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Norwich 10 points clear at the top, Watford and Swansea both win in Premier League promotion push

The 1-0 win at Vicarage Road moved the home team into the top two.

Updated Mar 6th 2021, 5:16 PM

LEAGUE LEADERS NORWICH City are in a commanding position at the top of the Championship after today’s 3-0 win at home to Luton Town.

norwich-city-v-luton-town-sky-bet-championship-carrow-road Norwich City players celebrate their third goal of the game. Source: PA

The Canaries were convincing winners as they are ten points clear after an afternoon when Andre Ayew struck late to clinch a dramatic victory for third-placed Swansea City, 2-1 against Middlesbrough.

Finland striker Teemu Pukki scored twice for Norwich in the first half with Todd Cantwell wrapping up the points with the third goal in the 73rd minute. Ireland player Adam Idah came on as a late substitute for the home team at Carrow Road while James Collins was brought on for Luton Town. 

Swansea City were grateful to an injury-time penalty from Ayew to defeat Middlesbrough. The same player had given them the lead in the 40th minute before Sam Morsy looked to have grabbed an equaliser for Middlesbrough in the 90th minute.

Ryan Manning and Conor Hourihane provided the Ireland representation in the Swansea ranks.

swansea-city-v-middlesbrough-sky-bet-championship-liberty-stadium Conor Hourihane in action for Swansea City. Source: PA

Earlier a goal by Adam Masina was enough to send Watford into second place, with a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.

The first-half effort was enough in a game that put the Vicarage Road outfit into the automatic promotion spots.

After finding the net twice in midweek, Andre Gray nearly added his third of the week after just four minutes, when he connected to a cross by Kiko Femenia, but his effort was collected by goalkeeper Brice Samba.

The home side continued to have the majority of the early play, and they took the lead after 17 minutes.

watford-v-nottingham-forest-sky-bet-championship-vicarage-road Watford players celebrate their goal. Source: PA

Ismaila Sarr beat Bong on the right flank and fired in low for Samba to parry. Masina picked up the ball in the area and aimed his effort past the goalkeeper.

Watford almost doubled their advantage six minutes after the restart, when Pedro picked up a through ball from Zinckernagel, but his tame effort was collected by Samba.

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Brentford, who didn’t play today, are fourth in the table with Reading, 3-0 victors against Sheffield Wednesday, and Barnsley, who enjoyed a 1-0 win over Birmingham City, fill the remaining play-off spots.

Championship Results

  • Watford 1-0 Nottingham Forest
  • Barnsley 1-0 Birmingham City
  • Bristol City 0-2 QPR
  • Coventry City 1-0 Derby County
  • Millwall 0-2 Blackburn Rovers
  • Norwich City 3-0 Luton Town
  • Preston 1-1 Bournemouth
  • Reading 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday
  • Stoke City 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers 
  • Swansea City 2-1 Middlesbrough

Additional reporting by PA

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