诺维奇城 3 Newcastle United 1
- Stuart Attwell
Newcastle United suffered a second straight defeat in the Premier League as a 泰穆·普基 hat-trick secured a comfortable victory for 诺维奇城.
It was no less than the newly-promoted side deserved, with the Canaries on top for long periods. Though United should have struck first through frontman 乔林顿, they offered relatively little after falling behind to 普基’s first – a sweetly-struck volley from just inside the penalty area.
普基 notched his and Norwich’s second shortly after the hour-mark, before the Finnish international secured the match ball with a quarter of an hour remaining to end the game as a contest. Indeed, by the time 琼乔谢尔维 pulled a goal back for Newcastle in injury time, the damage had long been done.
Roared on by a vociferous home crowd – witnessing their first top-flight game at 卡罗路 for more than three years – Norwich piled the pressure on the Magpies early doors. They nearly took the lead five minutes in through Todd 坎特维尔, who saw a close-range strike kept out by Martin Dúbravka following Pukki’s cutback. 普基 himself came close with the Canaries’ next attack, dragging a right-footed effort wide of the far post after gathering Marco stiepermann’s low cross.
It was an unlikely figure, 埃米利·克拉夫斯, who was presented with United’s first opportunity of the game. Making his debut for the club, the Swedish right back picked up 马特·里奇’s cross at the back post, only to fire wildly over the top from a good position. The Magpies were soon forced to withstand another scare, though, as 普基 brought a parry out of Dúbravka with Norwich again looking threatening down the visitors’ left.
Having been under the cosh for much of the opening 25 minutes, United ought to have broken the deadlock themselves, with another summer recruit, 乔林顿, only able to guide 艾萨克·海登’s inch-perfect cross wide of the target with a header from an unmarked position.
And, typically, Norwich swiftly made Steve Bruce’s side pay. United managed to deal with a Canaries corner from the right but they had nobody watching 普基 at the far post as Emiliano 布恩迪亚 swung the ball back in, with the frontman brilliantly volleying home – despite Dúbravka’s best efforts.
法比安·沙尔 almost equalised for Newcastle before the half-time whistle, forcing Magpies old boy 蒂姆·克鲁尔 into a fine stop after running onto 谢尔维’s searching ball into the danger area. In truth, though, they could have few complaints about trailing at the break.
United got off to a reasonable start after the interval though it wasn’t until the hour mark that they created anything clear-cut, with 克鲁尔 making a brilliant save to deny 保罗·杜米特 after the defender got a glancing touch to 里奇’s corner. But, as was the case with Norwich’s opener, no sooner had the Magpies gone close at one end that they found themselves conceding at the other. 普基 was clinical once more, gathering 坎特维尔’s pass just inside the penalty area before engineering space from which to shoot and drilling the ball into the near corner.
And, with 15 minutes to play, the Finn completed his hat-trick. It was far too easy for Norwich, with stiepermann splitting the Magpies’ defence open with a threaded pass, which 坎特维尔 held up for 普基. The former Sevilla and Celtic striker rounded krafth before duly slotting the ball past Dúbravka.
The only sort of positive from a United perspective came at the death, as 谢尔维 picked out the far corner of the net to register the Magpies’ first Premier League goal of the campaign. That, however, was scant consolation on a day to forget in the Norfolk sunshine.