Norwich v Middlesbrough 15.09.18

Norwich have been unbeaten against Middlesbrough since the play off final at Wembley in May 2015 and they did the double over them last season. Their form at the start of this season has been good up until they played Norwich and they have drawn 1, Won 5 and Lost 0. Britt Assombalonga looks very sharp upfront and could have been a threat but Christophe Zimmermann should keep him quiet.

Tony Pulis has managed Stoke between 2006 -2013 and kept them up in the Premier League and then managed Crystal Palace between 2013-2014 and saved them from relegation. And his last club was West Bromwich Albion 2015-2017,who unceremoniously sacked him in November last year despite keeping them in the Premier league for 2 seasons. His managerial style is direct with a strong defence that can cause the opposition problems.

In the 1st half Middlesbrough set out to look for an early goal but this didn’t go to plan because Norwich had stopped them, putting them under even more pressure to get an early goal. Moritz Leitner nearly put Norwich 1-0 up on the 25th minute but this honour went to Teemu Pukki in the 29th minute. Unfortunately it was saved by Darren Randolph. Timm Klose almost scored on the 43rd minute but it wasn’t to be.

In the 2nd half Norwich controlled most of the game with Teemu Pukki scoring on the 57th minute assisted by Jamal Lewis. There was a controversial moment that the referee gave Timm Klose a red card by mistake but the linesman waved his flag and The Middlesbrough player was offside and Assombalonga who was trying to get a penalty as he went down in the box but the referee said no penalty. The full time whistle went and Norwich returned to the dressing room 1-0 winners against the tough opposition.

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