Tuesday 17 October 2017

Newcastle and Norwich both see red before making their point in bad tempered clash

Norwich 0 Newcastle 0

Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass and Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass and Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich

Jim van Wijk

Norwich and Newcastle both had a man sent off at the end of a bad-tempered 0-0 Barclays Premier Legue draw at Carrow Road.

Striker Lioc Remy and Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson were each shown a red card by referee Chris Foy after pushing and then squaring up head-to-head on the touchline.

It was a frustrating end to the night for the visitors, who travelled to Norfolk without key midfielder Yohan Cabaye, set for a £20million switch to Paris St Germain, but should have left with all three points after dominating the first half and hitting the woodwork three times.

Newcastle ought to have taken command of the match after dominating the opening half hour.

Remy's close-range effort was saved by John Ruddy before Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson kicked a cross onto the post.

France forward Remy then hit the outside of the other upright with a curling 20-yard effort before Hatem Ben Arfa drilled a lovely cross from Sammy Ameobi over the bar.

Newcastle keeper Tim Krull saved a low 20-yard effort from Gary Hooper, before tempers flared as Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass was involved in a heated exchange with home supporters in the City Stand, who then booed their team off at the interval.

Remy was denied by the woodwork again on 59 minutes, when his free-kick crashed against the crossbar.

On 77 minutes, Norwich almost snatched the lead when Hooper's goalbound shot was pushed up onto the crossbar by Krul.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men when Remy and Johnson exchanged pushes before squaring up head-to-head, leaving referee Foy little option but to brandish both a red card.

Sndograss almost won it at the death when his far-post header was somehow clawed away by Krul.

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