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Norwich City get a wake-up call with Preston North End drubbing

Norwich City get a wake-up call with Preston North End drubbing

The unpredictability of the EFL Championship struck Norwich City on Wednesday night, with Daniel Farke’s men falling to an embarrassing loss to Preston North End.

Going into the game unbeaten in five, it seemed that over-confidence resulted in the poor result.

Norwich were stunned in the 2nd minute itself when poor set-piece defending allowed Ben Davies to score the opener. The Canaries might’ve had the lion’s share of possession, but just weren’t their clinical self on the day. Preston added another later with Paul Gallagher’s penalty and when the reliable Marco Stiepermann had his penalty saved after the half-hour mark, it dawned on Norwich that it just wasn’t their day.

Preston added another one in the second half thanks to Sean Maguire’s effort and Teemu Pukki’s stoppage-time goal only served as a consolation. The Canaries conceded five in their last five games before this, but complacency and complete lack of concentration triggered their downfall.

The hosts were just too mobile on the attack and caught them off-guard on multiple occasions. While Pukki tried his best and had multiple shots saved, even he couldn’t save them. Norwich’s inexperience in defence was exposed, with Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons both disappointing along with the poor Tom Trybull failing to shield their defence in the first half.

With Leeds United once again getting the edge over them to the top of the table, this sorry defeat poses as a reality check for high-flying Norwich, who need to maintain composure to prevail in the Championship race.

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