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Season 2021-22
Norwich City (a) Premier League


Saturday 23rd April 2022, 3pm

 Carrow Road

Conditions: Emphatic

Programme: 3.50 - City's cashless policy extended to programme sellers in the street only accepting card payments.

Norwich City



0 - 3





35 mins Taking a short pass from Dan Burn, Jamaal Lascelles pushed the ball forward to Sean Longstaff, who was entirely unmarked on the centre spot.

The midfielder picked out the run of Murphy on the right and he dawdled towards the corner flag pursued by Dimitrios Giannoulis, before a precise backheel took the ball into path of
Emil Krafth as he headed infield.

The Swede laid the ball back to Murphy, who moved into the box and found Allan Saint-Maximin. He tried to tee up Longstaff for a shot from the penalty spot but although that pass was slightly overhit, it reached Joelinton, who hammered the loose ball home with a first-time shot on the turn at the River End of the ground.

41 mins Bruno Guimaraes slotted a delicious through ball down the centre of the field that Murphy and Joe Willock both dashed forward to reach. Taking the lead, Murphy stepped into the Norwich box and pushed the ball towards the far post, where Joelinton slid the ball into the unguarded goal.

Initially seeming to be a wayward shot by Murphy when viewed from the away section, footage from the TV camera positioned behind the goal appears to confirm that he did intentionally pass the ball.

Half time: Canaries 0 Magpies 2

49 mins Tim Krul made a mess of a routine clearance to Kenny McLean on the edge of the City area and Bruno took advantage, taking a touch then calmly scooping the ball over the 'keeper before celebrating in front of the away section - gaining both a jester's hat and a Brazilian flag in the process. 3-0

Full time: Canaries 0 Magpies 3

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"It was a tight game until we scored the goal. We weren't particularly happy with how we started but once we scored, we showed a different level in our play.

"We scored some great goals today, really pleased for Joe, 100th appearance and you saw the scenes at the end there, brilliant moments for him especially knowing the journey he's had at the club. A great day for us.

"We were very good after we scored: we were very keen to extend the good run we are on and not fall into any lull or falling of standards. That is the most pleasing thing of the day, that we have come here and been very professional.

"We gave it our all to win a match. Some of the quality of our play, especially after we scored, was the highest level and we scored some good goals.

"We have been playing under the pressure of trying to stay in the league and we have got a lot of results playing resilient, organised football.

"Today, for the first time the shackles came off a bit. The confidence on the ball was high and hopefully this is a glimpse of the future.

"There is a very good feeling in the group. There is a good relationship between staff, players and supporters. If you have unity and quality footballers it is a good mix.

"We are enjoying our time together and the challenges as they come."

On his team changes:

"Three games in six days. Norwich had a free week so we couldn't come here lethargic, tired or mentally fatigued after the week we had two tough home games where we had long spells without the ball.

"We needed fresh bodies, one or two players had a few niggles as well, so we didn't want to risk them.

"I was really pleased with the guys that came in. I thought they did refresh the team, and thought we looked very good physically today for certain points in the game.

"Also, I think it's healthy for the group to do that as well. It shows we do have a capable squad, and that I've got options to choose from, plus competition for places as well, which is absolutely vital.

"When you look back and think of some of the days we had early on, the Cambridge defeat, the late equaliser Watford scored, those were difficult moments and we were a long, long way from where we are now.

"It's taken an incredible effort from the players, staff and supporters to lift us into the position we are. I can't thank everyone enough what they've given me and the team."

Allan Saint-Maximin added:

"Everyone can see now a great future for Newcastle - I'm sure we'll start to be one of the best teams in the Premier League.

"For that to happen we need to work hard in every training. I know the owner and the manager will do everything to improve the team.

"Everyone can score any time. That's why we can be one of the big teams in the Premier League.

"It's really exciting. I think every player can really want to be part of this team. We have great supporters, a great city, one of the best leagues in the world.

"I think the future for Newcastle will be really good. We're the most rich club in the Premier League and I'm sure so many good things will start to happen."

They Said

Acid-tongued Canaries boss Dean Smith said:

"Eddie's an unbelievable coach - I've said that before - but they're pretty much owned by a country so they're always going to improve.

"You just look at the January window they've had: they spent nigh on 100m and they've improved
(unlike Smith's Villa side after similar expenditure).

"I don't think it was a 3-0. We've been beaten 3-0 before and you've felt it's been a kick.

"Today, there was nothing in the game until the first goal. We probably had the better moments and didn't take them, and then we didn't defend well enough for their goals. If you make mistakes at this level you get punished.

"The league table doesn't lie, we've been punished too many times for our mistakes and, unfortunately, we keep on making similar mistakes that have cost us in the end."


Newcastle have now won four successive games in the Premier League for the first time since March/April 2018.

This was United's biggest away win since the 4-2 success at Leicester City behind closed doors in May 2021.

The black and whites won a PL game by a three goal margin for the first time since a 4-1 success at Bournemouth in July 2020 - when Eddie Howe was in charge of the Cherries.

Newcastle won at Carrow Road for the first time in nine attempts in PL and EFL visits, since a 2-1 victory in January 1994.

This is the first time that The Magpies had beaten The Canaries anywhere in five games, since that epic 4-3 Championship home win in 2016/17.

