Premier League - Norwich and Cardiff draw blank as game ends in controversy

Premier League, Carrow Road - Norwich City 0 Cardiff City 0

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Cardiff City's Fraizer Campbell stretches for the ball against Norwich (AFP)

Norwich City remain in the relegation zone after failing to break down a resolute Cardiff City, keeper David Marshall keeping his team in the game with a string of fine saves.

It looked as if Norwich had stolen the result in controversial circumstances as Leroy Fer passed the ball into an empty net whilst Alexander Tettey was down injured. Cardiff assumed the ball would be thrown back to them with David Marshall out of his goal but Fer looked to take a sneaky advantage.

But referee Mike Jones ordered a re-take and the game ended in a goalless draw that sees Cardiff City jump to 15th in the table.

Norwich dominated for long periods in the first half with Robert Sondgrass, Jonny Howson, Gary Hooper and Russell Martin all going close. But the chance of the half and the match fell to Jordon Mutch, John Ruddy somehow scrambling across to get a combination of face and arm in the way to deflect his effort wide.

Norwich continued to create the better of the chances in the second half but Cardiff held out for a well fought point that was so nearly cruelly denied them but for an act of common sense from the referee.

KEY MOMENTS

13’ – CHANCE: Cardiff win a corner. Whittingham takes and Caulker should really score instead of planting his header wide

21’ – CHANCE: Olsson plays in a dangerous ball and Marshall is in no man’s land but Snodgrass fires wide.

25’ – SAVE: Odemwingie sets Campbell away down the right and his cross is on a plate for Mutch to score but Ruddy somehow scrambles across and gets his face in the way!

28’ – SAVE: Howson shoots through a crowd of players and Marshall sees it late but gets down to palm behind.

29’ – CHANCE: Whittingham is there to clear off the line from Fer’s goalbound header.

40’ – SAVE: Kim shoots on goal and Ruddy reacts well to save as it takes a slight deflection off Bassong.

43’ – CHANCE: Snodgrass whips an excellent cross onto the head of Martin but he can’t direct it on target.

44’ – SAVE: Snodgrass’ cross takes a deflection onto the post and Marshall saves the second effort from Hooper.

55’ – PENALTY APPEAL: Hooper shoots into the arm of Caulker but referee Mike Jones waves away the penalty appeals.

56’ – CHANCE: Hooper heads just wide of the top corner from Snodgrass’ cross.

90+4’ – GOAL DISALLOWED: With Tettey down injured, Norwich play on and take a quick throw Cardiff assume the ball will be given back to them. Fer sees it differently and passes into an empty net. Referee Mike Jones orders a re-take.

KEY STATS

Jonny Howson made his 50th Premier League appearance for Norwich. Cardiff’s Andrew Taylor makes his 100th Premier League appearance. He featured for Middlesbrough 92 times in the competition between 2006 and 2008.

TALKING POINT: Should the Fer goal have stood? Norwich had the throw and were within the rules of the game. But it was a piece of gross unsportsmanship and it was refreshing to see common sense from the referee prevail.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND STATS

MAN OF THE MATCH

David Marshall (Cardiff City): A fine performance in goal for his team, a string of fine saves helping Cardiff secure a valuable point.

PLAYER RATINGS

Norwich City: Ruddy 7; Martin 6, Turner 6, Bassong (c) 6, Olsson 7; Tettey 6, Fer 6, Howson 7; Snodgrass 7, Pilkington 6, Hooper 6.... SUBS: van Wolfswinkel 6, Elmander 6, Redmond 7

Cardiff City: Marshall 8, Taylor 6, Caulker (C) 7, Turner 5, Whittingham 7, Medel 6, Campbell 6, Odemwingie 5, Kim 6, Mutch 7, Theophile-Catherine 6.... SUBS: Gunnarsson 6, Cowie 7, Bellamy 6.

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