Norwich City 2-2 Swansea City – Match Review

carrow-roadSummary: Norwich were denied a crucial win in their bid for Premier League survival after Luke Moore earned Swansea a late point. Michu opened the scoring for the Swans only for Robert Snodgrass to cancel it out just before half time. Michael Turner put the home side in front only for Moore to pounce 15 minutes before the end to leave the Canaries 13th in the table and still very much in a relegation scrap.

Norwich City 2-2 Swansea City: Key moments

10 minutes: Michu thought he’d opened the scoring for Swansea, sweeping the ball past Mark Bunn but referee Michael Oliver disallows it for Luke Moore’s foul on Jonny Howson in the build-up

15 minutes: Norwich are forced into a change as a groin injury ends Bunn’ss afternoon and the goalkeeper is replaced by Lee Camp.

22 minutes: Michel Vorm keeps his side level with a brilliant save to keep out Michael Turner’s volley after good work from Robert Snodgrass to dig out a cross under pressure from Wayne Routledge.

37  minutes: GOAL! Michu wasn’t to be denied for a second time as he put Swansea in front. From a short corner Jonathan De Guzman drove to the byline and picked out a cross that gave the Spaniard the simplest task of converting his 21st goal of the season from six-yards.

41 minutes: EQUALISER! Norwich are back on level terms within five minutes and it’s Snodgrass first goal at Carrow Road since arriving in the summer. Elliot Bennett sneaks past Ben Davies on the right flank and his deliver catches Vorm in two minds leaving Snodgrass with the simplest task of touching the ball into the net.

HALF TIME

51 minutes: Routledge outfoxes the Norwich defence with an excellent ball over the top to send Moore clear but Camp is on hand to perform a goal saving block that keeps the score level.

60 minutes: GOAL! The Canaries take the lead through the unlikely source of Turner. The architect is Bennett again as he swings an inviting free-kick into the penalty area that Turner converts on the half volley with all the poise of a seasoned top-flight striker.

75 minutes: EQUALISER! A corner isn’t cleared by Norwich allowing Dwight Tiendalli to re-deliver the ball that is headed back into the danger area by Angel Rangel for Moore to lift the ball beyond Camp and into the net.

FULL TIME

Good day for….Luke Moore: The Swansea frontman was handed a rare start by Michael Laudrup and repaid his faith with the equalising goal that ended a run of three straight defeats for the South Wales club.

Bad day for….Javier Garrido: It was a difficult afternoon for the Norwich full back up who had his hands full up against Dwight Tiendalli and Nathan Dyer but always looked suspect when engaged by the Swansea duo.

Chris Hughton said…“We wanted a win but nothing changes, we still have to get enough points from the six remaining matches to make sure we’re secure. We’re at the part of the season that makes everyone that bit anxious and you have to have belief in the players.”

Michael Laudrup said…“I think it’s important to come back with a positive result because… we have two weeks now before the next game against Southampton, which for me we have to win if we want to end up in the top 10.”