Saturday saw the Norwich fans sell out Carrow Road for the first home game of the season in a highly anticipated game against Stoke City.
Chances were few and far between, with Jon Walters having an angled shot at Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, Pilkington then had an effort blocked by Stoke, before new summer signing Bennett had his chip into the 6 yard box headed clear.
Stoke defender Huth then denied a goalbound effort from Pilkington after Holt flicked on Naughton’s crossfield ball.
Stoke’s Matthew Etherington then came close when he cut inside skinning Barnett and his curling effort was beaten away by Ruddy.
Norwich took the lead on 36 minutes when Woodgate gave away a free-kick, which was then whipped in from Bradley Johnson and headed in brilliantly by Manchester United loanee, Ritchie De Laet.
Woodgate then nearly put one in his own net when a low cross came in and Woodgate’s clearance forced a save from Begovic.
Stoke came out in the second half all guns blazing, first with Walters firing wide from a tight angle, before Chris Martin saw his effort pushed away by Begovic.
Holt gave away a free-kick 25 yards out and Etherington got the ball over the wall under the cross-bar, but was denied by an outstretched Ruddy.
63 minutes gone and disaster struck for Norwich as Walters got ahead of Barnett and into the box before tumbling over. I have been told it was a dubious decision, but a penalty was given nonetheless, with Walters stepping up to take it and Barnett was sent off. Ruddy guessed right though and made a fine save to keep the Canaries ahead.
The sending off forced Lambert into a tactical change bringing on new signing Daniel Ayala from Liverpool on for lively winger Pilkington.
Stoke’s numerical advantage was proving difficult for Norwich as they were pressed deep into their half, but they battled hard to stay in the lead.
However, Stoke managed to salvage a point with 2 minutes left, when Kenwyne Jones popped up to nod away the ball to end the game 1-1.
(pictured from left to right – Jack Gilby, John Ruddy and Ryan Bates)
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