Norwich City deny 10-man Newcastle their first win of the season
The Eddie Howe era continues to falter as Newcastle United remain rooted to the bottom of the table following a 1-1 draw with the Canaries.
Ciaran Clark was sent off just nine minutes into the match after a misplaced clearance bounced off Teemu Pukki who raced through on goal before being dragged down by the Irish international.
After a long VAR check Newcastle captain Callum Wilson put the Magpies ahead from the spot following a Billy Gilmour handball inside the area.
Once again Pukki caused problems for Newcastle scoring past Martin Dubravka who parried a cross back towards left-back Dimitris Giannoulis who calmly lifted the ball into the Finnish striker who brought Norwich level with a brilliant volley with eleven minutes left.
The visitors remained without wide-men Milot Rashica and Todd Cantwell alongside Mathias Normann and Cristoph Zimmerman for their trip to Tyneside.
Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett remained out with him recovering from a long-term calf injury whilst also missing captain Jamaal Lascelles and Scotsman Matt Ritchie through suspension.
Eddie Howe claimed his first time in the St James’ home dugout was a “memorable moment” but it couldnt have started much worse with defender Ciaran Clark being sent off for a cynical foul on Teemu Pukki after a poor clearance from Clark hit of the Finnish striker and Pukki begun to run through before Clark dragged him back before he could test Martin Dubravka in goal.
Howe had to think quickly to work out how to alter his sides tactics. Ryan Fraser had to make way for defender Federico Fernandez which caused Newcastle to change into a 4-3-2 formation.
The visitors failed to make the extra man count as most of the first half chances fell to the Magpies with Shelvey, Joelinton and Callum Wilson blazing shots over the bar.
Both teams came out more positive in the second half with Norwich just edging it in the first 15 minutes. Despite this Newcastle took the lead in the 61st minute after Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour was punished for a handball inside the area from a Federico Fernandez header following a lengthy VAR check which Canaries Head Coach branded as “pathetic” which allowed Wilson to step up from 12 yards and sneak it in past former Newcastle keeper Tim Krul in front of the Gallowgate End.
Norwich then began to turn the screw on the hosts and have a lot more of the ball due to tiring legs.
Pukki then salvaged a point for Norwich to the delight of the travelling fans with a fantastic volley after Dubravka parried a cross towards Giannoulis who delivered an excellent cross which Pukki smashed home to deny Newcastle their first win of the season and keep the Magpies at the bottom of the table,.