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Norwich City failed to distance themselves from the Barclays Premier League relegation battle after Luke Moore rescued a point for Swansea City at Carrow Road. In an entertaining match where either team could have finished winners, Norwich pegged back Michu's opener with goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner that appeared to have secured three important points to ease their relegation concerns.
But Moore had the final say 15 minutes from time, denying the Canaries only their third Barclays Premier League victory since December.
Swansea have struggled since winning the Capital One Cup and avoided fourth defeat in five games since triumphing over Bradford City at Wembley, but will be disappointed by the late missed chance by Michu.
The Spaniard carved Norwich open in the ninth minute but Moore dragged his shot wide after making an intelligent run that enabled him to gather the defence-splitting pass. Michu drove the ball into the net but referee Michael Oliver had spotted a foul on Jonny Howson in the build-up.
Goalkeeper Mark Bunn, back after serving a one-match ban, lasted only 15 minutes after appearing to injure his groin during a clearance, so Lee Camp stepped off the bench. Elliott Bennett was fouled by Ben Davies, giving Norwich an inviting free-kick that Robert Snodgrass blasted at the wall.
Showing persistence, however, the Scot picked up the rebound and fought his way to the byline before passing across the face of goal. Only a fine diving save from Michel Vorm denied Turner from close range, but had the shot been struck just a little harder the ball would have evaded the Dutch goalkeeper.
Touches of class from Jonathan de Guzman and Michu led to the visitors taking the lead in the 35th minute. De Guzman weaved a path to the byline andsqueezed a pass between two Norwich defenders to the feet of Michu, who rifled the ball into the roof of the net with his first touch.
Nathan Dyer could have made it 2-0 a moment later and Swansea lamented the missed chance in the 40th minute when Norwich equalised. The visitors were caught on the counter with Elliott Bennett delivering a pinpoint cross to the far post, where Snodgrass produced a successful diving header.
An audacious lob from Wayne Routledge put Moore one on one with Camp, but the replacement goalkeeper responded with a marvellous save.
Norwich had grown in confidence since Snodgrass' equaliser and they took the lead 15 minutes after the interval. A free-kick was dispatched to Turner at the far post and the defender, who was unmarked, had the time and space to drive the ball home.
Michu missed a magnificent chance to equalise by directing his attempt straight at Camp, but Norwich also failed to capitalise on an opportunity when Kei Kamara was expertly dispossessed by Ashley Williams after delaying his shot.
With both teams struggling in defence, it was a matter of time before the next goal arrived and this time it was delivered by Swansea. Angel Rangel's cross was headed into the path of an unmarked Moore, who buried the chance to grab the point and deny the home side of a much-needed win.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "It is getting tough. But we know all the teams around where we are are all capable of winning. We have to make sure that in this final six games of the season, of which three are at home, we get enough points. And if we show enough belief and confidence, like we did today in good phases, then we will have done enough.
"Whether it is this stage of the season or the start of the season, you are always looking at your home form. We are tough to beat here. We have got three very difficult games away from home. Whether it will come to our home form, we will have to see."
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup: "It is one of those games where you say, 'We could have won, we could have lost'. Maybe a point is fair.
“I am glad we stopped the ‘bleeding’ and came back with a positive result. But, on the other hand, I feel we could have done a little more in the first 30 minutes, particularly, where we dominated completely."
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