Norwich vs. Swansea: Final score 2-2 after thriller

Matthew Lewis

Norwich City and Swansea City battled it out to an entertaining 2-2 at Carrow Road, with both sides forced to come from behind to earn a hard-fought point.

The match started in fairly annoying fashion for both sides, with Michael Oliver the target of their ire. The Swans had an early goal denied when Michu put a 20-yard effort past Mark Bunn only to see the play pulled back thanks to a Luke Moore foul on Bradley Johnson, and at the other end of the pitch the Canaries were furious to have their penalty appeals declined when Wayne Routledge brought down Robert Snodgrass, advantage being played instead.

Norwich were then struck by bad news when Bunn had to come off with what looked like a groin injury, leaving Lee Camp to man the goal, and the substitute had to pick the ball out of the back of his net shortly thereafter when Michu smashed in Jonathan De Guzman's cutback.

The hosts did manage to reply thanks to some suboptimal play from the Swansea defence. The fullbacks went missing, allowing Elliott Bennett to surge down the right on the overlap and put in an excellent cross for the unmarked Snodgrass at the far post. Dwight Tiendalli, who apparently didn't really feel like defending, stood in mute horror as the midfielder stooped to send a header into the unguarded goal.

Better was to come from Norwich in the second half, and Bennett was again the provider. The free kick, good though it was, was far less impressive than the finish, which saw centre back Michael Turner materialise at the far post and send a half-volley screaming into the roof of Michel Vorm's net.

Swansea had had the better of the first half but now the Canaries were ascendant. Kei Kamara came close to extending the hosts' lead only to miss-hit his shot and allow Ki Sung-Yueng to clear, and that miss would come back to haunt his side when Moore brought the visitors back into the match.

It was a simple enough goal -- an Angel Rangel cross came in from the right, Tiendalli nodded back across the box, and Moore was on hand to volley in from four yards. Suddenly we were back at 2-2, and despite Norwich attempting an immediate reply when Bennett sent a long-range effort flashing past Vorm's post, that's how the match would end. It turns out Grant Holt isn't much good for winning games, since his cameo was mostly spent kicking Chico Flores.

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