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2020-21 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Teemu Pukki (8', 20', 61' PEN)
  • Emiliano Buendía (24')
  • Todd Cantwell (29')
  • Kieran Dowell (42')
  • Jordan Hugill (78')

Norwich close in on promotion with 7-0 rout of Huddersfield

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Norwich City puts 5 past Huddersfield in the 1st half (1:18)

League-leading Norwich absolutely demolishes Huddersfield Town with five goals in the first 45 minutes. (1:18)

Norwich City moved within striking distance of promotion back to the Premier League after one season when they thrashed woeful Huddersfield Town 7-0 helped by a Teemu Pukki hat-trick to move eight points clear at the top of the Championship on Tuesday.

The Canaries are now within five points of guaranteeing an immediate return to the top flight after Finland striker Pukki's superb display was supported by goals from Emiliano Buendia, Todd Cantwell, Kieran Dowell and substitute Jordan Hugill.

Norwich have 87 points from 40 games ahead of Watford on 79 and third-placed Brentford with 70 from 39 after the west London side were held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Birmingham City.

After back-to-back draws, Norwich got on the winning trail again as they stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches with their biggest victory in almost four years.

They got off to a blistering start and were 4-0 up before the half-hour mark after Pukki struck two early goals before Buendia and Cantwell effectively ended the contest.

Dowell made it five before halftime and Pukki completed his treble with a penalty just past the hour before Hugill, a late replacement for the Finn, scored with his first touch.

The Canaries came bottom of the Premier League last term but if results go their way they could clinch promotion at Derby County on Saturday when Brentford travel to Preston North End.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 45 +39 96
2 Watford 45 +31 88
3 Brentford 45 +35 84
4 Swansea City 45 +19 80
5 AFC Bournemouth 45 +29 77
6 Barnsley 45 +8 77
7 Reading 45 +8 69
8 Cardiff City 45 +17 67
9 Queens Park Rangers 45 0 65
10 Middlesbrough 45 +5 64
11 Millwall 45 0 62
12 Luton Town 45 -9 62
13 Preston North End 45 -8 58
14 Stoke City 45 -4 57
15 Blackburn Rovers 45 +8 54
16 Nottingham Forest 45 -7 52
17 Coventry City 45 -17 52
18 Birmingham City 45 -21 52
19 Bristol City 45 -20 51
20 Huddersfield Town 45 -21 48
21 Derby County 45 -22 43
22 Rotherham United 45 -16 41
23 Sheffield Wednesday 45 -21 40
24 Wycombe Wanderers 45 -33 40