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October 26, 2013
• Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 26846
So a frustrating afternoon for Norwich, who remain a point behind Cardiff in the relegation zone. That's it for our coverage but stick around for live coverage of Southampton v Fulham in around 30 minutes' time. Cheers.
90' + 5'
A bit of controversy at the end. Leroy Fer passes the ball into the Cardiff goal from Elmander's throw-in after the visitors had played the ball out to attend to an injury. But the goal is disallowed and the referee asks the throw in to be retaken. But there is no time left for any more action and the final whistle is blown.
90' + 3'
Frantic stuff in the Cardiff box as Marshall saves Fer's header from point-blank range before Redmond slashes wide.
90' + 1'
Cardiff launch a swift counter-attack after Norwich lose possession but Theophile-Catherine's tame effort is saved by Ruddy.
Norwich up the ante in search of a winner but Tettey's effort from long range sails over goal.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Final throw of the dice from Hughton as Ricky van Wolfswinkel comes on for Jonny Howson.
Cardiff have kept just one clean sheet in their eight Premier League matches so far but they are looking good here for another one.
Cardiff a bit more adventurous now as they go in search of a winner but Norwich are holding firm.
Bellamy plays a nice backheel to find Theophile-Catherine but the Welshman was offside.
Both sides looking a touch nervy as we approach the final ten minutes. A draw doesn't really help either team so we should be in for a grand stand finish.
Third time lucky? Not quite for Redmond, who cuts in from the left and lets fly but Marshall is equal to the challenge.
Redmond lets fly from long range. The shot has plenty of venom but lacks direction and sails over the Cardiff goal.
Marshall makes a flying save to deny Redmond at the near post. How this game is still goalless is a mystery.
Plenty of changes made by both sides as Johan Elmander and Nathan Redmond come on for Norwich, while Craig Bellamy is on for Cardiff.
Snodgrass is bundled down to the ground by Mutch. Norwich have a free kick in a decent area but the chance is wasted.
Theophile-Catherine's cross nearly finds its way to Campbell but Sebastien Bassong does well to head clear.
Cardiff are looking much more solid now after the toils of the first half. The home side are finding it hard to play their way through the mass of red shirts in their way.
Close! Hooper slaloms his way through a couple of defenders but his cross/shot is palmed away by Marshall.
Whittingham takes the resulting free kick but his effort bounces back off the wall. Still 0-0.
Mutch wins a free kick right outside the Norwich box after a late challenge from Fer.
Game getting a bit scrappy now as we enter the final half hour. A few niggly fouls conceded by both sides.
Yellow CardAlexander Tettey
Tettey catches Campbell near the centre circle. Yellow card for the Norway international.
The trip to Carrow Road is sort of a homecoming for Cardiff trio David Marshall, Craig Bellamy and Malky Mackay, who all played for Norwich City earlier in their careers.
Hooper's shot from the outside the area hits Caulker. Cue cries for handball from the home side but nothing given by the referee.
Fer's flick-on header finds Hooper offside. Norwich have scored just six goals in the league this season. Only Sunderland (five) have netted fewer.
Cardiff having a bit more possession now after those changes, but they need greater invention from their attackers to worry the home side.
Mutch plays in Campbell with a delicate pass but the striker's first touch is heavy and the chance is gone.
Alexander Tettey tries to pick out Snodgrass from the right but Marshall is able to gather.
Aron Einar Gunnarsson
Norwich get us underway in the second half. No changes for the home side but Cardiff bring on Don Cowie and Aron Gunnarsson for Bo-Kyung Kim and Odemwingie.
Norwich are a bit unlucky to not be ahead after the number of chances they created but David Marshall has been in inspired form in the Cardiff goal. Stick around for the second period.
45' + 1'
One minute stoppage time played and the whistle goes for the break. Great half of football.
Nearly the opening goal there. Snodgrass creates more havoc down the right, but Marshall makes back-to-back saves from Howson and Hooper. Frustration for Norwich.
Howson responds with a swerving effort of his own from 30-yards but Marshall makes another excellent save.
