Newcastle United 1-1 Norwich City: Ten-man Magpies remain winless after Norwich draw

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Teemu Pukki, Norwich City, Newcastle UnitedTeemu Pukki's magnificent volley earned Norwich a share of the spoils at St James' Park

Ten-man Newcastle's search for a first win of the season goes on after Eddie Howe's side were held to a draw by fellow strugglers Norwich at St James' Park.

Teemu Pukki's magnificent volley into the top corner cancelled out Callum Wilson's second-half penalty, which was awarded after Federico Fernandez's header struck the raised arm of Billy Gilmour.

The Magpies had endured a nightmare start when Ciaran Clark was shown a ninth-minute red card for a professional foul on Norwich striker Pukki.

Howe's team responded well to Clark's dismissal - although Wilson's spot-kick proved to be their only shot on target throughout the 90 minutes

Norwich's best opportunity prior to Pukki's equaliser fell to Josh Sargent, whose far-post shot was blocked by former Canaries player Jamal Lewis.

Pierre Lees-Melou almost capitalised on a Fabian Schar error in second-half stoppage time, but the Frenchman was denied by Martin Dubravka.

The point lifts Dean Smith's side above Burnley into 18th place, while Newcastle remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Plenty of effort, but no much-needed victory for Magpies

Newcastle are just the fourth team to fail to win any of their first 14 games of a Premier League season - and none of the previous three managed to avoid relegation.

Howe described Tuesday's game - his first in the Newcastle home dugout - as a "memorable moment" in his programme notes, but the early stages proved to be memorable for all the wrong reasons as Clark was given his marching orders.

The centre-back's clearance was blocked by Pukki, who was then hauled to the floor by Clark with only goalkeeper Dubravka to beat.

Howe promptly replaced Ryan Fraser with defender Fernandez and switched to a 4-3-2 formation, which proved reasonably effective as the hosts continued to venture forward but struggled to test Krul as Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton and Wilson all blazed over the crossbar.

Norwich, for their part, struggled to make their numerical advantage count, with Sargent's close-range effort their only clear-cut opening of the first half.

Understandably perhaps, Newcastle began to tire as the second period wore on. Wilson's 61st-minute penalty put them within touching distance of a much-needed first win of the campaign - only for Pukki to salvage a precious point for the visitors.

Dubravka flapped at a 79th-minute cross into the Magpies penalty area and Dimitris Giannoulis picked out Pukki, who directed a fabulous strike into the top corner to silence the home crowd.

While Howe will be pleased with his team's efforts after Clark's dismissal, Saturday's game at home to second-bottom Burnley now takes on even greater importance.

The rest of December looks ominous for Newcastle, with games against Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton looming large on the horizon.

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Player of the match

PukkiTeemu Pukki

with an average of 6.84

Newcastle United

Squad number9Player nameWilson

Squad number1Player nameDúbravka

Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

Squad number18Player nameFernández

Squad number28Player nameWillock

Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

Squad number19Player nameManquillo

Squad number12Player nameLewis

Squad number8Player nameShelvey

Squad number5Player nameSchär

Squad number14Player nameHayden

Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

Squad number21Player nameFraser

Squad number2Player nameClark

Norwich City

Squad number22Player namePukki

Squad number8Player nameGilmour

Squad number5Player nameHanley

Squad number23Player nameMcLean

Squad number21Player nameWilliams

Squad number2Player nameAarons

Squad number1Player nameKrul

Squad number30Player nameGiannoulis

Squad number18Player nameTzolis

Squad number4Player nameGibson

Squad number35Player nameIdah

Squad number7Player nameRupp

Squad number20Player nameLees-Melou

Squad number24Player nameSargent

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-2

1Dúbravka19Manquillo5Schär2ClarkBooked at 9mins12Lewis21FraserSubstituted forFernándezat 11'minutes8Shelvey28WillockSubstituted forHaydenat 73'minutes10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forAlmirónat 77'minutes9Wilson7Joelinton

Substitutes

14Hayden16Hendrick17Krafth18Fernández23Murphy24Almirón26Darlow34Gayle36S Longstaff

Norwich

Formation 4-1-4-1

1Krul2Aarons5Hanley4Gibson21WilliamsSubstituted forGiannoulisat 73'minutes7Rupp24SargentSubstituted forIdahat 67'minutes8Gilmour23McLean18TzolisSubstituted forLees-Melouat 45'minutes22Pukki

Substitutes

10Dowell11Placheta15Kabak19Sørensen20Lees-Melou28Gunn30Giannoulis35Idah44Omobamidele

Referee:Andy Madley

Attendance:50,757

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Norwich City 1.

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Norwich City 1.

Attempt saved. Pierre Lees-Melou (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Rupp (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Billy Gilmour (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Martin Dúbravka.

Attempt saved. Pierre Lees-Melou (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Gilmour.

Foul by Billy Gilmour (Norwich City).

Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Norwich City. Billy Gilmour tries a through ball, but Adam Idah is caught offside.

Ben Gibson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joelinton (Newcastle United).

Foul by Ben Gibson (Norwich City).

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Foul by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

Federico Fernández (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kenny McLean.

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