Hernandez has Norwich soaring towards Premier League return | Daily News

Hernandez has Norwich soaring towards Premier League return

Onel Hernandez celebrates scoring a goal for Norwich against Middlesbrough.
Onel Hernandez celebrates scoring a goal for Norwich against Middlesbrough.

LONDON, Saturday: A goal by Onel Hernandez gave Norwich a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough and took them a step closer to the Premier League on Saturday, opening up a seven-point gap to third-placed Sheffield United.

The Cuban-born German winger struck in the 54th minute, denting Middlesbrough’s hopes of returning to the play-off places.

The Canaries’ seventh successive victory sees them move five points clear of Leeds -- who occupy the second and last automatic promotion spot.

“Seven points ahead (of third place) is a good situation at this point of the season,” Norwich captain Christoph Zimmermann told Sky Sports.

“We know there are seven games to go so there are plenty of points to get, but we’ll take it game by game and fight like we’ve done all season.”

Leeds, bidding to return to the Premier League after a 15-year hiatus, hold a two-point advantage over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United after both were involved in five-goal thrillers.

Leeds twice came back from behind against struggling Millwall to win 3-2, but Sheffield United let slip the lead on two occasions to lose 3-2 to play-off chasing Bristol City.

Leeds’ veteran Spanish playmaker Pablo Hernandez grabbed a fine double to take his tally for the season to 12, the second sealing the points seven minutes from time.

At exactly the same point of the match, Sheffield United went behind for the first time, Austrian international Andreas Weimann completing the first hat-trick of his career to seal victory for City.

Millwall’s Ben Marshall had twice given the visitors the lead at a raucous Elland Road -- the second from the penalty spot.

Leeds had missed a spot-kick of their own in the first half when Patrick Bamford had his effort saved by David Martin, redeeming himself after his howler a fortnight ago cost Millwall a place in the FA Cup semi-finals. – AFP 


 

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