TEEMU PUKKI denied their first win of the season for 10-man Newcastle after Callum Wilson breathed a sigh of relief in Toon’s bid for survival.
Defender Ciaran Clark’s red card for fouling Pukki in a 9th-minute goal made Eddie Howe’s side a lot more difficult.
But Wilson’s penalty in the 61st minute after Billy Gilmour touched the ball with his hand gave the Warblers their first win in more than six months.
Tim Krul got his hands on Wilson’s penalty but it went incorrectly and Newcastle’s season finally took off – 55 days after the Saudi-led takeover.
And they were looking good until Martin Dubravka threw a cross in the path of sub Dimitris Giannoulis, who crossed Pukki – with Finn attacking in the high corner.
A draw with ten men in 80 minutes can hardly be considered a bad result.
But when you’re in a quagmire like Newcastle, it doesn’t help.
Beat Burnley on Saturday and there may be only hope for Howe’s side – otherwise it looks a long way from a return to the bottom kicking Mags.
With Newcastle defenders Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie suspended, Clark and former Canaries star Jamal Lewis were drafted, with Javier Manquillo at right-back replacing Emil Krafth.
As Norrwich looked for their first Prem win on Tuesday, Lukas Rupp and Christos Tzolis replaced Mathias Normann and Milot Rashica.
Howe emerged from the tunnel to give a stirring welcome for his first game at home, but St James’ Park fell silent after Clark’s brain-dead game just nine minutes later.
The veteran center-back made a simple clearance with a right hash, piercing the goal of the approaching Teemu Pukki.
With Clark, 32, losing his balance and playing catching up with Finn in goal until Clark lost the plot and dragged him down 25 yards.
As Mags icon Alan Shearer put it: “What is he doing? Let him go. It’s too early so if he scores, there’s still time to come back. A crazy, stupid decision.”
After Martin Dubravka jumped to the right to deny Billy Gilmour from the free kick, Howe’s team sat back, dug deep and attempted to hit Norwich at the break.
And half the time, they did it easily, with toothless Canaries that couldn’t charge and screw.
Josh Sargent’s effort from behind was excellently saved by Lewis, but other than that, they had the advantage of being average.
Newcastle needed help after the break – and the crowd responded.
‘Eddie Howe’s black and white army’ rang through the stadium, the players were fit, and they scored the most important goal of the season in the 61st minute.
Joelinton, having just seen a penalty, yelled to go away before Fernandez nodded to Jonjo Shelvey to take the corner from Gilmour’s raised arm.
Reference Andy Madley didn’t come up at first but – after what appeared to be aged – he eventually walked over to his VAR monitor and pointed to the spot.
Wilson hit it to his right and Tim Krul had a good forehand, but he narrowly deflected it.
St James’ is in full swing as the locals feel their first win since the last day of last season.
Dean Smith’s side are in shock, and while they have all the ball and territory, Newcastle are comfortable.
Until the 79th minute, when Pukki hit the high corner.
Martin Dubravka could only pull off a deep cross from Dimitris Giannoulis on the left wing, who played inside to let Pukki volley thunder past the Slovakian.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/premierleague/16901116/newcastle-norwich-premier-league-match-report/ The canaries secured a late equalizer in the relegation derby as the unbeaten Toon played 80 MINUTES with ten men