Wayne Rooney missed a late free kick from the penalty spot Timo Poke missed a penalty as Derby scored his first points in the championship season by smashing and snatching the victory at Carrow Road.
Rooney hit a superb curled ball behind Tim Kroll from just over 20 yards three minutes before the match ended after Derby absorbed Norwich pressure during most of the match.
Bucky had a chance to put Norwich ahead early in the second half after George Evans hit O’Neal Hernandez’s shot, but the Finnish striker backed away when he hit the penalty spot that cut the crossbar.
Norwich could still save a point, but ex-Canary goalkeeper David Marshall made an impressive save to frustrate Jordan Hogel’s header at close range.
Derby coach Philip Coco made five changes to the team that lost 4-0 at home to Blackburn seven days ago – their third successive defeat for Rams – and their transformation into a defensive formation was largely successful.
They remained in control for the first 15 minutes – the same period they had conceded three times against the Rovers – and only Nathan Byrne’s goalkeeping intervention prevented Hernandez from scoring with BuckyBalls.
But Norwich was running out of ideas until Evans’ foolishly raised arm seemed to have given them the lead, only for Bucky to literally slip away.
The frustrating year of 2020 for the striker, who has scored only one goal in his past 19 matches, continued to be wasted after he pursued his tournament campaign of 29 goals with 11 goals in Norwich’s short stay in the First Division.
Derby captured his heart, and shortly after substitute Morgan Whitaker executed Rooney with a heavy blow from Kroll, Rooney – who had missed two chances earlier – defeated the Dutch goalkeeper with a steady blow.
Norwich, who left midfielder Todd Cantwell out of the squad again amid rumors of a move to Leeds United, may have scored Rooney’s two goals but Marshall blocked Max Aarons’ shot and Hogel’s late header.
The Canary Islands – who are facing a battle to hang on to Aarons, Cantwell and Amy Buendia in this transfer window after they also agreed to allow defender Ben Godfrey to leave for £ 25m for Everton – have now failed to score in 14 of their past 18 league matches.
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The match ends, Norwich City 0, Derby County 1.
The second half ends, Norwich City 0, Derby County 1.
Attempt is prohibited. Jason Knight (Derby County) is banned with his left foot from outside the penalty area. With the help of Morgan Whitaker.
Wrong by Timo Bucky (Norwich City).
Graeme Cheney (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Missed attempt. Oliver Skipp (Norwich City) with a right foot from outside the penalty area misses to the left after a set ball.
Mario Franzic (Norwich City) won a free kick in the offensive game.
Error from Morgan Whitaker (Derby County).
Your attempt has been saved. Jordan Hogel (Norwich City) is saved with a header from the left side of the penalty area in the middle of the goal. With the help of Oliver Skipp cross.
Corner, Norwich City. Against Max Bird.
Corner, Norwich City. Granted by David Marshall.
Your attempt has been saved. Jordan Hogel (Norwich City) is saved header from the center of the penalty area in the middle of the goal. With the help of Oliver Skipp cross.
Switch, Derby County. Jack Marriott replaces Wayne Rooney.
Goal! Norwich City 0, Derby County 1. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) from a free-kick from a right-footed shot into the upper right corner.
Lucas Robb (Norwich City) received a yellow card for a bad foul.
Fault from Lucas Robb (Norwich City).
Jason Knight (Derby County) won a free kick in the offensive game.
Switch, Norwich City. Jordan Hogel replaces Emiliano Buendia.
Your attempt has been saved. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) a right-footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked in the upper right corner.
Error from Christoph Zimmerman (Norwich City).
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