United won their fourth away win of the season, having taken maximum points from visits to Leeds United, Brentford and Southampton. All four have come in 2022, from just eight away trips.

That takes the club on to 128 PL away wins split by score as follows:

1-0 35 instances
2-1 25 instances
2-0 24 instances
3-1 16 instances
3-0 7 instances
3-2 8 instances
4-1 5 instances
4-2 3 instances
4-3 2 instances
2 instances
1 instance

made his 100th Premier League appearance for the club (81) starts, scoring his ninth and tenth PL goals. He has 14 in all competitions.

At the fourth time of asking, ex-Magpie Tim Krul finished on the losing side to Newcastle in a competitive game. Since leaving SJP, he'd won one and drawn the other two meetings with City.

Unlike his other 17 appearances in all competitions this season (11 losses and six draws), Matt Ritchie featured in a Newcastle victory.

United's eleventh PL success of 2021/22 was the first one achieved without any onfield input from Jonjo Shelvey. One has to go back to November 2020 and a 2-0 home victory over Everton for the last instance of that.

The current run of victories has elevated Howe statistically to Newcastle's second best manager in the Premier League - narrowly ahead of Sir Bobby Robson but behind Kevin Keegan (in his first spell).

Howe's haul of 38 points from 23 games gives him a 55.1% return while Bobby finished with 53.2% (350 from 188 games). Keegan's 264 from 143 games leaves him way ahead on 61.5%.

Magpies @ Canaries - PL era:

2021/22 won 3-0 Joelinton 2, Guimaraes
2019/20 lost 1-3 Shelvey
2016/17 drew 2-2 Perez, Lascelles (Ch)
2015/16 lost 2-3 Mitrovic 2 (1pen)
2013/14 drew 0-0
2012/13 drew 0-0
2011/12 lost 2-4 Ba 2
2010/11 lost 1-2 Ameobi (FR)
2006/07 won 2-1 Ramage, N'Zogbia (FR)
2004/05 lost 1-2 Kluivert
1994/95 lost 1-2 Fox (pen)
1993/94 won 2-1 Beardsley, Cole




Boys from Brazil

33 years after Mirandinha celebrated scoring in style at Carrow Road, his compatriots Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes fired Newcastle to their most emphatic victory of the season on the same ground.

The Brazilian duo scored all three goals to almost certainly condemn City to the drop; United's fourth successive win elevating them a scarcely believable ninth position with 43 points and four games still to play - rather different to the false hope of avoiding relegation that 1989's win here brought.

Initially restored to a forward role in a revamped line-up, Joelinton bagged a brace to mark his 100th Premier League game before Bruno rounded off the win with United's third early in the second half.

A third game in seven days saw four players drop to the bench; Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey, Miguel Almiron and Chris Wood replaced by Jamaal Lascelles, Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock and Jacob Murphy.

The visitors took time to get into their rhythm and the basement-dwelling Canaries carved out two decent shooting chances, although Kieran Dowell failed to test Martin Dubravka on either occasion.

At the other end meanwhile, City old boy Jacob Murphy shot across the face of goal, before Dan Burn's near post flick from Murphy's corner eluded everyone as it flashed across the six yard box.

The breakthrough came on 35 minutes, Joelinton dispatching a loose ball after Allan Saint-Maximin's intended pass to Longstaff was slightly over-hit. And just six minutes later "Goalinton" was at it again, sliding in to scoop Murphy's cross-cum-shot into the net and give his side a commanding lead.

Longstaff should have added a third before the break only to blast his first time effort wildly over the bar. It took United only four minutes to add to their tally after the break though, Tim Krul's misplaced pass returned over his head by Bruno, to register his fourth goal in the Premier League.

That left the game to proceed to a comfortable and agreeable conclusion in the Norfolk sunshine - the hosts making half-hearted efforts to get on the scoresheet as their disconsolate fans drifted away.

Matt Ritchie made a rare appearance from the bench, Wednesday's match winner Almiron and Dwight Gayle also given run-outs; Miggy missing the chance to add a fourth in stoppage time, reverting to type after his midweek beauty when firing into the side netting from close range.

Three points took United above Brighton and Leicester City and into the top half of the table for the first time since November 2020. That's an incredible achievement given where we stood at the turn of the year; testament not only to our buying power and transfer target selection, but giving new impetus to players already in situ - and reaping unprecedented rewards to further discredit the previous management and leadership.

Job done then - and given the calibre of opponent that awaits us over the next three weekends, not a moment too soon. Hopefully reaching a place of safety though will allow us to play without fear or eleven men behind the ball and at least present more than a one-dimensional challenge to the big lads.

The scramble for places in next season's squad should also mean that avoiding relegation won't result in an outbreak of "sunbeditis" round these parts - although the atmosphere that is anticipated to accompany the visits of Liverpool and Arsenal to SJP will hardly be conducive to slacking off. 

As we saw here today, Howe is able to field differing line-ups and formations with some success, even without being able to call on Fraser, Wilson or Trippier. And even if we revert to a more familiar set-up, our remaining games are more evenly-spaced out than the hectic week we've just experienced.

Were we to somehow end up in giving Burnley the point or points they need to survive at the expense of Everton or Leeds, then all four sides of Turf Moor will be celebrating when the full time whistle sounds on a season that has turned out to be memorable for all the right reasons.


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