Three 2nd-half objectives from Southampton condemned Norwich to their fourth defeat in five video games, denting their hopes of Premier League survival.
Saints high scorer Danny Ings curled in the opener rapidly after half-time, sooner than Stuart Armstrong doubled their lead five minutes later.
Norwich looked lacklustre at an eerily empty Carrow Road, and Nathan Redmond confirmed a take for Southampton against his historical club when he slotted into the underside true corner gradual on.
The Canaries remain bottom of the desk following a 104-day absence.
And the time away from Premier League action, due to the the coronavirus pandemic, did miniature to spark any indicators of a comeback from Norwich, who salvage right eight video games to claw lend a hand a six-point deficit on Seventeenth-placed Watford above the relegation zone.
Within the Premier League generation, no team with 21 aspects or fewer after their thirtieth game of a season has survived the fall.
It became as soon as a generous efficiency from Southampton, who capitalised on the destroy, urgent excessive and taking lend a hand of position in in the lend a hand of the Canaries’ defence.
The Saints switch up into thirteenth subject, and salvage spread out a 10-point gap on the underside three, having played a game extra than those hovering across the protection trace.
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Sooner than the game, Norwich boss Daniel Farke stated he believed five wins from their 9 final fixtures would be enough to abet their Premier League subject.
However they continue to be six aspects from security, with a goal disagreement seriously dangerous to their rivals, and are soundless to tear to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis in July.
This became as soon as a game against a aspect in the underside half of the desk which Farke would salvage been hoping to tick off as one amongst those five desired victories.
He experimented with their formation – initiating Josip Drmic and Teemu Pukki up front together – but it did no longer repay.
Pukki’s unheard of toddle subject up Drmic in the first half however the Swiss world looked rusty one day of and he necessary a contact too many to rating the ball out from below his feet, losing the replacement.
It became as soon as met with a aged shout from the contemporary television-enhanced crowd noise – one thing that grew to change into a typical theme in the first half because the hosts probed but in the slay did no longer set aside many sure-decrease probabilities.
And when Ings’ effort curled in, early in the 2nd half, Norwich never recovered, conceding again five minutes later. They remain the reliable high-flight club but to set aside a degree from a losing subject this season.
Ings seems to be appealing on Saints return
When the Premier League kicked off in August, Ings became as soon as in high set aside for Southampton, netting 10 objectives in his first 15 starts following a £20m switch from Liverpool final summer.
However sooner than the league became as soon as suspended, he had scored right as soon as in seven video games.
The destroy perceived to give him a enhance as a consequence of Ings got right here lend a hand attempting appealing from the off.
He cracked the crossbar in the first half with a possibility he would typically salvage buried, but he made no mistake 2nd time spherical after the ball fell good for him in the sphere and he curled it past Tim Krul.
Moments later, he subject up Armstrong for Southampton’s 2nd.
The England striker’s energy did no longer fade in the 2nd half as Southampton looked contemporary and whole of working – even the further yards essential to derive the ball in the absence of familiar ball ladies and boys, did no longer salvage an impact on them.
‘The boldness became as soon as no longer there’ – what they stated
Norwich head coach Daniel Farke: “To concede two objectives that speedy in the 2nd half became as soon as indisputably a defining 2nd by means of self belief. We had setbacks we needed to settle for. The boldness became as soon as no longer there.
“It is necessary that you just’re high quality. The scenarios sooner than the 2 objectives salvage been ones you want to soundless no longer concede. We salvage been right no longer willing enough to seem at the circulate.”
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl: “The birth became as soon as no longer excellent. We had a pair of complications in the origin but after that we acquired extra duels and had better aggression. That became as soon as the foremost.
“Within the 2nd half we salvage been extra scientific and it became as soon as a deserved take from a truly match team. Danny Ings is an unheard of finisher when he is across the sphere. He’s working very exhausting for the team. The major became as soon as our work against the ball. When we’re urgent together it is miles rarely so easy to play against us.”
‘There’s no blueprint lend a hand’ – prognosis
Conor McNamara, BBC Radio 5 Are living commentator: “After this I plot no longer grunt Norwich are going to be excellent enough to preserve in the Premier League. They’d early opportunities but no composure in front of goal and then the conclusion right evaporated.
“2d half – I plot no longer grunt embarrassing is fair too real a high level thought.”
Chris Sutton, archaic Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 Are living: “Norwich are down, I plot no longer grunt there is any blueprint lend a hand. It is the nature of the defeat too, Southampton salvage been a various class.
“Where attain Norwich toddle from right here? It does no longer inspect excellent for them, very, very subtle after this consequence to even witness staying in the Premier League.”
Man of the match – Danny Ings
Canaries can no longer accept the derive – the reliable of the stats
- Southampton recorded their largest away Premier League take since beating Sunderland four-zero at the Stadium of Light in February 2017.
- They’ve taken 23 away Premier League aspects this season (W7 D2 L6) – finest Chelsea (24), Man Metropolis (28) and Liverpool (37) salvage extra in 2019-20.
- Norwich salvage did no longer acquire in six of their final 9 Premier League video games (W2 D1 L6), netting finest three objectives in that point.
- Most efficient Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17) and Jamie Vardy (19) salvage scored extra Premier League objectives than Ings (sixteen) this season.
- Norwich manager Daniel Farke has misplaced 19 of his first 30 Premier League video games (W5 D6) – finest Graham Taylor (21) and Mick McCarthy (26) salvage misplaced extra of their first 30 video games in the rivals.
- Armstrong has scored extra Premier League objectives in his final seven appearances (four) than in his first forty four (three).
Norwich welcome Everton – and the live BBC TV cameras – to Carrow Road on Wednesday, 24 June (18:00 BST), whereas Southampton host Arsenal the following day (18:00).