Kim takes aim from long range but Ruddy saves well low to his left.
Hooper tries to catch out Marshall with a looping shot but the Scottish goalkeeper is alert to the danger and makes the save.
Campbell's cross from the right sails straight into the grateful hands of Ruddy. The visitors are struggling to make headway here.
Fer has another header cleared of the line from a Norwich corner, but the referee had already blown his whistle to award Cardiff a free kick.
Pilkington's movement is causing all sorts of problem for Cardiff. The Norwich winger runs into acres of space in the middle but his through-ball to Hooper is just a touch over-hit.
Pilkington takes on Ben Turner on the right, but the Cardiff man does well to hold his ground and win the ball back.
Norwich really cranking it up now as Leroy Fer's volley from inside the area is cleared off the line by Peter Whittingham.
Norwich win back-to-back corners after some sloppy defensive work by the visitors. The ball eventually breaks to Howson, whose long-range effort is pushed wide to the right by Marshall.
CLOSE! The Norwich defence is cut open by Campbell, who finds Jordon Mutch, but the midfielder's attempt is saved brilliantly by Ruddy.
Odemwingie mistimes a tackle on Olsson and is booked. Snodgrass' resulting free kick finds Bassong but the Norwich captain is well offside.
Yellow CardPeter Odemwingie
Olsson's cross from the left is punched out to Snodgrass by Marshall, but the midfielder cannot compose himself to finish with the goal gaping. Let-off for Cardiff.
More neat interplay between Snodgrass, Martin and Jonny Howson in the Cardiff area but the ball runs out for a goal kick
Cardiff are struggling to settle into this game with Peter Odemwingie the latest to give the ball away.
Gary Hooper nearly latches on to a long ball from defence but the pass is over-hit and Marshall gathers.
Steven Caulker finds Campbell on the run but Ruddy smothers the striker's attempt in the nick of time.
Norwich have looked the more dangerous in the opening exchanges here. Cardiff struggling to keep the ball for any meaningful period of time.
Robert Snodgrass and Russell Martin combine to win another corner. Snodgrass jinks his way through the Cardiff defence from the resulting corner kick but his cut back falls straight to David Marshall.
Theophile-Catherine's long ball forward sets Campbell clear, but the striker is adjudged offside by the assistant referee.
Pilkington wins Norwich's first corner of the match. The ball breaks to Martin Olsson in acres of space but the right-back cannot keep his shot on target.
Theophile-Catherine finds Bo-Kyung Kim in the six-yard box from the right, but the Korean's attempted pass to Fraizer Campbell is cut off.
Cardiff playing some good possession football in the opening minutes. Kevin Theophile-Catherine's hopeful punt forward is gathered by John Ruddy.
Mike Jones is our referee for today and he gets us underway at Carrow Road.
Cardiff City: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Whittingham, Medel, Mutch, Kim, Odemwingie; Campbell. Subs: Lewis, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Mason, Hudson, Maynard, Bellamy
Norwich City: Ruddy; Olsson, Turner, Bassong, Martin; Howson, Tettey; Snodgrass, Fer, Pilkington; Hooper. Subs: Nash, Whittaker, Bennett, Van Wolfswinkel, Elmander, Redmond, Johnson
TEAM NEWS: Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has recovered from a foot injury and starts on the bench, while Fraizer Campbell and Bo-Kyung Kim return to the starting XI for Cardiff. Full line-ups to follow.
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay is also under a bit of pressure amid boardroom tensions and rumours of a frosty relationship with club owner Vincent Tan. The Bluebirds will be out to secure a second away win of the season and pull away from the lower reaches of the league table.
The Canaries come into this fixture having lost four of their last five league outings – a run that has seen them slip into the relegation zone. Manager Chris Hughton will hope his side can halt their poor run of form and pick up three vital points this afternoon ahead of a midweek League Cup encounter against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Hello and welcome to our live text coverage of the Premier League clash between Norwich City and Cardiff City from Carrow Road.
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