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Norwich City 1-0 Middlesbrough: Teemu Pukki goal ends Boro's unbeaten start

Teemu Pukki
Teemu Pukki has scored in his last three games for club and country

Middlesbrough suffered their first Championship defeat of the season and conceded their first league goal since the opening day as Norwich prevailed at Carrow Road.

The hosts had the better of a low-key first half but Boro had the best chance as Jonny Howson's turn and shot was well stopped by Canaries keeper Tim Krul.

Norwich took a deserved lead when Emi Buendia teed up Finland striker Teemu Pukki to poke in his fourth goal in five home games for the club.

Boro boss Tony Pulis brought on George Saville for his debut but the visitors were unable to find a way past Dutchman Krul, who saved superbly from fellow sub Martin Brathwaite.

Victory gave Daniel Farke's Norwich just their second league triumph of the season, while Middlesbrough fell from second to fourth in the table after this maiden loss.

The Canaries were without captain Grant Hanley through injury but shut out their opponents and ended their run of five league clean sheets in a row, becoming the first team to score a second-half goal against Boro this term.

Summer signing Pukki continued his scoring streak, having netted winners in both of Finland's Nations League games over the international break.

Norwich - who have now alternated between a win and a defeat in their last nine home Championship games - have won their last four matches against Middlesbrough in all competitions without conceding.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke said:

"It was a brilliant performance, we controlled the game, dominated possession and I think when we got the goal it was well deserved.

"We were up against a very strong side, who are near the top of the table and had just kept five successive clean sheets. They are a big, strong side and it was important we had a plan to deal with them.

"When you stick to a plan well then this is the result. We brought our football onto the pitch - and got what we deserved."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis said:

"It's disappointing, I thought we had a pretty good start.

"A couple of opportunities, a couple of chances, an array of corners and we dropped off after about 20 minutes and they came into the game, and they were the better team up until half-time and they were better after the break as well up until they got the goal.

"From there they get their goal and it's a fortuitous goal, it's going wide, the lad toe pokes it, hits Ryan Shotton on the inside of his foot and goes in. Not our day in lots of respects."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37Aarons
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 15KloseBooked at 59mins
  • 12Lewis
  • 18StiepermannBooked at 62minsSubstituted forTrybullat 77'minutes
  • 27Tettey
  • 10LeitnerBooked at 88mins
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forVrancicat 77'minutes
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forRhodesat 84'minutes
  • 25Hernández

Substitutes

  • 4Godfrey
  • 7Marshall
  • 8Vrancic
  • 11Rhodes
  • 19Trybull
  • 33McGovern
  • 36Cantwell

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 4Ayala
  • 24Flint
  • 20FrySubstituted forBraithwaiteat 58'minutes
  • 5Shotton
  • 37BesicSubstituted forSavilleat 53'minutes
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 42minsSubstituted forHugillat 70'minutes
  • 3Friend
  • 19Downing
  • 16Howson
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 6Batth
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 11Hugill
  • 14McQueen
  • 17McNair
  • 22Saville
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
24,642

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 1, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Middlesbrough 0.

Hand ball by Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Saville.

Onel Hernández (Norwich City).

Ryan Shotton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Trybull (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mario Vrancic.

Booking

Moritz Leitner (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Moritz Leitner (Norwich City).

Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Aden Flint is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Teemu Pukki.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Daniel Ayala with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tim Krul.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Jordan Hugill tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Tom Trybull replaces Marco Stiepermann.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Emiliano Buendía because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Attempt saved. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.

Foul by Moritz Leitner (Norwich City).

Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jordan Hugill replaces Adam Clayton.

Offside, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey tries a through ball, but Onel Hernández is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moritz Leitner.

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

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

Attempt saved. Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

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

Booking

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

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As It Stood

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