Championship leaders Norwich City eased to a comfortable victory at Coventry City to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points.
Teemu Pukki put the visitors in front with a composed finish from Emi Buendia’s perfectly weighted through-ball and the Finn returned the favour for Buendia to make it 2-0 just before the break.
Callum O’Hare got in behind for the hosts after the break but Canaries goalkeeper Tim Krul raced off his line to deny him.
Victory saw Daniel Farke’s men put daylight between themselves and second-placed Brentford, who suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at QPR.
Norwich had ended a three-match winless run with a thumping 4-1 win over Stoke on Saturday and they picked up where they left off with a brilliant first-half showing at St Andrews, where they probably should have scored more than twice.
It was a familiar duo who did the damage for the visitors after Pukki opened the scoring with a crisp finish across Ben Wilson in the home goal from a defence-splitting pass from Buendia.
The Argentine attacker, who has assisted five of Pukki’s 14 goals this season, was then the beneficiary of some great work from the Finnish striker to put the game beyond the hosts with the last kick of the first half.
Pukki pinched the ball off Sky Blues defender Kyle McFadzean 40 yards from goal, drove forwards and then unselfishly squared for Buendia to tap in.
Norwich host struggling Rotherham on Saturday while Coventry, who are three points above the relegation zone, have a home game against out-of-sorts Brentford.
- 4RoseSubstituted forØstigardat 45′minutes
- 29Da CostaBooked at 4minsSubstituted forPaskat 58′minutes
- 8AllenSubstituted forBiamouat 45′minutes
- 25JamesSubstituted forKellyat 78′minutes
- 19WalkerSubstituted forGyökeresat 64′minutes
- 5HanleyBooked at 17mins
- 34GibsonBooked at 70mins
- 20SkippSubstituted forTetteyat 90+3′minutes
- 17BuendíaSubstituted forZimmermannat 87′minutes
- 8VrancicSubstituted forDowellat 69′minutes
- 14CantwellBooked at 84minsSubstituted forRuppat 87′minutes
- 22PukkiSubstituted forIdahat 90+3′minutes
Match ends, Coventry City 0, Norwich City 2.
Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Norwich City 2.
Foul by Adam Idah (Norwich City).
Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey replaces Oliver Skipp.
Substitution, Norwich City. Adam Idah replaces Teemu Pukki.
Attempt missed. Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Callum O’Hare.
Substitution, Norwich City. Christoph Zimmermann replaces Emiliano Buendía.
Substitution, Norwich City. Lukas Rupp replaces Todd Cantwell.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Grant Hanley.
Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Max Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jordan Shipley (Coventry City).
Substitution, Coventry City. Liam Kelly replaces Matty James.
Grant Hanley (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City).
Dimitrios Giannoulis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matty James (Coventry City).
Attempt missed. Kieran Dowell (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Max Aarons.
Oliver Skipp (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.