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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City Live Commentary, 15/05/2022

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1 - 1
WOL
NOR
R. Aït Nouri (55)
T. Pukki (37)
Molineux Stadium

Commentary

Wolves travel to Liverpool on the final day, while Norwich host Tottenham. They'll both hope they can end their campaigns on a high. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Wolves stay eighth in the Premier League with this draw. That's the highest they can finish now this season, having failed to win any of their last six league games. A top-half finish would be decent for them, if a slight disappointment. Norwich stay bottom of the pile, one point behind Watford.
Wolves have been held to a draw by an unusually solid Norwich side. The East Anglians nabbed the lead in the first half through the industrious Pukki and did little going forward after that. Ait Nouri levelled things up early in the second half, but neither team ever really looked like winning from there.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: WOLVES 1-1 NORWICH CITY
90' + 4' Norwich's corner comes in. It finds Hanley at the far post. The Canaries' captain can't keep his header down though, and that's that!
90' + 3' Pukki makes another threatening run towards the corner of the box. Ruddy times his interception just right. Norwich retain possession and Rowe forces a corner. Can the visitors grab a late winner?
90' + 2' Silva goes up against Hanley. The substitute is outmuscled by the Norwich centre-back near the byline. Norwich get the goal-kick.
90' Lees-Melou cuts inside from the left flank and fires wide from the edge of the box. There'll be four more minutes of this.
89' Wolves get another corner down their right. Norwich see it out. To their credit, they're handling everything the hosts have to throw at them.
87' Gibson goes down to receive some treatment. The Norwich defender hurt his back while making his clearance a few minutes ago. He eventually trots back onto the pitch to the sound of boos from the Wolves fans.
85' Gomes heads wide from the corner and Norwich can counter! Unfortunately for the visitors, Pukki slips just as he starts getting up to speed. Up the other end, Gunn makes a routine catch from Chiquinho at his near post.
84' Norwich survive a close call as Silva lures Gunn to his near post but can't find a teammate with his cutback. Wolves keep trying to force the issue and eventually get a corner out of Gibson.
J. Rowe
K. Dowell
Norwich City
83' Norwich inject some fresh pace into their midfield. Rowe comes on. He replaces Dowell.
81' Wolves get the closest they've come to scoring for a while. Silva leaps to get on the end of Podence's high cross into the box, but his header is just a touch too high.
M. Aarons
Yellow Card
Norwich City
79' Aarons brings an unfair end to Ait Nouri's drive. The Norwich defender becomes the latest player to receive a yellow card.
77' Aarons gets sight of goal from range but his decision to go for it is ill-advised. This game's petering out a little.
76' Jimenez gestures towards the referee. He's unhappy with how long Gunn is taking over his goal-kicks. Norwich would no doubt take a draw now.
Daniel Podence
Pedro Neto
Wolverhampton Wanderers
75' Neto is next to go off. On comes Podence for Wolves.
Fábio Silva
Hwang Hee-Chan
Wolverhampton Wanderers
74' Wolves have decided to go for the kill. Silva replaces Hwang first.
73' Wolves are continuing to push but aren't making much progress at the moment. Ait Nouri's penalised for tripping Rupp.
71' Norwich get a free-kick down their left as Chiquinho checks the run of Lees-Melou. Dowell's delivery is suggestive rather than provocative, and Wolves intercept it easily.
J. Sørensen
M. Normann
Norwich City
70' Norwich bring on Sorensen to replace Normann. Their central midfield has struggled with physicality all season.
69' Normann shakes his head. The Norwegian landed awkwardly after a challenge with Hwang just before Pukki got sent racing forward. It looks like his game is over.
68' Pukki scampers after a direct pass into the channels. Ruddy is alive to the danger though and races out of his goal to clear.
66' Normann brings Jonny's run beyond the halfway line to a halt. Neto blasts the ball into a Norwich defender from the free-kick.
64' Hwang attempts a one-two too many as he tries to propel Wolves through the middle. The difference in Wolves' play between the first half and this second half is night and day.
62' Norwich earn a free-kick near Wolves' left corner flag. Normann sends it towards the far post. Hanley heads over.
L. Rupp
B. Gilmour
Norwich City
62' Norwich substitution. Gilmour goes off. He may still be struggling with the knock he took earlier. Rupp replaces him in central midfield.
