Norwich City forced to take hard road to Premier League safety

Posted by Paddy Davitt

Matthew Lewis/Getty ImagesNorwich City's Michael Turner celebrates his 60th minute goal during the Canaries' 2-2 draw with Swansea.

The shaft of light proved a teasing illusion -- Norwich City still have work to do to accomplish their Premier League survival mission.

The Canaries were edging towards a seven point gap over the current bottom three after Michael Turner had slotted Elliott Bennett's whipped free kick on the hour to nudge the hosts back in front. Michu's fearsome hit opened the scoring before Robert Snodgrass' stooping header had injected renewed belief prior to halftime. But City were unable to repel the Swans, as Luke Moore's predatory instincts earned the visitors a point in a tense 2-2 draw that was another fitting installment in the epic duels between these two former promoted bedfellows.

- Hicks: Moore helps Swans prove point
- Hughton content with point

Swansea finally managed a Premier League point against the Canaries at their fourth attempt and if not for Michu's profligacy, the table could have had a much darker tint for Chris Hughton's men. The frustration will inevitably cut deep after coming within 15 minutes of a priceless victory, but Norwich's squad and support base must accentuate the positives. They have no other option, particularly with a daunting trip to Champions League contenders Arsenal up next.

City exuded an aggressive intent in the final third that had been sorely absent during recent weeks of defensively-minded toil. So much so that Moore's close range finish after Angel Rangel was left unmarked to redirect Dwight Tiendalli's searching cross in the 75th minute came against the run of play during Norwich's most productive spell. Kei Kamara had planted a glancing header over and then failed to anticipate Snodgrass' low inviting centre. Bennett provided the energy down the right to compliment Snodgrass' urgings on the opposite flank. Kamara was proving a mobile, athletic target as he harassed Swans skipper Ashley Williams. But City will know they were also indebted to Michu's wayward finishing after the interval. One free header from no more than eight yards bounced tamely into Lee Camp's arms before he skied over from the same distance in the final seconds under pressure from Russell Martin.

Camp's first half introduction after the returning Mark Bunn appeared to suffer a groin injury kicking a dead ball appeared to hint at a miserable afternoon in store for the Canaries, particularly when Michu rifled Michael Laudrup's side ahead. The mood threatened to turn ugly on the terraces as pockets berated Hughton, but Snodgrass' stooping header five minutes later could still prove to be a hugely significant moment in Norwich's season. Defeat here and the storm clouds would have rolled across Carrow Road. City have taken another small step to safety. When Turner side-footed them in front, it looked set to be a huge stride. But for those regular Norwich watchers it will come as little surprise they seem intent on doing things the hard way.

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