MATCH REPORT: Norwich City 3 Birmingham City 1

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A frustrating night for Garry Monk’s men who lost to possession based football side Norwich City which put them back on road to secure automatic promotion.

Blues started on the front foot and could have been ahead. Maikel Kieftenbeld attempted to cross the ball to Lukas Jutkiewicz, but the cross took a deflection and was a simple save for Krül.

Before long, Norwich showed that they have deserved everything they have got this season. A cross in to the box found talisman, Teemu Pukki, who slotted home from close range.

However, Blues showed their character and were back level 60 seconds later. Che Adams latched onto a Jota pass who calmly finished past Krül to grab his 14th goal of the season.

But Blues were caught on the wrong night by Norwich. 8 minutes later, the Canneries were back in the driving seat. Urged to shoot by the crowd, Vrancic pulled the trigger and saw his shot sail into the bottom corner.

It got even worse for the ‘boys in royal blue.’ A superbly delivered corner by Hernandez found the head of Trybull who headed past Camp to send the Canneries into halftime with a 2-goal cushion.

20 minutes after the restart, Norwich could have had 4 if it hadn’t been for Lee Camp. A curling shot by Cantwell was heading for the top corner, but the experienced goalkeeper tipped it around the post.

Norwich then played out the rest of the half by tiering out Blues. Garry Monk’s men will now look forward to playing a Swansea side who have lots of quality. Monk will also hope new signing, Kerim Mrabti, can add some more competition to the side so the likes of Maghoma and Jota, who have been out of sorts recently, will be on their toes.

2 COMMENTS

  1. We were very poor defensively. Colin and Maghoma were very poor on the night. Harding would’ve coped better with the pace of their fullback. Jota played well but Maghoma was a bystander and he should’ve been the one replaced by Mahoney. I thought Craig Gardner’s passing was very good when he came on but we were outmuscled in midfield. Norwich looked a decent outfit but we were poor in possession and lacked creativity going forward. I was expecting us to come out fighting second half but we were ponderous and lacklustre. Norwich had a two goal lead and just managed the game and kept us at bay.

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