Norwich set to return to Premier League after beating Huddersfield | Championship


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Norwich City having one foot back in the Premier League after fighting Huddersfield Town 7-0 at Carrow Road. Teemu Pukki scored a hat-trick as Daniel Farke’s side advanced eight points to the championship lead.

Emi Buendía, Todd Cantwell, Kieran Dowell and substitute Jordan Hugill were also on track as Norwich edged 17 points ahead of third-place Brentford, held at home by Birmingham. The Canaries now need five more points to get a promotion and could increase on Saturday, if they win at Derby and other results come their way.

It was a night to forget for Huddersfield goalkeeper Joel Pereira, called off the side at the last minute after Ryan Schofield felt bad during the warm-up. Pereira kicked the ball out of the net after just eight minutes as Cantwell moved in for Pukki. The Finn got his second 12 minutes later, shooting high into the net after being spotted by a sublime ball by Buendía.

The Argentine got the hosts’ third goal with a clean strike just outside the box that went out of the post, then created a fourth goal in the first half hour with Cantwell slamming the ball home. Buendía hit the crossbar after Kenny McLean hit him with a free kick, before playing a smooth brace with Dowell, then preparing his fellow midfielder for a single finish.

Norwich looked hungry for more goals after the break and duly made six right after the hour. Referee Jarred Gillett has pointed to the spot where Spurs loan midfielder Oliver Skipp was knocked down by Isaac Mbenza. Pukki sent Pereira the wrong way with a perfectly struck penalty to complete his hat-trick, bringing his tally to 25 goals for the season.

Huddersfield nearly nabbed a 72nd-minute consolation, with Tim Krul making an excellent block to deny Danny Ward after Demeaco Duhaney’s header came back from the right. Jordan Hugill succeeded Pukki and went 7-0 moments after coming off the bench, sweeping through Max Aarons’ cross to complete the rout.

Sergi Canós puts a wide chance for Brentford in their stalemate with Birmingham.
Sergi Canós puts a wide chance for Brentford in their stalemate with Birmingham. Photographie: Marc Atkins / Getty Images

Earlier, Brentford squandered a host of chances as their failing promotion stalled against Birmingham, with Blues goaltender Neil Etheridge outstanding as the visitors threatened with relegation scored one point. It could have been even better for Lee Bowyer’s side, but Jonathan Leko’s late crossfire at the break was blocked.

Mathias Jensen missed a first chance six minutes before Gary Gardner hit the post for Birmingham. Vitaly Janelt then played Sergi Canós on goal, but his chip on Etheridge drifted widely. The goalkeeper refused Ivan Toney early in the second half, stretching to deflect his dazzling half volley.

Brentford saw calls for a canceled penalty in the 65th minute when Marc Roberts pushed Canós aside, before Etheridge again saved superbly from Bryan Mbuemo as the hosts had to settle for their fourth straight draw.

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