Teemu Pukki ensured Newcastle’s 10-man wait for a first Premier League win of the season was extended to 14 games as Norwich hit back to snatch a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park.

The beleaguered Magpies, whose defender Ciaran Clark was sent off after just nine minutes, appeared to be on track to end their drought when Callum Wilson converted a 61st-minute penalty awarded for handball after a VAR exam.

However, Pukki’s lavish volley in the 79th minute stole head coach Eddie Howe, late in the home dugout for the first time, the victory he desperately needed and left the Magpies entrenched at the foot of Table.

With skipper Jamaal Lascelles and winger Matt Ritchie suspended, Howe abandoned the five-man defense he started his first two games with in favor of a 4-2-3-1 formation with Joe Willock in partnership with Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the field.

However, his game plan was torn up within nine minutes when, after missing his clearance attempt directly to Pukki, Clark pulled the forward back and received a direct red card from referee Andy Madley.

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka spared the pain for the home side with a good save from Billy Gilmour as he took charge of the resulting free kick as Howe sacrificed winger Ryan Fraser to send defender Federico Fernandez off.

Nonetheless, it was the home side that almost took the lead with 20 minutes remaining when Allan Saint-Maximin turned Gilmour and rushed for goal before lining up for Joelinton, whose push rising flew too high.

Callum Wilson celebrates the goal scored on the spot (Mike Egerton / PA)

Norwich, however, made good use of their power play to pin the Magpies with Gilmour in sight, and it took a superb block from old Canarian Jamal Lewis to turn down Josh Sargent after meeting Christos Tzolis cross in the 29th minute at the remote station.

Dubravka had to come down smart to save Tzolis’ effort at his near post in the first half stoppage time, but there was not to be any breakthrough before the whistle sounded.

Norwich returned with a real goal of forcing their hosts again, even though they still lacked the cutting edge of technology to make the most of the pressure they were exerting.

For their part, the Magpies still looked dangerous at the break and Joelinton complained that he did not receive a penalty in the 53rd minute after falling under the challenge of Brandon Williams.

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Eddie Howe is still waiting for his first win (Mike Egerton / PA)

However, Madley pointed the finger at the spot after being asked to review Fernandez’s header in the 59th minute, which appeared to be illegally blocked by Gilmour, and although former Magpie Tim Krul had a firm hand on the spot. Wilson’s foot he couldn’t keep him out of his net.

But Newcastle were pushed back when, after Dubravka knocked down Gilmour’s cross, Pukki emphatically resumed the volley after Dimitris Giannoulis retrained beyond the far post, although the Slovakian keeper redeemed himself to death with a crucial stop by substitute Pierre Lees. Melou.



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