Pukki scores as Norwich denies Newcastle first win of the season

Teemu Pukki Norwich City

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Newcastle’s and Eddie Howe’s search for their first win of the season in the Premier League ended in a frustrating manner on Tuesday evening as Teemu Pukki scored with less than 11 minutes to play to snatch a point for Norwich City at the Saint James’s park in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe was only overseeing his second game as the Magpies manager since his appointment in November but the win looked bleak after an early red card for defender Ciaran Clark in the ninth minute reduced the hosts to ten men.

Norwich couldn’t take advantage of the numerical advantage in a cagey first 45 minutes that saw both sides return to the tunnel goalles.

However, the home side led when Callum  Wilson scored a penalty on the hour mark after a Norwich defender handled the ball in the box, Teemu Pukki then scored his fifth goal of the campaign in the 79th minute to secure a point for Dean Smith’s side.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe praised his team’s performance but bemoaned the numerical disadvantage which his team had to cope with for 80 minutes of the game.

“We had a mountain to climb so early in the game. We started brightly 11 v 11. The sending-off has a huge bearing on the match. Full credit to the players for how they responded. There were some great individual performances. I’m so disappointed for everyone connected with the club we couldn’t get over the line. Defensive resilience [was the best thing]. 11 v 10 for 80 minutes. We defended really well.” Howe said.

The result leaves Newcastle rock bottom with the record of being on of the four sides who have failed to win any of their first 14 games of a Premier League season. They share company with Swindon (1993/94), QPR (2012/13), and  Sheffield United (2020/21). It also leaves them with a sign that the drop to the championship is inevitable as the previous three were all relegated.

Leeds secured a narrow victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday night. Brazilian winger Raphinha scored a penalty in added time to give Leeds United a 1-0 win over Palace.

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