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Norwich City 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

By Mike HensonBBC Sport
Teemu Pukki
Norwich had 14 shots to Wolves' five in a promising performance for manager Dean Smith

Norwich's resistance against relegation continues as they more than matched Wolves in a goalless draw at Carrow Road.

It could easily have been more for the hosts. Striker Teemu Pukki, who has scored four of their seven league goals so far this season, could only prod straight at goalkeeper Jose Sa from a fine second-half chance.

Wolves underwhelmed as they faded out of the contest and were ultimately grateful for a point after Lukas Rupp's weak side-foot effort ended a promising Norwich move in the 80th minute.

Norwich are now three points clear of bottom side Newcastle.

Norwich 0-0 Wolves: Canaries looked a good team - Dean Smith

Norwich pick up a point and make up ground

The Canaries gave the rest of the Premier League a substantial head start on the season, losing their opening six games.

But Daniel Farke's managerial reign ended with victory over Brentford and Dean Smith's started with a 2-1 success against Southampton last weekend.

A third successive victory here would have meant only goal difference separating them from a first escape from the relegation zone this campaign.

Max Aarons made and wasted the best chance of the first half, jagging in off the right flank, swapping passes with Rupp and drilling a low shot into the shins of Sa.

Pukki and Josh Sargent, preferred to Todd Cantwell, looked lively in attack, if less than assured on their occasional sights of goal.

Milot Rashica and substitute Rupp continued the good work after the break and it was Rupp's deft through ball that got Pukki in behind for his best sight of goal.

The final whistle was greeted with cheers from the home fans and manager Dean Smith will be quietly confident that his upwardly mobile side can deepen the doom at Newcastle when the sides meet on Tuesday.

Norwich 0-0 Wolves: We 'can be more aggressive' in the final third - Bruno Lage

Toothless Wolves face up to tough run

Wolves' hopes of mounting a serious challenge for a Champions League spot have grown after a similarly slow start to the season. They had won five of their previous seven games and another victory would have moved them to within a point of fourth-placed West Ham.

But, just when they needed to assert themselves with urgency after the break, they fell away.

They rarely threatened Norwich in attack and their pressing game out of possession seemed to run short of steam.

The visitors were limited to occasional raids forward on the counter, with their best opening coming courtesy of Norwich defender Grant Hanley's undercooked backpass to goalkeeper Tim Krul.

They have another eight games over the next 37 days, including meetings with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea before Christmas.

Their failure to pick up maximum points in East Anglia might be most keenly felt in the midst of that hectic, high-profile run.

Player of the match

GilmourBilly Gilmour

with an average of 7.63

Norwich City

  1. Squad number8Player nameGilmour
    Average rating

    7.63

  2. Squad number5Player nameHanley
    Average rating

    6.53

  3. Squad number10Player nameDowell
    Average rating

    6.34

  4. Squad number23Player nameMcLean
    Average rating

    6.34

  5. Squad number17Player nameRashica
    Average rating

    6.32

  6. Squad number21Player nameWilliams
    Average rating

    6.29

  7. Squad number22Player namePukki
    Average rating

    6.29

  8. Squad number2Player nameAarons
    Average rating

    6.18

  9. Squad number1Player nameKrul
    Average rating

    6.15

  10. Squad number7Player nameRupp
    Average rating

    5.99

  11. Squad number16Player nameNormann
    Average rating

    5.96

  12. Squad number24Player nameSargent
    Average rating

    5.93

  13. Squad number18Player nameTzolis
    Average rating

    5.70

  14. Squad number4Player nameGibson
    Average rating

    5.60

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number9Player nameJiménez
    Average rating

    7.01

  2. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá
    Average rating

    6.91

  3. Squad number16Player nameCoady
    Average rating

    6.84

  4. Squad number26Player nameHwang Hee-Chan
    Average rating

    6.61

  5. Squad number23Player nameKilman
    Average rating

    6.54

  6. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho
    Average rating

    6.47

  7. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves
    Average rating

    6.45

  8. Squad number27Player nameSaïss
    Average rating

    6.32

  9. Squad number37Player nameTraoré
    Average rating

    6.24

  10. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo
    Average rating

    6.06

  11. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri
    Average rating

    5.98

  12. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker
    Average rating

    5.79

  13. Squad number11Player nameTrincão
    Average rating

    5.58

  14. Squad number2Player nameHoever
    Average rating

    4.94

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 4GibsonBooked at 50mins
  • 21Williams
  • 16NormannSubstituted forRuppat 35'minutes
  • 24SargentSubstituted forTzolisat 68'minutes
  • 8GilmourBooked at 26mins
  • 23McLean
  • 17RashicaSubstituted forDowellat 82'minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 7Rupp
  • 10Dowell
  • 14Cantwell
  • 18Tzolis
  • 20Lees-Melou
  • 28Gunn
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 35Idah
  • 44Omobamidele

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 23Kilman
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 22Nélson SemedoBooked at 53minsSubstituted forDendonckerat 76'minutes
  • 8NevesBooked at 31mins
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 11Machado TrincãoSubstituted forTraoréat 68'minutes
  • 9Jiménez
  • 26Hwang Hee-ChanSubstituted forHoeverat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 5Marçal
  • 13Moulden
  • 17Fábio Silva
  • 21Ruddy
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 37Traoré
  • 39Cundle
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
26,911

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Hwang Hee-Chan.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Dowell with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho.

  6. Post update

    Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Dowell (Norwich City).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Kieran Dowell replaces Milot Rashica.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

    Christos Tzolis (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Rupp (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Milot Rashica.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Hwang Hee-Chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Grant Hanley (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leander Dendoncker replaces Nélson Semedo.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Brandon Williams.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Rayan Aït-Nouri.

  17. Post update

    Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Max Aarons (Norwich City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Milot Rashica (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukas Rupp.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Rupp with a through ball.

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