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Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich City: Teemu Pukki penalty gives Canaries win

Middlesbrough's Marcus Tavernier takes a penalty
Marcus Tavernier's standing foot gave way as he took Boro's penalty, leading to him touching the ball twice

Norwich moved top of the Championship after a tale of two second-half penalties saw them win at Middlesbrough.

Neil Warnock's Boro had edged the game but spurned the chance to go ahead just after the break when Marcus Tavernier's spot-kick was disallowed as he slipped and touched the ball twice as he struck from 12 yards.

Twenty minutes later, Norwich's Max Aarons was brought down in the box by Hayden Coulson and Teemu Pukki coolly sent home keeper Marcus Bettinelli the wrong way.

Boro could not create much in the closing stages, although Britt Assombalonga was denied from close range by an excellent Grant Hanley block.

Dropped points for Reading and Watford mean Daniel Farke's Canaries are a point clear at the summit, while their opponents drop a spot to eighth after a first defeat in 11 league games.

In a match between two of the Championship's best defences the lack of clear-cut opportunities was no surprise, though Marvin Johnson twice called Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul into action in the first half.

Middlesbrough were awarded a spot-kick when Tavernier was brought down by ex-Boro centre-back Ben Gibson and though the penalty was scored, it was ruled out as the midfielder had been unfortunate to touch the ball twice as he lost his footing.

Norwich gained impetus from their stroke of luck and Emi Buendia almost connected with Przemyslaw Placheta's low cross before half-time substitute Pukki side-footed his penalty into the corner.

Marc Bola put his body on the line to prevent the visitors scoring a second but Boro failed to score for a third match running and have now lost each of their last five league games against Norwich by a 1-0 scoreline.

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock told BBC Tees:

"The left-back [Jacob Sorensen] should have been sent-off. The referee tells me that he didn't think he was going to catch the ball but when you look at it, it's only gone 10 yards past him.

"He's already been booked, we should have been playing against 10 men, but that's how it goes. And I'd have given the Norwich penalty if I was refereeing.

"I felt we had the best chances. I don't think Marcus [Bettinelli] has had a shot to save today.

"I am actually enjoying watching us play. I think we've got a great bunch of lads. We're a little bit limited, as we know, but they're doing their best."

Norwich manager Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"To be on top of the league is good for the mood and also for the confidence but it's not important at the moment after 12 games, what counts is where you are after 46 games.

"Middlesbrough is a tough place to go, they were on an eight-game unbeaten run and conceding just one goal in their last seven games so, that shows the size of the task today.

"It was a difficult game, keeping in mind we have several injuries and some players coming back from the international break, it's always tricky.

"Three points and a clean sheet seems massive today so compliments to the lads."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2Dijksteel
  • 6Fry
  • 17McNair
  • 27Bola
  • 16Howson
  • 22Saville
  • 29SpenceSubstituted forFolarinat 66'minutes
  • 7TavernierSubstituted forRobertsat 81'minutes
  • 3JohnsonSubstituted forCoulsonat 66'minutes
  • 10AkpomSubstituted forAssombalongaat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hall
  • 8Wing
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 15Wood
  • 18Watmore
  • 19Roberts
  • 24Folarin
  • 32Stojanovic
  • 33Coulson

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 34Gibson
  • 19Lungi SørensenBooked at 15minsSubstituted forVrancicat 90+4'minutes
  • 7Rupp
  • 20Skipp
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forMcLeanat 80'minutes
  • 18StiepermannSubstituted forTetteyat 90+2'minutes
  • 11PlachetaSubstituted forZimmermannat 90+2'minutes
  • 9HugillSubstituted forPukkiat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Zimmermann
  • 8Vrancic
  • 22Pukki
  • 23McLean
  • 24Martin
  • 27Tettey
  • 33McGovern
  • 42McAlear
  • 50Barden
Referee:
Tony Harrington

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Norwich City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Norwich City 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Jacob Lungi Sørensen.

  4. Post update

    Oliver Skipp (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey replaces Marco Stiepermann.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Christoph Zimmermann replaces Przemyslaw Placheta.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Max Aarons tries a through ball, but Lukas Rupp is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Skipp (Norwich City).

  10. Post update

    Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Lungi Sørensen (Norwich City).

  12. Post update

    Sam Folarin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Przemyslaw Placheta (Norwich City).

  14. Post update

    Anfernee Dijksteel (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marc Bola (Middlesbrough).

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Lukas Rupp (Norwich City).

  18. Post update

    Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

  20. Post update

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

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