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Norwich City 1-2 Brentford

Alex Pritchard
Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring Brentford's winning goal at Carrow Road

Brentford consolidated their position in the play-off places with a deserved win against a below-par Norwich City.

The Bees' Andre Gray spurned a great early chance before Jota's shot opened the scoring on the break for Brentford.

Norwich levelled against the run of play when Nathan Redmond's left-footed shot deflected past David Button.

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Neil on Norwich v Brentford

Gray was fouled inside the area and Alex Pritchard converted from the spot to move the Bees past Derby into fourth, while Norwich drop to eighth.

The away side started much the brighter and could have been in front within a minute, Gray beating the offside trap only to lash over the bar.

The Canaries hit back and Brentford goalkeeper Button was forced into a save by Gary Hooper before Stuart Dallas fired over at the other end.

Brilliant Bees
The result was Brentford's first away win at Norwich since 1929.
Brentford have now won five of their last seven away games.

Brentford, led by the excellent Pritchard, were dominating possession and deservedly took the lead.

Steven Whittaker, playing out of position in central midfield, gave the ball away and the Bees broke to deadly effect, Gray teeing up Jota who placed a first-time finish past John Ruddy.

The equaliser came when Redmond cut inside from the right wing and saw his deflected shot find the net.

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Warburton on Norwich v Brentford

Ruddy saved from Jonathan Douglas' toe-poke before the Bees found the winner.

Gray backed into the area and drew the foul from both centre-backs and Pritchard struck the penalty down the middle.

Despite their poor performance, Norwich had chances to equalise. Bradley Johnson's long-range drive hit the crossbar and Cameron Jerome's follow-up was brilliantly saved by Button before Lewis Grabban was also denied by an excellent save.

The result ends new Norwich manager Alex Neil's 100% start and sees them drop off the play-off pace.

Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond celebrates his first-half equaliser for Norwich
David Button
Brentford goalkeeper David Button heads the ball away from danger
Alex Neil
Alex Neil tasted defeat for the first time as Norwich manager

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 5Martin
  • 3Cuéllar
  • 6TurnerBooked at 57mins
  • 23Olsson
  • 2WhittakerSubstituted forGrabbanat 79'minutes
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 74mins
  • 22Redmond
  • 11HooperSubstituted forHoolahanat 69'minutes
  • 9LaffertyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes
  • 10JeromeBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 7Grabban
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 17Bennett
  • 21Murphy
  • 26Rudd
  • 30Bassong
  • 38McGrandles

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3BidwellBooked at 43mins
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 8Douglas
  • 23JotaSubstituted forSmithat 79'minutes
  • 21Pritchard
  • 15DallasSubstituted forToralat 87'minutes
  • 19GraySubstituted forLongat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 7Saunders
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 24Smith
  • 28Yennaris
  • 31Long
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
26,148

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 1, Brentford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Brentford 2.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Chris Long (Brentford).

  4. Post update

    Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Grabban (Norwich City).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Turner (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cameron Jerome with a headed pass.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Carlos Cuéllar.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

  13. Post update

    Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Stuart Dallas.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Chris Long replaces Andre Gray.

  18. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Russell Martin (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth27156657282951
2Middlesbrough27148542182450
3Ipswich27148546271950
4Brentford2715484436849
5Derby26146648252348
6Watford27145856312547
7Wolves2712873133-244
8Norwich27127850341643
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2781093739-234
13Cardiff2797113640-434
14Fulham27104134047-734
15Huddersfield2797113545-1034
16Bolton2696112933-433
17Charlton2761472434-1032
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Brighton27611103035-529
20Leeds2778122838-1029
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2749142636-1021
24Blackpool2738162150-2917
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