‘Wasn’t the best performance but we got the win’ – Relief for Canaries fans after Stevenage scare

Teemu Pukki played a big role from the bench as City beat Stevenage 3-1 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Foc

Teemu Pukki played a big role from the bench as City beat Stevenage 3-1 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City supporters were relieved to see two late goals avoid an embarrassing Carabao Cup first round exit to League Two side Stevenage at Carrow Road this evening.

Captain for the night Christoph Zimmermann scored the crucial goal in the 83rd minute after a disjointed performance had left the threat of penalties standing between the Canaries and the second round of the Carabao Cup.

City took the lead in the 27th minute through a Marco Stiepermann header but the League Two visitors found an equaliser five minutes before the break after Zimmermann was forced into a late tackle which earned him a booking and James Ball curled home a fine free-kick.

Dennis Srbeny missed two big chances in the second half, with the Canaries forced to bring on Kenny McLean, Onel Hernandez and Teemu Pukki in pursuit of a winner. Two of those substitutes combined to create the key goal, with McLean's corner headed goalwards by Pukki and going in off Zimmermann, before Pukki wrapped up the win with a tidy finish in the 89th minute.

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