Bradley Johnson's opener for the home side was canceled out immediately by the Eagles winger, who registered from the penalty spot to give Tony Pulis' men a draw at Selhurst Park.
|VIEW FROM SELHURST PARK
|By Alex Ward
Today’s contest never promised much in the way of aesthetics, and the purists were treated to another tight contest between these two teams in dismal conditions at Selhurst Park
Both managers will feel aggrieved after failing to claim full spoils, with neither side seizing the initiative to move further away from the relegation reckonings.
By all accounts, Hughton will certainly cut a more troubled figure after today’s shortcomings, as his side now sits teetering on the relegation battle unfolding beneath the club with no wins in five outings.
Palace went into the game having lost all 13 Premier League matches in which it had conceded first this season and the club had to do things the hard way again after Bradley Johnson gave Norwich a 39th-minute lead.
Things should have got even tougher for the home side before halftime as Marouane Chamakh raised his hand to Wes Hoolahan's face, but the Moroccan only received a yellow card.
Palace made the most of that let off, as the club headed into the break level when Puncheon converted from the spot after Mile Jedinak had been fouled.
The second half saw the home side generally dominate, but after Cameron Jerome had missed a good chance to put his team ahead, Stoke struggled to find a way through Norwich's resolute defense.
Palace was unlucky not to get another penalty late on before Leroy Fer was dismissed for a second bookable offense, but the home team could not make the most of the man advantage.
Both managers made two changes from their respective narrow defeats at the hands of the Manchester clubs last time out, with Kagisho Dikgacoi and Chamakh returning for Palace, while Michael Turner and Steven Whittaker came back into the Norwich defense.
After a slow start, an error by Norwich left back Martin Olsson in the 30th minute presented Palace with a chance, as Puncheon stole possession and crossed to the back post, but Jerome fired over from close range.