Joelinton scored a brace on his 100th appearance to help Newcastle produce one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Premier League. The result helped the Tyneside club into ninth place while Norwich move one step closer to relegation into the Championship. Joelinton scored in the 35th minute before doubling their advantage in the 41st minute. Bruno Guimaraes sealed the three points in the 49th minute.
Norwich: Krul (4), Byram ( 5), Hanley (5), Zimmermann (5), Dowell (6), Normann (5), Rashica (5), Lees-Melou (6), Pukki (6), McLean (5), Giannoulis (5).
Subs: Aarons (6), Tzolis (6), Rowe (6).
Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Lascelles (7), Joelinton (8), Saint-Maximin (6), Targett (7), Krafth (7), Murphy (8), Willock (6), Burn (7), Longstaff (7), Guimaraes (8).
Subs: Ritchie (6), Almiron (6), Gayle (n/a).
Man of the match: Joelinton
Norwich head coach Dean Smith: “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 manager Eddie Howe: “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. It’s taken an incredible effort from the players, staff, and supporters to lift us into the position we are.”
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