Norwich 3 Newcastle 2: Olsson’s injury-time winner sends Magpies towards drop

“We fight tooth and nail and this was a crucial and deserved win and I have always believed we could beat the drop”

Alex Neil

Newcastle went into the basement battle having lost their previous seven away games in the Premier League.

Norwich, in contrast, had renewed confidence after holding Manchester City at home and winning at West Brom, keeping two clean sheets in the process.

And the Canaries thought they had made an early breakthrough in the fixture billed as the £100million survival game, due to the huge financial rewards for staying up with the new TV deal starting next season.

An exciting burst on the right by Matt Jarvis led to a cross which Dieumerci Mbokani swept into the net. But the celebrations were cut short by a raised flag for offside.

Karl Darlow – Newcastle’s third-choice goalkeeper with Tim Krul and Rob Elliot injured – had to make a smart save from Steven Naismith, following a mistake by Chancel Mbemba.

Darlow had to make another save, this time from the impressive Robbie Brady, in a match in which the pressure steadily grew on the Newcastle goal.

Norwich, in fact, looked certain to take the lead in the 33rd minute but Mbokani’s drive from eight yards, after a Naismith cut-back, was brilliantly blocked by Darlow.

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