As long wait for an away Premier League penalty goes on, who should take Norwich City’s next spot-kick?
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Can you remember the last penalty scored by Norwich City away from home in the Premier League? If you’re under the age of 30, it’s highly unlikely that you will.
That's because it's been over 25 years since the Canaries had a spot-kick given to them in a top-flight game outside of Norfolk, although only just, as it was in Suffolk. It was on derby day at Portman Road in September 1994 - and even then the penalty was saved, although Carl Bradshaw did turn in the rebound.
It was given against Town defender Simon Milton for a trip on Ian Crook on the edge of the box, which the home fans were furious about as the challenge looked to have been made just outside the penalty area.
Bradshaw thumped his effort straight down the middle but Craig Forrest held his ground to save, only to see the ball bounce back to the defender, who scrambled in the rebound to claim a 2-1 win and the bragging rights.
So for the last penalty scored by the Canaries away from home in the top tier you have to go back even further, to Old Trafford, in December 1993.
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It came in a barnstorming 2-2 draw as Manchester United and Norwich met with their title tussle of the previous season still fresh in the mind. Ryan Giggs had taken the lead but Chris Sutton thumped in from the edge of the box to equalise, only for Bryan McClair to reclaim the lead for the hosts before the break.
Sutton was tripped by Gary Pallister early in the second half though and it was down to Ruel Fox to beat Peter Schmeichel from the spot, which the winger did by going straight down the middle and into the roof of the net - almost 26 years ago.
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So when will that next Premier League away penalty arrive for the Canaries? There haven't been too many at home either.
In the previous seven top-flight campaigns City have been given 14 spot-kicks in total, scoring 11.
The only one in 2015-16 was during the chaotic 5-4 home loss to Liverpool, when Wes Hoolahan safely dispatched a penalty.
During 2013-14 there was success from 12 yards for Gary Hooper in a 3-1 home win over West Ham but a regrettable miss from Robert Snodgrass in a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at Carrow Road in September 2013, when many supporters felt new signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel should have been given the opportunity.
In the two campaigns prior to that it was captain Grant Holt who had the responsibility, scoring three of four efforts, all at home. The striker scored during a 2-1 loss to Villa in May 2013 but saw his late penalty saved in a 0-0 draw with Southampton two months earlier, while in 2011-12 he converted in a 2-1 win over Wolves and a 3-3 draw with Blackburn.
All three spot-kicks were scored during 2004-05, again all at home. Dean Ashton scored the winner from the spot in a 1-0 victory over Birmingham which gave such hope of survival, only for that to be wasted in that final day disaster at Fulham.
Prior to that Darren Huckerby had made no mistake during a 3-2 win over Bolton and the 4-1 defeat to the great Arsenal 'Invincibles' team earlier in the season.
Which takes us back to the 1990s and a penalty expert in Neil Adams, who scored 14 of his 30 City goals from the penalty spot, only missing once.
The midfielder converted successfully during a 2-2 home draw with Coventry in January 1995, which finally brings us to that Bradshaw penalty in Ipswich during that season.
There was another Carrow Road penalty successfully put away by Sutton in February 1994, during a 2-2 draw with Blackburn, before we reach December 1993 and that successful penalty from Fox at Manchester United.
Which takes us on to the big question, who will take on the responsibility if City get a penalty during this season?
Supporters need no reminding of last season's penalty pain, when six of seven efforts were wasted during the Championship title triumph, with Kenny McLean the most recent spot-kick sinner, albeit in a 4-0 win at Bolton in February.
Teemu Pukki, Jordan Rhodes (twice), Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann all failed to score from 12 yards during the course of that superb season, with Vrancic the only successful taker, with his late penalty earning a 1-0 home win over Wigan last September.
Despite his miss last season, it surely has to be Pukki, who has a phenomenal 46 goals in 68 games for club and country since joining Norwich in 2018.
That includes two penalties for Finland in September during a 1-0 win in Greece and a 2-1 defeat in Italy, putting the lethal finisher at the front of the queue should a penalty arrive at Bournemouth on Saturday - and end that strangely long wait for a top-flight penalty away from home.
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