Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Moore equaliser frustrates Canaries

Luke Moore, centre, nets Swansea's equaliser

Norwich failed to distance themselves from the Barclays Premier League relegation battle after Luke Moore rescued a 2-2 draw for Swansea at Carrow Road.

Suicidal defending at both ends contributed to an entertaining afternoon that could have seen either team finish winners, with the most frenzied action unfolding during a roller-coaster second half.

Norwich pegged back Michu's opener with goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner that appeared to have secured three important points, but Moore had the final say 15 minutes from time, denying the Canaries only their third Premier League victory since December.

Substitute Norwich forward Grant Holt was lucky to escape punishment for a nasty challenge on Chico Flores that saw him stamp down on the defender's shin.

Goalkeeper Mark Bunn, back for the home side after serving a one-match ban, lasted only 15 minutes after appearing to injure his groin during a clearance, so Lee Camp stepped off the bench.

Only a fine diving save from Michel Vorm denied Turner from close range, but had the shot been struck just a little harder the ball would have evaded the Holland keeper.

Touches of class from Jonathan de Guzman and Michu saw the visitors take a deserved lead in the 35th minute. De Guzman weaved a path to the byline and then squeezed a pass between two Norwich defenders to the feet of Michu who rifled the ball into the roof of the net with his first touch.

Nathan Dyer could have made it 2-0 a moment later and Swansea lamented the miss in the 40th minute when Norwich equalised. The visitors were caught on the counter with Elliott Bennett delivering a pinpoint cross to the far post where Snodgrass produced a successful diving header.

Norwich had grown in confidence since Snodgrass' equaliser and with a little help from some weak defending they took the lead 15 minutes after the interval. A free-kick was despatched to Turner at the far post and the defender, who was unmarked after being allowed to roam free, had the time and space to drive the ball home.

With both teams struggling in defence, it was only a matter of time before the next goal arrived and this time it was delivered by Swansea. Angel Rangel's cross was headed into the path of an unmarked Moore, who buried the chance to grab the point and deny the home side of a much-needed win.

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