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Late blow feels like defeat, admits Farke

Norwich City 1 Crystal Palace 1

By Staff Reporter

Norwich were denied two precious points in their survival bid as a VAR-awarded goal from substitute Connor Wickham earned Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

The Canaries looked to be heading towards their first home win in eight games courtesy of Todd Cantwell's early goal, but the Eagles had the final say four minutes from the end when Wickham converted a Wilfried Zaha cross from close range.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but was correctly allowed to stand after a check, with the draw a fair result after a full-bloodied game.

Norwich manager Daniel Farke said: "The lads were brilliant, and Crystal Palace are always well structured and we managed it, but we missed chances in the second half.

"It is unbelievably disappointing to concede in the 88th minute and it feels like a loss.

"It is difficult to create chances against Palace, it was difficult to find the spaces and we hit the bar from six yards. The lads deserved the three points but the reality is only one.

"We cannot influence the other results. We have to come as close to 40 points and it is a long road. It would have been a massive step today, so it feels even more disappointing to concede the late goal."

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson said: "It was very close (for the goal). You think it might be offside and with the technology you see someone has stuck a foot out, leaned forward and the margins are fine.

"We took chances in the end with 4-2-4 and got our just reward."

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