‘It was an unbelievable save’ - Duda so relieved that Pukki converted City’s crucial penalty
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Loan star Ondrej Duda isn’t too worried about being denied a debut Norwich City goal by Steve Cook’s dramatic handball, after seeing Teemu Pukki convert the crucial penalty against Bournemouth.
The Slovakia international was about to claim the glory in the 31st minute, only to see Cherries captain Cook tip his shot onto the post with his hand, earning a red card and conceding the decisive spot-kick.
"No, I'm not disappointed that I didn't score, because Teemu scored after me," Duda said with a smile. "The important thing is that we won the game.
"It was an unbelievable save from the defender, I know! But I am happy Teemu scored his penalty."
Pukki made no mistake, scoring his 10th goal of the season to earn a win which keeps the Canaries in the race for survival, cutting the gap to safety to six points.
Duda said of his debut: "I'm happy, of course we all are happy because it was an important win and we did what the coach wanted from us, we stayed compact, we played well.
"It was a tough game because there was only one goal. Unlucky that we didn't score the second one and get it finished a little bit earlier but I'm happy that we won."
The 25-year-old, who only signed on loan from German club Hertha Berlin six days earlier, made his first start and immediately struck up an understanding with City's attacking players.
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"They are smart guys, they can play football," he said, speaking to the Canaries' official YouTube channel. "They like to play short passes and create chances - unlucky that we didn't score the second goal - but they like to play and they are very talented."
Duda was replaced in the 78th minute after Ben Godfrey was sent off for the hosts, with Daniel Farke bringing defender Grant Hanley on.
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Having not played for a month he is still chasing full fitness but enjoyed his first taste of the Premier League and the Carrow Road atmosphere.
"It's totally different," he added. "In Germany it's like the theatre with people just sitting, you have one 'ultras' side maybe that support, but here everybody scream and support you. It was nice, everything is close to the pitch."