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Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Norwich City: Teemu Pukki earns Canaries away win

Max Aarons and Teemu Pukki celebrate the Finn's goal against QPR
Teemu Pukki (right) joined Norwich from Danish side Brondby this summer

Norwich City recorded a third successive Championship win as Teemu Pukki's second-half goal was enough to beat Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

The Finland international chested in Marco Stiepermann's cross from the left wing on 71 minutes to net his fifth goal in as many games for club and country.

Rangers came close to an equaliser when Luke Freeman's powerful effort from distance was tipped over by Canaries keeper Tim Krul, while Eberechi Eze fired wide from outside the box.

The west Londoners had taken 10 points from four games heading into the match but Steve McClaren's side suffered their fifth defeat of the league campaign despite putting the visitors under late pressure.

Norwich had gone eight months without an away win in the Championship but now have two in the space of four days, adding to their victory at Reading in midweek.

Daniel Farke's men bossed possession and almost went ahead midway through the first half when Pukki was inches away from getting on the end of Jamal Lewis' low cross.

Pukki's fifth league goal of the season was a good piece of improvisation as the in-form striker diverted the ball past R's keeper Joe Lumley from 10 yards out after Stiepermann's ball in had flicked off Toni Leistner.

Rangers rarely tested Tim Krul in the Norwich goal, with the Dutchman making a routine save from Nahki Wells just before the break.

Victory moves Norwich into the top half of the table, with the Canaries now two points off the play-off places, while QPR remain 16th.

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 15BaptisteSubstituted forCousinsat 77'minutes
  • 37LeistnerSubstituted forSmithat 87'minutes
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 10Eze
  • 11ScowenSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 77'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 7Freeman
  • 16Hemed
  • 32Wells

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 5Cameron
  • 8Cousins
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 23Wszolek
  • 24Kakay

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37AaronsBooked at 61mins
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 15Klose
  • 12LewisBooked at 67mins
  • 10LeitnerSubstituted forTrybullat 90'minutes
  • 27Tettey
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forVrancicat 68'minutes
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 36Cantwell
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forRhodesat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Godfrey
  • 8Vrancic
  • 11Rhodes
  • 19Trybull
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 34Thompson
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
12,843

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Norwich City 1.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Todd Cantwell.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Teemu Pukki.

Attempt missed. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Tom Trybull replaces Moritz Leitner.

Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Toni Leistner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jamal Lewis.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Attempt blocked. Timm Klose (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moritz Leitner with a cross.

Moritz Leitner (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Foul by Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tim Krul (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Tim Krul (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tim Krul.

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bright Samuel replaces Josh Scowen.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jordan Cousins replaces Alex Baptiste.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Norwich City 1. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Emiliano Buendía.

Booking

Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamal Lewis (Norwich City).

Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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5Wigan95131411316
6Derby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City94231411314
9Nottm Forest9351119214
10Sheff Wed94231414014
11Norwich94231313014
12Blackburn93511111014
13Aston Villa93421514113
14Swansea934276113
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16QPR9315715-810
17Birmingham916278-19
18Stoke92341216-49
19Rotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich9054612-65
24Preston9126918-95
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