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Norwich City 1-3 Bournemouth: Danjuma & Kelly strikes help beat promoted Canaries

By James LawBBC Sport
Norwich keeper Tim Krul tries to stop Lloyd Kelly's shot
There was little Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul could do to stop Lloyd Kelly's drilled effort

Excellent second-half strikes from Arnaut Danjuma and Lloyd Kelly helped Bournemouth come from behind to beat promoted Norwich and close in on a Championship play-off place.

The Canaries' return to the Premier League was sealed earlier on Saturday as Swansea and Brentford both failed to win and the buoyant hosts took an early lead when Emi Buendia prodded home from Teemu Pukki's superbly-timed flick.

However, Norwich left-back Dimitris Giannoulis was controversially sent off for catching Ben Pearson in a challenge and Sam Surridge tapped in a leveller for the visitors after Lloyd Kelly's low cross caused confusion in the Canaries box.

Bournemouth went ahead through Danjuma's wonderful run and shot into the top corner from 25 yards and Kelly arrowed in a low effort from outside the box to take the game beyond the leaders.

Despite their first defeat in 14 games, Daniel Farke's Norwich will be crowned champions if they beat second-placed Watford at Carrow Road on Tuesday.

For the fifth-placed Cherries it was a sixth successive win and they will confirm a play-off place on Wednesday if they win at Millwall and seventh-placed Reading lose at Luton.

Although Norwich's top two finish was secured before kick-off they started with intensity, Buendia's volley going just wide before the Argentine playmaker scored his 13th of the season to end a fine move through the middle.

But a straight red for Greece defender Giannoulis - who was second to a keenly-contested tackle - gave Bournemouth encouragement and they would have been level before the break had the offside Dominic Solanke not helped in Danjuma's already-goalbound strike.

Cherries boss Jonathan Woodgate made an attacking half-time switch, bringing on Surridge for midfielder Jefferson Lerma and the striker was in the right place to finish at the far post after young Norwich centre-back Andrew Omobamidele's miscued clearance was saved into his path.

The goal was initially flagged offside but correctly given after referee Graham Scott spoke to his assistant referee.

The hosts replaced star striker Pukki before the hour mark after an earlier knee knock and Netherlands forward Danjuma then showed his quality - nutmegging Buendia, driving infield and unleashing an unstoppable shot past Tim Krul for his eighth goal in 10 Championship games.

Bournemouth's third arguably should not have stood as Danjuma appeared to be offside in the build-up, with Kelly steadying himself before drilling in his first for the club and consigning Norwich to only a second home league defeat of the campaign.

'We haven't done anything yet' - reaction

Bournemouth head coach Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Radio Solent: "It was a difficult game, Norwich started really well. They didn't have to win the game to get promotion, which was good for them, but they're a talented football team.

"The referee made a decision to send their man off, which I thought was right. It's difficult at times when teams go down to 10 men because you have really got to break them down.

"It's a really difficult place to come against a really good team that is firing on all cylinders and they deserve to go up.

"I can't single out individuals - the team is playing well and there is a good team spirit and the work rate it there.

"We need to keep on going, this league is notoriously difficult and anything can happen. We've won six on the spin but we haven't done anything yet - we know where we need to be at the end of the season."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1KrulBooked at 52mins
  • 2Aarons
  • 44Omobamidele
  • 5Hanley
  • 30GiannoulisBooked at 17mins
  • 20SkippBooked at 90mins
  • 23McLeanBooked at 58mins
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forHernándezat 77'minutes
  • 10DowellSubstituted forSørensenat 22'minutes
  • 14CantwellSubstituted forHugillat 77'minutes
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forPlachetaat 55'minutes


  • 8Vrancic
  • 9Hugill
  • 11Placheta
  • 12Nyland
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 19Sørensen
  • 25Hernández
  • 26Mumba
  • 27Tettey


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 15A SmithBooked at 59mins
  • 18Carter-Vickers
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Kelly
  • 22Pearson
  • 8LermaBooked at 35minsSubstituted forSurridgeat 45'minutes
  • 7BrooksBooked at 70minsSubstituted forStanislasat 71'minutes
  • 29Billing
  • 10Danjuma GroeneveldSubstituted forStaceyat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Solanke


  • 6Mepham
  • 11Wilshere
  • 14Surridge
  • 17Stacey
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Riquelme
  • 21Rico
  • 23Travers
  • 32Anthony
Graham Scott

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 1, Bournemouth 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Bournemouth 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Jack Stacey replaces Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld.

  4. Booking

    Oliver Skipp (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Ben Pearson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Skipp (Norwich City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Kelly.

  8. Post update

    Cameron Carter-Vickers (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Norwich City).

  10. Post update

    Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Onel Hernández (Norwich City).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Max Aarons.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Onel Hernández replaces Emiliano Buendía.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Hugill replaces Todd Cantwell.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 1, Bournemouth 3. Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas replaces David Brooks.

  19. Booking

    David Brooks (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by David Brooks (Bournemouth).

As It Stood

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16Nottm Forest421213173441-749
23Sheff Wed42119223555-2036
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