Brentford 0 Norwich City 3

Norwich City score three second half goals to give them a 3-0 win against Brentford in which a penalty decision which was turned down for Brentford was the turning point in the match.

Brentford vs Norwich with thanks to John Hirdle
Brentford vs Norwich with thanks to John Hirdle

Goals from Alexander Tettey and a Cameron Jerome brace gave Norwich the three points in a score line that even the Norwich manager Neil Adams thought flattered his side.

It was a tight opening to the game and the first chance fell to Brentford after Moses Obudajo crossed from the wing but Alex Pritchard could only head high and wide.

Norwich were looking dangerous from set pieces and they had half a chance when a Nathan Redmond corner was flicked in by former bee Michael Turner but Jerome couldn’t get a touch on the ball.

Brentford had their best chance of the game when Stuart Dallas crossed in a loose ball across the area but Andre Gray was unable to get good contact on the cross and turn it in.

As the game went on the Bees grew in confidence and should of gone into half time with the lead.

Brentford had a flurry of chances which saw Dallas shoot over and a Pritchard free kick which also went over the bar.

After good interplay between Obudajo and Alan Judge, Gray thought he had scored when his shot was deflected wide for a corner.

John Ruddy showed why he is an England international after he saved brilliantly from Alan McCormack as he raced from midfield to powerfully shoot at Ruddy.

After more good interplay from Brentford, Pritchard found his way into the box and his shot was kept out by both Ruddy and Jos Hooiveld.

As the second half kicked off Norwich came out with much more attacking intent after being a bit shell shocked from Brentford’s attacking danger in the first half.

Norwich had a flurry of chances early in the second with Nathan Redmond looking dangerous. He shot over the bar from a corner and later forced a good save from David Button following good working by Wes Hoolahan.

It was now Brentford’s turn to attack as Judge forced Ruddy to make a smart stop as his placed shot went out for a corner.

Brentford came close again as Jonathan Douglas put through Gray but the angle was tight and his low shot was held by Ruddy.

Norwich took the lead against the run of play as a poor pass by James Tarkowski was intercepted by Bradley Johnson who passed it to Hoolahan who then set up Tettey to slot home past Button.

Norwich scored soon after but not before the talking point of the game took place. Pritchard found himself in the box where it looked like he was clearly fouled by Hooiveld but referee Tim Robinson did not blow his whistle for anything and Norwich broke and Steven Whittaker crossed for Jerome to head home the second goal.

As Brentford desperately pushed forwards to try and get something from the game Norwich broke again as the ball was picked up from midfield and found it’s way to Jerome who lashed in a shot from 20 yards that gave Button no chance.

Norwich showed why they are one of the promotion favourites as Brentford were probably the better team on the whole, but they punished Brentford when mistakes were made and showed their class when they needed to.

Brentford were clapped off after 3-0 loss which doesn’t happen often which showed that Brentford gave Norwich a really good game.

Report from Alex Callow