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Monday, November 22, 2010

Big Match Review - Norwich 1 Leeds 1

Norwich City 1-1 Leeds United
Saturday November 20, Carrow Road, (Att: 26,315)

Leon Barnett's second half header earned Norwich City a share of the spoils against fellow play off chasers Leeds United in an entertaining game at Carrow Road.

Both sides began on the attack, with United's Jonny Howson forcing John Ruddy into an early save before Andrew Surman responded by testing Kasper Schmeichel with a deflected effort.

The visitors eventually broke the deadlock on 13 minutes. When the Norwich defence failed to properly clear a ball pumped forward to the edge of the box, Max Gradel was on hand to pick up the ball and fire a low shot under Ruddy.

Buoyed by their advantage, the Yorkshire side began to take charge and Ruddy had to be alert to stop another Gradel effort just before the interval.

Paul Lambert's men stepped up the pressure in the second half as they sought a leveller and went close when Grant Holt's header from Simon Lappin's left wing cross came back off the post.

However, they eventually did back on level terms just past the hour mark when Barnett made a decisive connection with David Fox's corner to head past Schmeichel.

Norwich pressed for a winner late on, and could have taken all three points with chances for Elliot Ward, Holt, and Andrew Crofts all being spurned.

Ultimately, it ended in a fourth successive draw for City who, despite lying 8th, remain just a point shy of a Leeds team sitting 5th.

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