play on the stroke of half-time through Marc Pugh but the advantage was restored on the hour mark when Buendia grabbed his second after exchanging passes with Teemu Pukki.
Chris Martin's late header ensured a nervy final few minutes at Carrow Road but City held on for another three points in from of their home support.
Daniel Farke named an unchanged 18-man squad from the win over Swansea City on Friday night and an unchanged starting eleven for the fifth game in a row.
The Carrow Road faithful were treated prior to kick-off with the news that Daniel Farke and his coaching staff had committed their futures to the Club until June 2022.
The first chance for either side came in the sixth minute when an advancing Jarrod Bowen was brought down by Tom Trybull around 25 yards from goal. The Hull man stepped up and his left-footed free-kick clipped the outside of post.
City’s opener on eleven minutes was wholly down to some individual brilliance from Stiepermann. The midfielder picked the ball up on the left-hand side and weaved his way into the penalty area past a number of challenges, before slotting beyond David Marshall.
City were buoyant and they doubled their lead on 14 minutes. Buendia was persistent on the edge of the area and managed to feed Onel Hernandez whose powerful strike was beaten away by Marshall. However, Pukki and Buendia kept the ball alive the latter managed to turn the ball home for his second goal in as many games.
Buendia almost had his second and City’s third on 25 minutes when Stiepermann’s goalbound effort bounced kindly to him on the edge of the area. He sent a ferocious drive towards the top corner but Marshall was equal to it on this occasion.
After a sustained spell of possession, City created two good opportunities in the space of 30 seconds in the 31st minute. First, Stiepermann cleverly found Hernandez whose backheel was hooked wide by Pukki and then Stiepermann nutmegged Markus Henriksen before sending a dipping left-footed strike narrowly over from the edge of the box.
Buendia then had three shots on goal in the space of five minutes, with his third on 41 minutes a free-kick which just clipped the top of the netting.
After dominating the majority of the first-half, City shot themselves in the foot on the stroke of half-time as a rushed clearance from Tim Krul was pounced upon by Hull and Marc Pugh sent a half-volley in off the post.
Despite the setback, City made a positive start to the second-half with Jamal Lewis's cutback finding Hernandez in the box early on, but he struck straight at Marshall.
The goal prior to half-time had increased the nerves inside Carrow Road but a touch of brilliance from Buendia helped City restore their two-goal cushion on the hour mark. He acrobatically flicked a long-ball into the path of Pukki and although the Finn lost control of it momentarily, he delicately hooked the ball back to Buendia who rolled the ball underneath Marshall and into the net.
City began to look relatively comfortable and even looked to add further more to their advantage, Hernandez going the closest on 74 minutes when he shot low and wide after a corner was cleared.
Despite the apparent lack of danger from Hull, they did make it a nervy final few minutes when nerves when substitute Martin headed home a Kamil Grosicki with just minutes left on clock.
However, City repelled what Hull threw at them and saw out the final minutes to pick up another important three points and return to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.