4 things we learnt from Norwich City's draw with West Brom
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West Bromwich Albion extended their winless run in the EFL Championship with a draw away at Norwich City on Saturday.

Dara O'Shea opened the scoring after nine minutes after being left unmarked at the back post from a John Swift free kick.

Long-range efforts from Marcelino Nunez and Jayson Molumby troubled their respective opposition goals.

But it was Norwich who equalised midway through the second half as Teemu Pukki's shot was controversially deflected in by Sam Byram, appearing to hit his arm on the way to goal.

Here are four things we learnt from the draw.

Wednesday night's loss to Birmingham City sparked uproar amongst the Albion fanbase.

Steve Bruce's side produced an abject defensive performance as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at The Hawthorns.

Defender Kyle Bartley was hauled off after two errors leading to Blues goals and omitted from the squad on Saturday.

A dismal display prompted pressure to be directed towards the Baggies boss.

The defence was disorganised whilst those ahead of them looked devoid of ideas and quality on the ball, completely uncharacteristic considering their ability.

However, against Norwich, Albion looked much sharper with their out-of-possession structure.

Opting for a more organised and lower defensive line against the Canaries, Bruce's side were unlucky not to see the game out after taking the early lead.

When they did win the ball back, they found it difficult to counter-attack but found some flashes of quality through Grady Diangana as he gave right-back Max Aarons a difficult ride.

Brandon Thomas-Asante also led the line well in his full debut for the club, having scored two goals in as many games from the bench.

The Baggies will undoubtedly take the positives from the draw, especially after Wednesday's leaky display.

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  • An out-of-sorts Norwich

Albion would have been understandably concerned by the threat posed by the Canaries heading into the game.

Dean Smith's side went into the fixture having won their last six league games and unbeaten at home.

But the Carrow Road residents were not quite at the races in comparison to their previous performances.

There were plenty of sloppy passes that could have led to goalscoring opportunities for the away side.

It is fair to say Albion frustrated the opposition with their tight structure and Smith's Canaries struggled to create those clear-cut chances.

Nunez had a flashed shot from the edge of the box that whistled past the post and winger Gabriel Sara's ambitious volleyed effort almost caught David Button off guard in the first half.

But ultimately the hosts will be disappointed by the way they conceded as they allowed O'Shea acres of space at the back post which meant he had the freedom of Norfolk to pick his spot and score.

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  • Old guard proves effective

Captain Jake Livermore was recalled into the side after Okay Yokuslu's below-par performance on Wednesday.

He was one of three changes to the side as Erik Pieters also came into the side for his full debut along with Thomas-Asante.

And both Livermore and Pieters rolled back the years with their displays.

The captain's all-action performance showed that Albion can still rely on the 32-year-old, who still shows much-needed endeavour in the middle of the park.

He was definitely up to speed and kept up with the pace of the game despite not starting a league game since the draw with Cardiff City back in August.

Dutch international Pieters also proved to be a useful asset amongst the Albion back-line.

His experience and tough nature was prominent throughout the game.

This also meant Conor Townsend could shuffle across to centre-back where he looked far more comfortable.

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  • Slow starters

The Baggies have typically taken a while to feel their way into games so far this season but struck uncharacteristically early on to open the scoring.

Meanwhile, Norwich's dismal first half hour will concern Smith, as they found themselves making mistake after mistake in the defensive third.

Being far too ponderous in possession meant the opposition could get back into their structure far too easily.

The Canaries must find some more forward gusto to disorganise their opponents in transition.