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Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Norwich City

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Sheffield Wednesday scored more than four goals in a game for the first time since January 2014

Sheffield Wednesday consolidated their place in the play-offs with a thumping win over Norwich.

Ross Wallace gave the Owls an early lead with a finish into an empty net from 40 yards after John Ruddy failed to get distance on a clearance.

Jordan Rhodes made it 2-0 with a header from Fernando Forestieri's cross before Cameron Jerome pulled one back only for Morgan Fox to make it 3-1 at the break.

Rhodes headed his second before Forestieri scored a fine free-kick.

The defeat stretched Norwich's winless run to four matches and left them nine points adrift of the play-off places.

The Owls went into the game on the back of two defeats, but took an early lead in unusual circumstances.

Midfielder Sam Hutchinson closed down Ruddy, who had left his area to clear the ball, and the keeper could only find Wallace, who controlled well before showing great technique to find the back of the net from long range.

Norwich gave themselves a lifeline when Jerome pounced after Steve Naismith's initial effort was saved, but Fox's header from Forestieri's near-post corner restored Wednesday's two-goal lead just three minutes later.

Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal had backed striker Rhodes to improve after a slow start to his Hillsborough career and the Scotland international proved the Portuguese right with two well executed headers as the hosts cruised to their biggest win of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"My players did fantastic and they did exactly what they must do. It was probably the best performance of the season.

"When we are like this, playing good football, we can achieve more goals and a better performance.

"I had a very good expectation about the game. We played some very good football and put our opponents under pressure for long periods during the game."

Norwich City manger Alex Neil:

"I'm obviously disappointed and frustrated. I think we understood the gravity of the game but ultimately we didn't handle it.

"We gifted two goals to Sheffield Wednesday and then started to play a little bit. If you're going to gift two goals to a team like Sheffield Wednesday, you're going to struggle.

"The lads were disappointed with their performance and they know they should have done better. They know it was unacceptable."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 39Sasso
  • 12Loovens
  • 43Fox
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forMcManamanat 77'minutes
  • 23HutchinsonSubstituted forJonesat 34'minutes
  • 41BannanSubstituted forSemedoat 74'minutes
  • 45Forestieri
  • 17Rhodes
  • 11Winnall

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 3Jones
  • 6Fletcher
  • 9Reach
  • 10McManaman
  • 16Palmer
  • 24Semedo

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 25Pinto
  • 5Martin
  • 15KloseBooked at 46mins
  • 3Dijks
  • 27Tettey
  • 8Howson
  • 22Ja MurphySubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forPritchardat 71'minutes
  • 7NaismithBooked at 56minsSubstituted forJo Murphyat 71'minutes
  • 10JeromeBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Whittaker
  • 17Wildschut
  • 19Lafferty
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Bennett
  • 31Jo Murphy
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
28,178

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 5, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 5, Norwich City 1.

Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Josh Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mitchell Dijks.

Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Winnall with a headed pass.

Hand ball by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Callum McManaman replaces Ross Wallace.

Offside, Norwich City. Jonny Howson tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josè Semedo replaces Barry Bannan because of an injury.

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

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Alex Pritchard replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Steven Naismith.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 5, Norwich City 1. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City).

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross following a set piece situation.

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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1Newcastle35244769294076
2Brighton35218658312771
3Huddersfield3420594539665
4Leeds352041149351464
5Reading35196104946363
6Sheff Wed351871047341361
7Fulham341511859401956
8Norwich35157136053752
9Preston351410114744352
10Derby35149123832651
11Barnsley35148135350350
12Cardiff35137154851-346
13Aston Villa351112123538-345
14Brentford34128145149244
15Ipswich351013123643-743
16QPR35127163949-1043
17Birmingham351110143752-1543
18Nottm Forest35117174958-940
19Burton35910163447-1337
20Blackburn3499163950-1136
21Wolves3398164046-635
22Bristol City3597194452-834
23Wigan35710183041-1131
24Rotherham3545263279-4717
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