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Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Norwich City: Pukki's late winner sends Canaries top

Teemu Pukki.
Teemu Pukki tucks home Norwich's late winner at Blackburn

Norwich regained top spot in the Championship thanks to Teemu Pukki's late winner at Blackburn.

Pukki's close-range finish took his season's tally to 13 league goals and extended Norwich's unbeaten league run to 11 matches.

The Finland striker had wasted City's best chances up to that point but tucked home Onel Hernandez's cross from close range with just four minutes remaining.

Norwich - who also had two Ben Godfrey efforts disallowed - go two points clear at the top but will be displaced if Leeds win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Daniel Farke's Canaries have earned plaudits for their entertaining style this season, but this victory proved they could grind out results when required.

They lost Emi Buendia and Moritz Leitner to injury in a fiery first half in which Pukki twice shot wide from decent positions.

Rovers keeper David Raya produced smart saves either side of the break to tip over Marco Stiepermann's long-range strike and Godfrey's powerful header.

On another day, defender Godfrey might have had a hat-trick, but he had a header ruled out for a foul and a close-range finish adjudged offside.

Rovers' best spell came early in the second half when Darragh Lenihan headed over and Bradley Dack was denied by Norwich keeper Tim Krul.

Blackburn have now won just twice in their last 10 games and the defeat meant they slipped to 14th in the Championship.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:

"I could easily have been stood here talking about a 1-0 win or a 0-0 draw but we're frustrated, disappointed, but we move onto the next game.

"They put a lot of work into today's match. We finished really with 10 men. With Harrison Reed, it's difficult to bring him off after you've made the three substitutions.

"He was a standing man really and maybe that was the difference - the inability to cover areas of the pitch that we had done pretty well for 85 minutes.

"With 10 men, we found it difficult because they're a very expansive team. But I'm frustrated that we failed to take one of our chances. It's an opportunity missed."

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke:

"We have had several outstanding performances and brilliant wins, played some nice pieces of football, and had away wins with four goals.

"But my feeling is this is the biggest win during the whole season and really a massive win for us, especially because of the situation we had to handle during the game.

"I think in the end it was a well deserved win, especially for such a young side. Even experienced and successful sides are pretty often struggling in these types of games.

"To win this game in the end against a side that had one loss in the last 31 home games - big, big compliment to Tony and his lads who are doing a fantastic job - it is outstanding for us and a massive win."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14MulgrewSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes
  • 17Bell
  • 29EvansBooked at 23minsSubstituted forPalmerat 60'minutes
  • 6SmallwoodBooked at 29mins
  • 4Reed
  • 23Dack
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forBreretonat 73'minutes
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 5Rodwell
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
  • 25Downing
  • 45Palmer

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37Aarons
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12Lewis
  • 27Tettey
  • 10LeitnerBooked at 42minsSubstituted forVrancicat 45'minutes
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forHernándezat 21'minutesBooked at 28mins
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 36CantwellBooked at 90mins
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forRhodesat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Marshall
  • 8Vrancic
  • 11Rhodes
  • 25Hernández
  • 31Hanley
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
14,202

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Norwich City 1.

Booking

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Todd Cantwell (Norwich City).

Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Teemu Pukki.

Attempt blocked. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Norwich City 1. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

Attempt blocked. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Nyambe.

Offside, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann tries a through ball, but Onel Hernández is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Adam Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

Foul by Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City).

Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

Offside, Norwich City. Todd Cantwell tries a through ball, but Ben Godfrey is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

Attempt saved. Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mario Vrancic with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mario Vrancic.

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Kasey Palmer replaces Corry Evans.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Harrison Reed with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jamal Lewis.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich23145441261547
2Leeds22136336181845
3West Brom23126550311942
4Middlesbrough2310942516939
5Derby2311663225739
6Sheff Utd2311573627938
7Nottm Forest2381143223935
8Birmingham2381053527834
9Stoke2381053027334
10QPR2310492832-434
11Aston Villa228954334933
12Swansea239592927232
13Bristol City238782827131
14Blackburn2371062934-531
15Preston237793538-328
16Hull2376102632-627
17Sheff Wed2376102940-1127
18Brentford2367103434025
19Wigan2374122333-1025
20Rotherham2341092237-1522
21Reading2347122736-919
22Millwall2347122839-1119
23Bolton2346131531-1618
24Ipswich2329121938-1915
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