Norwich City returned to the top of the table after brushing a toothless Lions’ outfit aside 3-1 at The Den.

Marco Stiepermann and Shaun Williams traded blows in the opening half before Christoph Zimermann and Teemu Pukki settled the tie in the second half for a a deserved three points.

In a game of little goalmouth action Daniel Farke’s men showcased their promotional credentials in a ruthless display in front of target.

Neil Harris, who’s side created little throughout, will be left looking over their shoulder towards the relegation zone despite having an FA Cup quarter final on the horizon.

Honours Even

The Lions started brightly and can count themselves unlucky for not going ahead inside the first three minutes as Jake Cooper’s header was cleared of the line from a Murray Wallace corner.

It was a midfield battle after that and one where the visitors came out on top.

On 18 minutes Onel Hernandez’ strike could only be parried by Jordan Archer to the feet of Stiepermann who lashed home the re-bound from ten-yards.

Teemu Pukki should’ve doubled the Canary’s lead before the half as he was set free for a one on one from the half way line, but his tame effort was gathered by Archer.

Norwich were made to pay for Pukki’s wasted chance as the Lions drew level through a Williams header from a Ferguson corner, Millwall’s most threatening weapon.

The second half started like the first, based around the centre circle.

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It wasn’t until 56 minutes when Max Aarons’ deflected effort from wide right, nearly caught Archer off-guard that the goal was threatened.

On 69 minutes Zimmermann headed home Emiliano Buendia’s corner in front of the impressive travelling support.

It was no more than Daniel Farke’s side deserved despite Ben Thompson’s one-man fight in the centre of the park.

Norwich’s Pukki made the game safe with ten minutes to go as the league’s top scorer got in on the act as he made no mistake from Buendia’s through ball.

The home side rallied late on but Mahlon Romeo and substitute Aiden O’Brien saw their efforts thwarted by Tim Krul, who other than Williams first half goal, had little to do in the way of stopping goalward efforts.

Harris’ men look ahead to a crucial trip to Bolton next weekend.