September 15, 2012
Stalemate for Canaries
Norwich was still searching for its first Barclays Premier League win after West Ham battled to a goalless draw at Carrow Road.
Chris Hughton's men enjoyed the better of the first half, and felt they should have been awarded a penalty when James Collins upended Andrew Surman, but referee Chris Foy correctly ruled the challenge was just outside the area.
Both sides, though, seemed to run out of ideas as the match wore on -- but on-loan Tottenham youngster Harry Kane could have won it for the Canaries in stoppage time, only to scuff his shot straight at the keeper.
There was an early opportunity for West Ham in the Norfolk sunshine when a corner was only half-cleared and the ball was flashed back across the Norwich goal by Matt Taylor.
At the other end, Surman, in for the injured Anthony Pilkington, cut inside the West Ham box after a quick break down the left and curled the ball just wide of the far post.
Surman continued to press the Irons back, with Guy Demel making a superb tackle to halt his charge into the penalty area.
However, after 13 minutes, it was West Ham who made the first clear opening when Ricardo Vaz Te got away down the right and his cross was headed goalwards by Cole, but Russell Martin knocked it off the line, with Taylor lashing the loose rebound wide.
Norwich felt it should have been awarded a penalty when Robert Snodgrass weaved in from the right and was blocked by Nolan as he cut back inside -- but, in a sign of things to come, referee Foy was having none of it.
The Irons skipper then almost put his side ahead when he got on the end of Joey O'Brien's cross after the full back's strong run down the Norwich left, but England keeper Ruddy made a smart reaction save.
Norwich capitalized on some poor defending as Snodgrass dashed onto a loose ball down the right, but his cutback toward Simeon Jackson in the six-yard box was hacked behind by Collins.
In the 33rd minute, the home side went close again as Holt scuffed wide following a knockdown from Snodgrass.
Foy again incurred the wrath of the home crowd four minutes before halftime.
Surman was upended by Collins as he darted into the penalty box, but the Merseyside official correctly ruled the clumsy challenge had taken place just inches outside the line.
Johnson crashed the free kick into the wall, before full back Javier Garrido lashed the rebound wide.
Norwich started the second half brightly, with Jackson's 25-yard effort tipped over by Jaaskelainen, who almost joined the Canaries before signing at Bolton.
Snodgrass was just off target with a low effort, and Johnson shot straight at the keeper before West Ham made a double change on 57 minutes when Jarvis and Modibo Maiga replaced Taylor and Cole.
Norwich again tested Jaaskelainen when Leon Barnett nodded a deep cross back into the six-yard box and Bassong's looping header was picked out of the air.
As the hour passed, Canaries manager Hughton sent on Steve Morison for Jackson.
The former Millwall frontman tried his luck with a 20-yard effort after a smart knockdown on his chest, but the shot looped over.
England Under-21 forward Kane replaced the ineffective Holt for the final 19 minutes.
As the match opened up again, Jarvis, signed from Wolves in a 7-million-pound ($11.3 million) deal, saw his shot blocked after a quick break into the Norwich half following a poor throw-in.
Kane created space for a shot on the edge of the area, but his effort was wide of the mark.
Then in stoppage time, the 19-year-old was played in on the overlap after a quick break, but scuffed a tame effort straight at the keeper.
|Norwich City||West Ham United|
|Norwich City||West Ham United|
|1 John Ruddy||22 Jussi Jaaskelainen|
|5 Sebastien Bassong||2 Winston Reid|
|20 Leon Barnett||19 James Collins|
|18 Javier Garrido||17 Joey O'Brien|
|2 Russell Martin||20 Guy Demel|
|4 Bradley Johnson||21 Mohamed Diame|
|8 Jonathan Howson||16 Mark Noble|
|11 Andrew Surman||9 Carlton Cole|
|7 Robert Snodgrass||4 Kevin Nolan|
|10 Simeon Jackson||14 Matthew Taylor|
|9 Grant Holt||12 Ricardo Vaz Te|
|14 Wesley Hoolahan||George McCartney 3|
|16 Steve Morison||Yossi Benayoun 15|
|6 Michael Turner||Matthew Jarvis 7|
|15 David Fox||Alou Diarra 23|
|23 Marc Tierney||Stephen Henderson 13|
|13 Declan Rudd||Modibo Maíga 11|
|37 Harry Kane||James Tomkins 5|
|Steve Morison for Simeon Jackson (64)||Modibo Maíga for Carlton Cole (57)|
|Harry Kane for Grant Holt (71)||Matthew Jarvis for Matthew Taylor (57)|
|Yossi Benayoun for Ricardo Vaz Te (87)|
|James Collins (41)|
|· Squads: Norwich City | West Ham United|