Norwich took a huge step towards an instant return to the Premier League following a slender win over Rotherham United at Carrow Road.
Whilst the margin of victory perhaps could and should have been far greater after a host of missed opportunities, Teemu Pukki’s first-half strike was enough to send Daniel Farke’s men seven points clear at the top of the Championship.
It was a third-straight league success for the Canaries, whose afternoon was near-perfect after both Brentford and Swansea lost at Coventry and Huddersfield respectively to leave the Carrow Road outfit firm favourites for a second promotion in the space of three seasons.
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But whilst Pukki continued his outstanding recent goalscoring form with his fourth goal in three matches and 15th for the campaign altogether, on-loan Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp once again drew most of the plaudits after another outstanding display at the heart of the Canaries midfield.
Unsurprisingly, Skipp’s showing against Millers led to the Norwich faithful paying tribute to the youngster on Twitter after the game.
Below you can see some of the best responses:
Olly Skipp is disgustingly good at football!!! 🤤 #NCFC
— Matt Cartledge (@CartledgeMatt) February 20, 2021
Final word on the game today. I would like to know how many attacks from the opposition have been stopped by Ollie Skipp this season? Absolutely brilliant reader of the game! #ncfc
— Mike Ward (@mjtward19) February 20, 2021
Poor call today NCFC. Skipp was immense again
— paulbooker (@rekoobluap) February 20, 2021
That was hard work. 3 big points today. Skipp and McLean were really good in the middle of the park. Rotherham will take points off the other teams at the top. #ncfc
— Stuart Wardrope (@Wardrope_S) February 20, 2021
I absolutely hate loving loan players. But you just can't help it with Skipp.
— George Gook (@GeorgeGookNCFC) February 20, 2021
— Jack 🔰 (@TotallyTettey) February 20, 2021
Worth mentioning Skipp and McLean have been excellent yet again.
McLean is the instigator of our best football imo. Creates so many passages of play with his movement and selection of passing in the middle third of the pitch. #NCFC
— Daniel Emery (@DanielEmeryRS) February 20, 2021
No way he's ready for premier league. Terrible, terrible player. You should definitely let us take him off your hands for a couple of million though. 😅
— Hugh Osborn (@SportsWithHugh) February 20, 2021