Norwich City vs. Cardiff City: Final score 0-0, better than the score suggests

Jamie McDonald

The Canaries and Bluebirds both took a step towards staying up on Saturday, even if they would have preferred to score.

While Norwich and Cardiff were unable to create a goal at Carrow Road on Saturday, their game was far from boring. Both goalkeepers and defenses did well to keep clean sheets despite a fairly open game with some decent chances, and in the end, a pair of teams just looking to stay up this season won't be too displeased with a 0-0 draw.

Norwich were well in control in the early going, but got caught out on a counter 25 minutes in for the first big chance of the match. John Ruddy was forced into a huge save on Jordan Mutch from close-range, denying the Cardiff man after Peter Odemwingie squared for him, setting up what should have been a goal.

The rest of the half was all Canaries, but they failed to capitalize on numerous great chances. David Marshall matched Ruddy on the other end four minutes after Mutch's chance, stopping a deflected shot from Jonny Howson. Kevin Theopile had to make a big clearance off the line on the ensuing corner, preventing a volley from Leroy Fer from hitting the back of the net.

Just before the halftime whistle, Cardiff were saved by the post. Robert Snodgrass hit a shot that deflected off the leg of Howson and had Marshall well beat, but the ball spanked off the upright as the teams headed into the halftime break without scoring.

Cardiff defended much better in the second half and looked much more capable of holding on for a draw, despite some active work up top by Gary Hooper, who just barely missed on the target on a few solid half-chances. Nathan Redmond's introduction in the 72nd minute sparked Norwich to life, but they never threatened like they did in the first half.

Norwich: Ruddy, Olsson, Bassong, Turner, Martin, Snodgrass, Howson (van Wolfswinkel 87'), Fer, Tettey, Pilkington (Redmond 72'), Hooper (Elmander 72')

Goals: None

Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Theopile, Medel (Bellamy 72'), Kim (Gunnersson 45'), Mutch, Whittingham, Odemwingie (Cowie 45'), Campbell

Goals: None

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