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Hugill nets brace as Canaries breeze past Robins

20 January 2021

A Jordan Hugill brace saw Norwich City extend their winning run to three in all competitions with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bristol City on Wednesday evening.

Hugill's first came via a pinpoint delivery from Todd Cantwell - his cross was on a plate for the City striker to guide a header into the far corner.

That goal was a reward for the Canaries' dominant display in the first-half and they continue to control proceedings after the restart, with Hugill's second with 15 minutes left sealing the victory.

Daniel Farke welcomed goalkeeper Tim Krul back to his starting eleven after the Dutchman recovered from COVID-19 to replace Daniel Barden between sticks. On the bench, there were places for both Lukas Rupp and Josh Martin who both recovered from bouts of illness to feature in the matchday squad.

City began in their usual manner with quick passing from left to right and they fashioned their first opportunity inside two minutes. Emi Buendia tried to exchange passes with Mario Vrancic but Vrancic dummied and the return ball found Cantwell who shot straight at Robins goalkeeper Dan Bentley.

At the other end, on eight minutes a deflected Kasey Palmer strike caused issue for the returning Krul and he was forced to see the ball home for a corner with Adelakun.

That opening proved to be a rare foray into the attacking third for the visitors in the first-half. Instead, it was the hosts who dominated from that point.

On 19 minutes, a period of sustained City pressure saw them display patience in waiting for the correct time to strike. That came when Cantwell switched the ball to Max Aarons in acres of space on the right. His cutback was turned towards goal by Buendia but Tomas Kalas was there with a goal-saving intervention.

City continued their patient build-up as the half progressed and Kenny McLean sent a stinging effort towards goal on 26 minutes, with Kalas there again to block and half the danger.

Two minutes later, a Ben Gibson pass pierced through the Bristol City lines and found McLean who turned and aimed a right-footed shot for the top corner, only for Bentley to produce a superb fingertip stop.

On 36 minutes, Sorensen slid the ball down the line to McLean who played a low cross into Hugill, but from six yards out Bentley was there to block. However, City and Hugill didn’t have to wait much longer for their opening goal. The resulting corner was cleared but played back into the danger area by Cantwell and there was Hugill to expertly guide the ball into the corner with his head.

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The Robins showed a reaction after the restart and they had City pinned back during the opening second-half exchanges.

However, the hosts dealt with the threat relatively well and went close to extending their advantage on 56 minutes. Sorensen got to the byline and fizzed a superb cross into the area with Hugill's resulting header from a matter of yards parried away by the impressive Bentley. 

It took until the 62nd minute for the Robins to register their first effort of the second-half but it wasn't threatening Krul's goal as substitute Antoine Semenyo dragged a shot from distance wide.

Buendia than had a go of his own at the other end and his powerful drive from around 25 yards wasn't far away from the top corner.

City continued to look the more likely of adding to the scoreline and they did just that with 15 minutes remaining on the clock. Aarons did superbly on the right to wriggle from his marker and place a low cross into the six-yard area - there was Hugill once again to bundle home his second goal of the match.

Farke was able to bring on Przemyslaw Placheta, Kieran Dowell and Onel Hernandez late on as his Canaries safely navigated their way through the remaining minutes to record a comfortable victory.

Norwich City: Krul (GK), Aarons, Hanley (c), Vrancic (Placheta, 77), Hugill (Hernandez, 90+1), Cantwell (Dowell, 90), Buendia, Sorensen, Skipp, McLean, Gibson
Subs not used: Barden (GK), Rupp, Martin, Tettey, Omobamidele, Omotoye
Goals: Hugill (37, 76)
Bookings: Cantwell (51)

Bristol City: Bentley (GK), Hunt, Nagy, Mawson, Martin (Massengo, 85), Diedhiou, Kalas (c), Rowe, Vyner (Bakinson, 85), Adelakun (Semenyo, 56), Palmer (Wells, 75)
Subs not used: O’Leary, Mariappa, Moore, Bakinson, Bell, Edwards
Goals: None
Bookings: Palmer (51)

HT: 1-0
Venue: Carrow Road
Attendance: None
Referee: James Linington


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