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Newcastle 1 Norwich 1: Canaries snatch late equaliser in relegation derby as winless Toon play 80 MINUTES with ten men

TEEMU PUKKI denied 10-man Newcastle a first win of the season after Callum Wilson had breathed life into Toon’s survival bid. 

Defender Ciaran Clark’s red card for hauling down Pukki when in on goal just nine minutes in made it a mountain to climb for Eddie Howe’s side. 

But Wilson’s penalty 61 minutes in after Billy Gilmour’s handball set the Magpies on course for their first victory in over six months. 

Tim Krul got a hand on Wilson’s spot kick but it went in off the bar and Newcastle’s season finally had lift-off - 55 days after the Saudi-led takeover. 

And they were looking good until Martin Dubravka flapped a cross into the path of sub Dimitris Giannoulis, who crossed to Pukki - with the Finn lashing into the top corner. 

A draw with ten men for 80 minutes can hardly been seen as a bad result. 

But when you’re in the mire like Newcastle, it doesn’t help. 

Beat Burnley on Saturday and there may just be hope for Howe’s side - otherwise it looks a long way back for the rock-bottom Mags. 

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With Newcastle defenders Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie suspended, Clark and ex-Canaries star Jamal Lewis were drafted in, with Javier Manquillo at right-back replacing Emil Krafth. 

As Norrwich went in search of their first ever Prem win on a Tuesday, Lukas Rupp and Christos Tzolis were in for Mathias Normann and Milot Rashica. 

Howe emerged from the tunnel to a stirring welcome for his first game in the home dugout, but St James’ Park was stunned into silence after Clark’s brain dead dismissal just nine minutes in. 

The veteran centre-back made a right hash of a simple clearance, playing it straight into the approaching Teemu Pukki. 

With Clark, 32, off balance and playing catch up the Finn was in on goal until Clark lost the plot and hauled him down 25 yards out. 

As Mags icon Alan Shearer said: “What is he doing? Let him go. It’s so early that if he scores, there’s still time to come back. A crazy, stupid decision”. 

After Martin Dubravka leapt to his right to deny Billy Gilmour from the resulting free-kick, Howe’s side sat back, dug in and tried to hit Norwich on the break. 

And up to half-time they did it with ease, with the toothless Canaries unable to take charge and turn the screw. 

Josh Sargent’s back post effort was brilliantly blocked by Lewis, but other than that, they were bang-average given the advantage.

Newcastle needed help after the break - and the crowd responded. 

‘Eddie Howe’s black and white army’ rang around the stadium, the players were galvanised, and they had the most crucial goal of their season 61 minutes in. 

Joelinton had just seen a penalty shout turned away before Fernandez nodded Jonjo Shelvey’s corner off Gilmour’s raised arm. 

Ref Andy Madley didnt give it initially but - after what seemed an age - he finally went over to his VAR monitor and pointed to the spot. 

Wilson hit it to his right and Tim Krul got a decent hand on it, but he could only deflect it in off the bar. 

St James’ was absolutely bouncing now as the locals sensed their first win since the last day of last season. 

Dean Smith’s side were shell-shocked, and while they had all the ball and territory, Newcastle were comfortable. 

Until the 79th minute that is, when Pukki lashed into the top corner. 

Martin Dubravka could only flap a deep cross into the path of unmarked sub Dimitris Giannoulis on the left, who played inside for Pukki to fire a thunderbolt volley past the Slovakian. 

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