Norwich Share the Points at Carrow Road

By on 24th November in Fun

Norwich City got there fourth draw in a row on Saturday against a good Leeds team.

Andrew Surman made his first appearance for the Canaries since August, when he injured his knee, replacing Korey Smith in midfield. Surman and midfielder David Fox both had early shots blocked, but despite their efforts Norwich went behind thanks to Max Gradel.

Only 13 minutes in and Leeds took the lead when Becchio was brought down on the edge of the area the referee played a good advantage when the ball broke for Gradel who from 12 yards out slotted it through the hands of goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Leeds maintained the pressure, although no side carved out a chance until Gradel forced an excellent save from Ruddy who parried the 25 yard shot over the bar.

Gradel was on fire who then had a shot caught by Ruddy and another blocked by an outstretched Elliot Ward, just before half-time.

Norwich came out after the break with all guns blazing, as Holt and Crofts both fired over the bar from the edge of the area, before Holt had his shot blocked by Leeds defender Andy O’Brien.

Kasper Schmeichel then pulled off a world class save to deny Chris Martins 25 yard, top corner effort.

With Leeds holding strong Norwich manager Paul Lambert sent on influential Wes Hoolahan and Simeon Jackson to try and force the equaliser.

And this change worked charms as 3 minutes later, Fox swung over a corner for on loan defender Leon Barnett to head home his first goal for the Canaries, giving Kasper Schmeichel no chance.

Norwich then upped a gear pushing Leeds into their own half for the remaining minutes, with Elliot Ward forcing another save from Schmeichel and Crofts dragging the ball wide, but time was against them as the final whistle blew.

A brilliant end to end game, finishing in what most people will probably consider a fair result.

Leon Barnett awarded MOTM award by Kirk Lanckmans and Rob Hirst
Leon Barnett awarded MOTM award by Kirk Lanckmans and Rob Hirst

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