Teemu Pukki scored twice and missed a penalty as Norwich City beat Birmingham City to take a 10 point lead at the top of the championship

Aitor Karankas Blues, who appeared to have turned the corner on Saturday in Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday, was spirited

Having dominated early on, they were undone after 26 minutes when Dimitrios Giannoulis and Kenny McLean joined in the lower left to slide into Pukki on the left side of the box and he took a powerful shot with his left foot a close game home bored angle

Blues not only survived Pukki’s miss after a penalty in the 35 Minute after keeper Neil Etheridge had cropped Todd Cantwell, but struck back to level just three minutes later by Ivan Sanchez

But the hosts’ luck was gone when the ball kindly broke so the Finnish striker Norwich could shoot forward again

And after Blues scored a second equalizer, loaned Spurs midfielder Oliver Skipp used a three-on-one breakaway to end stoppage time five minutes before the end

This was the second victory of the Canaries in the St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium completed within a week after the Blues tenants Coventry City was also defeated last Wednesday

Norwich’s 10th Away win this season adds to their well-being as they know they have been promoted to the Premier League in each of their five previous seasons (2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2014-) 15 and 2018-19) their away win column has reached a double-digit figure

While Pukki has scored 17 championship goals this season – and six in the last four Canaries games, including three at St Andrew’s – he missed a hat trick

Cantwell won a penalty when falling under Etheridge’s challenge, but the blues keeper made amends and guessed right as he moved to the left to save Pukki’s effort with his legs

Three minutes later, Sanchez leveled when his left-footed shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Norwich keeper Tim Krul, but the Spaniard was sharp enough to follow the rebound and push it away

Norwich then got lucky when Emi Buendia’s left foot shot was deflected by home skipper Harlee Dean and hit well for Pukki, who kept running to slide home

The injured Canary Islands in stoppage time was even more cruel on a blues side, which now has no home win in 12 games and has only won three of its last 32 home league games

“It’s the best 45 minutes we’ve played this season. The progress the team has made since the first game against Norwich has been amazing

“Again this season it’s the same story in every game. We were way better than them, especially in the first half

“They are by far the best team in the league The table shows how good they are, 10 points clear, and in the first half we were just as good, if not better, than them

“Again we have to take positive things and move on. I have to keep believing and trusting these players because they have again shown that they are very good players”

“Teemu Pukki was not playable. They had problems controlling his movement and he created a lot. Teemu is the best player and the best striker in the league for me

“He’s selfless – it’s his workload when it comes to pushing balls back and winning them back, but also how he delivers. He’s always there with a critical purpose.

“He’s not the type to score an easy 7-1 with a back-heeler – he’s there when it counts. He has scored the first goal three times in the last four games

“This time he scored the first goal and again scored 2-1 after the equalizer He is always there when it is really necessary “

goal! Birmingham City 1, Norwich City 3 Oliver Skipp (Norwich City) shot with his right foot from the center of the box into the center of the goal. Prepared by Lukas Rupp after a quick break

Attempt blocked Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano BuendÃa

Attempt missed Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box, but misses to the left

Attempt blocked Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano BuendÃa

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