Pukki hat trick leads Norwich past Newcastle
Norwich City gave its fans a day to remember in the Premier League, as Teemu Pukki scored a hat trick in the first top flight game at Carrow Road since 2016.
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Saturday’s match finished 3-1, with Jonjo Shelvey scored a craft late concession for Newcastle but not enough to take any pressure off already-embattled manager Steve Bruce.
Former Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron struggled for the second-straight week and record-signing Joelinton limped off the pitch for Newcastle.
Norwich hosts Chelsea next week while point-less Newcastle is away to Spurs.
3 things we learned
1. Top Teemu since Selanne: Preseason questions about whether the 29-goal Finn could bring his scoring prowess to the Premier League. Four goals in two matches answers that, and the quality of each lives outside of fortune.
2. Steve Bruce gives doubters fuel: The Magpies’ already-embattled boss dropped young Sean Longstaff to the bench, but it’s not just about personnel; Newcastle looked unfit to rival a newly-promoted team from Moment No. 1. That’s terrible stuff.
3. Sweet revenge for Krul, Hanley: Former Newcastle No. 1 goalkeeper Krul and former Championship backup Hanley were in firm control even with Shelvey’s stoppage time goal.
Man of the Match: Teemu Pukki
The Magpies showed little promise during the match, as Almiron was a non-factor and Norwich boss Daniel Farke had his men ready to pound Joelinton when he dropped deep to find the ball.
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There were plenty of questions about Pukki before the season, but he had to play with Josip Drmic injured. The Finn lashed a gorgeous volley home for his opener, and dribbled to create space on his second and third goals.
Shelvey’s work to create a late goal for Newcastle was not his usual banger from distance, rather some deft movement to assure the Magpies a place on the score sheet.