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Norwich City 3-2 Bolton Wanderers: Canaries blushes spared by late winner

Mario Vrancic strikes to put Norwich 1-0 up against Bolton
Mario Vrancic fired Norwich 1-0 ahead against Bolton shortly before half-time

Championship leaders Norwich scored a stoppage-time winner through Teemu Pukki in a five-goal thriller against Bolton.

Pukki struck in the third minute of added time after Norwich had surrendered a two-goal lead.

Mario Vrancic found the bottom corner from 20 yards shortly before half-time for the game's opening goal.

He turned provider for Marco Stiepermann to double the lead when he was played in from 12 yards out and slotted past Ben Alnwick.

Bolton responded quickly to narrow the deficit as Sammy Ameobi got on the end of Andrew Taylor's cross at the back post to finish from close range.

Their equaliser came two minutes from time as Mark Beevers got the vital touch during a scramble in the penalty box.

The hosts had the last laugh moments after Ameobi was sent off for a second bookable offence for a foul on Todd Cantwell.

Pukki profited as Bolton failed to clear a cross and Norwich completed their 12th win in 15 games.

Bolton's anguish will be compounded by the fact they have failed to win in their past 11 matches and stay second from bottom.

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"We were playing such decent stuff today, so much on the front foot, and totally deserved to be in the lead. We just missed scoring the third or fourth goals to kill the game.

"We had an even younger side because we had to do without Timm Klose pretty close to the first whistle, and when you face a pretty experienced side, then sometimes something can happen in the last minutes.

"They brought all their tall players in and worked in crosses and long throws. We could find some mistakes if we were searching for them but that happens in football.

"I'm more pleased with the reaction after the equaliser because normally you lose such a game in the last five minutes."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"It hasn't been easy but I am lucky enough to have a really good group of lads who show pride in the shirt and will always give it their all out there on the pitch and you saw that again.

"It was a really good effort and I should be sitting here talking about a point at the very least.

"That was hard to take, it really was. We took a very good Norwich side, who are top of the table, right down to the wire and there's no doubt we deserved to take something out of the game."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37Aarons
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12Lewis
  • 8VrancicBooked at 86mins
  • 27Tettey
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forHernándezat 83'minutes
  • 18StiepermannSubstituted forRhodesat 87'minutes
  • 36Cantwell
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forSrbenyat 90+6'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Marshall
  • 11Rhodes
  • 19Trybull
  • 25Hernández
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16OlkowskiSubstituted forO'Neilat 79'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 14Hobbs
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 21Williams
  • 4Lowe
  • 12NooneSubstituted forDyerat 60'minutes
  • 10AmeobiBooked at 90mins
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forMagennisat 71'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 18Wilson
  • 19O'Neil
  • 22Dyer
  • 27Williams
  • 28Magennis
  • 31Wheater
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
25,811

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home21
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 3, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Teemu Pukki.

Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 3, Bolton Wanderers 2. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) for a bad foul.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Bolton Wanderers 2. Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Doidge.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Marco Stiepermann.

Booking

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mario Vrancic (Norwich City).

Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Onel Hernández replaces Emiliano Buendía.

Attempt missed. Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josh Magennis.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Gary O'Neil replaces Pawel Olkowski.

Attempt missed. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Todd Cantwell.

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

Foul by Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Josh Magennis replaces William Buckley.

Attempt missed. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

Attempt missed. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mario Vrancic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City).

William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Bolton Wanderers 1. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Ben Alnwick tries a through ball, but Sammy Ameobi is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lloyd Dyer replaces Craig Noone.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Bolton Wanderers 0. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich21134438241443
2Leeds21126335181742
3Sheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby2111463124737
5West Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa218854132932
9Birmingham217953025530
10Stoke217952725230
11Blackburn217952731-430
12Swansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14QPR218492531-628
15Preston216783235-325
16Wigan2174102329-625
17Sheff Wed216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull2156102130-921
20Rotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich2118121737-2011
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