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Norwich City 5-0 Brentford

Robbie Brady
Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady scored Norwich's third goal as they thrashed Brentford

Norwich City ended a run of five successive Championship defeats with a comprehensive win over Brentford.

The Canaries started well and Jacob Murphy soon scrambled them in front.

After Murphy was fouled in the box by Harlee Dean, Graham Dorrans tapped in the second on the rebound after his penalty was saved by Daniel Bentley.

Robbie Brady slotted in from Alex Pritchard's pass, Nelson Oliveira smashed home and Pritchard stabbed in to seal victory.

Norwich's win, which temporarily took them back into the top six before Leeds beat Aston Villa, eases the pressure on manager Alex Neil after they slipped from top to eighth, prompting chairman Ed Balls to publicly back his manager.

Brentford, however, have won only one of their past nine games and are now 18th after a fourth straight defeat.

The Canaries, who had not won since beating Rotherham 3-1 at Carrow Road on 18 October, led when Murphy was credited with the opener, although Bees defender Josh Egan may have got the final touch.

Brentford came into the game after Dorrans tucked in the second, with Scott Hogan twice heading off target and Egan volleying at Norwich keeper John Ruddy.

But their hopes of a comeback were thwarted as Brady, Oliveira and Pritchard struck in the second half to complete an emphatic Norwich win.

Norwich manager Alex Neil:

"Today was in complete contrast to our recent performances - we played really well. It was our best performance of the season - every player responded.

"It's only one win, though, and we need to build on it. November was a really tough month for us. Hopefully that is us seeing the back of that and we can push on.

"The players knew the importance of the game for everyone connected with the club - myself, the fans, the staff - and they responded in the perfect manner."

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

"I've told the players it's the worst performance I've had as a manager.

"The players have to look in the mirror. I'll look in the mirror as well. I'll look at the selection; did I get that right?

"But after the third goal I thought a few of us gave up. We have to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 25PintoSubstituted forMartinat 65'minutes
  • 24Bennett
  • 6Bassong
  • 12Brady
  • 8HowsonSubstituted forMulumbuat 83'minutes
  • 4Dorrans
  • 22Murphy
  • 21Pritchard
  • 7NaismithBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMurphyat 74'minutes
  • 9Oliveira

Substitutes

  • 5Martin
  • 13Jones
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 15Klose
  • 18Mulumbu
  • 19Lafferty
  • 31Murphy

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 14Egan
  • 29Barbet
  • 8Yennaris
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forMcEachranat 60'minutes
  • 20Clarke
  • 19SawyersSubstituted forHofmannat 78'minutes
  • 21VibeSubstituted forKaikaiat 60'minutes
  • 9Hogan

Substitutes

  • 5Bjelland
  • 10McEachran
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 25Kaikai
  • 30Field
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
26,076

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home20
Away14
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 5, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 5, Brentford 0.

Attempt missed. Philipp Hofmann (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Josh Murphy.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 5, Brentford 0. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh McEachran.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Youssouf Mulumbu.

Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Youssouf Mulumbu replaces Jonny Howson.

Foul by Jacob Murphy (Norwich City).

Yoann Barbet (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 4, Brentford 0. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Josh Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sullay Kaikai (Brentford).

Offside, Brentford. Yoann Barbet tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Steven Naismith because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Steven Naismith (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Scott Hogan (Brentford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Egan (Brentford).

Foul by Graham Dorrans (Norwich City).

Josh McEachran (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Russell Martin replaces Ivo Pinto because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Naismith (Norwich City).

Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Yoann Barbet with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Ryan Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sullay Kaikai replaces Lasse Vibe.

goal

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