Match Report: Norwich 4-0 QPR

There were no change in fortunes for Queens Park Rangers on Saturday as they went down 4-0 at Championship league leaders Norwich City in their first game since the departure of Steve McClaren.

The Canaries were flying from the start before taking a deserved sixth-minute lead through Emiliano Buendia.

Daniel Farke’s side doubled their lead on 12 minutes through Marco Stiepermann whose powerful 20-yard effort managed to slip past QPR goalkeeper Joe Lumley.

The game was out-of-sight before half-time when Teemu Pukki scored his 25th goal of the season. The 3-0 scoreline at the break somewhat flattered the visitors.

Norwich took their foot off the accelerator in the second half and were reduced to 10 men, 20 minutes from time when Buendia was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Josh Scowen; the one low point of the game for the East Anglian club.

It didn’t affect the result of the game as Pukki was still able to add a fourth for the hosts who have now won eight successive games to move 10 points clear of Sheffield United in third, who are in action at Preston North End later this afternoon.

11 points from their remaining six fixtures will see the Canaries back in the Premier League for the first time since 2016.

Queens Park Rangers have now won just one of their past 16 Championship games but may only need one more win at most to secure their status for next season.

John Eustace took charge of today’s game after Steve McClaren was given his marching orders by the West London club on Monday.

Norwich City will look to close in on promotion and the league title when they host Reading on Wednesday 10 April.