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Pukki double helps Norwich beat Blues

Published on: 23 February 2021

Teemu Pukki has now hit 17 Championship goals this season - and six in the Canaries' past four games

Teemu Pukki scored twice and missed a penalty as Norwich City beat Birmingham City to go 10 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Aitor Karanka's Blues, who looked to have turned the corner with victory against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday, gave a spirited display.

But, after dominating early on, they were undone on 26 minutes when Dimitrios Giannoulis and Kenny McLean linked up down the left to slip in Pukki on the left side of box and he drilled home a powerful left-foot shot from a tight angle.

Blues then not only survived Pukki's miss from a 35th-minute penalty after keeper Neil Etheridge clipped Todd Cantwell, they hit back to level just three minutes later through Ivan Sanchez.

But the hosts' luck was out when the ball broke kindly for the Finnish striker to fire Norwich back in front.

And, with Blues committed upfield chasing a second equaliser, on-loan Spurs midfielder Oliver Skipp capitalised on a three-on-one breakaway to wrap it up five minutes into injury time.

That completed the Canaries' second win at St Andrew's inside a week, having also beaten Blues' tenants Coventry City last Wednesday.

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Norwich's 10th away league win this season adds to their feeling of comfort, knowing that in each of their five previous seasons when they have been promoted to the Premier League (2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2014-15 and 2018-19), their away wins column has topped double figures.

While Pukki has now hit 17 Championship goals this season - and six in the Canaries' last four games, including three at St Andrew's - he missed out on a hat-trick.

Todd Cantwell won a penalty when he spread-eagled himself over Neil Etheridge's legs, but the Blues keeper made amends, guessing right as he moved to his left to save Pukki's effort with his legs.

Three minutes later, Sanchez levelled when his left-foot shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Norwich keeper Tim Krul but the Spaniard was sharp enough to follow up and put away the rebound.

Norwich then had luck on their side when Emi Buendia's left-foot shot deflected off home skipper Harlee Dean and teed up nicely for Pukki, who ran on to slide home.

The Canaries' injury-time clincher was even more cruel on a Blues side who are now without a home win in 12 games and have won just three of their last 32 home league matches.

August window signing Ivan Sanchez scrambled in only his second goal for Birmingham City in 32 appearances

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsBirmingham

Formation 4-1-4-1

30Etheridge2Colin12Dean15Clarke-Salter3Pedersen24Harper17Sánchez20Gardner34Sunjic11Bela9Hogan

    30Etheridge2Colin12Dean15Clarke-SalterBooked at 84mins3Pedersen24HarperSubstituted forSan Joséat 70'minutes17SánchezSubstituted forValeryat 75'minutes20GardnerSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 83'minutes34Sunjic11BelaSubstituted forRobertsat 83'minutes9HoganBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

    1Prieto4Roberts5Friend6Valery10Jutkiewicz14Leko18McGree19San José35Halilovic

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Krul2Aarons6Zimmermann5Hanley30Giannoulis20Skipp23McLean17Buendía8Vrancic14Cantwell22Pukki

    1Krul2Aarons6ZimmermannBooked at 19mins5Hanley30Giannoulis20Skipp23McLean17BuendíaSubstituted forSørensenat 90+4'minutes8VrancicBooked at 62minsSubstituted forHernándezat 64'minutesSubstituted forHugillat 90+4'minutes14CantwellSubstituted forRuppat 89'minutes22PukkiSubstituted forIdahat 89'minutes

Substitutes

    7Rupp9Hugill10Dowell16Quintillá19Sørensen25Hernández27Tettey35Idah50Barden

Referee:Oliver LangfordMatch StatsHome TeamBirminghamAway TeamNorwichPossessionHome37%Away63%ShotsHome14Away12Shots on TargetHome6Away6CornersHome4Away3FoulsHome19Away8Live TextPost update

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Norwich City 3.

90'+6'Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Norwich City 3.

90'+5'goalGoal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Norwich City 3. Oliver Skipp (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Rupp following a fast break.

90'+4'Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jacob Sørensen replaces Emiliano Buendía.

90'+4'Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Hugill replaces Onel Hernández.

90'+3'Post update

Hand ball by Adam Idah (Norwich City).

90'+2'Post update

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

90'+2'Post update

Offside, Norwich City. Onel Hernández tries a through ball, but Adam Idah is caught offside.

90'+1'Post update

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

90'Post update

Dimitrios Giannoulis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'Post update

Foul by Yan Valery (Birmingham City).

89'Post update

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'Post update

Foul by Mikel San José (Birmingham City).

89'Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Lukas Rupp replaces Todd Cantwell.

89'Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Adam Idah replaces Teemu Pukki.

87'Post update

Attempt missed. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

85'Post update

Attempt blocked. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

85'Post update

Attempt blocked. Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84'Booking

Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Source: bbc.com

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