60' Norwich almost restore their lead! Pukki gets past Jonny to reach the edge of the box and fires just wide of the right-hand post.
59' Neves looks to his right to slide in Chiquinho. This time the winger's cross is wayward, but he's made a big impact since coming on at half-time.
58' Chance for Wolves! Chiquinho sends in another excellent cross. Neto stoops low to head it at Gunn and the Norwich goalkeeper tips the ball over the crossbar! Norwich survive the resulting corner.
57' Norwich clear the corner. Chiquinho bursts past Giannoulis to fling a cross towards the far post. Norwich get to it first, but they look rattled.
56' Wolves have their tails up now. Neto earns the hosts another corner down their left.
R. Aït Nouri
Goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers
55' GOAL! WOLVES 1-1 NORWICH CITY! Ait Nouri pops up to equalise for Wolves! Wolves' free-kick causes confusion in the penalty area and the ball pops up for the Frenchman to nod past Gunn!
53' Chiquinho cleverly flicks the ball over Giannoulis' head but can't shake him off. In the end, the Greek trips the substitute. Wolves gratefully accept another free-kick.
51' Gilmour tangles with Neto as Byram glides past the Wolves man. Norwich get the free-kick. The Scot looks to be in some pain.
49' Neto smashes his free-kick into the crowd of Norwich defenders. The midfielder has another pop at goal from outside the box. It sends Gunn scrambling to save it but bounces wide of the right-hand post.
D. Giannoulis
Yellow Card
Norwich City
47' Wolves race out of the traps from the start, tempting Giannoulis into bringing down Hwang down their right. Giannoulis is booked.
46' Wolves get the second half going. They'll need to be much better in this half to salvage something from this game.
Chiquinho
C. Coady
Wolverhampton Wanderers
46' Wolves make an attacking change at half-time. Their captain Coady goes off. Chiquinho comes on. They're switching to a back four.
Wolves have now failed to score a first-half goal in 25 of their 37 league games this season. Only Burnley and Norwich have been slower starters, and it could come to cost the hosts again. They've lost every game in which they've trailed at half-time. Norwich will be confident they can secure a morale-boosting win from here.
It's highly unusual, but Norwich are heading in at half-time with the lead. Away from home too! The Canaries have managed Wolves' threat well, and their goalscorer Pukki has troubled the hosts numerous times. Wolves have been lacklustre going forward.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: WOLVES 0-1 NORWICH CITY
45' There'll be one added minute at the end of this first half. Norwich will be pleased with how they've handled it.
43' Neto's path to goal is blocked, so he fires over from the centre of the box. Wolves look a little laboured at the moment.
41' Neves finds himself with the space to test Gunn from distance. Gunn is well-placed to catch the midfielder's effort.
39' That's Pukki's 11th Premier League goal of the campaign. His form has been pretty much the only highlight of Norwich's sorry season. It's bad news for Wolves too. They've lost every league game this season in which they've conceded first at Molineux.
M. Aarons
Assist
Norwich City
37' Pukki's off-the-ball movement is always excellent and Aarons wasted no time in finding him there. Wolves gave the striker way too much space to nip into and have been punished for it. They can't say they haven't been warned.
T. Pukki
Goal
Norwich City
37' GOAL! WOLVES 0-1 NORWICH CITY! Pukki gives the Canaries the lead! The Finn latches onto Aarons' throughball to jink into the box on his left foot and slot the ball calmly into the bottom right corner of the net.
36' Norwich venture into Wolves' box. Pukki is quickly closed down just as he pulls the trigger.
35' Jimenez takes the ball down nicely and loops an ambitious effort over the crossbar from range. It's worth a try.
34' Norwich are passing the ball around without much consequence. They're finding it harder to break Wolves down now.
32' Hwang reaches Jimenez's cross from the right to power a header well over the crossbar. Wolves are starting to exert a little more control.
31' Neto deceives Aarons to dink a harmless cross-cum-shot wide of the far post.
29' Wolves' latest attack breaks down. Neto is too eager to win the ball back from Aarons and fouls the Norwich wing-back.
27' Now Norwich have a corner of their own. Normann's flicked header drops out of play for a Wolves goal-kick.
26' Jimenez gets his head on the end of the corner but can't send his header towards goal. Gomes cleans out Byram with a firm, but fair, sliding tackle.
