Before the game kicked off, the Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month award was presented to Russell Martin, who has had a great month.
Norwich gave a resilient display for the first clean sheet of the season during a rain drenched game. Great disappointment for Chelsea as their Premier League title challenge fades after a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.
The Canaries created many chances during the opening minutes and took the game to Chelsea from the outset. Steve Morison’s shot fed Anthony Pilkington down the right side of the field, whose shot was matched by Petr Cech and Morison’s following shot being blocked by Ramires.
On ten minutes Norwich pulled Chelsea apart, when Morison passed a ball on to Holt, who slid past David Luiz before a low slow-paced shot that just managed to go wide of the area.
Norwich continued with their counter attack, with Pilkington’s ball swerving into the area which was unfortunately headed clear before Morison crashed a long, diagonal ball from Holt into the side netting of the goal.
Pilkington kicked the ball onwards, towards the far post, which was deflected and returned by Holt, unfortunately it was caught just under the bar by Cech.
The goal-to-goal game entertained the crowd as Holt found space on the right of the field and kicked a shot which was pushed away by Cech.
Mata managed to fire a shot over the bar once he made it in to the Norwich penalty area, during the stoppage time at the end of the first-half.
The second half started with determination from the Norwich team, as Pilkington kicked a thundering ball across the Chelsea box, to the crowds disappointment ending high into the Barclay Stand.
Fifty-eight minutes into the game, Torres found himself with space on the edge of the penalty area, only to smash the ball over the area.
Holt’s flick was brought down by Raul Meireles on the edge of the Chelsea area which was clearly a hand ball to the crowd, but missed by Mark Clatterburg, the referee for the game.
Norwich called on their inner strength for the last three minutes of injury time which enabled them to register their first clear sheet of this season’s campaign.
During the game there were lots of home and away supporters in fine voice, showing the crowd the passion that good quality football brings to Carrow Road.
Zak Whitbread won the Anglian Home Improvements Man of the Match award.