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Norwich City vs Luton Town. Sky Bet Championship.

Carrow Road.

Norwich City 3

  • T Pukki (12th minute, 43rd minute)
  • T Cantwell (73rd minute)

Luton Town 0

    Norwich City 3-0 Luton Town: Teemu Pukki scores twice as Canaries continue promotion charge

    Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Norwich City and Luton Town at Carrow Road as Teemu Pukki scores twice and Todd Cantwell adds a third in a comfortable Canaries victory

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    Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Norwich City and Luton Town

    Teemu Pukki made it 20 goals for the season as Norwich beat Luton 3-0 at Carrow Road to go marching on at the top of the Championship.

    The Finnish frontman scored twice in the first half to set the Canaries on course for a seventh straight win, with Todd Cantwell providing the icing on the cake after the break.

    The victory restored Norwich's 10-point advantage at the top after Watford's win over Nottingham Forest earlier in the day and took them another big step closer to an immediate return to the Premier League.

    With two wins over Norwich behind them this season, the Hatters made a bright start and nearly took a shock lead after six minutes when James Collins popped up at the back post to get on the end of a George Moncur cross.

    Norwich City's Teemu Pukki celebrates scoring against Luton
    Image: Norwich City's Teemu Pukki celebrates scoring his first goal against Luton

    But the effort came back off the post and that was end of Luton as an attacking threat in the first half, with the leaders taking firm control.

    They took the lead after 12 minutes as Pukki maintained his hot scoring streak with a superb finish.

    There was still plenty to do after Cantwell had slipped the ball inside to him some 15 yards out but Pukki made it look easy as he fired the ball high into the top corner to give Norwich an early advantage.

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    It took an excellent reaction stop from Simon Sluga to prevent Pukki from making it 2-0 from close range on the half-hour mark after a brilliant move down the right but Norwich kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a second goal two minutes before the break.

    There was a slice of luck about it, with Emi Buendia's cross taking a big deflection off Matty Pearson to fall nicely into the path of Pukki inside the six-yard box, but it was a deserved reward for the impressive hosts.

    Pukki then almost completed a first-half hat-trick, with Sluga tipping over an audacious back-heeled flick.

    Norwich maintained their dominance after the interval but Luton stuck to their task, preventing any further damage going into the final quarter.

    But they were unable to lay a glove on the leaders, who wrapped the points up with a third goal after 73 minutes.

    It followed a swift break down the left, with Cantwell cutting inside and unleashing a low shot from the edge of the box which took a slight deflection on its way past Sluga.

    What the managers said...

    Norwich's Daniel Farke: "First of all I must congratulate my players for another excellent performance - it was probably even better than the one against Brentford on Wednesday. They put in a lot of energy, both physically and mentally, into that game but they were still able to produce again just three days later. That is what winners do.

    "They want it so much and showed it - all the players, whether they played for 90 minutes or one minute, were committed and focused and it was another good win. It was an excellent performance, three more points and another clean sheet so I have to be pleased.

    "It has taken us on to 76 points but we still need another two wins to get past 80 and five wins to get past 90 so there is still plenty of work to be done. We can enjoy this for a few days but then we need to look forward. It is a case of staying fully concentrated on every game."

    Luton's Nathan Jones: "When you are playing a side like Norwich you have to make the most of your opportunities and we didn't do that. But we were up against a very good side, the best side in the league. At this level Norwich are Manchester City - they are difficult to score against and they score plenty themselves so it was always going to be tough for us.

    "To be honest we are not at their level - that's not being negative, just realistic. The players put in a shift, they stuck at it and didn't throw in the towel, but I certainly can't complain about the result."

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