25' Wolves get a free-kick down their left. Neto swings it into the danger area. Gibson flicks it out to hand the hosts their first corner of the match.
23' Norwich have been the better side so far. Dowell tries to get down the right but is seen off by Ait Nouri.
21' Play resumes after Normann receives some light treatment on a niggle. The midfielder approaches Wolves' box from the right and blazes over with his left foot.
M. Normann
Yellow Card
Norwich City
19' Normann's booked for his cynical challenge on Hwang. The Norwegian will need to be careful now.
19' Normann shamelessly tugs on Hwang's shirt. The South Korean throws his hands up in protest. The referee eventually blows his whistle to give Wolves a free-kick.
18' Ait Nouri gets past Aarons down Wolves' left but can't beat the covering Byram. Wolves have the positional advantage, but need to manage Norwich's threat on the counter.
16' Neves' left-footed shot from outside the box isn't close to testing Gunn. The Norwich goalkeeper claims Ait Nouri's fizzed cross shortly after.
15' Pukki causes Wolves problems once again! The Norwich forward darts into space down the inside-left channel and forces a decent save from Ruddy. The Canaries have players arriving in support but can't smuggle the ball over the line. Wolves clear.
14' Wolves' free-kick doesn't lead to much. Gunn comes away with the ball without any fuss.
12' Jimenez gets tripped in Norwich's half, giving Wolves the chance to put a free-kick into the visitors' box.
10' Chance for Norwich! The visitors make progress through the middle as Dowell slides Pukki through on goal. The Finn reaches the corner of the six-yard box and opens his body up to shoot towards the bottom right corner. He's not too far from finding it either.
9' Wolves' left wing-back Ait Nouri drifts inside on his right foot and drags a shot wide of the left-hand post.
7' Moutinho has his own long-range effort closed down before Jonny spanks the ball into Giannoulis on the half-volley. Pukki jinks up the other end and lets fly from range. The Wolves fans cheer as they watch the shot whizz high and wide.
5' Hwang spots an opportunity to have a crack at goal from outside the box. The South Korean's effort is blocked.
3' Norwich start the game brightly, as Pukki earns the visitors a corner down their left. Wolves clear it easily.
1' Norwich get this game underway!
Wolves have never lost a top-flight home game against Norwich, keeping a clean sheet in seven of their 10 such meetings. Norwich are winless in their last five league games against their hosts, but won 1-0 here in the FA Cup earlier this season. Will Wolves win as expected, or can the Canaries fly one more time this campaign?
There are four changes to Norwich's starting 11 from their 3-0 away loss to Leicester City last time out. Gibson, Normann, Dowell and Lees-Melou come in as they switch to three at the back.
Wolves make three changes from their sorry showing against City. as they switch to a 3-4-3 formation. Ruddy deputises in goal, while Gomes steps into defence. Hwang replaces Dendoncker.
SUBS: Milot Rashica, Jon Rowe, Jacob Lungi Sorensen, Jonathan Tomkinson, Lukas Rupp, Tim Krul, Tony Springett, Christos Tzolis, Brandon Williams.
NORWICH CITY (3-4-3): Angus Gunn; Grant Hanley (c), Ben Gibson, Sam Byram; Max Aarons, Mathias Normann, Billy Gilmour, Dimitrios Giannoulis; Kieran Dowell, Teemu Pukki, Pierre Lees-Melou.
SUBS: Marcal, Trincao, Fabio Silva, Ki-Jana Hoever, Jose Sa, Leander Dendoncker, Daniel Podence, Chiquinho.
WOLVES (3-4-3): John Ruddy; Willy Boly, Conor Coady (c), Tote Gomes; Jonny, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Rayan Ait Nouri; Pedro Neto, Raul Jimenez, Hwang Hee-Chan.
Thankfully for Wolves, their final home game this season is against already relegated Norwich. The Canaries have conceded a league-high 78 league goals this season and currently have a goal difference of -56, the third worst in Premier League history. At this point for them, avoiding a worse record would be welcome.
Wolves' chances of playing in Europe next season were all but ended by their 5-1 thrashing by Manchester City last time out, making it nine home games that Bruno Lage's men have lost this season. Their inconsistency at Molineux may have cost them this campaign, but at least they can still take pride from a likely top-half finish..
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