Norwich are the new leaders of the Championship and on this latest evidence they will take some stopping.
The Canaries have now won five of their last six games as second-half goals from Cameron Jerome and Alex Tettey saw off Brentford.
Their composure in front of goal proved telling but Brentford will be wondering what might have been.
The hosts were made to pay for failing to take advantage of a first-half onslaught. If Norwich dominated the early stages of the opening period, it was Brentford who finished the half the stronger. Somehow both sides headed to the break goalless, owing to a combination of poor finishing and John Ruddy, the Norwich goalkeeper.
Mark Warburton’s side had been guilty of showing Norwich too much respect in the early stages. But Norwich dominated without ever testing David Button, the Brentford goalkeeper.
In fact, by the half-hour mark Brentford will have been disappointed not to have led. Jos Hooiveld’s sloppy pass gifted Brentford possession and neat interplay preceded Stuart Dallas blazing a shot just over Ruddy’s crossbar.
Andre Gray was denied a certain opener moments later by Hooiveld’s last-ditch challenge. But it was Norwich who were the side desperate for the sanctuary of the dressing room at the break.
Norwich began the second-half on top but Ruddy was forced into making a fine save to keep out Alan Judge. That proved critical moment as Norwich would take a 68th-minute lead via Tettey.
Jerome had threatened twice in quick succession before he looked to have wrapped up the win in the 75th minute. Steven Whittaker’s cross found Jerome unmarked as he glanced in at the far post.
And Jerome had the final say of the night in the 83rd minute with a fine drive from long range.Reuse content