Ritchie de Laet left frustrated by Norwich City draw
Ritchie de Laet was left frustrated by Norwich City's 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Sunday lunchtime.
The on-loan Manchester United defender flicked home Bradley Johnson's excellent free-kick to earn the Canaries a first-half lead they looked set to hold on to – until Leon Barnett's dismissal left the with 10 men and half an hour to old out.
Goalkeeper John Ruddy saved the resulting penalty following the City centre-back's foul on Jonathan Walters, but Kenwyne Jones eventually made Stoke's pressure tell with a close range header in the fourth minute of added time.
'We're very frustrated really,' said the Belgian. 'I think we deserved more out of the game. Obviously going down to 10 men didn't help us, they got the crosses in and they have some big lads up front and in a split second we didn't concentrate and it's in the back of the net.
'I wasn't sure if it was a penalty or not. I was going for the header so didn't really see the incident, but it didn't help us. John Ruddy made a brilliant save from the penalty but we could have lost the game because of that.
'We tried to play football and I think out of these two games we deserved more.'
Barnett's foul on ex-Ipswich Town striker Walters, who saw his spot kick saved, appeared to be outside the box – although there could be fewer complaints over the defender's dismissal by referee Neil Swarbrick.
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'If Leon thinks it's outside the box and it is a penalty then he will be disappointed with that,' said De Laet. 'Things go on at 100mph and it's hard for the referee to see things like that, but obviously it's not good if it goes against you the whole time.'