Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Norwich City: Canaries battle past the Chairboys after an entertaining second-half performance
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Daniel Farke's Canaries maintain their seven-point gap at the summit of the SkyBet Championship with an important three points away at Wycombe Wanderers.

Strikes at either end of the second half from Teemu Pukki and Adam Idah were enough to condemn Wycombe to their 19th defeat of the season. 

Norwich made it five wins on the bounce and now have a mouthwatering contest with Brentford up next as the push for automatic promotion enters its latter stages.

• Story of the match

The first half was a real slow burner and it didn't really get going until the last 15 minutes. 

Norwich, as expected, dominated large spells of possession but they struggled to create any clear cut openings with their play in the opening stages. 

The first opportunity of the game came as a half-chance from a direct free-kick 20-yards from goal.

Canaries midfielder Mario Vrancic stepped up and just as it looked like he had perfectly struck it into the top right corner, David Stockdale somehow managed to get a fingertip to it at full stretch. 

Wycombe sat deep, defended well and looked to hit Norwich on the counter when the ball broke. A mixture of some good defending and poor attacking play meant the first 30 minutes of the half lacked any real entertainment. 

The Chairboys tried to frustrate Daniel Farke's men as they slowed the game down at every opportunity. Whilst Wycombe sat deep, they looked most dangerous through set-pieces, long throw-ins and direct balls forward. 

In the closing 15 minutes of the half, the game started to come to life and former Norwich academy player, Anis Mehmeti had Wycombe's best chance of the half in the 32nd minute. 

The Albanian latched onto a flick-on from a long ball but he failed to hit the target with a half-volley from 15 yards out. 

Just three minutes later, Mehemti drove into the Canaries penalty area and after coming into contact with on-loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp the Wycombe man felt he had been fouled but the referee waved play on. 

Norwich then started to create more opportunities for themselves as their quality in the final third vastly improved.

Midfielder Kenny McLean fired just wide from the edge of the box in the 37th minute and the magic man, Emi Buendia hit the bar with a header from 18-yards as it looped over Stockdale, who was well beaten after 41 minutes. 

Buendia had another shot from distance in the latter stages of the half but Wycombe stood firm, defended well and managed to head into the break with the game delicately poised despite Norwich being the dominant side. 

The second half began in a much quicker style compared to the first. Just three minutes in Onel Hernandez was found by Max Aarons after some good work down the right flank but his header just missed the target. 

In the 51st minute, Norwich eventually broke the deadlock. Aarons and Buendia combined down the right before the Argentine shrugged off his man and pulled back a textbook cross into the path of Pukki.

The Finish international made no mistake in directing his shot goalwards and after a deflection off of Josh Knight, it evaded Stockdale in the Wycombe net and trickled in for his 18th goal of the campaign. 

Just moments later, Norwich had an excellent chance to double their advantage when Vrancic found Hernandez and with just the keeper to beat he fluffed his effort wide as he tried to dink it over the onrushing Stockdale. 

Buendia fired well over in the 56th minute with a shot from 12 yards out which he should have done better with. The Canaries missed chances then nearly proved costly when Uche Ikpeazu fired just wide with what would have been a spectacular overhead kick. 

The game began to flatten off as Norwich looked to have decided to hang on to what they had by defending deep and attacking in fewer numbers. 

Wycombe tried to find a way back into the game and came closest with shots from Scott Kashket but his attempts failed to cause Tim Krul any problems. 

Just two minutes from time, second-half substitute, Idah gave Norwich a two-goal cushion. A low corner was flashed into the penalty area and after it was flicked on at the near post by McLean, Idah was alive to prod the ball home for 2-0. 

Despite a few more half-chances from Wycombe, they were unable to find a way past a very strong and organised Norwich defence. 

Next up for Wycombe is a trip to Watford on Wednesday evening as they look to get back to winning ways. Norwich are also in action on Wednesday as they take on Brentford in a huge clash at the top of the table.

• Stand out player 

Max Aarons - Norwich City

Aarons was brilliant all afternoon at right-back for the Canaries. He was resolute in his defending but offered Norwich a huge outlet going forward. 

The Englishman played his part in the first goal for Norwich and caused  Wycombe problems in both halves due to his high starting position and quality in the final third. 

The 20-year-old created four chances this afternoon as well as completing four crosses, having 60 touches and making four key passes. 

He was a key figure in Norwich's win this afternoon. 

• Takeaways from the match

Norwich look bound for the Premier League

Norwich maintained their seven-point gap at the top of the Championship this afternoon and after winning their last five games, they look like a team who are ready for a return to the top flight. 

With 13 games to play, Norwich have looked like a cultured team for the majority of the campaign and with wins on the road like today, they are a team that can win in all types of circumstances. 

Wycombe won't go down without a fight

Although Wycombe lost this afternoon, they are a team that are hard to break down. During the first half, they defended extremely well and held out against some quality players in the Norwich front line. 

Gareth Ainsworth has implemented a family feel to Wycombe and they are all buying into his system. It looks like an impossible task for them to stay up but they will certainly not go down with ease.

 

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