Newcastle United 1-1 Norwich City: Ten-man Magpies remain winless after Norwich draw

Teemu Pukki, Norwich City, Newcastle United
Teemu Pukki’s magnificent volley earned Norwich a share of the spoils at St James’ Park

Ten-man Newcastle’s search for a first win of the season goes on after Eddie Howe’s side were held to a draw by fellow strugglers Norwich at St James’ Park.

Teemu Pukki’s magnificent volley into the top corner cancelled out Callum Wilson’s second-half penalty, which was awarded after Federico Fernandez’s header struck the raised arm of Billy Gilmour.

The Magpies had endured a nightmare start when Ciaran Clark was shown a ninth-minute red card for a professional foul on Norwich striker Pukki.

Howe’s team responded well to Clark’s dismissal – although Wilson’s spot-kick proved to be their only shot on target throughout the 90 minutes

Norwich’s best opportunity prior to Pukki’s equaliser fell to Josh Sargent, whose far-post shot was blocked by former Canaries player Jamal Lewis.

Pierre Lees-Melou almost capitalised on a Fabian Schar error in second-half stoppage time, but the Frenchman was denied by Martin Dubravka.

The point lifts Dean Smith’s side above Burnley into 18th place, while Newcastle remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Plenty of effort, but no much-needed victory for Magpies

Newcastle are just the fourth team to fail to win any of their first 14 games of a Premier League season – and none of the previous three managed to avoid relegation.

Howe described Tuesday’s game – his first in the Newcastle home dugout – as a “memorable moment” in his programme notes, but the early stages proved to be memorable for all the wrong reasons as Clark was given his marching orders.

The centre-back’s clearance was blocked by Pukki, who was then hauled to the floor by Clark with only goalkeeper Dubravka to beat.

Howe promptly replaced Ryan Fraser with defender Fernandez and switched to a 4-3-2 formation, which proved reasonably effective as the hosts continued to venture forward but struggled to test Krul as Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton and Wilson all blazed over the crossbar.

Norwich, for their part, struggled to make their numerical advantage count, with Sargent’s close-range effort their only clear-cut opening of the first half.

Understandably perhaps, Newcastle began to tire as the second period wore on. Wilson’s 61st-minute penalty put them within touching distance of a much-needed first win of the campaign – only for Pukki to salvage a precious point for the visitors.

Dubravka flapped at a 79th-minute cross into the Magpies penalty area and Dimitris Giannoulis picked out Pukki, who directed a fabulous strike into the top corner to silence the home crowd.

While Howe will be pleased with his team’s efforts after Clark’s dismissal, Saturday’s game at home to second-bottom Burnley now takes on even greater importance.

The rest of December looks ominous for Newcastle, with games against Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton looming large on the horizon.

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Newcastle United

  1. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka

  2. Squad number19Player nameManquillo

  3. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  4. Squad number2Player nameClark

  5. Squad number12Player nameLewis

  6. Squad number21Player nameFraser

  7. Squad number8Player nameShelvey

  8. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  9. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

  10. Squad number9Player nameWilson

  11. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  1. Squad number14Player nameHayden

  2. Squad number18Player nameFernández

  3. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

Norwich City

  1. Squad number1Player nameKrul

  2. Squad number2Player nameAarons

  3. Squad number5Player nameHanley

  4. Squad number4Player nameGibson

  5. Squad number21Player nameWilliams

  6. Squad number7Player nameRupp

  7. Squad number24Player nameSargent

  8. Squad number8Player nameGilmour

  9. Squad number23Player nameMcLean

  10. Squad number18Player nameTzolis

  11. Squad number22Player namePukki

  1. Squad number20Player nameLees-Melou

  2. Squad number30Player nameGiannoulis

  3. Squad number35Player nameIdah

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 19Manquillo
  • 5Schär
  • 2ClarkBooked at 9mins
  • 12Lewis
  • 21FraserSubstituted forFernándezat 11′minutes
  • 8Shelvey
  • 28WillockSubstituted forHaydenat 73′minutes
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forAlmirónat 77′minutes
  • 9Wilson
  • 7Joelinton

Substitutes

  • 14Hayden
  • 16Hendrick
  • 17Krafth
  • 18Fernández
  • 23Murphy
  • 24Almirón
  • 26Darlow
  • 34Gayle
  • 36S Longstaff

Norwich

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Gibson
  • 21WilliamsSubstituted forGiannoulisat 73′minutes
  • 7Rupp
  • 24SargentSubstituted forIdahat 67′minutes
  • 8Gilmour
  • 23McLean
  • 18TzolisSubstituted forLees-Melouat 45′minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 10Dowell
  • 11Placheta
  • 15Kabak
  • 19Sørensen
  • 20Lees-Melou
  • 28Gunn
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 35Idah
  • 44Omobamidele

Referee:
Andy Madley

Attendance:
50,757

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Norwich City 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Norwich City 1.

  3. Attempt saved. Pierre Lees-Melou (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Attempt blocked. Lukas Rupp (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Billy Gilmour (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

  7. Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Martin Dúbravka.

  8. Attempt saved. Pierre Lees-Melou (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Attempt blocked. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Gilmour.

  10. Foul by Billy Gilmour (Norwich City).

  11. Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Offside, Norwich City. Billy Gilmour tries a through ball, but Adam Idah is caught offside.

  13. Ben Gibson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Foul by Joelinton (Newcastle United).

  15. Foul by Ben Gibson (Norwich City).

  16. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

  18. Foul by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

  19. Federico Fernández (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kenny McLean.

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