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Norwich City vs Reading. Sky Bet Championship.

Carrow Road.

Norwich City 4

  • K Dowell (30th minute, 64th minute)
  • X Quintillá (78th minute)
  • T Pukki (85th minute)

Reading 1

  • J Laurent (12th minute)

Norwich 4-1 Reading: Daniel Farke's Canaries win Sky Bet Championship title

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Norwich City and Reading at Carrow Road as Daniel Farke's side are crowned champions; Kieran Dowell scores twice in convincing home win

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Reading.

Norwich have won the Sky Bet Championship title after a 4-1 win against Reading at Carrow Road.

The Canaries were promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking a fortnight ago, but defeats to Bournemouth and Watford, coupled with the Hornets' impressive form forced a delay.

Norwich trailed to a 12th-minute goal from Josh Laurent but were level at the break thanks to the first of Kieran Dowell's two goals.

The first half had been evenly contested but the second was one-way traffic, with Dowell doubling Norwich's advantage just past the hour mark and further goals from Quintilla and Teemu Pukki - his 26th of the season - adding icing to the cake.

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As it turned out, Watford's defeat at Brentford would have handed Norwich the title anyway but Daniel Farke's side took care of their own business in emphatic fashion to secure top spot with one game left.

How Norwich were crowned champions

Norwich secured the Championship title in style against Reading
Image: Norwich secured the Championship title in style against Reading

Having lost their chance of making the play-offs last week, Reading gave a good account of themselves early on and deserved their lead.

Michael Olise chipped a free-kick to the back post after Quintilla had been penalised and Laurent was well-placed to head past Tim Krul from close range.

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Norwich gradually worked their way back into the game and Rafael Cabral did well to keep out a low drive from Pukki before Tom Holmes hooked another goal-bound effort from the Finn off the line.

The Canaries continued to press and got back on level terms on the half-hour mark thanks to a big helping hand from the visitors.

Emi Buendia and Reading's Dejan Tetek vie for the ball at Carrow Road
Image: Emi Buendia and Reading's Dejan Tetek vie for the ball at Carrow Road

Under pressure facing goal, Holmes should simply have cleared his lines but he chose to pass it back to Cabral, whose hurried clearance was blocked by Pukki.

The ball fell kindly for Dowell just inside the box and his deflected effort was enough to beat the keeper, who had been badly let down by his defensive colleague.

It was a good, open game with chances at both ends and Olise wasted a decent opportunity to restore Reading's lead in first-half stoppage time when he screwed a shot wide after being set up by the excellent Ovie Ejaria.

Emi Buendia fired a low shot just wide as Norwich started the second half strongly, with Cabral then producing three excellent saves to keep out shots from Dowell and Todd Cantwell and a powerful header from Grant Hanley.

For the first time all afternoon the home side looked in control and they carved out another good chance after 59 minutes, with Cantwell wastefully lifting the ball over.

Kieran Dowell celebrates his equaliser against Reading on Saturday
Image: Kieran Dowell celebrates his equaliser against Reading on Saturday

The goal that had been threatening finally arrived after 64 minutes, with Dowell doubling his tally.

The former Everton midfielder was picked out by a delightful lofted pass from Cantwell and steered the ball home from a tight angle to put the Canaries ahead for the first time.

Pukki should have wrapped it up with 15 minutes to go but was foiled by Cabral after being put clean through by Dowell.

This miss didn't prove costly, however, as Norwich made it 3-1 after 78 minutes, with left-back Quintilla curling in a 25-yard free-kick to follow up his first goal for the club at QPR last week.

The hosts made it four five minutes from the end as Pukki intercepted a woeful back pass from Holmes and coolly took the ball around Cabral before tapping it into an unguarded net.

What the managers said...

Norwich's Daniel Farke: "I'm not willing to think too much about the Premier League at this moment. We will just enjoy ourselves and value what we have done because this belongs to our supporters and the club.

"We have got the feeling we are better prepared as a club and will give it a real go as the only self-funding club to survive. If we are better than two years ago we will see but now we are thinking only of celebrations. I don't want to be too scared of Liverpool and Manchester City and all the other top sides, we just want to enjoy ourselves.

"It feels a bit surreal to celebrate in an empty stadium but to bounce back from relegation with a second title in two years I'm not sure if any club has done that, it's certainly a first for Norwich. It is the best season in the history of the club in terms of points but it has been such a difficult season in terms of the challenges after relegation and this pandemic. We are unbelievably proud and happy to bring some joy to the supporters."

Reading's Veljko Paunovic: "I want to congratulate Norwich on winning the title. They are a fantastic side and have been throughout the whole season. We came here to match up against a team that is the best this season and we did a very good job in the first half. Unfortunately we conceded a goal that was avoidable and made some mistakes where we could have done better.

"The second half we didn't start well and they took over very quickly. They got their goal advantage, we tried to fight back but we conceded two more - the fourth was an unlucky mistake from an honest approach to the game, that's all."

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