Norwich come from behind to beat Plymouth

by 24britishtvMarch 29, 2024, 6 p.m. 18
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Last updated on .From the section Championship

Norwich City strengthened their position in the Championship play-off places with a 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle at Carrow Road.

Two goals in seven second-half minutes from Josh Sargent and an Ashley Phillips own-goal set up victory for David Wagner's side, their seventh consecutive home victory.

The result sees Norwich remain in sixth but extends their advantage over the sides outside the play-off places to four points. Plymouth drop to 20th but stay two points clear of the relegation zone.

Plymouth went into the game having only won twice on the road in the Championship all season.

Having beaten Middlesbrough in their last away match, they gave themselves the best possible chance of a third away league victory inside 10 minutes. Matty Sorinola crossed from the right side to find Whittaker unmarked in the penalty area, and he squirmed his low header past Angus Gunn.

Norwich had dominated for much of the game, despite conceding early on. Their closest chances in the first half both came via American striker Sargent. He first saw a volley at the end of a corner blocked on to the post by Alfie Devine before a cross from Gabriel Sara evaded him. Had it found Sargent, it would have been a tap-in to equalise.

Before the break, Argyle should have doubled their lead. Whittaker played striker Ryan Hardie through on goal but, despite doing the hard part by taking the ball around Gunn, he was unable to finish from a tight angle.

Norwich's fortunes changes in the second half when Christian Fassnacht was introduced off the bench. His corner, 10 minutes after replacing Marcelino Nunez, found the run of Sargent at the near post and the striker fired into the roof of the net for his ninth goal in his last 10 matches for the Canaries.

Another corner resulted in Norwich turning the match fully around seven minutes later. Sara's delivery found the head of Sam McCallum, whose flick-on beat goalkeeper Mike Cooper after a deflection off Tottenham loanee centre-back Ashley Phillips.

Norwich could have made their victory more emphatic when Sara's long range free-kick was denied by Cooper and, on the follow up, Fassnacht was unable to turn his header into an empty net.

Defeat for Plymouth continues to pile the pressure head coach Ian Foster, who has won just four of his 16 matches in charge of the Pilgrims since replacing Steven Schumacher in January.

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