WIN­NER DE­SERVES AN EMI AWARD!

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Barry Atkins

NORWICH City man­ager Daniel Farke hailed a fin­ish­ing master­class as Emi Buen­dia’s first goal for the club se­cured a win over Brent­ford at Car­row Road.

The Canaries could af­ford to miss a penalty as they made it three straight wins – and seven in nine league matches over­all – to move up to third in the ta­ble.

Buen­dia scored what proved to be the only goal in the 34th minute as he latched on to Timm Klose’s su­perb through ball and flicked it home with a stylish first-time fin­ish.

It should have been 2-0 on the stroke of half-time when Ol­lie Watkins’ block on Max Aarons was spot­ted by ref­eree Oliver Lang­ford, but Jordan Rhodes’ poor spot-kick was com­fort­ably saved by Daniel Bent­ley.

Asked about Buen­dia’s huge con­tri­bu­tion, Farke said: “In sit­u­a­tions like that, when play­ers are chas­ing a long ball, they usu­ally take a touch.

“But Emi has shown his class by tak­ing it first-time and beat­ing the goal­keeper. It was a goalscor­ing master­class. He is a player with great tech­ni­cal abil­ity and you saw it there. But he also works very hard for the team and I am so pleased for him that he now has his first goal.”

Farke was de­lighted with an­other three points, adding: “To have come back from the in­ter­na­tional break and taken nine points from three games is very pleas­ing, es­pe­cially when you con­sider the qual­ity of the op­po­si­tion.”

Norwich would have paid for their penalty miss had Brent­ford taken their big chance mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod – but top scorer Neal Mau­pay fluffed his lines hor­ri­bly.

Tim Krul did well to keep out shots from sub­sti­tutes Said Ben­rahma and Lewis Macleod but the net was gap­ing when Mau­pay latched on to the sec­ond re­bound. But, from just out­side the six­yard-box, the French striker lost his foot­ing on the greasy sur­face and smashed the ball against the cross­bar when it looked eas­ier to score. With less than eight min­utes re­main­ing Norwich fi­nally worked an­other chance of their own, but with a clear sight of goal an over­lap­ping Todd Cantwell could only fire weakly at Bent­ley.

Brent­ford forced a cou­ple of late cor­ners but the hosts saw out the game with the min­i­mum of fuss.

New Brent­ford boss Thomas Frank is still wait­ing for his first point af­ter three games in charge – but is con­vinced the tide will turn soon.

“The re­sult was very harsh on us – to me it should have been a 1-1 game,” he said. “At the mo­ment things are go­ing for Norwich and we are suf­fer­ing. At the start of the sea­son it was the other way around, when every­thing was go­ing for us and Norwich were suf­fer­ing.

“But we can’t feel sorry for our­selves. This is all part of foot­ball and you have to deal with it. We will keep­ing work­ing hard and if we keep play­ing like we did to­day, and against Bris­tol City last week, we will start win­ning games again soon.”

PIC­TURE: Fo­cus Im­ages

POINT­ING THE WAY: Emi Buen­dia cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing his side’s first goal, in­set

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