MATCHDAY RECAP: Norwich City 3 Newcastle 1 - Pukki hat-trick leaves Magpies shell-shocked

PUBLISHED: 14:07 17 August 2019 | UPDATED: 21:36 17 August 2019

Norwich City are hoping to build on a positive second half to their 4-1 loss at Liverpool on the opening night of the Premier League season 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City are hoping to build on a positive second half to their 4-1 loss at Liverpool on the opening night of the Premier League season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Premier League football returned to Carrow Road this afternoon as Norwich City took on Newcastle United - and our reporters were there to bring you all the updates, analysis and reaction.

It's the first top-flight game in NR1 since a 4-2 victory over Watford under Alex Neil at the end of the 2015-16 season, with relegation imminent, when a Dieumerci Mbokani brace added to a Nathan Redmond strike and an own goal.

Both Norwich and Newcastle are looking to bounce back from defeat during the opening weekend of the season, with City beaten 4-1 away at title hopefuls Liverpool and the Magpies losing 1-0 at home to Arsenal.

Former Canaries defender Steve Bruce has taken over after Rafa Benitez's summer exit, after two seasons of mid-table safety, which has sparked fresh protests and boycotts as anger is directed at owner Mike Ashley.

The last time the teams met was a Championship game in February 2017, a 2-2 draw when Newcastle equalised late through Jamaal Lascelles, as the eventual champions continued to chase the title under Benitez.

- Follow updates from Carrow Road above

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