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Norwich City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Bradley Johnson
Bradley Johnson has now scored six goals in his last 11 games

Bradley Johnson scored twice as Norwich moved up to second in the Championship with victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Johnson nodded in from Steven Whittaker's cross in the first half as the hosts dominated possession.

The midfielder struck again just before the break when the Owls failed to clear a corner.

The win moves the Canaries above Watford on goal difference, and they sit just a point behind league leaders Bournemouth.

The hosts had the first chance of the game when Whittaker's deflected shot went just wide, and Alex Tetty's long-range effort forced the first save by Keiren Westwood low down.

Canaries on the march...
Norwich have won 10 of their last 14 games, drawing three and losing one.

Johnson rewarded Norwich's early pressure when he did well to generate power in his header from a floated Whittaker cross.

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Neil on Norwich v Sheff Weds

After Caolan Lavery headed wide for the visitors, Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson fired wide while Graham Dorrans's left-footed strike was well saved by Westwood.

Following a jinking run from Wes Hoolahan which resulted in a corner, Johnson grabbed his second from Cameron Jerome's flick-on with a smart shot from close range - his third goal of the bank holiday weekend.

Despite his two goals, Johnson was later handed a yellow card after coming on to the pitch without the referee's consent following some treatment for a head injury, and he will miss Norwich's next two games as he has picked up his 10th caution this season.

Wednesday, who were unbeaten in their last 10 meetings with Norwich, struggled to create meaningful opportunities throughout but remain safe in the table, in 12th position.

Norwich boss Alex Neil:

"I thought we played really well in the first half and had two goals to show for it.

"In the second we didn't move the ball as quickly as I would have liked at times but we did a good professional job in seeing the game out and I never felt we were in danger of losing control.

"I don't know how important it is to be in the top two with five games still to be played, but the good thing is we now have points in hand on those teams below us and if we keep winning we will stay in the top two. We just need to focus on winning our games, starting with the next one at Bolton."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray:

"We contributed to our own downfall with some poor defending for their two goals. For the first one we should have got the ball away long before it came into our box and for the second we switched off at a corner after dealing with them well before that.

"We have got 16 clean sheets so we have generally defended well this season, but not today.

"I also felt Norwich had an advantage by having an extra day's rest when we had to play on Saturday. It would be fairer if we all played on the same day. Now we have got to make sure our season doesn't fizzle out."

Bradley Johnson
Johnson is up to 13 goals for the season - his previous best for a campaign was seven while at Leeds
Alex Neil
Norwich boss Alex Neil has won 12 of his 17 games in charge at the club
Graham Dorrans
Prior to Monday's win at Carrow Road, Norwich had not beaten Sheffield Wednesday since 2002

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5MartinBooked at 52mins
  • 30Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 8Howson
  • 27TetteyBooked at 17mins
  • 41DorransSubstituted forHooperat 88'minutes
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 55minsSubstituted forOdjidja-Ofoeat 90+3'minutes
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forRedmondat 79'minutes
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 11Hooper
  • 19Becchio
  • 22Redmond
  • 24Bennett
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
  • 39Odjidja-Ofoe

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 36VermijlSubstituted forBuxtonat 45'minutes
  • 15Lees
  • 35Dielna
  • 3Mattock
  • 10Maguire
  • 20Lee
  • 33MeloBooked at 6mins
  • 27IsgroveSubstituted forNuhiuat 45'minutes
  • 37McGuganBooked at 22mins
  • 13LaverySubstituted forBusat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 7May
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 18Zayatte
  • 28Bus
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
26,993

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home16
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe replaces Bradley Johnson.

Hand ball by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt blocked. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Graham Dorrans.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Kieran Lee.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Claude Dielna went off injured after Sheffield Wednesday had used all subs.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Sergiu Bus replaces Caolan Lavery.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Lewis Buxton tries a through ball, but Filipe Melo is caught offside.

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

Hand ball by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Claude Dielna.

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

Offside, Norwich City. Graham Dorrans tries a through ball, but Bradley Johnson is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

Booking

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth412211887434477
2Norwich412210979433676
3Watford412371182483476
4Middlesbrough412291060322875
5Derby4120111073452871
6Wolves4120111062491371
7Brentford412171370551570
8Ipswich4119111161461568
9Nottm Forest411513136558758
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed411315133743-654
13Cardiff411313154954-552
14Leeds411410174654-852
15Birmingham401214144760-1350
16Bolton411310185058-849
17Huddersfield411212175169-1848
18Brighton411015164348-545
19Reading39129184362-1945
20Rotherham411013184262-2043
21Fulham40127215172-2143
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan41811223555-2035
24Blackpool40412243179-4824
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