Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers got their first point of the Barclays Premier League season after a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road. Both teams had been beaten 5-0 on the opening day last weekend, and set out not to endure a repeat.
The Canaries, though, will feel they could have recorded a first win under new manager Chris Hughton after taking the lead on 11 minutes through Simeon Jackson, which was cancelled out when Bobby Zamora slotted home a rebound from a penalty.
Norwich had the better of the second-half chances, with Robert Snodgrass heading over and Russell Martin hitting the crossbar.
QPR started brightly, testing the reshaped Norwich rearguard with some balls across John Ruddy's penalty area. The Canaries looked to break quickly, but lacked a decisive pass from promising build-up.
Norwich got it right on 11 minutes when Jackson nodded the hosts in front. The ball was worked from left to right through a series of one-touches by Jackson, captain Grant Holt and then Snodgrass, who freed Anthony Pilkington on the overlap. The former Huddersfield winger clipped the ball back across the six-yard box, where Jackson nodded into the net.
Norwich continued on the offensive as QPR were forced to defend deep. The visitors, however, were handed a lifeline on 20 minutes when Sebastien Bassong, on his debut, tackled Djibril Cisse from behind, and referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot. Ruddy pushed Cisse's lacklustre penalty onto the post, but Zamora was first to the rebound, tucking the ball inside the far post.
Norwich picked themselves up and were soon back on the offensive. Snodgrass weaved into the right side of the QPR box, but his low cross was booted clear. Pilkington then tested Green with a low 20-yard strike. Green then thwarted his old club with a fine save to tip over Snodgrass's 25-yard drive which was set for the top corner.
After the break, Jackson dashed into the penalty area, but could only drill the ball into the side netting. At the other end, Zamora's floated pass beat the offside trap to send Cisse clear, but he could not connect as the ball dropped through to Ruddy. On 65 minutes, Snodgrass crossed from a free-kick on the right, but Bassong headed wide at the back post.
Jackson then just failed to connect with a diving header as the former Leeds man cut another ball back across goal, when he should have picked out Holt in space on the penalty spot.
With 20 minutes left, an unmarked Snodgrass headed a great chance over from Garrido's sweeping cross, then from a corner, Russell Martin's looping header came back off the crossbar. Hughton made a double attacking change for the final five minutes, throwing on Steve Morison and Chris Martin in place of Holt and Jackson, but had to settle for a share of the points.
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