CHAMPIONSHIP AREA: Norwich win to ease pressure on Dean Smith

CHAMPIONSHIP AREA: Norwich win to ease pressure on Dean Smith

CHAMPIONSHIP AREA: Josh Sargent and Danel Sinani ease the pressure on Dean Smith as Norwich beat Huddersfield to move off the bottom of the table

  • Norwich got their first league win of the season when they beat Huddersfield
  • Josh Sargent and Danel Sinani scored before Patrick Jones got a goal back
  • The win moves Norwich off the bottom and eases the pressure on Dean Smith
  • Hull missed the chance to go top when they drew 1-1 in the match against Burnley

Bottom and with just a single point from Norwich’s first three games, Dean Smith’s days may have been numbered at Carrow Road.

Norwich had eased to promotion the last two times they had played at this level and were widely tipped to do so again this season.

But after a weak bid for survival last term and a terrible start to the second team, fans’ patience was wearing thin and this game already felt like a must-win.

Danel Sinani scored as Norwich beat Huddersfield to claim their first league win of the season

Danel Sinani scored as Norwich beat Huddersfield to claim their first league win of the season

Josh Sargent (right) opened the scoring for the Canaries as they won past Huddersfield

Josh Sargent (right) opened the scoring for the Canaries as they won past Huddersfield

It was achieved in style as Norwich brushed aside last season’s play-off finalists Huddersfield, with goals from Josh Sargent and Danel Sinani.

Sargent opened the scoring after just six minutes, making a smart run from the ball to latch onto the end of Sinani’s cross to head past Huddersfield’s Lee Nicholls.

The US international struggled for goals in his first season at Carrow Road, netting just four times in 29 games and often finding himself on the right wing.

But with a start through the middle while Teemu Pukki nurses a bruised foot, this was a chance for Sargent to shine as he eyes a spot in the USA’s World Cup starting XI.

Norwich's win moves them off the foot of the table and eases the pressure on Dean Smith

Norwich’s win moves them off the foot of the table and eases the pressure on Dean Smith

He took the chance with his goal – and then added an assist minutes later when his injured shot found Sinani. The forward picked his spot well amid the desperate challenges of five Huddersfield players on the line to score.

Just three months ago, Sinani featured for Huddersfield in a play-off final at Wembley which they easily won. What a different team the Terriers look now, having lost several key players and their influential boss Carlos Corberan.

Now managed by former player Danny Schofield, Huddersfield’s night took a turn for the worse just minutes into the second half as Sargent burst through on goal, only to be hauled down by Tom Lees. The defender received a red card and it felt like game over.

But the visitors mounted a valiant late charge, as 19-year-old Patrick Jones pulled one back. Smith’s men stood firm and held on for an important first win of the season.

Jay Rodriguez celebrates after scoring the equalizer for Burnley against Hull City

Jay Rodriguez celebrates after scoring the equalizer for Burnley against Hull City

Elsewhere, Hull missed the chance to go top as they drew with Vincent Kompany’s Burnley.

Ozan Tufan opened the scoring for the Tigers, but Jay Rodriguez equalized for the hosts.

Kompany’s side put in another dominant performance but Hull defended deep, with their fans ironically chanting “anti-football”.

Swansea squandered a two-goal lead at the death as Millwall scored in the 93rd and 95th minutes to grab a point in Wales. Remarkably, both were own goals – by Ben Cabango and Nathan Wood.

Bristol City got their first league win despite being reduced to 10 men against Luton, with goals from Nahki Wells and Tommy Conway.

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