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Norwich City fall to first defeat in 19 home games as Bournemouth fightback to dampen promotion party

17 April 2021

Norwich City were unable to put the gloss on their promotion to the Premier League as a second half comeback from AFC Bournemouth saw them fall to their first defeat in 19 home games.

The Canaries, who had been celebrating promotion to England's top tier following the failure of both Brentford and Swansea City to get victories earlier in the day, took the lead early on through Emi Buendia but the game turned on an early sending off for Dimitris Giannoulis.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged side for the game, sticking with the same players who had beaten Derby County 1-0 last time out. The home side were out of the traps quickly as Kieran Dowell had a volley blocked, for Buendia to hit a follow up effort just wide of the post.

Good movement from Teemu Pukki then saw him get on to the end of a Kenny McLean through ball. Two Bournemouth defenders got back to cover but, as they did, Pukki slipped a pass between them for the run of Buendia who lifted a shot over Asmir Begovic and into the back of the net.

At the moment Norwich were in full control, but then Gianoulis, who had started well, was a shown a red card for a challenge on Ben Pearson. Both players went sliding into to win a 50/50 ball but the Greek international was a faction late and caught the former Preston North End midfielder.

The game had a fair bit of niggle after that with a number of players appealing to the referee for further yellow cards. However, Bournemouth should have got themselves level on 20 minutes as Arnuat Danjuma got down the right side of the box and slid an effort past Tim Krul. His shot was destined for the back of the net but as it was about to cross the line Dominic Solanke got a touch on the ball to convert it home and the offside flag went up to deny him and Bournemouth.

Krul was then called into action to save a near post shot from Solanke before Grant Hanley but in a brave tackle in the box to deny Adam Smith a shooting chance after he had played a neat give and go with David Brooks.

Bournemouth boss Jonathan Woodgate made an attacking change at the break bringing on striker Sam Surridge for defensive midfielder Jefferson Lerma.

And it was Sam Surridge who got Bournemouth level five minutes into the second half when Lloyd Kelly’s shot deflected into his path for him to tap home from close range. Initially he was flagged offside but, following a consultation with his linesman, referee Dean Whitestone awarded the goal.

Then Danjuma turned the game on its head as he cut in from the left touchline, beat a couple of players and then fired a shot into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Farke made a change bringing on Przemyslaw Placheta on for Pukki as Norwich looked to hit Bournemouth on the counter. However, just as the City head coach was preparing a double change, bringing on Jordan Hugill and Onel Hernandez, Danjuma teed up Kelly with a sight of goal and he found the bottom corner from outside the box with fifteen minutes to play.

Norwich City: Krul (GK), Aarons, Hanley (C), Dowell (Sorensen, 22), Cantwell (Hugill, 76), Buendia (Hernandez, 76), Skipp, Pukki (Placheta, 54), McLean, Giannoulis, Omobamidele.
Subs not used: Nyland (GK), Vrancic, Hugill, Placheta, Stiepermann, Sorensen, Hernandez, Mumba.
Goals: Buendia (5)
Krul (51)
Red card: Giannoulis (17)

AFC Bournemouth: Begovic (GK), Cook (C), Kelly, Brooks (Stanislas, 71), Lerma (Surridge, 45), Solanke, Danjuma, Smith, Carter-Vickers, Pearson., Billing. Subs not used: Travers (GK), Mepham, Wilshere, Stacey, Stanislas, Riquelme, Rico, Anthony. 
Surridge (50), Danjuma (57), Kelly (75)
Lerma (34), Brooks (70)

HT: 1-0
Carrow Road
Graham Scott 
Attendance: None

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