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Stoke City 2-3 Norwich City: Teemu Pukki double as Emi Buendia sent off

By Chris OsborneBBC Sport at Bet365 Stadium
Pukki scores against Stoke
Pukki has scored in his last four games, including two matches for Finland

Teemu Pukki's double helped Championship leaders Norwich City stretch their unbeaten run to nine games as they survived a Stoke City fightback.

The Canaries were made to work for their win in the final 20 minutes after Emi Buendia - who scored the opener and then provided a superb assist for Pukki's first - was sent off for two bookings.

Pukki's second had put Norwich 3-0 up by then and it was a much needed cushion as Tyrese Campbell and Nathan Collins both headed in late goals for Stoke, who could not find an equaliser.

The result means Norwich, looking to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, remain one point ahead of Bournemouth at the top of the table - after the Cherries beat Nottingham Forest - while Stoke stay seventh.

Argentine Buendia had set Daniel Farke's side on their way, finishing a slick Canaries move by slotting in Marco Stipermann's through ball.

Finn Pukki, who scored twice during the international break and came off the bench to net the winner against Middlesbrough on Saturday, lashed in from a tight angle after bringing down Buendia's clipped, first-touch pass over the top.

Despite struggling in the first half, Stoke somehow failed to convert a goal-mouth scramble, with Norwich keeper Tim Krul saving from Steven Fletcher, Tyrese Campbell seeing his follow-up blocked and Nick Powell heading the loose ball against the crossbar.

It was a moment that saw Fletcher slide into the advertising hoardings and suffer a cut to his leg, forcing him off before the break.

Despite Stoke's improvement, Pukki had his eighth league goal of the season midway through the second half, rounding home goalkeeper Joe Burski after a pass from impressive teenager Josh Martin.

And then Buendia, whose creativity on the ball can be tempered by his indiscipline off it, made a straightforward night harder for the Canaries, picking up a second yellow card for a high boot - this was his third red card in as many seasons.

Stoke, who had won three of their last four and would have gone level on points with the visitors with a win, sparked into life after the sending-off and showed the thrust that saw them pick up back-to-back victories over Reading and Huddersfield.

Morgan Fox crossed for Campbell to thump in a superb header and Collins nodded in Sam Clucas' cross to set up a frantic last 10 minutes.

And Norwich, who saw keeper Tim Krul go off with what looked like a hamstring injury to take their absentee list to 10 first-team players, survived a late scare when Krul's replacement Michael McGovern knocked a looping ball into his own net, only for a foul to be given against the home side.

Stoke boss Michael O'Neill: "You're disappointed when you get back in the game and don't take something from it. We were second best for 35 minutes, Norwich were excellent I thought. We got a foothold before halftime and I think we were the better team in the second half.

"We conceded at a bad time and the sending off gives a lifeline but we couldn't find a third goal. The disallowed goal was a bit soft."

Norwich boss Daniel Farke: "It's a tricky situation but in these circumstances we found a way to win. It was not the prettiest game in the world but it was full of mentality and fighting spirit."

On Buendia's red card: "I was a bit dubious. Sometimes a bit of naivety, but he was outstanding and his workload was good. He was by far the best player on the pitch.

"The first is a 50-50 tackle, he got a yellow card and should then calm down a bit. He was greedy to win the ball back and his foot his high for the second yellow. He apologised in front of the group for making our life difficult. He is still a young player."

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 3-4-3

  • 32Bursik
  • 36Souttar
  • 6BatthBooked at 18minsSubstituted forVokesat 79'minutes
  • 3Fox
  • 14SmithSubstituted forCollinsat 45'minutes
  • 13Obi
  • 22Clucas
  • 35TymonSubstituted forInceat 45'minutes
  • 25Powell
  • 21FletcherBooked at 28minsSubstituted forGregoryat 35'minutes
  • 26Campbell

Substitutes

  • 7Ince
  • 9Vokes
  • 12Chester
  • 18Brown
  • 19Gregory
  • 20Oakley-Boothe
  • 24Cousins
  • 37Collins
  • 40Nna Noukeu

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1KrulSubstituted forMcGovernat 40'minutes
  • 2Aarons
  • 5HanleyBooked at 58mins
  • 34Gibson
  • 19Lungi Sørensen
  • 27Tettey
  • 20Skipp
  • 17BuendíaBooked at 69mins
  • 18StiepermannBooked at 23minsSubstituted forVrancicat 60'minutes
  • 24MartinSubstituted forPlachetaat 60'minutes
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forZimmermannat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Zimmermann
  • 7Rupp
  • 8Vrancic
  • 11Placheta
  • 33McGovern
  • 42McAlear
  • 50Barden
  • 57Dickson-Peters
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home24
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home19
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 2, Norwich City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Norwich City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nick Powell.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

  5. Post update

    Jacob Lungi Sørensen (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Harry Souttar (Stoke City).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Oliver Skipp.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nick Powell (Stoke City).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Christoph Zimmermann.

  12. Post update

    Michael McGovern (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lee Gregory (Stoke City).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Stoke City) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Obi Mikel (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Collins with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Collins.

  20. Post update

    Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich138321710727
2Bournemouth1375121111026
3Bristol City127231611523
4Swansea12642147722
5Watford126421510522
6Reading127141916322
7Stoke136342118321
8Brentford135531812620
9Luton135441113-219
10Blackburn1353525151018
11Middlesbrough1246296318
12Millwall12462119218
13QPR134541518-317
14Barnsley134451414016
15Preston135171617-116
16Huddersfield134361517-215
17Birmingham133641012-215
18Cardiff123541312114
19Rotherham133371216-412
20Nottm Forest13337916-712
21Coventry122371223-119
22Wycombe13238619-139
23Sheff Wed12336611-56
24Derby12138517-126
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