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Monday, March 21, 2011

Big Match Review - Hull 1 Norwich 1

Hull City 1-1 Norwich City
Saturday March 19, KC Stadium, (Att: 22,967)

A second half goal from Nick Barmby earned play off chasing Hull a deserved share of the spoils as second placed Norwich were denied another away victory.

The home side began the stronger with Matty Fryatt seeing a shot blocked by Elliott Ward before Aaron McLean also went close for the Tigers.

However, it was Paul Lambert's men who went ahead against the run of play after 27 minutes.

Hull keeper Brad Guzan came to claim a David Fox free kick played into the box. However, the American was beaten to the ball by his fellow countryman Zak Whitbread who headed the ball into an unguarded net.

The Yorkshire side responded and John Ruddy was called into action in the visitor's goal to tip away a Fryatt effort before James Harper skied a shot over when well placed.

After the interval, the Tigers continued to press for a leveller, but it was the Norfolk outfit who had cause for complaint just after the hour mark when they had penalty appeals for a foul in the box on Russell Martin turned down.

It was to prove decisive, as Nigel Pearson's side eventually restored parity when Barmby was on hand to fire home from close range after good work on the left by Fryatt.

Both teams sought a winner, with Fryatt going close for the Tigers and Guzan making amends for his earlier mistake to produce a late save from Simeon Jackson's shot.

The draw sees Norwich remain in the automatic promotion spots while, with eight games left, Hull lie just four points off the top six.

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