Norwich took the lead in the championship by seven points, beating hard-working Wycombe to claim a fifth straight win

Emiliano Buendia picked Teemu Pukki, whose shot was deflected by Chairboys defender Josh Knight and former home goalkeeper David Stockdale to give City the lead shortly after the break

Buendia had previously headed the crossbar when the Canaries dominated possession in the first half, but it was difficult to get clear chances

After Norwich missed several chances with Goldrand after Pukki’s opener, Adam Idah finally calmed all nerves with a late second and poked home from close range after Stockdale kept Kenny McLean’s flick-on away

With rivals Watford and Swansea both losing on Saturday, Norwich took advantage to take another step towards automatic promotion He sat 10 points ahead of third-placed Hornets and seven points ahead of closest challengers Brentford, who they will play against on Wednesday

Disciplined Wycombe, fueled by a midweek win against promotion hopes Reading, stifled the guests in the first half Stockdale dived into overdrive to tip Mario Vrancic’s beautiful free-kick and deny City an early opener

But the hosts had no answer when Daniel Farke’s team increased the intensity after the break and the Canaries were out of sight for hours with a better placement

Onel Hernandez, who made his first start since October in place of the injured Todd Cantwell, set a free header past the post and shot out in a duel with Stockdale

Buendia showed strength, speed and composure to get Pukkis 18 Scoring goal of the season – he finished first in the championship assistant table with 10 for the season – and then missed the golden chance to double the lead after an excellent preparation play by Pukki and Hernandez

The mistakes kept Wycombe in the game, and after Uche Ikpeazu was inches from equalizer with a bold scissor kick, the hosts tested City’s nerves with a touch of late pressure

But Idah’s tap-in sentenced Gareth Ainsworth’s side to a ninth home loss of the season, five points behind and eleven points behind Safety

“It doesn’t feel like a 2-0 loss. We frustrated Norwich and probably had the better chances in the first half

“In the second half we started a little slow, there is a little mistake and they get the cross. Even then it takes a distraction to beat David Stockdale who was in great shape that got the wind out of the sails taken

“We let them have it in their half and let us stay solid and break it almost worked, but we didn’t take our risk”

“We are absolutely satisfied with 70 points at this stage, but we know that we have to be relentless and keep going. I want to have 80 points as soon as possible

“If you are 10 points from relegation you are probably safe, but if you are struggling to advance this gap can close very quickly

“It was difficult to open them in these games you have to be relentless, but you also have to be patient

“We haven’t given them any real chances, even though they have tried everything with their physical threats, but you also have to be turned on against a site like this”

goal! Wycombe Wanderers 0, Norwich City 2 Adam Idah (Norwich City) shot right footed at close range after a corner from the center of the goal

Attempt saved Kenny McLean (Norwich City) tries a left footed shot from the left in the 6 yard box, saved by the goalkeeper Assisted by Emiliano BuendÃa with a cross

Attempt saved Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers) tries with a right footed shot from the center of the box, saved by the goalkeeper in the lower right

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56143435