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Norwich City 2-0 Barnsley

Jacob Murphy
Murphy scored his first goal for Norwich against Blackburn in August 2016

Norwich City kept their Championship play-off hopes alive by beating Barnsley at Carrow Road.

Jacob Murphy fired in his 10th goal of the season from inside the box to give the Canaries the lead at the break.

Adam Hammill, Angus MacDonald and Marley Watkins all went close for the visitors after the restart.

Norwich then stretched their lead thanks to MacDonald's own goal to leave them five points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

Victory means caretaker boss Alan Irvine has now claimed four points from a possible six since the departure of Alex Neil.

The hosts dominated the early proceedings, with Jonny Howson and Alex Pritchard both being denied by Barnsley keeper Adam Davies.

After Hammill had a goal ruled out for a clear offside at the other end, winger Murphy gave the Canaries a deserved lead moments before the break when, having being picked out by Cameron Jerome, he drilled a shot low and into the corner of the net.

Hammill was unlucky to not get a strong enough flick on Andy Yiadom's cross to make it 1-1 after the restart and MacDonald saw a close-range effort well saved by Michael McGovern from the resulting corner.

But, after Steven Naismith fired over for the Canaries with just the keeper to beat, they doubled their lead in fortunate circumstances as an effort from Murphy deflected off MacDonald into the net.

Jerome and Howson then went close to adding a third as Norwich coasted to three points.

Norwich caretaker manager Alan Irvine:

"I was asked to take charge for two games and I have done that. I haven't heard anything more about what happens going forward, but I should imagine I will be speaking to someone soon to find out what happens next week.

"If that is to be my last game in charge it was a good way to finish - and the win certainly makes it interesting as far as the play-offs are concerned.

"Being five points behind sounds a lot better than being eight points behind - and as I said last week there are still plenty of points to play for."

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom:

"The take-away message from that game is hit the target, score goals.

"There were plenty of positives to take away from it, but if you are going to get anything in this league you have got to be clinical in front of goal.

"It's frustrating, but there is still plenty to play for. We will keep striving to get that perfect performance and obviously want to win as many games as possible between now and the end of the season."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 33McGovern
  • 25PintoBooked at 62mins
  • 24Bennett
  • 5Martin
  • 2Whittaker
  • 8Howson
  • 27Tettey
  • 22Ja MurphySubstituted forDorransat 84'minutes
  • 21Pritchard
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forNaismithat 30'minutes
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forOliveiraat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 4Dorrans
  • 7Naismith
  • 9Oliveira
  • 15Klose
  • 17Wildschut
  • 31Jo Murphy

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 17Yiadom
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 29Jones
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forMowattat 78'minutes
  • 36James
  • 6Scowen
  • 7HammillSubstituted forHedgesat 81'minutes
  • 32ArmstrongSubstituted forKentat 56'minutes
  • 20Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 10Moncur
  • 13Townsend
  • 18Jackson
  • 21Janko
  • 27Mowatt
  • 34Hedges
  • 40Kent
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
26,105

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 2, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Barnsley 0.

Hand ball by Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Ryan Kent (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Hedges with a cross.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jonny Howson.

Foul by Graham Dorrans (Norwich City).

Matthew James (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gethin Jones with a cross.

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Graham Dorrans replaces Jacob Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Cameron Jerome.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Hedges replaces Adam Hammill.

Attempt missed. Ryan Kent (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

Attempt saved. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Alex Mowatt replaces Marley Watkins.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ivo Pinto.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Attempt blocked. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Kent.

Goal!

Own Goal by Angus MacDonald, Barnsley. Norwich City 2, Barnsley 0.

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Attempt saved. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Whittaker with a cross.

Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Hammill (Barnsley).

Attempt saved. Ryan Kent (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marley Watkins.

Attempt missed. Josh Scowen (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

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

Foul by Angus MacDonald (Barnsley).

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Booking

Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

Ryan Kent (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

goal

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