Norwich City and Newcastle United saved all the drama for late on, with a stoppage-time winner from Martin Olsson giving the Canaries a 3-2 win at Carrow Road on Saturday.
- Norwich City 3 Newcastle United 2
- Klose strikes just before halftime
- Mitrovic scores second-half brace
- Mbokani finds the net
- Olsson wins it at the death
The first half produced few clear-cut chances and looked set to finish goalless until Norwich opened the scoring on the stroke of halftime when Robbie Brady’s inviting free kick set up Timm Klose for a towering header past third-choice Magpies goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
The match sprang to life in the closing stages when substitute striker Aleksander Mitrovic equalised for Newcastle in the 71st minute and Dieumerci Mbokani put the Canaries back ahead just three minutes later with a thunderbolt into the top corner.
Mitrovic must have thought he had salvaged a point for the Magpies when a handball from defender Gary O’Neil gave away a penalty which the Serbian striker tucked away late on, Martin Olsson struck in added time to earn three potentially crucial points for the Canaries.
After a slow start Newcastle had their first chance after nine minutes when Jonjo Shelvey picked out Papiss Cisse, who header hit the roof of the net.
Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow was called into action a couple of minutes later to make a save from Steven Naismith’s long-range effort.
Darlow then had to pull off two close-range saves just past the half-hour mark; the first to deny Robbie Brady and and the second preventing Dieumerci Mbokani from opening the scoring.
But Darlow was beaten just before halftime by Swiss defender Timm Klose, who rose highest to meet Robbie Brady’s fantastic free kick in the second minute of first-half stoppage time.
The second half picked up where the second left off, with neither side creating much, with Cisse missing a great chance before seeing the offside flag raised, but perhaps the most crucial move came from Magpies manager Rafa Benitez when he introduced striker Aleksander Mitrovic in the 62nd minute.
The Serbian striker didn’t take long to draw the Magpies level when he got a header on a cross from Andros Townsend that took a deflection off Ryan Bennett on it’s way past John Ruddy in the 71st minute.
But the Canaries regained their lead soon afterwards in the 73rd minute when Mbokani powered his way through the Magpies defence and smashed a firecracker into the top corner.
Mitrovic had two great chances for his second of the game in the subsequent minutes, but couldn’t get either header on target.
But Newcastle got their break in the 86th minute when the ball struck Gary O’Neil’s hand in the box, and the ref pointed to the penalty spot. Mitrovic stepped up and buried it into the bottom corner, with Ruddy going the right way but unable to keep it out.
However, it was Norwich who earned the three points that could save them from relegation when Martin Olsson incredibly found the bottom corner in the third minute of added time.