Norwich City put in a ruthless attacking display to record their biggest win of the 2020-21 season on Tuesday night as they thrashed Huddersfield Town 7-0 at Carrow Road.
The Canaries led by five after a merciless first-half which saw Teemu Pukki, Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell run riot. Pukki scored twice and registered an assist, Buendia assisted three and scored once, with Cantwell scoring and assisting one apiece. There was also a chance for Kieran Dowell to get in on the act, scoring the final goal of the half.
City were comfortable in the second-half and notched their sixth and seventh goals, with Pukki completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot and substitute Jordan Hugill tapping home late on.
Daniel Farke restored to a more familiar starting eleven, with Max Aarons, Dimitris Giannoulis and Oliver Skipp having recovered from their international exploits to start. Alongside Aarons and Giannoulis in the defence, Andrew Omobamidele continue to deputise and, as a result, made his first Carrow Road appearance. Also, it was a special evening for Grant Hanley who notched his 100th game for the club in all competitions.
Huddersfield made five changes to their starting eleven with Richard Stearman, Juninho Bacuna, Isaac Mbenza, Danny Ward and goalkeeper Joel Pereira coming into the side.
It was a scintillating first-half from the Canaries and they made their opponents pay for every misplaced pass and positional error. They got the ball rolling on eight minutes when Giannoulis played a give-and-go with Cantwell before having a goalbound effort superbly charged down. However, the Canaries recycled the ball and Cantwell jinked past the challenges in the 18-yard box before squaring for Pukki to net his 23rd goal of the season.
The Canaries almost doubled their lead on 19 minutes when Cantwell, who had been pulling the strings since the off, threaded a sumptuous ball through to Pukki whose low effort was saved by Pereira, although the flag on the far side was up.
The lead was eventually doubled a minute later, as Buendia caressed a ball down the side of the Huddersfield defence, allowing Pukki to latch onto it and fire the ball past Pereira at his near for his second of the match.
The goals kept coming and the Terriers could not live with their ruthless opponents. On 24 minutes, Buendia, in a similar to position to where he scored on Good Friday, unleashed an unstoppable drive in off the post.
The sensational Cantwell got in on the act on the half hour mark, smashing the ball into the top corner from a Buendia centre before the Argentine completed his hat-trick of first-half assists on the stroke of half-time, exchanging passes with Dowell twice before he dispatched into an empty net.
Just before the fifth goal, a pinpoint free-kick from Buendia crashed against the woodwork so, in reality, it could have been much worse for City’s opponents.
City were comfortable in the second-half as they set about defending their clean sheet. It took until the 58th minute for their opponents to register their first shot on target when substitute Sorba Thomas’s deflected effort was easily saved by Tim Krul.
A surging run from Skipp presented Pukki with the chance to complete his hat-trick on 61 minutes when he was fouled in the penalty area and the Finn made no mistake from the spot to make it 6-0.
Huddersfield almost got themselves on the scoresheet on 73 minutes when Danny Ward tried to divert a corner back towards goal but a combination of Krul and the woodwork denied them.
However, the Canaries weren't stopping at six and substitute Hugill got his name on the scoresheet late on, finishing at the back post after an assist from Aarons.
Norwich City: Krul (GK), Aarons, Hanley (c), Dowell (Stiepermann, 70), Cantwell (Hernandez, 86), Buendia (Placheta, 77), Skipp, Pukki (Hugill, 77), McLean (Sorensen, 70), Giannoulis, Omobamidele
Subs not used: Nyland (GK), Vrancic, Mumba, Tettey
Goals: Pukki (8, 20, pen 61), Buendia (24), Cantwell (30), Dowell (42), Hugill (79)
Huddersfield Town: Pereira (GK), Hogg (c) (Thomas, 53), Bacuna, O’Brien (Brown, 66), Holmes (Rowe, 53), Stearman (High, 46), Keogh, Duhaney, Mbenza, Sarr (Edmonds-Green, 66), Ward
Subs not used: Leutwiler (GK), Elphick, Campbell, Edmonds-Green, Sanogo
Bookings: Mbenza (60)
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: Jarred Gillett