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Newcastle United 1-1 Norwich City: Ten-man Magpies remain winless after Norwich draw

By Matthew HowarthBBC Sport
Teemu Pukki, Norwich City, Newcastle United
Teemu Pukki's magnificent volley earned Norwich a share of the spoils at St James' Park

Norwich manager Dean Smith felt the decision to award Newcastle a second-half penalty in the Canaries' 1-1 draw at St James' Park was "pathetic".

Callum Wilson put the Magpies ahead from the spot after Billy Gilmour was adjudged by the video assistant referee to have blocked Federico Fernandez's header with his arm.

Teemu Pukki's magnificent left-footed volley salvaged a point for the visitors late on, but Smith was unhappy with the manner of Newcastle's opener.

"We've taken all responsibility away from the on-pitch official," said the former Aston Villa boss. "He's obviously seen that [the ball] has touched [Gilmour's] arm. He's seen the close proximity he was in and didn't feel it was unnatural.

"If it takes 90 seconds to [overturn] a clear and obvious error - it's pathetic for me."

The Magpies had endured a nightmare start when Ciaran Clark was shown a ninth-minute red card for a professional foul on Norwich striker Pukki.

Howe's team responded well to Clark's dismissal - although Wilson's spot-kick proved to be their only shot on target throughout the 90 minutes

Norwich's best opportunity prior to Pukki's equaliser fell to Josh Sargent, whose far-post shot was blocked by former Canaries player Jamal Lewis.

Pierre Lees-Melou almost capitalised on a Fabian Schar error in second-half stoppage time, but the Frenchman was denied by Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle remain rooted to the bottom of the table, while Norwich climb above Burnley into 18th place - three points from safety.

"I'm fortunate that I came into a club that had won their last game [under previous manager Daniel Farke]," added Smith. "We've managed to go three unbeaten since then, but we feel that we've lost two points here today."

The challenge ahead is huge - Howe

Plenty of effort, but no much-needed victory for Magpies

Newcastle are just the fourth team to fail to win any of their first 14 games of a Premier League season - and none of the previous three managed to avoid relegation.

Howe described Tuesday's game - his first in the Newcastle home dugout - as a "memorable moment" in his programme notes, but the early stages proved to be memorable for all the wrong reasons as Clark was given his marching orders.

The centre-back's clearance was blocked by Pukki, who was then hauled to the floor by Clark with only goalkeeper Dubravka to beat.

Howe promptly replaced Ryan Fraser with defender Fernandez and switched to a 4-3-2 formation, which proved reasonably effective as the hosts continued to venture forward but failed to test Krul as Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton and Wilson all blazed over the crossbar.

Norwich, for their part, struggled to make their numerical advantage count, with Sargent's close-range effort their only clear-cut opening of the first half.

Understandably perhaps, Newcastle began to tire as the second period wore on. Wilson's 61st-minute penalty put them within touching distance of a much-needed first win of the campaign, only for Pukki to salvage a precious point for the visitors.

Dubravka flapped at a 79th-minute cross into the Magpies penalty area and Dimitris Giannoulis picked out Pukki, who directed a fabulous strike into the top corner to silence the home crowd.

While Howe will be pleased with his team's defensive resilience after Clark's dismissal, Saturday's game at home to second-bottom Burnley now takes on even greater importance.

The rest of December looks ominous for Newcastle, with games against Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton looming large on the horizon.

The Canaries, meanwhile, have collected eight points from a possible 12 in the league - their longest unbeaten run in the top flight since February 2013.

Smith angered by 'pathetic' penalty decision

Player of the match

PukkiTeemu Pukki

with an average of 6.85

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number9Player nameWilson
    Average rating

    6.80

  2. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka
    Average rating

    5.36

  3. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton
    Average rating

    5.34

  4. Squad number18Player nameFernández
    Average rating

    5.29

  5. Squad number28Player nameWillock
    Average rating

    5.21

  6. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin
    Average rating

    5.20

  7. Squad number19Player nameManquillo
    Average rating

    5.10

  8. Squad number12Player nameLewis
    Average rating

    5.03

  9. Squad number8Player nameShelvey
    Average rating

    4.99

  10. Squad number5Player nameSchär
    Average rating

    4.98

  11. Squad number14Player nameHayden
    Average rating

    4.86

  12. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón
    Average rating

    4.81

  13. Squad number21Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    4.67

  14. Squad number2Player nameClark
    Average rating

    3.49

Norwich City

  1. Squad number22Player namePukki
    Average rating

    6.85

  2. Squad number8Player nameGilmour
    Average rating

    6.74

  3. Squad number5Player nameHanley
    Average rating

    6.62

  4. Squad number23Player nameMcLean
    Average rating

    6.41

  5. Squad number21Player nameWilliams
    Average rating

    6.35

  6. Squad number2Player nameAarons
    Average rating

    6.26

  7. Squad number1Player nameKrul
    Average rating

    6.23

  8. Squad number30Player nameGiannoulis
    Average rating

    6.20

  9. Squad number18Player nameTzolis
    Average rating

    5.97

  10. Squad number4Player nameGibson
    Average rating

    5.95

  11. Squad number35Player nameIdah
    Average rating

    5.92

  12. Squad number7Player nameRupp
    Average rating

    5.91

  13. Squad number20Player nameLees-Melou
    Average rating

    5.63

  14. Squad number24Player nameSargent
    Average rating

    5.53

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 19Manquillo
  • 5Schär
  • 2ClarkBooked at 9mins
  • 12Lewis
  • 21FraserSubstituted forFernándezat 11'minutes
  • 8Shelvey
  • 28WillockSubstituted forHaydenat 73'minutes
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forAlmirónat 77'minutes
  • 9Wilson
  • 7Joelinton

Substitutes

  • 14Hayden
  • 16Hendrick
  • 17Krafth
  • 18Fernández
  • 23Murphy
  • 24Almirón
  • 26Darlow
  • 34Gayle
  • 36S Longstaff

Norwich

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Gibson
  • 21WilliamsSubstituted forGiannoulisat 73'minutes
  • 7Rupp
  • 24SargentSubstituted forIdahat 67'minutes
  • 8Gilmour
  • 23McLean
  • 18TzolisSubstituted forLees-Melouat 45'minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 10Dowell
  • 11Placheta
  • 15Kabak
  • 19Sørensen
  • 20Lees-Melou
  • 28Gunn
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 35Idah
  • 44Omobamidele
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
50,757

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Norwich City 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pierre Lees-Melou (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Lukas Rupp (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Martin Dúbravka.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pierre Lees-Melou (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Gilmour.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Billy Gilmour (Norwich City).

  11. Post update

    Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Billy Gilmour tries a through ball, but Adam Idah is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Ben Gibson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joelinton (Newcastle United).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ben Gibson (Norwich City).

  16. Post update

    Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

  19. Post update

    Federico Fernández (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kenny McLean.

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