Date: 22nd December 2018 at 7:16pm
Written by:
Blackburn Rovers
0 – 1
Norwich City

Ewood Park

Sky Bet Championship

22/12/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 14202

Referee: Darren England

Blackburn Rovers Norwich City
86’ Pukki
Raya Krul
Nyambe Aarons
Lenihan Zimmermann
Mulgrew (c) 45’ Godfrey
Bell Lewis
Evans
 
60’ Tettey (c)
Reed Leitner
 
45’
Dack Buendia 21’
Armstrong 73’ Stiepermann
Smallwood
 
Cantwell
 
Graham Pukki 90+2’

Substitutes

Williams 45’ McGovern
Rodwell Vrancic 45’
Rothwell Rhodes 90+2’
Leutwiler Hernandez
 
21’
Brereton 73’ Hanley
Downing Srbeny
Palmer 60’ Marshall

Game Statistics

10 Goal attempts 11
1 On Target 4
6 Corners 4
12 Fouls 14
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
39 % 61

Norwich City went back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table thanks to a late Teemu Pukki goal at Ewood Park against a determined Blackburn Rovers.

It had looked as though the Canaries would have to settle for a draw in what was a tough slog for both sides, with Blackburn not having lost at home since October. Norwich went into the game ten games unbeaten and having only lost once away from home all season.

As you might expect, City dominated possession of the ball in a game that was short on clear-cut chances and not what the neutral might consider “entertaining.”

If I’m honest, a draw wouldn’t have been unfair on either side but, as has also become something that we expect, Norwich showed superior fitness, drive and determination as the game went into its final quarter and that sheer will to win was the difference.

With four minutes remaining, a slide rule pass from Mario Vrancic was played through to Onel Hernandez on the left and his low ball across goal was turned in from close range by the Canaries’ talisman, Teemu Pukki, baby!

Leeds face Aston Villa on Sunday and a draw there would do us a treat.

OTBC

 

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