Entertaining is one way to describe the game on Tuesday night at Carrow Road, as Norwich City took on Newcastle United. It was an end to end game full of controversy with red cards and tense players, fans and managers. Even the woodwork had a busy game too!
Newcastle dominated the first half with numerous opportunities missed, be it blocked by the posts or England stopper, John Ruddy performing out of his skin!
Remy had the first brilliant opportunity of the game when Sissoko burst down the right flank, driving a low cross into the 6 yard box, but Remy’s shot was denied by Ruddy at point-blank range.
Bradley Johnson then nearly put the goal in his own net. Remy’s cross took a horrible deflection from the midfielder, but he was saved a red face thanks to the post. Remy then ensured the other post was there, when he cut inside from the left and curled an effort into the post.
Ruddy was having an incredible game that will help prove why he should go to Brazil this year and continued to keep Norwich in the game. Ben Arfa proving to be a tricky suspect in this game forced a save from Ruddy after his shot deflected off Bassong. Ben Arfa then should’ve given the Magpies the lead, but he put the ball over the bar from Sammy Ameobi’s cross.
Newcastle keeper, Tim Krul didn’t have much to do in the first half until Gary Hooper forced a good save from 20 yards, with the keeper beating Pilkington to the rebound too. Snodgrass received a frosty reception from a section of the crowd as tensions rose at Norwich’s lack of chances.
The second half kicked off in the same ilk as the first as Newcastle came close to scoring again, this time through Loic Remy. His free-kick dipped over the wall, but crashed off the crossbar.
It was Norwich’s turn to test the woodwork moments later when Redmond’s cross was flicked on by Hooper, only to be saved by Krul and tipped into the bar.
The main talking point of the game unfortunately was the two red cards. Remy and Johnson shoved each other before going head-to-head. Both players were given red cards.
Snodgrass, who had earlier exchanged words with the crowd, nearly turned the hero when his header in the final minute nearly found the net, but an extraordinary save from Krul left the game at 0-0.
At the end of the game John Ruddy was deservedly named the Anglian Home Improvements Man of the Match, giving his shirt to the young lad too.
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