Wayne Rooney’s Freekick Goal gave his side First Win in the Season
Former Manchester United and Everton skipper Wayne Rooney’s sublime late free-kick saw his take their three point in the English Sky Bet Championship this season. The goal was a perfect punishment for Teemu Pukki’s penalty miss as they book their first points of the Championship season with victory at Carrow Road.
Rooney curled a fine set-piece beyond Tim Krul from just over 20 yards three minutes from time after Derby had soaked up Norwich pressure for much of the game. Pukki had the chance to put Norwich ahead early in the second half after George Evans handled Onel Hernandez’s shot, but the Finland forward slipped as he took the penalty, which clipped the bar.
They were under the cosh for the first 15 minutes the same period in which they conceded three times against Rovers and only Nathan Byrne’s goal-saving tackle denied Hernandez a tap-in from Pukki’s square ball. But Norwich began to run out of ideas until Evans’ foolishly raised arm appeared to have handed them the lead, only for Pukki to slip up, literally, from the spot.
Derby took over the game and won the game through the nicely played freekick for the away team, Norwich face a battle to hang on to Aarons, Cantwell and Emi Buendia this transfer window after also agreeing to let defender Ben Godfrey leave for £25m to Everton have now failed to score in 14 of their past 18 league matches.