Norwich 3 Brighton 3 (Report)
22/11/14 - 3pm
A game that went one way and then the other on Saturday eventually ended with Brighton having to settle for a 3-3 draw at Carrow Road with Norwich scoring a late equaliser.
We've started to turn things around a little recently with Norwich hitting a poor run of form so this wasn't the worst game for us to have with the home side having the first effort but fit again David Stockdale didn't really have to work to keep out a Martin Olsson's freekick was straight at him.
Gary Gardner's freekick, which was just wide, was as close as we came until a few minutes later when we did take the lead.
That freekick seemed to rouse us with a well worked goal exposing the Norwich defence and giving England goalkeeper John Ruddy no chance. Adrian Colunga put in a fine cross to Bruno, who arrived at the back post to head home.
If our first real effort had managed to rouse us to take our second chance then our goal did the same for Norwich who were soon level. Nathan Redmond worked an opening with his cross finding Jonny Howson who headed them level within minutes.
Norwich had chances to have turned a deficit into a lead at half time but we managed to block out a Cameron Jerome effort, created again by Redmond, with Howson unable to apply the finish on half time to have notched his and Norwich's second.
Shortly after half time Russell Martin did score a fine goal to put Norwich ahead. We only managed to clear a corner so far, Martin picked this up and smashed an effort from 30 yards into the back of the net to see us lose our lead and fall behind. Quite a way to mark your 200th game for your club!
Norwich were in complete control now and could, some might say should, have extended their lead to make the game safe. Jerome headed another Redmond cross over with us thanking Stockdale for a couple of saves, firstly to deny Bradley Johnson and then saving from the dangerous Redmond.
Those misses proved costly for Norwich when Kaz LuaLua equalised. The winger was allowed to make his way into the area before curling past Ruddy to make it 2-2 and when Colunga was brought down in the area by Jos Hooiveld we had the chance to go ahead again. Colunga took the resulting penalty himself to make it 3-2.
Gary Hooper scored his first of the season with five minutes to play, even though it was only his first of the season he again proved what a poacher her is as he latched onto a loose ball in the penalty area to draw Norwich again. The game ended in a 3-3 draw but Norwich ended with 10 men when Johnson was sent off late on, collecting his second yellow card for a foul on Greg Halford.
Was it a point gained or two points lost? Ahead of the game we would have taken a draw but in a game that swung one way and then the next with only five minutes to play we'll be disappointed not to have seen this out so maybe two points lost?
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