Norwich turned down a 10-man Newcastle United’s first victory of the season.
Norwich turned down a 10-man Newcastle United’s first victory of the season. Teemu Pukki denied 10-man Newcastle their first win of the season; Norwich won a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park on Tuesday. However, the Canaries squandered a golden opportunity to increase the Magpies’ relegation worries.
Newcastle played with a man down for more than 80 minutes after Ciaran Clark was sent off for bringing down Pukki in the box.
On the other hand, Norwich was generally wasteful in their attempts to make that lead count, and they fell to a penalty from Callum Wilson on the hour mark.
Pukki scored on the volley to level the scores on the half-time, and Norwich should have sealed a deserved three points in stoppage time when Martin Dubravka saved from Pierre Lees-Melou.
In the Championship, a point means little for either team’s chances of staying up. However, Leeds’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace lifted them five points clear of the relegation zone. With six points between Newcastle from safety, the Magpies attempted to limit the damage before turning to the Saudi sovereign wealth fund for reinforcements during the January transfer window.
Howe was absent from the bench for the first time as Newcastle manager at St James’ Park, having missed the 3-3 draw with Brentford 10 days prior after testing positive for coronavirus.
The former Bournemouth manager could not have imagined a worse start to a critical encounter between the bottom two as Clark needlessly brought down Pukki as he poised to sprint free for goal moments before kick-off.
After a VAR review, Billy Gilmour was given a straight red card for handball within his box, and Newcastle appeared to have snatched their first win under Saudi ownership.
Wilson’s spot-kick was deflected in off the underside of the bar and into the net by Tim Krul, who came close to depriving his former club.
Norwich City eventually produced a moment of brilliance to guarantee that they remain just three points off the bottom of the Premier League table.