The Canaries had taken a share of the spoils in their last two fixtures following the opening day hammering at the hands of Fulham and were hoping to take maximum points for the first time season at Sam Allardyce’s expense.
And Hughton should have been celebrating his first victory since taking over from Paul Lambert in the summer but saw his side pass up a number of gilt-edged opportunities during the 90 minutes.
They were indebted early on to Russell Martin for keeping the scores level after clearing Carlton Coles header off the line before goalkeeper John Ruddy repelled Kevin Nolan’s close range effort from Joey O’Brien’s cut back. Robert Snodgrass, Grant Holt, Sebastien Bassong & Andrew Surman were then denied by a combination of Jussi Jaaskelainen and the Hammers defence in a frantic bout of penalty area pingball.
Surman then thought he’d won a penalty for Norwich as the game approached half time after he was felled by a rash challenge from James Collins on the edge of the penalty area but referee Chris Foy correctly awarded a free kick. The Canaries continued to apply pressure after the break with Jaaskelainen tipping Simeon Jacksons stinging strike over the bar. Substitute Matt Jarvis then smashed an effort well over for West Ham whilst Collins headed just over with three minutes remaining.
But they could have been heading back to East London with nothing to show for their endeavours only for youngster Harry Kane to squander a glorious chance two minutes into added time. The Tottenham loanee was played in by Snodgrass on the break but showed his inexperience tamely shooting straight at Jaaskelainen.