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Norwich 1-1 Stoke: Walters goes from hero to zero

Norwich City
1 - 1
Stoke City

Carrow Road

8th March 2014 3pm

Attendance: 26, 646

Referee:

Jonathan Walters went from hero to zero in the matter of minutes as he converted a penalty but was then sent off minutes later.

Bradley Johnson had put Norwich ahead with a headed finish after a sublime Robert Snodgrass free kick, but the Potters drew level when Walters converted his second penalty in successive weeks after Sebastien Bassong`s clumsy foul on John Guidetti.

Moments later though Walters lost control of the ball and produced a studs showing tackle which left Andre Marriner with no doubt but to send the Potters forward off, with 10 minutes left of the encounter.

The Potters were forced into one change from their 1-0 home victory against Arsenal as fit again Peter Odemwingie came in for the suspended Charlie Adam.

Norwich made only one change from their humbling 4-1 defeat at Aston Villa as club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel came in for Gary Hooper.

Stoke were the brighter in a dull first half as both Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters had shots saved by John Ruddy in the Norwich goal before Marko Arnautovic fired over.

Norwich did have chances of their own first half but Begovic was more than a match for Robert Snodgrass strike.

Van Wolfswinkel, who cost Norwich £8.5 million, scored on his debut but scored since was struggling once again as the lone striker for the Canaries. He has failed to score in 20 games in all competitions but came close when he glanced Snodgrass` corner narrowly wide.

Norwich came out the second half brighter and got a strangle hold on proceedings when Bradley Johnson opened the scoring with his head from Snodgrass` free kick. It`s his third of the campaign and second consecutive home goal against the Potters.

Stoke found a way back into the match when a rash challenge from captain Sebastien Bassong on John Guidetti, who had just replaced Peter Odemwingie.

After last week`s penalty conversion, Jonathan Walters once again picked up penalty responsibility and made it 1-1 with his second penalty success in two weeks.

His game was shortly over though, as the Republic of Ireland international was over zealous on challenge as he caught Alexander Tettey with a knee high challenge, which left Andre Marriner with no option but send off the Potters goalscorer; His first sending off in his career.

This forced the Potters into a change as Hughes had to bring off John Guidetti, who he had only brought on 17 minutes earlier for Stephen Ireland to give the Potters more balance in the final 10 minutes to try and hold on to a point.

Norwich failed to captialise on their numerical advantage as they only managed to muster a soliatary chance, one which goalscorer Bradley Johnson screwed wide in injury time.


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Writer:Lloyd Reddin
Date:Sunday March 9 2014
Time: 10:04AM

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