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Norwich City 0-1 Watford: Hornets move closer to promotion


Dan Gosling scores against Norwich
Dan Gosling scored his second goal since joining Watford from Bournemouth in January

Watford moved a step closer to an immediate return to the Premier League with victory at already-promoted Norwich City.

Norwich keeper Tim Krul made three good saves in the first half, keeping out an angled shot from Ismaila Sarr with his legs and then pulling off a double stop to claw away Ken Sema’s low effort and deny Sarr on the follow-up.

Dan Gosling broke the deadlock and put the Hornets ahead when he converted Joao Pedro’s low ball into the middle 12 minutes after the restart.

The Canaries, who could have clinched the Championship title with victory at Carrow Road, struggled to create chances, but Mario Vrancic shot straight at visiting keeper Daniel Bachmann deep into second-half stoppage time.

Second-placed Watford need a maximum of four more points from their final thee games to secure promotion to the top flight after Brentford drew against Cardiff.

The Hornets started energetically, with an unmarked Gosling heading wide and Sarr flashing an effort off target from inside the box, while Sarr had a decent shout for a penalty turned down after going to ground in a tussle with Canaries left-back Xavi Quintilla.

Norwich responded as Todd Cantwell and Kieran Dowell both had long-range efforts deflected over the bar before Krul was called into action three times in the space of five minutes to keep it goalless.

The hosts were largely subdued compared to their recent form, which had seen them win 11 times in a 13-match unbeaten run, and a last-ditch tackle from Grant Hanley prevented Andre Gray from doubling Watford’s advantage 15 minutes from time.

The Norfolk side have now lost both their games since promotion to the Premier League was secured on Saturday afternoon, and Daniel Farke’s men still need five points to pip Watford to the title.

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 44OmobamideleSubstituted forPlachetaat 81′minutes
  • 5Hanley
  • 16QuintilláSubstituted forHernándezat 81′minutes
  • 20SkippBooked at 62mins
  • 23McLeanBooked at 73mins
  • 17Buendía
  • 10DowellSubstituted forHugillat 65′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14CantwellSubstituted forVrancicat 89′minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 8Vrancic
  • 9Hugill
  • 11Placheta
  • 12Nyland
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 19Sørensen
  • 25Hernández
  • 26Mumba
  • 27Tettey

Watford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Bachmann
  • 15CathcartSubstituted forKabaseleat 83′minutes
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 31Sierralta
  • 11MasinaBooked at 49mins
  • 8CleverleyBooked at 65minsSubstituted forZinckernagelat 82′minutes
  • 19HughesBooked at 27mins
  • 16GoslingSubstituted forChalobahat 70′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Sarr
  • 10João PedroSubstituted forGrayat 70′minutes
  • 12Sema

Substitutes

  • 7Zinckernagel
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Lazaar
  • 18Gray
  • 22Success
  • 27Kabasele
  • 28C Sánchez
  • 33Elliot
  • 44Hungbo

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