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Canaries humbled in 2-0 Burnley defeat

21 September 2019

A Chris Wood brace was enough to give Burnley a 2-0 win over Norwich City at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Wood opened the scoring with a headed effort from an Ashley Westwood corner in the 10th minute, before doing the same from a Dwight McNeil cross in the 14th.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged side from City's 3-2 win over Manchester City at Carrow Road last weekend. As for Burnley, Sean Dyche rewarded Jeff Hendrick with a start after he scored the Clarets equalising goal against Brighton in match-week five, with Aaron Lennon dropping to the bench.

While clear-cut chances in the first half were few and far between for the Canaries, Teemu Pukki had City's best of the period with their first. Eight minutes in, the Norwich forward pressed James Tarkowski aggressively and won the ball off him in a dangerous area. You'd have put your house on one of the Premier League's most prolific goalscorers to find the back of the net, but Pukki couldn't get quite enough curl on his shot to trouble Nick Pope, who saved with his left foot.

Moments later, Burnley opened the scoring with an archetypal Sean Dyche goal. It was a well-worked set-piece, as Westwood picked out Wood from a corner kick, the latter hammering home his header for 1-0.

Daniel Farke was forced into making an early change for Norwich, introducing Moritz Leitner in place of Alexander Tettey, who had been carrying a knock in the game's early stages.

Following that substitution, Burnley carried on exactly how they had left off, with Wood finding the back of the net again for 2-0. This time it came courtesy of a McNeil cross from the left wing after Ibrahim Amadou had given the ball away for City. Wood lost Godfrey and headed in to double the lead.

Westwood was pulling the strings for the majority of the first half, and again forced Krul into action with a cross that Jack Cork flicked towards goal.

Norwich did look like creating chances on the rare occasions they were able to get forward, Leitner having to great chance to make an early impact after coming on with a long-shot from distance. Jamal Lewis won the ball back off Hendrick in the final third, a good spell of intricate passing followed, but Leitner's long-range strike crashed onto the post.

City began to grow into the game more in the later stages of the first half, but couldn't produce anything to show for it, with Todd Cantwell's header from Sam Byram's cross sailing over the bar, and Pukki's header from Lewis' delivery going wide.

There had been some encouraging signs from the Canaries in the first-half, but two moments of lapse in concentration defensively cost them, as they went into the break 2-0 down.

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City looked lively at the start of the second half with Emiliano Buendia bending a shot just wide, but the theme of the first half was restored, with Burnley having the lion's share of chances.

Ashley Barnes played a neat one-two with Wood before curling a shot wide in the 60th minute, as Norwich invited a high press that they struggled to cope with.

Wood had a chance to bag his hat-trick on the 67th minute, but shot straight at Krul from McNeil's cross, before Farke sent Josip Drmic on to replace Stiepermann on the 75th after Leitner sent a shot wide of the post from long-range.

Leitner sent a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box just wide, but a clear-cut chance for City never materialised in the second half, with Burnley holding firm at the back. The Clarets saw out the final period of the match and took all three points.

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Cork, Tarkowski, Mee (C), Wood, Barnes (Rodriguez 78'), McNeil (Lennon 78'), Hendrick (Brady 90'), Westwood, Pieters
Subs not used: Hart, Taylor, Vydra, Long
Goals: Wood (10', 14')

Norwich City: Krul, Byram, Godfrey, Lewis, Cantwell (Roberts 90'), Buendia, Stiepermann (Drmic 75'), Pukki, McLean, Amadou, Tettey (c) (Leitner 12')
Subs not used: McGovern, Hanley, Heise, Srbeny
Bookings: Amadou (33')

Referee: David Coote
Kick-off time: 3pm
Venue: Turf Moor
HT: 2-0

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