Norwich registers their first win of the season by beating Brentford 2 – 1. Norwich picked up their first Premier League win of the season at the 11th time of asking by beating Brentford to move off the bottom of the table.
The Canaries made a dream start when Mathias Normann slotted in from the edge of the area after a good run. It was the first time Norwich had been ahead in a league game this season, although only a superb save from Tim Krul to deny Christian Norgaard from point-blank range prevented Brentford from quickly drawing level.
It proved a crucial save because Norwich doubled their lead midway through the first half when Teemu Pukki was brought down inside the box by Charlie Goode. The Finland striker stepped up to score the penalty.
It prompted scenes of jubilation in the away end, with the travelling fans seeing their side score two goals for the first time in 29 Premier League games. But they endured a nervous second half as Brentford put on the pressure. Bryan Mbeumo had a goal ruled out for offside before Rico Henry volleyed home to make it 2-1.
Krul superbly kept out Sergi Canos’ fierce drive as the home side pushed for an equaliser, but the visitors held out for a precious win. The three points moved Norwich above Newcastle – who play Brighton later on Saturday – into 19th place and five points from safety. Brentford, meanwhile, are 14th.
Norwich’s season finally up and running
Celebrating a Premier League victory will have been something of a forgotten feeling for Norwich fans. This was their first top-flight win since they beat Leicester 1-0 on 28 February 2020. And it ended a run 20 games without a victory, during which they lost 18 and drew just two.
Their first-half performance belied that of a team on such a torrid run. Daniel Farke’s side attacked with pace and confidence and fully deserved their two-goal lead at half-time. But poor defending has blighted Norwich this season, and when Henry was left completely unmarked to halve the deficit, the away fans must have feared the worst.
Brentford did respond but to Norwich’s credit, they defended resolutely to protect their slender lead and secure a huge, confidence-boosting win. There will need to be plenty more performances like this if they are to pull off a great escape, but it gives the struggling Canaries something to build on.
Brentford, meanwhile, have now lost four league games in a row for the first time in five years and for the first time under coach Thomas Frank. They will be desperate to turn around their fortunes after a strong start to their maiden Premier League season.
Source – BBC News