Norwich City maintained their impressive run of form as they eased past Luton Town 3-0 on Saturday.
A double from Teemu Pukki in the first-half saw City well in control at half-time. The first was an excellent take and finish on 13 minutes from a Todd Cantwell centre before the second on 43 minutes saw the Finn divert at the back post after Emi Buendia's shot looped into the air.
Todd Cantwell, on his return from injury, made sure of all three points in the second-half with a precise finish from distance.
The result leaves the Canaries with 76 points from 35 played in the Championship ahead of next Sunday's trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
Daniel Farke made two changes to the side which beat Brentford on Wednesday, with the previously injured Cantwell recovering from a calf strain to start in place of Onel Hernandez. Lukas Rupp also came in to replace Mario Vrancic, with Przemyslaw Placheta dropping out of the squad.
Luton had a brilliant opportunity early on to open the scores. Tom Ince’s cross-cum-shot was poked towards goal by James Collins but his shot hit the post.
In what was a bright start by the visitors, captain Matty Pearson then tried his luck from distance but the ball whistled wide of Tim Krul’s right hand post.
Arguably against the run of play, City took the lead on 13 minutes. A well-executed dummy run from Cantwell saw the ball find Rupp who slid the ball through to the City academy graduate. He cut the ball back to Pukki and, although it was slightly behind him, the Finn did superbly to adjust and rifle the ball into the roof of the net.
The goal kicked City into gear and they began to have more joy containing the Luton threat and continue to pose problems for their opponents at the other end. On 23 minutes, McLean fizzed a teasing cross into the area but a swipe from Buendia didn’t connect with the ball – if it did, there would have been problems for Luton goalkeeper Simon Sluga.
Pukki should have added to his tally on the half hour mark. He was fed by Cantwell once again and cut inside to leave Pearson all ends up, however Sluga was equal to his shot which seemed destined for the far corner.
City continued to dominate at the first-half progressed and it was another from Pukki which saw them two up at half-time. A spell of sustained pressure saw Luton eventually forced into submission, although City benefitted from some luck with Buendia’s deflected shot looping into the air and falling kindly for Pukki to slide home his second.
It could have got even better for Pukki and the Canaries in first-half stoppage time when he tried an audacious flick from Buendia’s heavy pass but Sluga recovered to tip the ball over.
City continued in the same vain at the start of the second-half and their patience in possession presented an opportunity on 55 minutes. Buendia clipped a ball into Cantwell in the area and he attempted a tricky first-time volley but the ball flew wide of the post.
Luton made a triple change on the hour mark and they enjoyed a spell of pressure after that. Substitute Harry Cornick’s long throws gave City food for thought but they managed to cope reasonably well.
City made sure of their victory on 73 minutes. Cantwell, who’d provided many openings for teammates throughout the match, took matters into his own hands and arrowed a strike into the bottom corner from distance.
The Canaries looked to add to their lead even further shortly after as Grant Hanley was unlucky not to divert the ball home when he sidefooted wide after Luton had failed to clear a corner.
The cushion allowed City to bring on some fresh faces and one of those almost struck a fourth late on - Jordan Hugill firing wide from distance.
But three was more than enough for City as they extended their winning run to seven.
Norwich City: Krul (GK), Aarons, Hanley (c), Rupp (Sorensen, 78), Cantwell (Hernandez, 78), Buendia (Dowell, 82), Skipp, Pukki (Hugill, 82), McLean (Idah, 86), Giannoulis, Gibson
Subs not used: Barden (GK), Zimmermann, Vrancic, Tettey
Goals: Pukki (13, 43), Cantwell (73)
Luton Town: Sluga (GK), Cranie, Potts, Tunnicliffe, Pearson (c), Berry, Moncur (Mpanzu, 61), Collins (Adebayo, 61), Dewsbury-Hall (Bree, 79), Naismith, Ince (Cornick, 61)
Subs not used: Shea (GK), Hylton, Bree, Nombe, Morrell
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: David Webb