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Norwich City 1-1 Stoke City: Walters penalty denies Canaries win
Norwich City was denied a valuable win in its fight against relegation after conceding from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw against Stoke at Carrow Road.

The hosts had taken the lead through Bradley Johnson before Sebastien Bassong brought down John Guidetti in the area to concede a penalty which Jon Walters duly converted on the 73rd minute.

The former Ipswich Town man's afternoon then soon turned sour though, when he was given his marching orders by referee Andre Marriner for a dangerous challenge on Alex Tettey which left the midfielder writhing in agony on the turf.

By Theo Squires

Norwich will be lost for words as to how it did not claim all three points today. The Canaries were by far the better side as the match wore on, but failed to net a second past Asmir Begovic, after Bradley Johnson had headed them into the lead. A soft penalty cost them victory today after John Guidetti went down in the box following very little contact from Sebastien Bassong. Johnathan Walters once again stepped up to score from the spot.

However, the Irishman almost cost his side late on when he was dismissed for a late challenge on Alex Tettey. Chris Hughton threw on Johan Elmander and Gary Hooper as his side chased a late winner, but to no avail as once again missed chances cost the Canaries. How vital could these two dropped points prove come the end of the season?

The result did little to help either side's fight to avoid relegation, although having fallen behind and then holding out for the final 12 minutes a man light, Mark Hughes' side will be happier with the draw.

The visitors were without Charlie Adam, the influential midfielder beginning a three-match for a stamp on Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. Stoke made light of his absence early on though, and should have been in front after creating three presentable chances in the opening 15 minutes.

Former Norwich loanee Peter Crouch wasted by far the best of these in the eighth minute, sending in a weak effort that was comfortable for John Ruddy after a ricochet in midfield had sent the striker clear on goal.

Stoke midfielder Marko Arnautovic then fired over when in space inside the penalty area, before Walters curled in an effort that was easily dealt with by Ruddy.

After a sluggish start the hosts began to assert themselves, with Asmir Begovic tipping Snodgrass' angled drive away in the 28th minute before the Scotland international sent in a corner that was headed across the face of goal by Ricky Van Wolfswinkel five minutes later.

Begovic almost made a costly error eight minutes after the break, scrambling back to claw the ball away from the goalline after parrying Wes Hoolahan's initial effort up into the air.

Three minutes later Norwich was in front, Johnson rising highest to meet Snodgrass' right-wing free-kick and thump home a header from six yards.

Nathan Redmond almost doubled the home side's advantage on the hour mark, sending in a rasping drive from 25 yards which Begovic saved with a strong hand.

Walters then took center stage, cooly converting the spot-kick after Bassong's foul on Guidetti, before tarnishing his efforts with a clumsy knee-high challenge on Tettey that earned him his dismissal.

Although they pushed hard in the final stages, the hosts could not force a winner and had to settle for a point.

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