Norwich City won a classic six-goal win at Coventry by scoring four away goals for the second successive Saturday.
New boss David Wagner’s Canaries stunned the Sky Blues with three goals in the space of 12 minutes in the first half – an own goal from Michael Rose, added by Onel Hernandez and Josh Sargent.
At 3-0 in the 18th minute, Coventry responded with two quick goals from captain Jamie Allen and then a second from a powerful left-footed shot from top scorer Viktor Gyokeres, although it was credited to Kasey Palmer, who is happened when the ball was hit.
But, from 3-2 at half-time, Kieran Dowell forged an opening to effectively seal the victory with an excellent fourth goal in the 65th minute.
It meant four away goals for Norwich for the second consecutive week after Wagner started with last Saturday’s 4-0 win at Preston – and it was also a second game in a row in which Coventry have left four at home, after the FA Cup third round exit at non-league Wrexham.
On a dazzling, sunny day – and the first home game for new Sky Blues owner Doug King officially at the head of the club – Coventry were stunned by the stunning start to the Canaries.
Within six minutes, they were head-butted near the post to a Canaries corner on the right and the ball flew from close range.
It looked like Norwich skipper Grant Hanley might claim him, but TV replays showed he was in fact entered by home defender Rose.
Norwich doubled their lead four minutes later when the ball was transferred to the left side of the box. Hernandez cut inside to put it on his right foot, but his mid-shot deflected shot knocked down Sky Blues keeper Ben Wilson, who, diving to his left, was only able to put in a half- glove on – and not enough to keep him out. .
In the 18th minute it was 3-0 when Teemu Pukki did well to get on the straight and back up for Sargent to find the bottom left corner with a right footed low shot.
However, the home response was almost instantaneous as, just two minutes later, Jake Bidwell netted the ball from the right and Allen fired a right-footed volley 12 yards out.
Then six minutes later it was 3-2 after Fankaty Dabo’s ball from the right broke at Gyokeres and his left-footed shot on the corner went wide, earning a finishing touch from Palmer on his way.
Palmer was credited with the goal, but there could still be another to add to Gyokeres’ growing collection.
It was a quieter affair after the break, but the game’s best goal came when Dowell feigned to his right and then went left to thwart the Sky Blues defense and power up a superb left-footed finish.
With Hernandez hitting the post and Pukki blocked by keeper Ben Wilson when clean, Mark Robins’ Coventry were perhaps grateful the defeat hadn’t been heavier.
For Wagner, it’s now two wins, six points and eight goals – and a very happy German.
Coventry are back in the league next Saturday at home against Huddersfield Town (15:00 GMT).
Norwich, who are also absent from the FA Cup, still have a week to wait for their next league game – at home to leaders Burnley on Saturday February 4 (12.30pm).
Coventry City boss Mark Robins told BBC CWR:
“If you try to pass it against them they will kill you. It’s the space that kills you. Time on the ball. And we gave them too much time.
“You have to learn those lessons. Preston did the same last week and they were down 3-0 in 20 minutes. They have the best players. And you need numbers at the back. You have to be able to defend man against male.
“But our season is not defined against Burnley and Norwich. It’s what happens next that counts.”
Norwich City boss David Wagner told BBC Radio Norfolk:
“The guys played very good football in the second half. We were calm and defended well. But the first half was not good. Even though we were 3-0 up, I was anything but happy.
“We didn’t control the ball. We didn’t control the game. It was like boxing when you don’t use your fists to defend. Every punch was like a punch in the face.
“Even at 3-0 we looked nervous. But at half-time we showed them some snippets of how they could have done better and from there it was an enjoyable afternoon. .”