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Teemu Pukki: It was nice to assist Emi for once!

17 February 2021

Teemu Pukki admitted it was nice to return the favour for Emi Buendia as the duo combined to devastating effect in Norwich City's win over Coventry City.

Buendia assisted Pukki for City's first of the game on 28 minutes, as he so often does, and the Finn unselfishly returned the favour for the Argentine to double City's lead on the stroke of half-time.

And Pukki admitted it was long overdue: "There was one before that I tried to give to Toddy [Cantwell], so I was not 100% sure if I should pass but I saw Emi was all open so it was nice to do it this way with me passing and Emi scoring.

"He’s given me so many goals in my time here."

Pukki also had to praise the assist from Buendia for the opening goal: "That’s Emi. He knows my movement and whenever he gets the ball, I know what I need to do. It was a great ball and it was quite easy to finish that."

On City's evening's work, Pukki said it was a professional display from the team.

"It was an important three points. That’s all that matters. The first-half was really good, it was a bit tougher in the second-half but we didn’t let them create too many chances.

"It wasn’t easy. It took us time to figure out what we needed to do. First-half was good from us, second-half was tight. There were no really good chances for either of us but we were 2-0 in the lead so we knew we just needed to get the clean sheet.

"We wanted to create more but it was important to defend well in the second-half."

The win was City's second in succession after a run of four without a win in all competitions, and Pukki thinks City are hitting form at just the right time.

"The mood is very good at the moment. We had some tough games and we’ve now had two good performances and two wins. It’s good to go from here.

"It’s a long season and there’s a lot of games to go. We need to focus every day and get the points. Saturday is another chance to do that."

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