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Teemu Pukki: Last minute goals are one of best feelings in football

12 December 2018

Teemu Pukki says scoring last minute winners are up there with the best things about being a footballer.

Pukki netted his second stoppage-time goal in the space of a month against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, adding to the one he scored in the 4-3 victory over Millwall on November 10.

Norwich City's top scorer said he was relieved that his 93rd-minute winner helped him forget about what he labelled "one of his worst games" for City.

"Both [goals against Millwall and Bolton] were really important to get the win," said Pukki, speaking at the annual players' Christmas visit James Paget Hospital.

"I think Saturday was probably one of my worst games, I was not feeling so good about me on that day.

"But it was a very relieving moment that I was able to get the goal at the end. I got the feeling it didn't matter that I played so bad.

"In the end when you score the winner, it's different to when you score in the first-half. When you hear the stadium going crazy after late goals, it's probably the best thing as a football player."

Reflecting on the Bolton game, Pukki hailed the team's belief to find something extra after being pegged back level with just minutes left on the clock.

"We should have never let the game go to 2-2 in the first place but it also tells us a lot about the team at the moment that we will never give up.

"Even when we were drawing after 87/89 minutes, we still believed we could score and we took that chance when we got it."

The Canaries take on Bristol City in the late kick-off on Saturday evening (5.30pm) and Pukki is looking forward to a reunion with his fellow Finland international and Robins goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa.

"He's actually a really good friend of mine. I'm really looking forward to the game. I've already spoken with Niki and he was hoping that I won't score!

"Of course I want to score against him so it's one of the games I'm looking forward to the most this season."


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