Pukki penalty ends 26-year Premier League wait for Canaries
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Teemu Pukki’s penalty at Tottenham brought an end to a remarkable 26-year wait for Norwich City in the Premier League.
The striker equalised in the 70th minute after good attacking play from right-back Max Aarons to earn the spot-kick and squeezed his effort into the bottom-right corner, just beyond the outstretched glove of Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The celebrations may have been short lived, with the hosts reclaiming the lead fortunately through Heung-Min Son just eight minutes later to take a 2-1 victory, but the 3,000 City fans in attendance had just witnessed a rare occurrence.
It was the first time a Norwich player had scored a top-flight penalty away from home since December 1993, when Ruel Fox had been successful during a 2-2 draw at Manchester United.
It was also the first time that City had been awarded a Premier League penalty away from home since September 1994, during a 2-1 derby win at Ipswich. On that occasion however Carl Bradshaw saw his penalty saved, only to follow up with a successful rebound.
Pukki kept his cool at Spurs to notch his 11th goal of the season however, following on from scoring the decisive goal during Saturday's 1-0 home win over Bournemouth from the penalty spot as well.
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Academy prospect Adam Idah also recently dispatched a spot-kick in the FA Cup third round, which had been City's first of the campaign, as part of his hat-trick during a 4-2 win at Championship side Preston.
Pukki now has 18 goals in 29 games for club and country this season, of which five have been penalties. However, last season he was one of the players to miss as the Canaries only scored one of their seven spot-kicks.
Another lengthy wait that Daniel Farke's team were not able to end on Wednesday however was the wait for a first top-flight win in London since April 2012, when an Elliott Bennett goal had sealed a 2-1 win at Spurs.
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The latest defeat in the capital stretches the record ever since to 16 losses and six draws in 22 matches, scoring 12 and conceding 44 - having lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace and West Ham earlier in the season. The next opportunity to end that long wait will be at Arsenal in early April.