Norwich City 2, Swansea City 2

Robert Snodgrass scores Norwich City's equaliser. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Robert Snodgrass scores Norwich City's equaliser. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

An equalising goal from Swansea striker Luke Moore denied Norwich City the victory they badly needed in a feisty Premier League encounter at Carrow Road.

The Canaries hit back from a goal down to lead 2-1 on the hour with goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner, but were pegged back on 75 minutes when Moore hooked the ball in from close range to deny them their first double of the season.

It was Norwich's 14th draw of the season, but they will rue the two points that slipped away after victories for Southampton and Aston Villa.

The hosts lost goalkeeper Mark Bunn to injury in the first half before Michu gave Swansea a 35th-minute lead, firing home from a Jonathan De Guzman cross.

But Norwich were level five minutes later when Snodgrass scored his sixth of the season, heading home Elliott Bennett's cross.


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Turner made it 2-1 on the hour when he met Bennett's free-kick was a fine finish at the far post - he had been denied from a similar effort in the first half.

However, as Carrow Road began to sense a second league win in 15 games, Swansea substitute Angel Rangel set up Moore for the leveller.

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Referee Michael Oliver, never much of a lucky charm for the Canaries, showed eight yellow cards, five of them to the hosts.

Despite the 1-0 defeat at Wigan, manager Chris Hughton kept faith with all his 10 outfield players, making just the one change in goal, where Mark Bunn returned after a one-match suspension at the expense of Lee Camp.

It meant top scorer Grant Holt was left on the bench for the third match in a row.

Ryan Bennett returned to the substitutes' bench after missing the Wigan trip to be at the birth of his second child, Marc Tierney dropping out of the squad of 18.

Swansea made two changes after the 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham, with Nathan Dyer and Luke Moore included in place of Pablo Hernandez, who was among the substitutes, and Leon Britton.

Before kick-off, Kei Kamara was presented with the Canaries' player of the month award for March.

Carrow Road was bathed in bright sunshine as spring finally arrived but it took more than five minutes for either side to warm to the task and register an attempt on goal, Michu firing wide from 20 yards from a cross by Routledge.

Norwich broke through Elliott Bennett on the right but his cross was too high for Hoolahan at the far post and, as Swansea pushed forward again, Bunn had to dive to his right to keep out a shot by Moore.

In the 10th minute, Swansea had the ball in the net thanks to a fine finish by Michu after Howson gave him the ball on the edge of theNorwich area. The few hundred visiting fans were on their feet, but the whistle had already blown for a shove on the midfielder.

Bunn needed attention after going down in pain when kicking the ball clear from a backpass and although he was helped to his feet, he was unable to continue and with 16 minutes gone, he was replaced by Camp for the second time in three games - in this case through injury rather than the red card he was shown at Sunderland.

Camp was tested by another poor backpass that had him hurriedly kicking clear, but then he confidently claimed a cross by Tiendalli.

A pull by Davies on Elliott Bennett earned him a yellow card and gave Norwich a free-kick on the right-hand corner of the Swansea area after 21 minutes. Snodgrass fired it into the wall but almost provided the opening goal when he collected the rebound and crossed into the box, where Turner's shot was pushed round the post by Vorm.

Elliott Bennett ruined another promising move when, under no pressure, he sent his cross drifting out of play behind Vorm's goal.

Snodgrass was shown the yellow card for a foul on Tiendalli, though the Swansea man made a meal of a fairly routine challenge. Johnson followed him into the book with a foul on Michu, but Dyer's free-kick was easily gathered by Camp.

Johnson burst forward to good effect and played a one-two with Snodgrass but a timely challenge by Williams stopped him getting in a shot. Russell Martin had a powerful shot blocked as Norwich at last showed some urgency.

A miscue from Moore went wide at the other end but Swansea were celebrating on 35 minutes when Michu scored his 21st goal of the season - and this time it counted.

There was some pedestrian defending as Dyer and Flores combined to find De Guzman close to the byline and he rolled the cross back for Michu to rifle a shot into the roof of the net.

