West Ham United’s feat of stopping Norwich City star Teemu Pukki from scoring has just been made all the more impressive.
West Ham beat Norwich 2-0 before the international break. It was a game the Hammers could and should have won by a more handsome scoreline.
But perhaps the most impressive element of the result was the clean sheet and stopping Premier League player of the month Pukki from scoring.
West Ham’s remarkable Pukki feat
In doing so West Ham were the only team this season to stop Pukki from scoring.
Indeed Manuel Pellegrini’s side are the only team since Blackburn back in April to stop the free-scoring Finland star from finding the net.
That’s after Pukki got straight back on the goal trail during the international break.
Hammers outdo Azzurri and co
After scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Greece on Thursday night, Pukki was at it again versus Italy on Sunday.
Finland were beaten 2-1 by Italia in the Euro 2020 qualifier and the notoriously solid Azzurri defenders could not stop Pukki who got his goal from the spot to make it 1-1.
It means Pukki has scored 11 goals for club and country in his last nine games.
Shows how far Hammers have come
He has found the net in eight of those nine games with West Ham the only defence to keep him quiet.
And it is quite some list of teams the Hammers have outdone: Aston Villa, Bosnia, Liechtenstein, Liverpool, Newcastle, Chelsea, Greece and Italy.
There was no luck about it either. Pukki barely got a sniff against Pellegrini’s impressive Hammers.
It shows how far West Ham have come in a short space of time since the opening day 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City.
Long may it continue.