Norwich City 1-1 Crystal Palace: Canaries battle to home point
Teemu Pukki runs away to celebrate after giving Norwich the lead against Crystal Palace. Getty Images: Stephen Pond

Story of the match:

Norwich City came into this home game against Crystal Palace on the back of a good three game winning run against Everton at home and Watford away in the Premier League and then away at Wolves in the FA Cup.

The hosts took the lead very early on at Carrow Road but couldn't quite hold on for all three points. A quick break from the kick off led to Teemu Pukki firing past goalkeeper Vincente Guaita just inside the post after 38 seconds. Norwich and Pukki in particular had other chances to add to the score but couldn't add to their lead. 

As the half wore on, Crystal Palace grew into the game and actually had the ball in the back of the net before the break but Jean-Philippe Mateta's goal was chalked off correctly for being offside. 

In the second half the visitors had more of the ball and more attempts on goal and equalised when an outstanding strike from Wilfried Zaha flew into the top corner of Norwich's goal in the 60th minute. The Eagles then had a great chance to take the lead three minutes later when a Max Aarons foul inside the box gave Zaha a chance to double his goal tally for the evening from the penalty spot but the Ivory Coast international could only hit his effort tamely well wide of Angus Gunn's goal. 

Embed from Getty Images Zaha drags his penalty wide of the post. Getty Images: Harriet Lander

The Premier League relegation battle

A win for Norwich in this game would have moved the Canaries outside of the bottom three into 17th but a draw could still be invaluable come the end of the season- especially when they could quite easily have lost this game. Dean Smith has done a wonderful job at Carrow Road and the team at least looks competitive in the Premier League. Norwich are six points behind 14th placed Brentford and are just one point behind 17th placed Newcastle United but other sides have games in hand and the Canaries have a hard run of fixtures coming up. 

Norwich's next five Premier League games

Dean Smith's men are at Carrow Road again on Saturday when Manchester City visit in a game due to be broadcast live on Sky Sports (5:30pm kick off).

They then face a trip to Anfield to play Liverpool on the 19th before an away game on the 25th at Southampton to round off February's fixture list.

Thomas Frank brings Brentford to Carrow Road at the start of March (5th) before a trip to Leeds United and Elland Road awaits on March 12th. 

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