Thu. Oct 29th, 2020

Norwich 1-0 Bournemouth: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Teemu Pukki Penalty Settles Six-Pointer

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A Teemu Pukki penalty was enough to end Norwich’s nine-game wait for a Premier League win, with the Canaries beating Bournemouth 1-0 on Saturday to pull the Cherries further into relegation trouble.

Norwich had the better of the opening exchanges and Emiliano Buendia headed just wide from Max Aarons’ dangerous cross 16 minutes in. 

Just after the half-hour mark, Steve Cook was sent off in remarkable circumstances when the 28-year-old deliberately handled in the box to prevent Ondrej Duda opening the scoring. Pukki stepped and confidently converted the penalty to give the home side the lead. 

Steve Cook

The Canaries pressed home their one-man advantage well in the second half with Aaron Ramsdale being forced into a number of good saves to keep the visitors in the game.

Norwich were then themselves reduced to ten men when VAR intervened to correctly upgrade Ben Godfrey’s dangerous tackle to a red card with 15 minutes to play. 

The home side managed to stand firm in the face of a late spell of Cherries pressure to secure a vital three points.

Here’s 90min’s breakdown of this important game at the foot of the Premier League table…


Key Talking Point

Though he was not saying it publically, Daniel Farke would have known that failing to win this relegation six-pointer would have given his Canaries an almost-impossible hill to climb in order to avoid the drop.

Farke’s side were not exactly in form coming into this one – they had not won for nine Premier League games – but they still managed to give a good account of themselves this afternoon and most importantly, secured a vital win.

Tim Krul

Although they enjoyed a one-man advantage for much of the game, the home side deserve credit for limiting Bournemouth to a handful of half-chances throughout the contest. 

They also showed great heart to hang on to their lead when the Cherries applied significant pressure after Godfrey was sent off. Perhaps this is the result that sparks a Norwich revival. 

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Krul (6), Aarons (7), Zimmermann (7), Godfrey (5), Byram (6); Tettey (7), McLean (7); Buendia (7), Duda (7), Cantwell (6), Pukki (8*)

Substitutes: Hanley (6), Drmic (N/A), Rupp (N/A)

Star Man

Teemu Pukki

​Norwich’s penalty record is abysmal. Last season, the Canaries missed five out of six of their spot kicks, meaning that Teemu Pukki must have been feeling the pressure when he stepped up from 12 yards this afternoon. 

Add to that, the anxiety of it being a relegation six-pointer and the fact that the Finnish international confidently found the back of the net is even more impressive. 

Pukki was also an effective focal point for the Canaries attack. It was a performance reminiscent of the form he showed at the start of the season.


Key Talking Point

Eddie Howe’s side have been worryingly out of sorts of late, particularly going forward. Bournemouth have had just five shots on target in their last three games and would have gone into this afternoon’s game desperate to prove a point.  ​

The Cherries started well with Callum Wilson register a shot on target inside the first five minutes and then…their captain made a brainless decision. 

As though he was possessed by some sort of goalkeeping poltergeist, Cook decided to tip Duda’s goalbound shot over the bar with his hand – despite there being an hour left to play. 

Paul Tierney,Tim Krul,Simon Francis

As if Wilson was not isolated enough already, the Cherries going down to ten men saw the England international cut a lonely figure up top as Howe’s side failed to create enough chances to prevent a morale-crushing defeat. 

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Ramsdale (9*); Smith (5), Cook (4), Ake (5), Rico (5); Billing (6), Lerma (6), Gosling (5); H Wilson (5), C Wilson (6), Fraser (5) 

Substitutes: Francis (6), Solanke (N/A), Cook (N/A)

Star Man

Aaron Ramsdale

​Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic departed for Milan this week and if the performance of Aaron Ramsdale is anything to go by, they will not miss him.  

Ramsdale has been impressive all season and kept his side in the game after they were reduced to ten men. 

If he keeps it up, he may even be in line for an England call up and with Euro 2020 on the horizon, what an exciting time it would be to break into the Three Lions setup.

Looking Ahead

Both teams respective fight against relegation continues in midweek with the Canaries facing a tough trip to José Mourinho’s Tottenham on Wednesday, while Bournemouth take fellow seasiders Brighton a day earlier.  

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