English Premiership

Swans keep Norwich in danger

2013-04-06 19:46
Swansea celebrate (AFP)

Norwich - Norwich City remain a relegation risk after a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City on Saturday left Chris Hughton's side five points above the Premier League's bottom three.

Michu put the visitors ahead with his 21st goal of the season 10 minutes before half-time, but Norwich turned the game around with goals either side of the break from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner.

However, Luke Moore restored parity 15 minutes from time as League Cup winners Swansea avoided a fourth consecutive defeat.

Norwich have now won just once in their last 15 league games and, although there are four teams between them and the relegation places, they have played at least a game more than four of the sides below them in the table.

Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn was making his return to the starting XI after serving a one-match ban and he was quickly into action, getting down to his right to repel a low shot from Spanish forward Michu in the eighth minute.

Michu saw a goal disallowed for a foul by Moore, before Bunn had to leave the fray in the 16th minute after appearing to injure his hamstring, with Lee Camp coming on.

Swansea made the breakthrough in the 35th minute, Jonathan de Guzman scuttling to the byline and pulling the ball back for Michu, who found the roof of the net from six yards.

The goal yielded boos from the home fans but they were cheering five minutes later when Snodgrass met Elliott Bennett's lofted cross at the back post to nod home the equaliser.

Swansea continued to dominate possession after the change of ends, but Norwich completed the turnaround on the hour when Turner ghosted in to slam home Bennett's tantalising free-kick from wide on the right.

Kei Kamara should have made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute but his failure to attack Snodgrass's cross allowed Dwight Tiendalli to make a vital tackle.

Swansea punished Kamara's generosity by equalising two minutes later, with Moore netting from close range after substitute Angel Rangel had headed Tiendalli's deep cross back across goal.

Norwich introduced striker Grant Holt as they chased a late winner but his only contribution of note was an ugly stamp on Swansea defender Chico Flores.

Michu could have snatched a winner in injury time, but his composure deserted him and he lifted the ball over the bar.

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