Burnley 2 Norwich 0: Chris Wood brace downs Canaries in flat performance after Man City heroics

By | 21st September 2019
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THE CANARIES came crashing back down to earth just a week after that incredible victory over champions Manchester City.

Perhaps they had started to believe their own publicity after rocking the Premier League on a memorable early evening at Carrow Road when they beat Pep Guardiola’s side 3-2.

Wood netted his first and second goals of the season
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Slack marking allowed his powerful opener from a corner
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Few who were there in their bright yellow shirts will forget that, one of the biggest wins in the club’s history.

Those who made the four-hour trip from Norfolk on Saturday, will certainly want to forget this, however.

It was a sobering experience after drinking the pubs dry in Norwich City centre in celebration last weekend.

There is no doubt Norwich can score – 93 goals in winning the Championship last season.

In flying Finn Teemu Pukki they have a striker in red hot form with six goals and two assists already this season.

The problem is they just cannot defend. Only Watford have a worse record right now in the Premier League after their hammering at The Etihad.

Even in Championship glory last season they had the second worst home defensive record outside the relegation zone conceding 34 in their 23 games at Carrow Road.

Praise for playing pretty football and sticking to your principles does not get you points.

Burnley were in need of a win having not done so since matchday one
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Daniel Farke is yet to pick up a point on the road
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Wigan used to earn plenty of that under Roberto Martinez and went down.

That is four defeats now in their first six league games with 14 goals conceded.

For Burnley this victory was the perfect way for manager Sean Dyche to celebrate another milestone with the club.

This was his 313th game in charge of them as he approaches his seventh anniversary.

That took him above Stan Ternant as the fourth longest serving manager in the club’s history and the second longest post war.

He still has some way to match Harry Potts 728 games in two spells with the club.

Only three managers have been at the helm of their club longer in all four divisions behind Morcambe’s Jim Bentley, Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth and Eddie Howe at Bournemouth, who vacated the manager’s seat at Turf Moor as Dyche arrived.

What a job Dyche has done here and continues to do.

CLINICAL KIWI

Still this was a much needed victory.

They had won just one in nine league games before Saturday, going back to the end of last season.

It was wrapped up inside the first 14 minutes with two goals from New Zealander Chris Wood, his 150th and 151st for club and country.

The first came after ten minutes when Ashley Westwood whipped in a superb corner to the near post which Barnes nodded home.

Four minutes later it was Dwight McNeill assisting with a cross from the left which Barnes poked home at that same near post after getting ahead of a dozing Ben Godfrey.

He should really have completed his hat-trick in the second-half when set-up by McNeill but shot straight at Tim Krul.

Barnes also had a good shout for a penalty which Woods would have undoubtedly taken when Godfrey appeared to have tripped him, but nothing given and VAR did not intervene.

For their part Norwich had the first chance of the game in the seventh minute when Pukki got through but Nick Pope made an excellent save with an outstretched leg.


Moritz Leitner also rattled the post with a long range drive.

In the second-half Norwich improved but without threatening Pope.

Ibrahim Amodou was lucky to stay on the pitch. Having been booked in the first half he made two challenges in the second which could have got another yellow.

Having said that Matthew Lowton was fortunate not to get any sort of punishment when he slid in on Krul who had collected the ball. Krul was understandably livid.

A deserved win for Burnley, for Norwich last Saturday’s champagne has gone very flat.

This post written by Marc Mayo originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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