Teemu Pukki emerged from the bench to hit the winner to carry Norwich prime of the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough.
It was a story of two second-half penalties on the Riverside Stadium, the place Boro’s 10-match unbeaten run got here to an finish.
Middlesbrough had the primary probability to take the lead from the spot early within the second half. But Marcus Tavernier’s expensive slip when taking it, resulting in a double contact, meant the opener was dominated out.
However, Norwich striker Pukki made no mistake with 18 minutes remaining when he rolled into the underside nook after Max Aarons was introduced down by Hayden Coulson.
That was the primary purpose conceded by Boro in 452 minutes of soccer and Pukki’s calmness was sufficient to increase the Canaries’ unbeaten run to eight video games.
Middlesbrough had one of the best opening of the primary half when Norwich struggled to trigger any actual issues for Marcus Bettinelli within the dwelling purpose.
That was largely as a result of when the guests, who began with Teessider Jordan Hugill in assault, did push on they discovered a Middlesbrough defence too sturdy with Dael Fry wonderful on the coronary heart of it.
The nearest Norwich got here to scoring was early on when Emiliano Buendia curled an effort from 22 yards simply extensive of Bettinelli’s right-hand put up.
There was additionally a Lukas Rupp effort that was wayward following a good run inside, whereas Fry made a superb block to disclaim Przemyslaw Placheta.
Aside from these it tended to be Middlesbrough doing the early urgent, despite the fact that Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul was hardly critically examined both.
Former Boro defender Ben Gibson, again on the Riverside for the primary time since leaving for Burnley in 2018, made a vital block from a harmful Djed Spence supply simply earlier than the half hour.
After that there was a routine catch for Krul from a Jonny Howson header and one other sturdy low cease by the Dutchman when Marvin Johnson drilled low from house 20 yards from purpose.
The solely different actual speaking level of that half was when Johnson was fortunate to flee punishment for kicking out at Buendia, as the 2 tussled off the ball. Neither was booked.
Referee Tony Harrington was within the thick of issues quickly after the break too when he pointed to the spot after Gibson tripped Tavernier.
But the Boro man’s slip as he took the penalty resulted within the unlawful double contact. Norwich have been awarded a free-kick regardless of the ball ending within the web.
The Canaries regarded extra harmful after that. Buendia went shut a few instances and substitute Pukki shaved the side-netting earlier than Warnock launched younger wingers Coulson and Sam Folarin.
With 18 minutes left Coulson tripped Aarons within the space and Norwich had their probability from the spot. Pukki, in contrast to Tavernier, discovered the web with out complication for his fifth purpose of the season, sending Bettinelli the unsuitable approach.
Neither goalkeeper was posed many questions after that and Norwich did the job to safe the factors.