Premier League - Walters scores and sees red as Stoke hold Norwich

Premier League, Carrow Road - Norwich City 1 (Johnson 56) Stoke City 1 (Walters 73 pen)

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Bradley Johnson heads the opening goal for Norwich against Stoke City (Getty)

Jonathan Walters scored a penalty but was then shown a straight red card as Stoke held Norwich to a 1-1 draw.

Stoke started the brighter and Peter Crouch should have given them an early lead when he was sent clean through, but could only scuff his shot straight at John Ruddy.

Norwich finally struck through Bradley Johnson, whose header from Robert Snodgrass’s corner beat Asmir Begovic.

Norwich couldn’t hold on to their lead as Sebastian Bassong conceded a penalty for a foul on substitute John Guidetti, with Walters finding the roof of the net with the penalty.

But the Irishman’s afternoon took a turn for a worse when he was dismissed for a high challenge on Alexander Tettey, who was forced off injured as a result.

KEY MOMENTS

8’ STOKE CHANCE – Big chance as Crouch goes clean through but scuffs his shot straight at Ruddy. A golden chance spurned by the former England striker.

49’ PENALTY CLAIM – Odemwingie goes down under pressure from Bassong – but the referee isn’t interested.

56’ GOAL! Norwich 1-0 Stoke! The Canaries have the lead as Bradley Johnson heads in Snodgrass’s corner.

61’ NORWICH CHANCE – Brilliant strike by Redmond, who cuts in from the left and sends a swerving shot at goal that Begovic unconvincingly bats away.

72’ PENALTY TO STOKE – Substitute John Guidetti is clumsily brought down by Bassong in the box and the ref points to the spot with no hesitation.

73’ GOAL! Norwich 1-1 Stoke! Walters drives his penalty into the roof of the net and Stoke are level.

76’ RED CARD – Barely three minutes after scoring for Stoke, Walters is dismissed for a high and clumsy challenge on Tettey.

KEY STATS

Chris Hughton’s side have now scored just six goals in their last nine Premier League home games.

Stoke have the worst disciplinary record in the top flight having committed the most fouls and picked up the most cards (63 yellows and four reds).

TALKING POINT

Should Walters have seen red? While it was a rash challenge, a yellow would surely have sufficed for Irishman, who took Stoke’s hopes of a winner down the tunnel with him.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Nathan Redmond (Norwich) – The England Under-21 star was a livewire in midfield and created chances for himself and teammates that should have been converted. As the Canaries scrap for survival, they can be pleased they have this promising young midfielder in their squad.

PLAYER RATINGS

Norwich: Ruddy 7; Martin 7, Yobo 7, Bassong 6, Olsson 6; Snodgrass 7, Tettey 6, Johnson 7, Redmond 8; Hoolahan 7; van Wolfswinkel 5. Subs: Howson 6, Hooper N/A, Elmander N/A.

Stoke: Begovic 7; Cameron 6, Shawcross 7, Wilson 7, Pieters 6; Odemwingie 6, Whelan 7, Nzonzi 7, Arnautovic 6; Walters 6, Crouch 5. Subs: Guidetti 7, Etherington 6, Ireland N/A.

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