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Norwich held at Carrow Road following Emi Buendia dismissal

30 January 2021

Norwich City earned a hard-fought point at home to Middlesbrough having been reduced to 10-men midway through the second half.

Emi Buendia appeared to make little contact with George Saville, as both players slid into win the ball, but having already been booked, the visiting players were incensed when it appeared referee Keith Stroud was not going to caution the Argentine

And their extended protests ended when the official, who had originally played an advantage to Middlesbrough following the foul, reached for his pocket and sent Buendia off. 

Daniel Farke made three changes to the side from the last Sky Bet League Championship victory over Bristol City as he handed a first start to new signing Dimitris Giannoulis and also recalled Teemu Pukki and Lukas Rupp to the starting line-up.

City started the match brightly as Mario Vrancic slalomed his way past a couple of Middlesbrough players on the edge of the box before poking a shot wide of Marcus Bettinelli’s goal.

The Canaries at this stage were probing and testing the Middlesbrough backline with a couple of overhit passes, by Teemu Pukki and Max Aarons, preventing what would have been good opportunities for Buendia and Todd Cantwell.

However, the chances did continue to fall for the home side with Vrancic curling and effort from outside the box wide before then heading another effort just off target. At the other end Tim Krul was not tested other than being put under a bit of pressure from Marvin Johnson late in the half. He managed ot negotiate that danger with a Cruyff turn to bamboozle the Middlesbrough player.

Cantwell then put a chance wide early in the second half, before Lukas Rupp had an effort blocked from inside the box following a good run forward from Max Aarons. However, the match changed on the 67th minute as Buendia, already on a yellow, and Saville went sliding into win a loose ball.

Referee Keith Stroud initially looked as though he wasn’t going to reach for a card, after playing advantage, but following loud protests from the Middlesbrough bench and goalkeeper Bettinelli he reached for his pocket and sent off Buendia for a second bookable offence.

For the remainder of the match Norwich had to defend resolutely but, perhaps, had the best chance to take all three points even down to 10 men when Przemyslaw Placheta fired a good effort across the face of goal and wide.

Norwich City XI: Krul (GK); Aarons, Hanley (C), Gibson, Giannoulis; Skipp, Rupp; Cantwell (Hernandez, 76), Vrancic (Placheta, 70), Buendia; Pukki (Idah, 87)
Unused substitutes: Barden (GK), Zimmermann, Dowell, Sorensen, Mumba, Tettey.
Bookings: Buendia (41’)
Red cards:
Buendia (67’)

Middlesbrough XI: Bettinelli (GK); Fisher (Coulson, 86), Fry (Whatmore, 89), McNair, Bola; Spence, Howson, Morsy, Saville, Johnson; Bolasie (Akpom, 56).
Unused substitutes: Archer (GK), Hall, Wing, Assombalonga, Fletcher, Roberts.
Bookings:  Howson (90’), Saville (73’)

HT: 0-0
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: Keith Stroud
Attendance: None

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