Rodrigo lands Leeds winner to heap more misery on Norwich

, Rodrigo lands Leeds winner to heap more misery on Norwich, The Evepost BBC News
, Rodrigo lands Leeds winner to heap more misery on Norwich, The Evepost BBC News
All three goals were scored in the space of four minutes and 21 seconds in the second half

Bottom club Norwich City remain without a Premier League win 10 games into the season after slumping to defeat against fellow strugglers Leeds United at Carrow Road.

After a dour first half, the match burst into life when Raphinha dribbled past three players to fire the visitors into a 56th-minute lead after being picked out by Dan James.

Norwich were level inside two minutes when 19-year-old defender Andrew Omobamidele headed home from a corner needlessly conceded by keeper Illan Meslier.

But Leeds restored their advantage on the hour through Rodrigo’s long-range effort after Norwich had lost possession outside their own box.

It was an improved performance by the Canaries after their humiliating 7-0 defeat at Chelsea last week, but Daniel Farke’s side have now lost eight of their 10 matches since winning the Championship with 97 points last season.

James went closest to scoring in the first half after rounding Krul but Grant Hanley was in the right place to clear his attempt off the line.

The hosts at least showed more desire than they did at Stamford Bridge, but once again they lacked any real attacking threat.

Teemu Pukki and Mathias Normann both went close with first-time attempts and Milot Rashica forced a save from a free-kick.

Norwich also felt they should have had a penalty in the early stages when the ball struck James but referee Anthony Taylor waved away their appeals.

Pressure on Farke

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber came out fighting after the Chelsea debacle stating “we’ve not come into this league to be tourists”, while reminding the club’s critics that the club were the 11th highest spenders in Europe during the summer transfer window.

But with more than a quarter of the season gone, the table makes miserable reading for Farke and his players.

Eight defeats in 10 games, just three goals scored and conceding at a rate of 2.5 per game.

This was a must-win after their rout in London and although there was an improvement of sorts, Norwich are eight points from safety with fans wondering where their next point – never mind victory – is going to come from.

Leeds have struggled themselves and arrived at Carrow Road having won just once, with Farke targeting this match to finally get his side’s season up and running.

Instead Norwich remain on two points – five fewer than at the same stage two seasons ago when they were relegated with three games left.

Their players looked bewildered at the final whistle as the visitors celebrated a first away win of the campaign.

Without injured trio Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Robin Koch, Leeds have struggled to find the momentum that propelled them to a top-nine finish last season.

They started this game in the bottom three but after Raphinha provided some real quality in attack, they now sit four points off 10th-placed Leicester, who they host next Sunday.

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Norwich City

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameKrul

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  2. Squad number15Player nameKabak

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  3. Squad number5Player nameHanley

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  4. Squad number44Player nameOmobamidele

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  5. Squad number2Player nameAarons

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  6. Squad number10Player nameDowell

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  7. Squad number16Player nameNormann

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  8. Squad number23Player nameMcLean

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  9. Squad number17Player nameRashica

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  10. Squad number24Player nameSargent

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  11. Squad number22Player namePukki

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  1. Squad number11Player namePlacheta

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  2. Squad number18Player nameTzolis

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  3. Squad number35Player nameIdah

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Leeds United

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

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  2. Squad number6Player nameCooper

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  3. Squad number14Player nameLlorente

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  4. Squad number21Player nameStruijk

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  5. Squad number46Player nameShackleton

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  6. Squad number19Player nameRodrigo

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  7. Squad number23Player namePhillips

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  8. Squad number15Player nameDallas

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  9. Squad number20Player nameJames

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  10. Squad number22Player nameHarrison

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  11. Squad number10Player nameRaphinha

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  1. Squad number4Player nameForshaw

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  2. Squad number11Player nameRoberts

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  3. Squad number37Player nameDrameh

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Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Krul
  • 15Kabak
  • 5HanleySubstituted forPlachetaat 88′minutes
  • 44Omobamidele
  • 2Aarons
  • 10DowellSubstituted forTzolisat 69′minutes
  • 16Normann
  • 23McLeanBooked at 46mins
  • 17Rashica
  • 24SargentSubstituted forIdahat 77′minutes
  • 22Pukki


  • 7Rupp
  • 8Gilmour
  • 11Placheta
  • 18Tzolis
  • 20Lees-Melou
  • 21Williams
  • 28Gunn
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 35Idah


Formation 3-3-3-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 6Cooper
  • 14Llorente
  • 21Struijk
  • 46ShackletonBooked at 67minsSubstituted forDramehat 71′minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 19RodrigoBooked at 32minsSubstituted forRobertsat 88′minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 15Dallas
  • 20JamesSubstituted forForshawat 77′minutes
  • 22HarrisonBooked at 44mins
  • 10Raphinha


  • 4Forshaw
  • 11Roberts
  • 13Klaesson
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 33Hjelde
  • 35Cresswell
  • 37Drameh
  • 38Summerville
  • 43Klich

Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Norwich City 1, Leeds United 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Leeds United 2.

  3. Foul by Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).

  4. Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Attempt saved. Raphinha (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.

  6. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Foul by Ozan Kabak (Norwich City).

  8. Attempt missed. Milot Rashica (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  9. Foul by Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).

  10. Przemyslaw Placheta (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Foul by Milot Rashica (Norwich City).

  13. Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

  14. Max Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Substitution, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts replaces Rodrigo.

  16. Substitution, Norwich City. Przemyslaw Placheta replaces Grant Hanley.

  17. Attempt blocked. Rodrigo (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

  18. Rodrigo (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Foul by Ozan Kabak (Norwich City).

  20. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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