IT’S TIME TO TAKE FLIGHT, CANARIES
ALEX NEIL has challenged Norwich City to kick on and put together a run of results after they bounced back from five Championship defeats in a row with a dominant performance against Brentford.
John Egan’s own goal opened the scoring for the the home side before Graham Dorrans added a second, tapping home the rebound after Daniel Bentley saved his penalty.
Robbie Brady hit the third before Nelson Oliveira and Alex Pritchard completed the scoring late on.
The home side dominated the game from start to finish as Brentford underwhelmed, falling to their fourth league defeat on the bounce.
Neil said: “That was a really good performance, everything came together. November is a tough month for everyone, and hopefully that is us seeing the back of that and we can push on.
“We have scored five goals, created more chances than we probably did in the last four games put together.
“The players knew the importance of the game, for the fans, for everybody connected to the club, for myself.
“We really attacked the game, went 2-0 up and the important thing is we pushed on and hammered home our authority.”
Norwich started the game as they meant to go on when Oliveira should have opened the scoring in the third minute but put his header over.
An excellent whipped cross from Brady saw Norwich go ahead, as the delivery evaded Oliveira at the near post only for Egan to bundle the ball into his own net after six minutes.
Dorrans doubled the home side’s lead in the 16th minute, tucking home the rebound after Bentley saved a weak penalty from the Norwich midfielder.
Jacob Murphy did well to earn the spot-kick, bursting into the box and forcing a challenge from Brentford captain Harlee Dean.
Scott Hogan provided Brentford’s only bright spark, but twice failed to hit the target when headed chances presented themselves.
Norwich continued to dominate at the start of the second half, rounded off by Brady tucking home from a clever Pritchard through ball.
Hogan wasn’t far away from the spectacular as he took on a first-time volley from just outside the box, but the well-struck effort failed to hit the target.
Oliveira added a fourth in the 79th minute, receiving the ball with his back to goal on the penalty spot, he turned and fired home.
Pritchard rounded off a quality performance – playing the ball wide to Jacob Murphy, latching onto the return and sliding home from 12 yards out.
Bees boss Dean Smith was particularly left disappointed by the way his side was caught cold in the early stages of the game.
Smith said: “We have performed quite well throughout the season and it was the polar opposite of our performance last week against Birmingham City.
“We got beat last week but our performance levels were outstanding and we should have got the win, that’s why this performance came as such a shock.
“We knew that Norwich have got players that we wanted to frustrate but our defending for the first 15 minutes threw the game plan out the window.
“If you’re losing after 15 minutes and have to try and chase the game, you can get picked off by the better players anywhere in this league.”
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