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Premier League

  • January 1, 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Selhurst Park, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 25189

Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich: Puncheon pounces to earn crucial point

Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich: Puncheon pounces to earn crucial point

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Bradley Johnson's opener for the hosts was cancelled out immediately by the Eagles winger, who registered from the penalty spot to give Tony Pulis' men a draw at Selhurst Park

Jason Puncheon's first-half penalty earned a point for Crystal Palace as they drew 1-1 with 10-man Norwich Cityat 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 sit teetering on the relegation battle unfolding beneath them with no wins in five outings.

Palace went into the game having lost all 13 Premier League matches in which they had conceded first this season and they 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 hosts before half time 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 they 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 them ahead, they struggled to find a way through Norwich's resolute defence.

Palace were unlucky not to get another penalty late on before Leroy Fer was dismissed for a second bookable offence, but the hosts could not make the most of their 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 defence.

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.