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Smith inspires Norwich to victory over Southampton

Norwich City fought back to clinch a first home Premier League win of the season against Southampton in Dean Smith's first game in charge.

Captain Grant Hanley headed in a late winner from Billy Gilmour's corner as the Canaries, who climb off the foot of the table, recorded successive top-flight wins for the first time since 2016.

Former Aston Villa boss Smith suffered the worst possible start to his Norwich tenure when Saints striker Che Adams found the bottom corner after only four minutes at Carrow Road.

However, the hosts were level three minutes later as Teemu Pukki headed in Max Aarons' cross at the near post.

The equaliser was Norwich's sole attempt in an otherwise entirely one-sided first half. A dominant Saints registered 12 shots on goal but Adams was denied by Tim Krul at close range with the visitors' best chance shortly before half-time.

Smith's men were much improved following the interval, Milot Rashica forcing Alex McCarthy into action while the Saints goalkeeper sprang to his near post to deny Pukki a fine solo goal with 15 minutes remaining.

He was unable to reach Hanley's header, though, as Norwich survived late Southampton pressure to secure a winning start to Smith's reign.


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