Cruise to Norwich past humble Coventry to reach the top

Josh Sargent has scored five goals in his last five Norwich appearances

Josh Sargent scored his fifth goal of the season as Norwich City brushed past bottom-placed Coventry City to take the Championship lead with a fifth straight league win.

A brilliant start for the Canaries saw Teemu Pukki put them ahead with his first goal of the season, the Finnish striker slotting the ball in after Marcelino Nunez gained possession.

Pukki then netted a second goal in added time in the first half, combining with Aaron Ramsay to give Sargent a straightforward finish from close range.

Winless Coventry, who remain bottom of the table with one point after a fourth straight defeat, felt aggrieved that Kyle McFadzean was disallowed a goal despite leading 1-0.

But Norwich stayed ahead after the break and secured the points nine minutes from time when Todd Cantwell found Sargent, whose trick pass was shot low into the net by Kieran Dowell.

The pressure had been mounting on boss Dean Smith after a three-game winless start to the season yielded just a single point, but four straight wins set them up for a confident and energetic start to Carrow Road on Saturday.

Ramsay fired narrowly wide and Cantwell had a shot well saved by goalkeeper Ben Wilson before the predictable breakthrough.

The goalscorer was equally predictable, with Pukki instantly controlling a pass and finishing coolly with his second touch to end a seven-game goalless streak.

Former Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker sent a powerful shot wide as the visitors responded, and they thought they had leveled only for McFadzean’s strike to be ruled out.

But in-form American Sargent doubled the lead, tapping the ball in after typically incisive attacking play from the hosts.

A fiery start for Sky Blues in the second half saw Viktor Gyokeres lose a glorious one-on-one chance and Fankaty Dabo send a shot from narrowly wide before Norwich regained control.

Smith’s men had the best chances against a Coventry side who have played just five league games due to their the home ground having been declared unplayable at the start of the season, and sealed his 17th victory in 25 Championship home games when Dowell beat Wilson with a composed finish.

Alignments

Norwich

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 4Omobamidele
  • 5Hanley
  • 3ByramBooked at 45 minsReplaced byHernandezat 72′minutes
  • 26Nunez
  • 23McLean
  • 24SargentReplaced byhugilat 83′minutes
  • 20A RamseyReplaced byAnkleat 72′minutes
  • 14CantwellReplaced bySinaniat 83′minutes
  • 22PukkiReplaced bySara Gomesat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 9hugil
  • tenAnkle
  • 17Sara Gomes
  • 21Sinani
  • 25Hernandez
  • 28Gunn

Coventry

Training 3-5-2

  • 13Wilson
  • 4PinkReplaced byGodat 68′minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 3DoyleReplaced byPanzoat 82′minutes
  • 23Dabo
  • 14Sheaf
  • 38Hammer
  • 8Allen
  • 27Bidwell
  • 45PalmReplaced byGyökeresat 45′minutes
  • 19WalkerReplaced byTavares Desiderioat 68′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 2Panzo
  • 9Waghorn
  • 17Gyökeres
  • 24God
  • 28Eccles
  • 30Tavares Desiderio

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Cruise to Norwich past humble Coventry to reach the top

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