- Norwich vs Stoke

Saturday 8 March 2014 | Carrow Road | Referee: Andre Marriner | Attendance 26,646

Norwich
  • Bradley Johnson (56)
Norwich
1 - 1
Stoke
  • Jonathan Walters (73 Pen)
Stoke

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Jonathan Walters scored an equalising penalty and was then sent off in Stoke City's 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

The Republic of Ireland winger converted his second spot-kick in as many weeks after Bradley Johnson had put the hosts ahead in the second half, before being shown a straight red card five minutes later for a high challenge on Alex Tettey. Johnson had given the hosts the lead after 56 minutes, heading home Robert Snodgrass' free-kick from close range, and for a time it looked as though Stoke were set for a sixth Barclays Premier League defeat out of seven on their travels.

However, Sebastien Bassong fouled substitute John Guidetti in the area 17 minutes from time and Walters stepped up to send a firm penalty into the top-right hand corner of the net. Walters' afternoon turned sour though, when he was given a red card by referee Andre Marriner for a dangerous challenge on Tettey.

The result did little to help either side's fight to avoid relegation, although having fallen behind and then holding out for the final 12 minutes a man light, Stoke will be happier with the draw.

The visitors were without Charlie Adam, the midfielder beginning a three-match suspension, but made light of his absence early on, and could have been in front after creating three presentable chances in the opening 15 minutes.

Former Norwich loanee Peter Crouch squandered the first of these in the eighth minute, sending in a weak effort that was comfortable for John Ruddy after a ricochet in midfield had sent the striker clear on goal. Stoke midfielder Marko Arnautovic fired over when in space inside the penalty area, before Walters curled in an effort that was easily dealt with by Ruddy.

After a sluggish start the hosts began to assert themselves, with Asmir Begovic tipping Snodgrass' angled drive away in the 28th minute before the Scotland midfielder sent in a corner that was headed across the face of goal by Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.

Begovic almost made a costly error eight minutes after the break, scrambling back to claw the ball away from the goalline after parrying Wes Hoolahan's initial effort up into the air. Three minutes later Norwich were in front, Johnson rising highest to meet Snodgrass' right-wing free-kick to thump home a header from six yards.

Nathan Redmond almost doubled the advantage on the hour, sending in a rasping drive from 25 yards, which Begovic saved with a strong hand.

Walters then took centre stage, coolly converting the spot-kick after Bassong's foul on Guidetti, before tarnishing his efforts with a clumsy knee-high challenge on Tettey that earned him his dismissal.

Although they pushed hard in the final stages, Norwich could not force a winner and were forced to settle for a point.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton: "For us, it's two points lost. They caused us some problems in the first half, they have a direct style and are a big, physical side.

"But, having taken the lead, it was our most comfortable part of the game and we dealt with their threats. We kicked ourselves in the foot and gave them a way back into the match with the penalty."

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "Given the circumstances and going down to 10 men, we will take the point, and it's a big point for us. In the first half we had the better chances and more of them, but they came out brightly in the second half.

"We had to dig in and make sure we didn't lose the game and we were excellent in making sure we got something out of the game. We have that character and determination and it has helped us get a really important point."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy 5.5 4.92
2. Russell Martin 5.0 4.26
23. Martin Olsson 3.5 4.57
5. Sebastien Bassong 5.0 4.3
26. Joseph Yobo 3.5 4.29
7. Robert Snodgrass 5.5 5.54
22. Nathan Redmond 4.5 5.16
27. Alexander Tettey 2.0 4.77
4. Bradley Johnson 7.0 4.23
14. Wes Hoolahan 4.0 4.19
9. Ricky van Wolfswinkel 6.0 5.93
Substitutes All Fans BFR
11. Gary Hooper - 4.78
13. Mark Bunn - 2.4
16. Johan Elmander - 4.64
19. Luciano Becchio - 1.95
3. Steven Whittaker - 4.91
8. Jonny Howson - 4.95
12. Anthony Pilkington - 5.18
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Asmir Begovic 9.67 7.53
20. Geoff Cameron 6.0 4.38
17. Ryan Shawcross 8.5 5.25
12. Marc Wilson 6.0 4.32
3. Erik Pieters 8.0 4.61
19. Jonathan Walters 8.5 4.38
15. Steven N'Zonzi 8.5 4.41
10. Marko Arnautovic 9.0 5.47
6. Glenn Whelan 5.5 4.45
9. Peter Odemwingie 4.0 5.41
25. Peter Crouch 7.5 5.32
Substitutes All Fans BFR
23. John Guidetti - 3.8
28. Andy Wilkinson - 2.78
26. Matthew Etherington - 4.38
29. Thomas Sørensen - 2.63
8. Wilson Palacios - 4.16
32. Stephen Ireland - 4.35
5. Marc Muniesa - 3.55

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