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Canaries hold firm in goalless Bournemouth draw

19 October 2019

Norwich City earned their first away point of the season, sharing the spoils in a 0-0 draw with AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.

A late flurry of pressure from the Cherries amounted to naught, as Alex Tettey and Ibrahim Amadou took care of everything that came their way.

In a drab, uneventful first half, Bournemouth had a fair share of the game's early chances with the Cherries winning a handful of corners and free-kicks, but unable to keep any of their shots below the crossbar, with Diego Rico and Philip Billing both guilty of blazing volleys well over.

Teemu Pukki showed good footwork and linkup play with Moritz Leitner down the left wing in the 16th minute, but the corner that was won as a result was sent straight into the gloves of Aaron Ramsdale by Emiliano Buendia.

Having weathered a spell of Bournemouth dominance, at least as far as possession is concerned inside the first 15 minutes, City began to grow into the game. Pukki made a good run in behind the Cherries' defence and was picked out by Leitner in the 18th minute, but was flagged for offside.

In the best chance of the first half, Tim Krul made an important stop to keep the scores level, denying Dominic Solanke who had been played through on goal via the deft backward flick of Callum Wilson. It was a save you'd expect the Dutchman to make, but vital nonetheless.

As the first half wore on, both Bournemouth and Norwich demonstrated a lack of ball retention, frequently giving it away when approaching the final thirds. It wouldn't have been a great watch for the neutral, but 0-0 would certainly favour Daniel Farke's side more than the hosts.

One of the highlights of the half from a Norwich point of view occurred when Leitner broke up play with a well-timed challenge on the battling Billing before nut-megging the referee and sending Pukki on his way.

Bournemouth looked like they might get another chance late on in the opening 45 as they began to bring the ball deep in City's half more frequently, but Amadou and Tettey marshalled the back-line well and saw to any danger Eddie Howe's men posed.

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Norwich may have thought their worst injury troubles were behind them ahead of this game, so it was disappointing to see Ben Godfrey hobble off with an injury early in the second half, as Farke introduced Trybull in his place. Tettey then dropped into defence alongside Amadou.

The game began to liven up from 55 minutes onwards, as Todd Cantwell sent City on the counter to win a corner, which Amadou headed just over the bar. In truth, the match had needed a lift and the City fans began to find their voice in a tasty encounter.

Bournemouth went close at the other end when a delightful dink from Rico was flicked towards goal by Callum Wilson, but Krul was relieved to see it trickle just wide of his left post.

Leitner was next to have a go for the visitors, playing a nice one-two with Max Aarons and sending a shot from distance well wide of Ramsdale's goal, but neither side looked intent on playing for a 0-0 draw.

It was then that City's best chance of the second half was presented. Pukki found himself in time and space to have a pop from distance, unleashing a venomous low strike with his right foot. Ramsdale showed excellent reflexes, however, to get down quickly to his right and parry it round the post.

After Kenny McLean scooped an effort high and wide, Arnaut Danjuma had a promising chance for the Cherries, cutting inside from the left wing and curling one towards goal with his right foot, but Krul got all of his body behind it and caught the ball well.

Onel Hernandez, returning from injury, came on for Cantwell with around ten minutes to play, and immediately darted down the left wing before playing the ball inside to Buendia. He picked out Tom Trybull who had a go from distance with a powerful strike that was smacked just wide.

Bournemouth mounted a late assault on City's goal, peppering Krul with a flurry of efforts and crosses, but Farke's defence held firm, Amadou and Tettey nodding away everything that came their way.

AFC Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Smith, Steve Cook (C), Ake, Rico, Harry Wilson (Danjuma 69'), Lewis Cook, Billing, Fraser, Callum Wilson, Solanke (King 62')
Subs not used: Boruc, Francis, Mepham, Kelly, Surman
Goals: 
Bookings: Smith (70')

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey (Trybull 50'), Amadou, Lewis, Tettey (C), Buendia, Leitner (Srbeny 89'), McLean, Cantwell (Hernandez 80'), Pukki
Subs not used: McGovern, Byram, Stiepermann, Drmic
Goals: 
Bookings: Lewis (29'), McLean (68'), Pukki (86')

Referee: Lee Mason
Kick-off time: 3pm
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Attendance: 
HT: 0-0


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