Norwich City picked up their first win back in the as Teemu Pukki scored a hat-trick against a laboured United.

Pukki’s stunning volley set them on their way in the first half, lashing into the top corner after failed to clear a Norwich corner.

The home side were buoyant in their first game at Carrow Road since returning to the and Pukki doubled their lead in the 63rd minute when he clinically finished off a neat passing move.

He then rounded off the scoring after Todd Cantwell caught the visitors’ defence cold , taking over to slot his third past a helpless Martin Dubravka.

Norwich played with pace and menace throughout and, if anything, they should have scored more.

did get a consolation goal in second-half stoppage time through Jonjo Shelvey but this disjointed and toothless display will only ramp up the pressure on new manager Steve Bruce.

Pukki punishes

Pukki had scored with three of his past four shots on target before this game but he was uncharacteristically profligate early on as ’s defence struggled to handle Norwich’s intricate attacking play.

First, he flashed a shot wide from 12 yards before spinning Fabian Schar and hitting a shot too close to goalkeeper Dubravka.

failed to heed the warning signs though and the Finnish striker punished them in style on 32 minutes.

It was a delicious strike from last season’s Championship top scorer, carefully watching a loose header drop before unleashing a thunderbolt volley high into the net.

Teemu Pukki

He tormented the visiting backline and underlined his finishing abilities when he clipped a shot into the bottom corner in the second half before sliding home his third with 15 minutes left.

His tireless display even featured a potentially goal-saving challenge when he raced back to deny Joelinton a run at goalkeeper Tim Krul.

After scoring Norwich’s consolation at Anfield last week, the Finnish striker looks completely comfortable at this level.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 2AaronsBooked at 37mins
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12LeSubstituted forByramat 90′minutes
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forTetteyat 87′minutes
  • 10Leitner
  • 14Cantwell
  • 18StiepermannSubstituted forVrancicat 84′minutes
  • 17Buendía
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 3Byram
  • 7Roberts
  • 8Vrancic
  • 21Fährmann
  • 23McLean
  • 27Tettey
  • 32Srbeny

  • 1Dubravka
  • 5Schär
  • 6Lascelles
  • 3DummettBooked at 85mins
  • 17Krafth
  • 14Hayden
  • 8Shelvey
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forLongstaffat 74′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Ritchie
  • 24Almirón
  • 9Apolinário de LiraBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMutoat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 13Muto
  • 15Willems
  • 18Fernandez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 26Darlow
  • 36Longstaff
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
27,059

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway Team
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 3, United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, United 1.

Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City).

Jonjo Shelvey ( United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 3, United 1. Jonjo Shelvey ( United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Longstaff.

Booking

Sean Longstaff ( United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Moritz Leitner (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Longstaff ( United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Sam Byram replaces Jamal Le.

Delay in match because of an injury Jamal Le (Norwich City).

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mario Vrancic.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey replaces Tom Trybull.

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a cross following a corner.

Booking

Paul Dummett ( United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Attempt blocked. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Marco Stiepermann.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Isaac Hayden ( United).

Max Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Ritchie ( United).

Attempt missed. Miguel Almirón ( United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

Attempt saved. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Trybull.

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yoshinori Muto ( United).

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 3, United 0. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Todd Cantwell.

Substitution

Substitution, United. Sean Longstaff replaces Ki Sung-yueng.

Corner, United. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

Attempt blocked. Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Todd Cantwell.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Isaac Hayden.

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fabian Schär ( United).

Offside, United. Miguel Almirón tries a through ball, but Isaac Hayden is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, United. Yoshinori Muto replaces Joelinton because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Joelinton ( United).

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, United 0. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Todd Cantwell.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Emil Krafth.

Attempt blocked. Max Aarons (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

goal

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