Josh Sargent continued his superb start to the season as he produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Sunderland was without head coach Alex Neil after he was confirmed as the favorite for the vacant Stoke City job. Martin Canning was on the touchline for the home side who were made to pay for not taking their chances when Sargent scored the winner in the 76th minute.
Norwich’s Dean Smith: “It was a very, very hard-fought win, and the resilience we showed pleased me the most. We got some really good blocks in and put our bodies on the line to keep the ball out of the net and sometimes you have to do that. We had to withstand some pressure at times, which I expected. The fans did really well for their team today and got them up for it.
“They pressed us and galvanized their team and Sunderland pressed and harassed us and they carried out their game plan really well. Whenever we countered we didn’t get up the pitch quick enough. When they broke us we had to defend well and the two center-halves did very well. Grant got a couple of quality blocks in. He is a really good leader of people and he shows what he is all about on the pitch as well.”
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