English Premiership

Norwich, Stoke share spoils

2014-03-08 21:39
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Norwich - Jonathan Walters scored but was then sent off as Stoke City held Norwich City to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Saturday.

Norwich were hoping to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat by Aston Villa last weekend and took a 56th-minute lead when Bradley Johnson headed in from a Robert Snodgrass free-kick.

Walters equalised from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute, but the visitors finished the game with 10 men as he was shown a straight red card less than five minutes later for a high challenge on Alexander Tettey.

Stoke, 1-0 victors over Arsenal in their previous outing, increased the gap between themselves and the relegation zone to six points, with Norwich two points worse off in 15th place.

Both sides made one change from their previous outings, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel returning for Norwich after a knee injury and Peter Odemwingie replacing the suspended Charlie Adam for the Potters.

Stoke started the brighter of the two teams, with half-chances falling to Marko Arnautovic and Walters within the first 15 minutes.

Despite the away side having more possession, however, it was the Canaries who created the best chance of the first half, with Snodgrass forcing an acrobatic save from goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the 29th minute after being found by Wes Hoolahan.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure and record signing Van Wolfswinkel saw a glancing header from a Snodgrass corner flash narrowly wide in the 33rd minute.

The second half started frantically for Begovic after a seemingly innocuous shot from Hoolahan squirmed through his hands, forcing the Bosnian to scramble the ball off the line and out for a corner.

It was to prove a temporary reprieve, though, as Norwich made their bright start to the second period count when Johnson turned in Snodgrass's free-kick to claim his third goal of the season.

However, the away side levelled the scores after Sebastien Bassong was adjudged to have fouled on-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti and Walters coolly beat John Ruddy from the spot.

It was the Republic of Ireland international's fourth league goal of the season, but he went from hero to villain just five minutes later after he was dismissed for a studs-up lunge on Tettey.

Despite Norwich's numerical advantage, the home side were unable to make their way through Stoke's resolute defence, with Begovic proving himself equal to a shot from Nathan Redmond.

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