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City back to winning ways with victory over Barnsley

2 January 2021

Emi Buendia's sensational first-time finish was enough for Norwich City to get back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Barnsley.

The Canaries dominated for most of the encounter and managed to take one of a host of chances they created during the 90 minutes.

That came on 62 minutes when Buendia expertly flicked the ball past the Barnsley goalkeeper following Kenny McLean's lofted through ball.

Daniel Farke welcomed back Tim Krul to the starting eleven in place of the injured Michael McGovern. Ben Gibson also came back into the starting eleven in place of Christoph Zimmermann who dropped to the bench. Przemyslaw Placheta also returned to the fold on the substitute’s bench.

City began well and last ditch defending by their opponents prevented them taking an early lead. The ball was worked to Jacob Sorensen with room in the area but his shot was charged down by Callum Brittain.

Straight up the other end, Barnsley had their best chance of the half. Cauley Woodrow’s goalbound effort deflected kindly for Luke Thomas in the area whose strike cannoned off the crossbar.

Barnsley grew in confidence following that opening and they started to frustrate City who found chances of their own limited for the next 15 minutes.

However, the Canaries got back into their groove and started to dominate once again. Teemu Pukki was played clear by Mario Vrancic on 24 minutes and he dinked superbly over Barnsley goalkeeper Jack Walton, only for Brittain to clear the ball off the line and keep the scores level.

Three minutes later, City broke in numbers and Oliver Skipp found himself in unchartered territory on the right side of the penalty area. He hesitated with options in the box though and that allowed Barnsley to get men back. In the end, Max Aarons found to Todd Cantwell who volleyed over.

Barnsley threatened on 36 minutes by Callum Styles shot straight at Krul before Grant Hanley headed wide from a Buendia corner to round off an entertaining first-half.

City started well in the second-half but they were struggling in front of goal to deliver a decisive moment. Cantwell squared to Pukki on 47 minutes but Walton was there to stop the Finn opening the scoring.

Then on 56 minutes, Pukki crossed low for Cantwell who miskicked but the ball fell kindly for Sorensen who shot straight at Walton at the far post.

However, a moment of real quality saw the Canaries take the lead on 63 minutes. Kenny McLean spotted Buendia bending his run and the Scot found the Argentine who deftly flicked the ball first-time past Walton.

The chances kept coming for City as they looked to add to their advantage and Pukki unselfishly squared to Cantwell on 70 minutes but he was forced wide and eventually the danger was gone.

Cantwell went close late on when was Walton was forced into action once again on 87 minutes.

Barnsley had a great chance in stoppage time but Michal Helik couldn't divert at the back post when Styles' cross-cum-shot fell to him

In the end, Buendia's goal was enough to get City back to winning ways.

Norwich: Krul (GK), Aarons, Hanley (c), Vrancic (Dowell, 77), Cantwell (Placheta, 90), Buendia (Tettey, 87), Sorensen, Skipp, Pukki (Hugill, 90), McLean, Gibson
Subs not used: Barden (GK), Zimmermann, Quintilla, Martin, Omotoye
Goals: Buendia (62)
Bookings: None

Barnsley: Walton (GK), Styles, Andersen, Brittain, Kane, Woodrow, Thomas, Sollbauer (c), Frieser (Adeboyejo, 63), Helik, James (Palmer, 63)
Subs not used: Kendrick (GK), Christie-Davies, Schmidt, Oduor, Moon
Goals: None
Bookings: James (61) 

HT: 0-0
Venue:
Carrow Road
Attendance: None
Referee: Michael Salisbury


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