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Norwich City 3-1 Newcastle United: Pukki scores hat-trick to seal win

By Joe BradshawBBC Sport
Teemu Pukki
Teemu Pukki is the first Norwich player to score a Premier League hat-trick since Efan Ekoku in September 1993

Teemu Pukki admitted he "wouldn't have even dreamt of a day like this" after his impressive hat-trick gave Norwich City their first win back in the Premier League against a laboured Newcastle United.

The 29-year-old's previously unremarkable career took in spells at Schalke, Celtic and Brondby before he hit 29 goals for Norwich as they won the Championship last season.

He scored in the 4-1 defeat at Liverpool last week but he oozed Premier League quality with three fine finishes in his side's first Premier League game back at Carrow Road.

"Of course this is one of the best games I've had in English football," he said. "A hat-trick in the Premier League I wouldn't even have dreamt about a couple of years ago."

Pukki's stunning volley set Norwich on their way in the first half, lashing into the top corner after Newcastle failed to clear a corner.

'Pukki was great' - Norwich boss Farke on hat-trick hero

The home side were buoyant and Pukki doubled their lead in the 63rd minute when he clinically finished off a neat passing move.

He then rounded off the scoring after Todd Cantwell caught the visitors' defence cold, taking over to slot his third past a helpless Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle did get a consolation goal in second-half stoppage time through Jonjo Shelvey but this disjointed and toothless display will only ramp up the pressure on new manager Steve Bruce.

Pukki punishes Newcastle

Pukki had scored with three of his past four shots on target before this game but he was uncharacteristically profligate early on as Newcastle's defence struggled to handle Norwich's intricate attacking play.

First, he flashed a shot wide from 12 yards before spinning Fabian Schar and hitting a shot too close to goalkeeper Dubravka.

Newcastle failed to heed the warning signs, though, and the Finnish striker punished them in style on 32 minutes.

It was a delicious strike from last season's Championship top scorer, carefully watching a loose header drop before unleashing a thunderbolt volley high into the Newcastle net.

Teemu Pukki
Pukki hit 29 goals in the Championship last season

He tormented the visiting backline and underlined his finishing abilities when he clipped a shot into the bottom corner in the second half before sliding home his third with 15 minutes left.

His tireless display even featured a potentially goal-saving challenge when he raced back to deny Joelinton a run at goalkeeper Tim Krul.

After scoring Norwich's consolation at Anfield last week, the Finnish striker looks completely comfortable at this level.

Toothless Newcastle struggle in the sun

Newcastle job never going to be easy - Bruce

Newcastle manager Bruce had seen plenty of promise from his side in last week's narrow defeat at home to Arsenal but he would have been dismayed at how they were overrun at Carrow Road.

It might have been different had they not spurned two glorious first half chances before Norwich opened the scoring.

First, debutant Emil Krafth blazed over from just six yards when picked out at the back post.

Then, Isaac Hayden carved out space on the right and whipped in a glorious cross for Joelinton. The ex-Hoffenheim man met it powerfully but sent it spinning the wrong side of Krul's left post.

He limped off later after a heavy challenge from Grant Hanley, while Miguel Almiron - his predecessor as record signing - was virtually anonymous.

Jonjo Shelvey scored a neat consolation in injury time but Bruce has plenty of problems at the top end of the pitch before a daunting trip to Tottenham next week.

Man of the match - Teemu Pukki (Norwich)

Teemu Pukki
Since the start of last season, Teemu Pukki has scored 33 league goals - more than any other player across the top four tiers of English Football.

What they said

Norwich manager Daniel Farke: "Carrow Road was buzzing today. The performance was great and we deserved the three points. The players have a lot of tactical knowledge and we work really hard to put it into practice."

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce: "We were nowhere near good enough and it was a disappointing afternoon with and without the ball."

Newcastle's August woes - the stats

  • Norwich are unbeaten in their past seven home Premier League games against Newcastle United (W5 D2 L0), since losing at Carrow Road in January 1994.
  • Newcastle have won their first away league match in just two of the past 22 campaigns (W2 D8 L12), winning in 2007-08 against Bolton Wanderers and 2011-12 against Sunderland.
  • They have won just two of their last 29 Premier League away games in August (D10 L17) and are winless in their last eight such matches.
  • Daniel Farke is the first Norwich manager to win his opening home Premier League game in charge since Mike Walker in August 1992 - prior to today, each of the past seven managers had lost their first Norwich top-flight home game.
  • The past five Newcastle managers have all lost their first away Premier League match in charge of the club - Alan Pardew, John Carver, Steve McClaren, Rafael Benitez and Steve Bruce.
  • Teemu Pukki is the first Norwich player to score in his first two Premier League appearances for the club since Ashley Ward in December 1994.

What's next?

Norwich welcome Chelsea to Carrow Road for next Saturday's early kick-off (12:30 BST) while Newcastle travel to Tottenham on Sunday (16:30 BST).



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2AaronsBooked at 37mins
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12LewisSubstituted forByramat 90'minutes
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forTetteyat 87'minutes
  • 10Leitner
  • 14Cantwell
  • 18StiepermannSubstituted forVrancicat 84'minutes
  • 17Buendía
  • 22Pukki


  • 3Byram
  • 7Roberts
  • 8Vrancic
  • 21Fährmann
  • 23McLean
  • 27Tettey
  • 32Srbeny


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Dubravka
  • 5Schär
  • 6Lascelles
  • 3DummettBooked at 85mins
  • 17Krafth
  • 14Hayden
  • 8Shelvey
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forS Longstaffat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Ritchie
  • 24Almirón
  • 9JoelintonBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMutoat 67'minutes


  • 2Clark
  • 13Muto
  • 15Willems
  • 18Fernandez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 26Darlow
  • 36S Longstaff
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Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamNewcastle
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 3, Newcastle United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Newcastle United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City).

  4. Post update

    Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 3, Newcastle United 1. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Longstaff.

  6. Booking

    Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United).

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Sam Byram replaces Jamal Lewis.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Jamal Lewis (Norwich City).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey replaces Tom Trybull.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a cross following a corner.

  15. Booking

    Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Marco Stiepermann.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).


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