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The game against Everton, after the international break, somewhat changed that gloomy view. Norwich was able to perform at an acceptable level for the whole 90 minutes and, more importantly, got some goal scoring support from someone else than Teemu Pukki. The Finn started the season with a blast, scoring six goals early on, but for the past weeks his numbers have gone down as the opposing defenses are obviously marking the striker more carefully.
Overcommitting to guarding Pukki backfired for Everton, who were in control for the most of the game. The first half didn’t feature too many clear cut chances, with both teams playing somewhat carefully and defending well. In the second half it was out of the blue Norwich taking the lead, with Pukki as a creator and Todd Cantwell the finisher on 54th minute. Pukki took the attention of three Everton defenders before slipping the ball into the path of Cantwell, who coolly slotted the ball past Jordan Pickford.
Everton piled on the pressure after going down, but Tim Krul in the net for Norwich made some brilliant efforts and the defense played their heart out to protect the goal. Substitute Dennis Srbeny then silenced the home fans with his first goal of the season on 92nd minute, wrapping up Norwich’s crucial 3rd victory of the season. With the 0-2 win the Canaries took an important step to 18th place and only a point to safety from relegation.
While the battle is far from won, the victory on the road as huge underdog sends a clear message – Norwich will not go down without a fight. Next up for Norwich is Arsenal at home on the 1st of December. Don’t forget to participate in Dafabet’s Norwich City FC Prediction Challenge in order to win weekly free bets!