Dyer was not too far away from a second four minutes later when Routledge sent him away on the right and his shot from 20 yards was just past the post.

Norwich at last gave the home crowd something to cheer on 40 minutes when Snodgrass scored the equaliser with a far-post header, his sixth goal of the season in all competitions.

Good work by Kamara on the right enabled him to send Elliott Bennett away and the winger's cross left keeper Vorm floundering as Snodgrass stooped to score with a rare header - the irony was not lost in his goal celebration.

Suddenly it was all Norwich and after Howson just failed to get his head to a cross from the left, Kamara whistled a shot over the top after cutting in from the right touchline.

• Half-time: Norwich City 1, Swansea City 1

Five minutes after the break, Camp made a point-blank save from Moore to keep Norwich on terms. Routledge flicked the ball over the defenders and Moore stole in but was closed down by Camp as he let fly from close range.

One flowing move from the home side, started by Kamara, ended with Russell Martin testing Vorm with a volley after Elliott Bennett had nodded the ball into his path, but the keeper was equal to it.

On the hour, however, a foul by Williams on Kamara gave the Canaries a free-kick on the right and it delivered the goal that put City ahead, Turner scoring his second of the season.

Elliott Bennett's kick eluded everyone except Turner, who arrived at the far post to score with a first-time right-foot shot.

The atmosphere was transformed but Michu might have levelled soon afterwards when he planted a weak header straight at Camp from a cross by Ki.

Swansea made a double change when Hernandez and Rangel replaced Routledge and Davies.

Another Bennett cross had Swansea in trouble and Kamara glanced a header just over the top.

Williams was booked for a foul on Kamara as the Swans began to resort to desperate measures at the back, and as Snodgrass swung the free-kick to the far post, Turner won the header but as he knocked the ball across the six-yard box, Michu tidied up.

Hoolahan fired over the bar after a Bennett free-kick was cleared as Norwich kept up the pressure for a third goal.

Kamara might have scored that third as Snodgrass broke on the left and crossed into the six-yard box, but the centre lacked pace and Tiendalli got back to deny the striker as he waited for the ball to arrive.

It was Camp to the rescue at the other end as he tipped over a header from Moore from a Hernandez cross.

Swansea made their last change when Lamah replaced Dyer and with 15 minutes to go they drew level through Moore. Tiendelli crossed from the left, Rangel headed back across goal and Moore hooked the ball in from close range.

As Norwich tried to hit back, Martin sent a left-foot shot fizzing wide and with 10 minutes left, Holt came on for Hoolahan.

Holt quickly made an impact with a challenge on Chico that the defender reacted angrily to, but before play restarted, Howson made way for Tettey.

Michu fluffed another opening as Norwich looked exposed again and it was now anyone's game.

Turner was booked for a foul on Michu that gave Swansea a free-kick five yards outside the area, but De Guzman curled the kick straight into Camp's arms.

Holt was next to be shown yellow for a push in the face on Chico that broke up a promising attack.

With just over a minute left, De Guzman was booked for a cycnical chop on Kamara as he closed in on the penalty area, but Snodgrass fired the free-kick into the wall.

As the game entered four minutes of stoppage time, Michu could have secured victory but blazed over the bar from a cross by Hernandez.

Tettey earned Norwich's fifth yellow card for a challenge on Lamah.

• Norwich City: Bunn (Camp, 16); Russell Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Howson (Tettey, 81), Johnson; Elliott Bennett, Hoolahan (Holt, 80), Snodgrass; Kamara. Subs (not used): Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Fox, Becchio.

• Swansea City: Vorm; Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies (Rangel, 64); Ki, De Guzman; Dyer (Lamah, 75), Michu, Routledge (Hernandez, 64); Moore. Subs (not used): Tremmel, Monk, Agustein, Shechter.

• Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

• Attendance: 26,372

• Goals: Norwich: Snodgrass (40), Turner (60). Swansea: Michu (35), Moore (75)

• Bookings: Norwich: Snodgrass (29), Johnson (30), Turner (85), Holt (86), Tettey (90). Swansea: Davies (21), Williams (69), De Guzman (89)

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