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07 April 2019 16:00

Blackburn Rovers F.C. EFL Championship Adam Armstrong

Norwich City 1-0 Swansea City: Brilliant Buendia strike secures vital Championship win for table topping Canaries

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki is the top scorer in the Championship this season with 24 goals 50 Harries Referee: Robert Jones Match Stats Live Text Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Foul by Jamal Lewis (Norwich City). Foul by Connor Roberts (Swansea City). Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Matt Grimes (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City). George Byers (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City). Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Hand ball by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City). George Byers (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City). Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Daniel James (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Foul by Matt Grimes (Swansea City). Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing. George Byers (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Daniel James (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Championship leaders Norwich will make a late call on midfielder Todd Cantwell ahead of the visit of Swansea. The Norfolk side know victory would take them five points clear of second-placed Leeds United, while Swansea are aiming to cut the seven-point gap to the play-off places. There are few who epitomise the transformation of Norwich City this season more than Emi Buendia. It was that quality which came to the fore at Millwall last weekend, with Buendia registering his eighth and ninth league assists of the season to help City escape the Lion's den with a vital three points. Looking at the bigger picture, the victory – coupled with Sheffield United's failure to win the Steel City derby on Monday night – leaves Daniel Farke's side in a strong position heading into the final 11 games of the season. The first of those is a visit to Carrow Road from Swansea tonight, and City must take advantage of the early kick off to pile the pressure on their Yorkshire rivals at the top of the table. For me, the time is right to bring Moritz Leitner back into the fold, especially after the way he dominated the midfield as City cruised to a 4-1 victory in Wales back in November. It would be harsh on Kenny McLean, who has done very little wrong in recent weeks, but against a side who also likes to get the ball down and play, I think Leitner is better suited to ensure City win the midfield battle. MATCHDAY LIVE: Norwich City v Swansea – Canaries aim to lay down weekend gauntlet Norwich City bid to take the Championship initiative this weekend, as the leaders kick-off the action against Swansea City at Carrow Road. Follow all the build-up, live score, action and reaction as we bring you full coverage of Norwich City's 2018-19 EFL Championship clash with Swansea, in our Matchday Live blog from Carrow Road. Our correspondents Paddy Davitt, Michael Bailey and David Freezer are following the Canaries from the matchday build-up to full-time fallout all season long. They won their previous game 2-0 at home to crisis club Bolton, who were reduced to nine men before in-form Oli McBurnie broke the deadlock with 10 minutes remaining; he had missed a first-half penalty. • For more exclusive Norwich City content, follow The PinkUn on Facebook City are back at Carrow Road on Wednesday night with Hull the visitors (7.45pm), before Daniel Farke's squad head to Paul Warne's relegation-battling Rotherham United on the Saturday. Each and every Norwich City first-team game, our reporters will be on the scene. Norwich City 1-0 Swansea City: Brilliant Buendia strike secures vital Championship win for table topping Canaries Emi Buendia runs to the Barclay to celebrates his superb strike against Swansea, which proved to be the winner for Norwich City Picture Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Paul Chesterton Emi Buendia's stunning second half finish moved Norwich City five points clear at the top of the Championship after a 1-0 win over Swansea City at Carrow Road on Friday night. The Swans pushed Daniel Farke's men all the way for long spells but Buendia crashed home a rising half-volley to earn the Canaries a priceless victory with their main title rivals now in action on Saturday. Dan James was another picked out by the City head coach and the speedster underlined his threat inside the opening seconds with a turn and hit at Tim Krul that followed an impressively assured bout of passing from the Swans. Norwich were sliced opened again in the seventh minute, with the visitors making light of the rain sweeping across Carrow Road, when Krul parried James' angled smash. Jamal Lewis and Onel Hernandez linked with a menace hitherto absent but Stiepermann drifted onto his right before a wayward finish from 18 yards. Norwich emerged first after the interval and looked determined to start on the front foot with McLean slashing a volley wide on his right. Pukki's low shot grazed the outside of the far post in the 88th minute as Norwich rallied again looking for insurance. • Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Lewis, Trybull, McLean, Buendia (Leitner 90), Stiepermann (Vrancic 84), Hernandez, Pukki (Klose 90). Subs (not used): McGovern (GK), Rhodes, Hanley, Cantwell. • Swansea City: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Carter-Vickers, Van der Hoorn, Roberts, Grimes, Byers (John 81), Celina, James, Routledge (Baker-Richardson 68), Dyer (McKay 68). Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United will take on Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday as they look to return to the top of the Championship table. The Whites will be hoping to maintain that level of quality when they make the trip to Ashton Gate on Saturday to take on a Bristol City side who have forced their way into the play-off picture in recent weeks. The Robins lost 3-2 to fellow promotion hopefuls Norwich City in February and Paterson has drawn comparisons between Leeds and Daniel Farke's high-flying Canaries. Leeds are just two points off the top while Bristol City are level with Derby County in seventh.