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Norwich City 2-0 Preston North End

Norwich City celebrating
Alexander Tettey (left) scored his first league goal for Norwich since January 2016

Norwich City gained their first victory of the season in the Championship after two late goals against Preston North End at Carrow Road.

Teemu Pukki opened the scoring for the hosts drilling the ball beyond Preston keeper Declan Rudd 10 minutes from time.

The hosts then doubled their lead seven minutes later when midfielder Alexander Tettey netted a superb half-volley into the top corner.

Norwich go on to play Leeds United on Saturday whilst North End travel to face Frank Lampard's Derby County.

Preston came into the game having not won since the opening day and could have opened the scoring themselves 18 minutes from time when forward Callum Robinson blasted a shot against the Norwich bar after a mazy run.

There was little between the two teams in the first half as both sides struggled to create any early opportunities.

Preston had a chance to open the lead on 26 minutes as Canaries goalkeeper Tim Krul did well to deny Manchester City loanee Lukas Nmecha before Darnell Fisher struck the rebound over the bar.

Norwich then went close just before the break when Onel Hernandez found Moritz Leitner unmarked in the box, though the latter's effort was well off target.

North End had lost just once in their past eight Championship matches going into the game but Finland international Pukki and Tettey ensured boss Alex Neil would not bring home three points from his return to Carrow Road.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"I think the last 15 minutes were probably our best period in the game and we played some really good offensive football. It was a crucial win for us and I'm pleased for the lads.

"We needed patience, especially in the first half, we wanted to work on our defending and be a bit more solid.

"Then as the game went on we took a few more risks after a few tactical changes. This was always the game plan and in the end it worked and for that I'm pretty pleased."

Preston manager Alex Neil said to BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I always felt that the first goal was going to change the game. As soon as you get that first goal things turn. That obviously gives them a lift and then Alex (Tettey) spanks one from 25 yards, there's not much you can do about that.

"But the first goal is disappointing from our point of view. It was a throw in, Callum (Robinson) should tuck in and Daniel (Johnson) should stay where he is. From that point, it is frustrating.

"The Derby game (next Saturday) becomes really important for us now. The fact that we haven't picked any of these points up means we have to go get some from (our next match)."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 2PintoSubstituted forZimmermannat 74'minutes
  • 31Hanley
  • 15Klose
  • 12Lewis
  • 27TetteyBooked at 87mins
  • 10LeitnerBooked at 65minsSubstituted forTrybullat 90+2'minutes
  • 7MarshallSubstituted forBuendíaat 66'minutes
  • 22Pukki
  • 25Hernández
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 4Godfrey
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 17Buendía
  • 19Trybull
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 34Thompson

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 16Hughes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forBarkerat 79'minutes
  • 8BrowneBooked at 84minsSubstituted forHarropat 90+1'minutes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 61mins
  • 7Robinson
  • 45Nmecha
  • 9MoultSubstituted forJohnsonat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Davies
  • 10Harrop
  • 11Johnson
  • 18Ledson
  • 19Burke
  • 21Barker
  • 22Maxwell
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
24,936

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 2, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Preston North End 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Tom Trybull replaces Moritz Leitner.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Alan Browne.

Booking

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Preston North End 0. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

Attempt saved. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

Booking

Alan Browne (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Offside, Preston North End. Tom Clarke tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 1, Preston North End 0. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamal Lewis.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Brandon Barker replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Moritz Leitner (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Christoph Zimmermann replaces Ivo Pinto.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Attempt blocked. Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson replaces Louis Moult.

Timm Klose (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Emiliano Buendía replaces Ben Marshall.

Booking

Moritz Leitner (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Hughes.

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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