Northern Echo

MIDDLESBROUGH lost out in a tale of two penalties as Teemu Pukki emerged from the bench to hit the winner to lift Norwich top of the Championship with a 1-0 win at the Riverside.

It was a tale of two second-half spot-kicks on Teesside, where Boro’s ten-match unbeaten run came to an end.

Middlesbrough had the first chance to take the lead from the spot early in the second half. But Marcus Tavernier’s costly slip when taking it, leading to a double touch, meant the opener was ruled out.

However, Norwich striker Pukki made no mistake with 18 minutes remaining when he rolled into the bottom corner after Max Aarons was brought down by Hayden Coulson.

That was the first goal conceded by Boro in 452 minutes of football and Pukki’s calmness was enough to extend the Canaries’ unbeaten run to eight games.

The Sun

TEEMU PUKKI fired Norwich top and ended the country’s longest unbeaten run following penalty drama at Middlesbrough.

The Canaries striker came off the bench to stroke home a spot-kick to earn a 1-0 win - but Boro boss Neil Warnock was left spitting feathers over his side’s bad luck as their 10-game undefeated streak came to a crashing end.

Marcus Tavernier was handed the perfect chance to fire the hosts ahead on 51 minutes, but he touched the ball twice after slipping while converting to force the officials to rule it out before Pukki struck late on.

Warnock, whose side had gone 10 without defeat prior, admitted he had not witnessed anything like the Tavernier incident in over 1,000 games in the dug-out.

He said: “No, not really. That’s how it goes. We’ve had a few lads slip today."


In a match between two of the Championship's best defences the lack of clear-cut opportunities was no surprise, though Marvin Johnson twice called Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul into action in the first half.

Middlesbrough were awarded a spot-kick when Tavernier was brought down by ex-Boro centre-back Ben Gibson and though the penalty was scored, it was ruled out as the midfielder had been unfortunate to touch the ball twice as he lost his footing.

Norwich gained impetus from their stroke of luck and Emi Buendia almost connected with Przemyslaw Placheta's low cross before half-time substitute Pukki side-footed his penalty into the corner.

Marc Bola put his body on the line to prevent the visitors scoring a second but Boro failed to score for a third match running and have now lost each of their last five league games against Norwich by a 1-0 scoreline.

The Sunday Times

Despite the penalty drama Warnock was angered about another decision. He felt referee Tony Harrington should have sent off Norwich full-back Jacob Sorensen, who had already been cautioned, for a late body-check on league debutant Sam Folarin.

Warnock said: “He didn’t even book him. And then for him to say to me after the game he didn’t think Sam was going to catch the ball, and the ball was only going to go ten yards maximum when you look at it back, 15 at most, and Sam will be through. Why is he telling me that, because he knows he is completely wrong? All the officials know he should have got sent off."