DANIEL FARKE’S Canaries defied a crock crisis to celebrate their first Premier League clean sheet.
Nervy Norwich arrived in Dorset carrying the worst defensive record in Premier League history on their shoulders.
Their 5-1 home battering by Aston Villa took their total goals conceded to 21 at an average of 2.6 from their opening eight fixtures.
But Bournemouth hardly tested their defence which had the experienced Tim Krul back between the posts.
And Farke said: “It’s a great point, the first away point and first clean sheet at this level is important.
“All my four centre-backs are injured and with respect to Manchester City even they would struggle with Gundogan and Silva at centre-back.
“Pukki had a good chance and was denied by a world-class save and so we were pretty close to all three points and that would have been massive at this level.”
Farke couldn’t believe his luck when his only fit defender Ben Godfrey, still struggling after an hernia operation, hobbled off before the hour.
But although the Cherries achieved their first clean sheet of the season as well manager Eddie Howe was less pleased with the outcome.
Yet Bournemouth came closest to opening the scoring on 22 minutes when Callum Wilson slipped a perfect ball through to Philip Billing whose shot was deflected wide by Krul’s outstretched leg.
In the second-half Diego Rico chipped in a delightful ball to England striker Wilson who flicked a volley inches wide of the far post with Krul rooted on his line.
Now the match livened up which ultimately got the supporters going and Pukki suddenly clicked into glorious action on 66 minutes forcing a superb save from Ramsdale with a 22-yard drive.
Now the Canaries sensed blood themselves and a slick Jamal Lewis and Todd Cantwell move ended with Kenny McLean lifted his shot over the home bar.
Yet Norwich still posed a threat to a home team that had won only two of their previous 10 at the Vitality Stadium.
Pukki smacked one shot high and wide before sub Tom Trybull went even closer with a volley.
Norwich were fortunate not to lose their star striker when Pukki deliberately hacked Smith down from behind three minutes from time.
It was an ugly challenge which could have resulted in a red card but referee Lee Mason infuriated the home fans by showing yellow instead.
And Pukki so nearly popped up in time added on with a winner when sub Onel Hernandez picked him out with fine pass.
But Dutch defender Nathan Ake was quickest to react by nipping the ball off Pukki’s toes with the goal at his mercy.
Farke added: “If I’m being honest it was a bit too close with Ben as he only had surgery ten days ago but it was worth the risk because he was class.”
Howe said: “I suppose the most disappointing thing from our perspective is that second-half.
“We didn’t really grab the game and pen them in. We had a lot of set plays and lots of balls in their box and never made them count which is frustrating.
“The positives to take from the game of course is the clean sheet and the fact it’s another point in the right direction but it’s not the three that we wanted.”