Emi Buendia celebrates after scoring Norwich City’s goal against Brentford in the championship game on Carrow Road Photo: Stephen Pond / Getty Images

Norwich took another big step towards an immediate return to the Premier League when they beat next challenger Brentford 1-0 on Carrow Road

A sixth victory in a row in the championship brought the Canaries 10 points ahead and only 12 games

The game ended with a moment of magic from midfield maestro Emi Buendia, who scored a brilliant single goal midway through the first half to give his team the points

It was a fourth loss in six games for Brentford who are now certainly battling Swansea and Watford for second place for automatic promotion

The visitors had an impressive start to the encounter and missed a great chance to open the classification after just 11 minutes

Bryan Mbeumo hopped past Dimitris Giannoulis on the right edge of the field and seemed to have put it on Sergi Canos’ plate, but with the goal in his grace, the former Norwich winger slipped as he prepared for the shooting and couldn’t make up for the target hit

Bees’ top scorer Ivan Toney did well at the end of a deep free kick and his effort went straight into the arms of a grateful Tim Krul

However, Norwich was always a threat to the future and in 25th Minute with an excellent goal from Buendia the nose ahead

In a quick counterattack, the ball hit the Argentine playmaker on the right and he jumped past two defenders on the edge of the box before knocking David Raya into the bottom corner with a perfectly judged low shot

It was Buendia’s tenth goal in the campaign and he almost added another support to his record at halftime

Not for the first time this season, a wonderful pass by Teemu Pukki cleanly pushed through, but Raya showed a strong hand to refuse the Finn and keep his team in the game

Raya made another top drawer to deny Pukki again five minutes into the second half and slid a sizzling shot from the edge of the box around the post

It was the visitors who had most of the ball, however, but they were kept at bay by well-trained city defenses and Norwich could have made it almost two in 65 minutes

Ben Gibson got his head on a free kick from Buendia to test Raya, who then conveniently collected a snap of Onel Hernandez

Toney shot just wide of the target in the first minute of stoppage time while Mbeumo clamored for a penalty under Grant Hanley’s challenge, but Norwich was right to take the points

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Source: https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/english-soccer/norwich-city-stretch-lead-at-top-of-championship-to-seven-points-1.4500388