Norwich records a crucial victory over Bournemouth despite the red VAR card on the side of the field
NORWAY: The header monitors were first used in the Premier league as Norwich City won a crucial 1-0 victory in their fight for survival over Bournemouth on Carrow Road on Saturday, in a match where both sides sent a man.
The cheeky handball of Steve Cook in the penalty area while trying to block Ondrej Doubt The strike earned the Bournemouth captain a red card with only 31 minutes left.
Teemu Pukki He sent the penalty through the middle, relieving the nerves of the local crowd.
Bournemouth pressed for a draw after the break and received a boost when Ben Godfrey was ejected with 14 minutes left after VAR advised referee Paul Tierney to take another look at Godfrey's entrance in Callum wilson .
After Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the agency that manages the elite referees, issued a guide for the referees to use the screens this week, Tierney took a second look and brandished the red card, which initially showed a yellow one.
However, the home team held on to victory, moving them to three Bournemouth points in 19th place, with Eddie Howe The men are now three points behind safety after a tenth defeat in their last 12 league games.
There isn't a magic wand, Howe said. It is a case of staying together and working hard.
We are in that moment when anything can go wrong. We know how big the next one is.
Considered to be the best six-point player at the bottom when the teams in 19th and 20th place faced each other, the hosts received a pre-match boost with top scorer Pukki fit to start for the first time since New Year's Day .
Arriving at the game in such a pitiful way, Bournemouth seemed unreliable and struggled to create any notable opening before Cook used his arm to make the blockade that ended his afternoon.
Pukki went home from the place when Norwich looked at the command as he entered the break with that numerical advantage.
Wilson missed a glorious opportunity to match in the middle of the second half, but was unable to connect with Ryan Fraser's low crossing, before visitors received his technology-assisted lifeline.
Godfrey seemed to have had his way to attack Wilson, but Tierney changed his mind after turning to the monitor.
However, matching the numbers was not enough to inspire visitors, while a nervous Norwich endured.
The victory was important for the team and for confidence, Pukki said. There is a great road ahead, but we are ready to fight.