Nor­wich defy Bolton re­vival

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football -

Teemu Pukki grabbed a dra­matic stop­page-time win­ner as Nor­wich City beat Bolton Wan­der­ers 3-2 at Car­row Road to stay top of the Sky­Bet Cham­pi­onship.

The hosts looked to have thrown away two points against a strug­gling vis­it­ing side when they let a two-goal lead slip through their grasp in the sec­ond half, with de­fender Mark Beev­ers equal­is­ing with two min­utes of nor­mal time re­main­ing.

But Daniel Farke’s side shrugged off the set­back by grab­bing a de­ci­sive third goal, with top-scorer Pukki thump­ing home from just out­side the box to main­tain a re­mark­able record that has seen City win eight and draw one of their past nine games. Else­where, Queens Park Rangers man­ager Steve McClaren claimed ref­eree Peter Bankes cost his side a re­sult af­ter award­ing Leeds United a penalty that Ke­mar Roofe con­verted to give Leeds a 2-1 come­back win at El­land Road. Rangers with­stood a fast start by Leeds and took the lead when Nahki Wells coolly fin­ished past Bai­ley Pea­cock-Far­rell on a one-on-one.

But Roofe equalised on the stroke of half-time and then had the op­por­tu­nity to com­plete the turn­around af­ter Bankes ad­judged Toni Leist­ner had han­dled a ball over the top.

The Leeds striker duly sent Joe Lum­ley the wrong way from the spot to give his side a fourth straight league vic­tory. “It was a poor de­ci­sion for the penalty, very, very poor,” McClaren said. “It’s cost us a re­sult.”

Jack Mar­riott’s first-half header was enough to secure three points for Derby County away to 10-man Wi­gan Ath­letic.

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