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Norwich City 3-2 Newcastle United

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Timm Klose goal
Timm Klose (centre) directs his header with perfect accuracy past keeper Karl Darlow

Martin Olsson fired in a stoppage-time winner as Norwich dealt a huge blow to Newcastle's hopes of survival.

The win moves the 17th-placed Canaries six points clear of the Magpies who are 19th but have played one game fewer.

Timm Klose gave Norwich the lead with a first-half header before Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded in after 71 minutes.

Mitrovic levelled again, this time from the spot, after Dieumerci Mbokani's superb strike had made it 2-1, before Olsson rifled in a low, angled winner.

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Will Newcastle recover from this?

The manner of this defeat will hurt the Magpies.

Up until the 93rd minute Serbia striker Mitrovic was set to hog the headlines. The 21-year-old - who scored the equaliser in the Tyne-Wear derby - was once again Newcastle's hero, twice equalising having entered the action in the 62nd minute.

The momentum was with the visitors, and a first win must have gone through manager Rafael Benitez's mind when he saw Papiss Cisse's header drift towards the top corner, only for John Ruddy to produce an incredible save.

The Spaniard would have been happy with a point, but that hope was snatched away from him when Newcastle's porous defence was once again found wanting by left-back Olsson, whose late gamble to get forward into the opposition's area paid off.

Mbokani underlines Norwich spirit

It has been quite a fortnight for Mbokani.

The Canaries frontman declared it was a "miracle" he was aliveexternal-link having been at Brussels' Zaventem Airport during the attacks on 22 March.

At Carrow Road he received a warm welcome from the home crowd and delivered an outstanding display.

The 6ft 1in DR Congo striker won eight of his nine aerial duels (89%), provided four key passes and had three efforts on goal - one of which resulted in a goal. That 71st-minute shot was a stunner.

The Canaries display as a whole was in stark contrast to the one in the reverse fixture in October at St James' Park where they succumbed to a 6-2 defeat.

It is now seven points from nine for the Premier League's youngest manager, 34-year-old Alex Neil.

Man of the match - Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich)

Dieumerci Mbokani (left)
Dieumerci Mbokani (left) produced an outstanding display for the Canaries in attack

Manager reaction

Norwich manager Alex Neil: "It was a strange game but we were the better team throughout. It looked as if we were going to fail to capitalise but that's the best way to win a game.

"We went through the other side against Liverpool, conceding in the last minute of stoppage time, so huge credit to the players. We have great spirit here and we showed that in abundance.

Norwich win showed character - Neil

"Football is an entertainment sport and everyone has gone home with their money's worth. We have started to turn it around, that's seven points in three games."

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez:

Newcastle must keep going - Benitez

"Today was a pity. We conceded in the last minute of the first half and then we reacted well but we are disappointed. We worked hard but it is not enough to win games. We have seven games to go and we have to keep pushing.

"When we scored the second goal we were on top but we make a mistake and concede. It can happen when you don't have too much confidence but we have to change it for the next game.

"Now it is more difficult but we have to keep confident that we can still do it. What upsets you more is the way that we concede in the last minute of each half.

"If we start winning games we still have time."

The facts you need to know

  • Newcastle have lost each of their last eight away games in the Premier League - their longest run without a win on the road in the league since a nine-game run between May-October 1977.
  • Norwich recorded their first win at Carrow Road in the Premier League in six attempts.
  • There were just 130 seconds between Mitrovic's first equaliser and Mbokani's goal.
  • Mitrovic has scored as many Premier League goals in his last two games (three) as he did in his previous 18 combined.
  • Mbokani scored his first Premier League goal in nine games.

What next?

Will Norwich make it three wins on the spin at Crystal Palace next Saturday? The struggling Magpies are at Southampton.



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Ruddy
  • 3Wisdom
  • 24Bennett
  • 17Klose
  • 23Olsson
  • 16JarvisSubstituted forRedmondat 75'minutes
  • 8Howson
  • 28O'Neil
  • 12Brady
  • 7NaismithSubstituted forHoolahanat 81'minutes
  • 9MbokaniSubstituted forJeromeat 85'minutes


  • 6Bassong
  • 10Jerome
  • 11Bamford
  • 13Rudd
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 22Redmond


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 22Janmaat
  • 27Taylor
  • 18Mbemba
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forMitrovicat 62'minutes
  • 12Shelvey
  • 24TiotéSubstituted forPérezat 45'minutes
  • 25Townsend
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 7Sissoko
  • 9Cissé


  • 10de Jong
  • 15Lascelles
  • 17Pérez
  • 29Riviere
  • 41Woodman
  • 42Sterry
  • 45Mitrovic
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Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamNewcastle
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 3, Newcastle United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Newcastle United 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 3, Newcastle United 2. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by John Ruddy.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Jerome with a headed pass.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 2, Newcastle United 2. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Gary O'Neil (Norwich City) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Dieumerci Mbokani.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Chancel Mbemba.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Dieumerci Mbokani is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces Steven Naismith.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dieumerci Mbokani.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

As It Stood

4Man City31166956322454
5West Ham311312649371251
6Man Utd30148838271150
11West Brom311010113037-740
16Crystal Palace3197153442-834
20Aston Villa3237222262-4016
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