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Half-Time Report: Norwich City heading for Championship summit

A Bradley Johnson brace gives Norwich City the lead over Sheffield Wednesday at the break as the Canaries go in search of top spot in the Championship.

Bradley Johnson's 12th and 13th goals of the season have handed Norwich City a 2-0 advantage from the opening 45 minutes of their home Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.

Depending on results elsewhere, a win for the Norfolk side could see them leapfrog Watford to lead the Championship standings with five matches left to play.

It was hosting Norwich that dominated the opening exchanges as they forced a number of corners, but they were unable to make the most of any of those situations.

Then, within the space of two minutes, the visitors carved out two good opportunities.

First, Lloyd Isgrove flashed a shot across the face of John Ruddy's goal, before an unmarked Caolan Lavery headed wide of the target.

Up the other end, the Canaries were finding clear openings hard to come by and were largely limited to efforts from distance, one of which saw full-back Steven Whittaker fire well over in the 26th minute.

However, that changed in the 33rd minute when Whittaker hoisted a high ball towards the back post. Johnson rose highest to meet it and his downward header got the better of Keiren Westwood, who could do little to prevent the ball entering his net via the post.

As the half drew to a close, Norwich continued to dominate proceedings and they were rewarded in first-half stoppage time when Johnson sent a half-volley beyond Westwood's reach to put his side in command.

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Manager Alex Neil of Norwich looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City at Amex Stadium on April 3, 2015
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds22136336181845
2Norwich CityNorwich22135440261444
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom22116546311539
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2211473526937
5Derby CountyDerby2111463124737
6Middlesbrough229942416836
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa228954334933
9Swansea CitySwansea229582724332
10Birmingham CityBirmingham2271053227531
11Stoke CityStoke2271052927231
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn2271052933-431
13Queens Park RangersQPR229492732-531
14Bristol City228682726130
15Preston North EndPreston227783537-228
16Wigan AthleticWigan2274112330-725
17Hull City2266102330-724
18Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton WanderersBolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich TownIpswich2228121837-1914

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