Norwich City made it eight wins out of eight as they defeated a very poor Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday lunchtime.
The win takes them eight points clear of third place and seven points clear of second place after a win for Sheffield United at Preston and a surprise defeat for Leeds United at St. Andrews against Birmingham.
The only blot on the City copybook came in the 71st minute when Emi Buendia was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on Josh Scowen, just moments after the QPR substitute had cleaned out Max Aarons in a similar fashion only a few feet away but the referee didn’t do anything about that one. That was, no doubt, why Buendia went in on Scowen in that manner but two wrongs don’t make a right and the fiery Argentinian looks set to possibly miss the next three games (!). I’m not certain and am hoping that it’s just one but I’m not holding my breath.
It was Buendia though, who opened the scoring on just six minutes when he swept home Max Aaarons’ low cross and then Marco Stiepermann scored from 20 yards with a low shot that Joe Lumley in the QPR goal won’t want to watch back.
City created several other great chances before Teemu Pukki scored his 25th goal of the season in the 38th minute when Buendia robbed Luke Freeman on 30 yards out and played the Finnish international in to give him a simple strike and goal.
It was 3-0 at half time and could easily have been 6 or 7 nil, such was City’s dominance.
In the second half, QPR had a bit of a go but were still toothless as City sat back and took a breather. It was all a bit dull until the red card but even then, QPR were unable to threaten much.
In the 85th minute, Pukki scored his 26th goal of the season as he fired a great shot past Lumley after a superb ball from the back, courtesy of Christoph Zimmermann, to finish the game and put the Canaries another step closer to the promotion that we are crave.