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Norwich City v Leeds United

21 October 2014


THE CANARIES once again couldn't turn domination into a victory as they were held 1-1 by Leeds United at Carrow Road.

After a goalless first half, Russell Martin scored his first of the season on the hour to offer hopes that City would get back to winning ways

They were soon dispelled by Souleymane Doukara's equaliser three minutes later, however, and despite sustained pressure they had to settle for point.

Every attacking player in the matchday squad was used by Neil Adams to push for a winner but it wasn't to be, leaving them in 5th place in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Josh Murphy made the headlines before kick-off as he was selected for his first league start, but Adams made two other changes to his team.

Kyle Lafferty returned from his knee injury to replace Lewis Grabban, while ex-Leeds captain Jonny Howson stepped into the team in place of Bradley Johnson.

The visitors made two alterations after Friday's 2-1 defeat to Rotherham, and they named former Canary Steve Morison on their substitutes' bench.

Russell Martin's header that drifted wide set the tone for a half that City were to dominate but once again not score in.

Howson worked himself some space in the box on nine minutes, his left-footed effort was comfortable for Marco Silvestri before Alex Tettey drove straight at the Leeds 'keeper.

They were showing much more attacking intent than their opponents but there was a break in play just before the half hour when Mark Clattenburg had to address both managers over an off-the-ball altercation between Giuseppe Bellusci and Cameron Jerome.

Jerome and Martin saw efforts fly over the bar prior to Lafferty pushing a shot narrowly wide after Murphy's had been charged down as the general theme continued.

Nathan Redmond then forced the best save of the half from Silvestri as he cut inside off the left and powered a strike at goal, with Lafferty offside in the resultant melee.

Another highly-charged coming together, this time between Redmond and Souleymane Doukara, occurred just before the end of a dominant 45 minutes from Adams team.

HALF-TIME: Norwich City 0-0 Leeds United

The second half started in much the same manner and after some steady build up they edged in front on the hour mark.

Redmond's corner from the right found City's captain unmarked in the area, and he nodded downwards and beyond Silvestri for his first goal since January 2013.

The advantage only lasted three minutes, however, when a smart Leeds move led to Doukara equalising.

Mirco Antenucci and Adyrna combined to feed the powerful frontman in the box, and he slid a tidy finish past John Ruddy and into the corner.

City resumed as the team on the ascendancy but Leeds' rigid defensive structure was proving hard to dismantle and Adams introduced Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe for his home debut, replacing the limping Lafferty.

The Belgian's drive from the edge of the box was charged down by Jason Pearce before Grabban was brought on by Adams.

The visitors held on, though, meaning Norwich's winless run was extended to four games.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 1-1 Leeds United

GOALS: Canaries: Russell Martin (60)  - Whites: Souleymane Doukara (63)

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (c), Turner, Olsson; Redmond, Tettey, Howson, Josh Murphy (Hooper 60); Lafferty (Odjidja 79), Jerome (Grabban 87). Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Johnson, Miquel, O'Neil.

LEEDS UNITED: Silvestri; Byram, Bellusci, Pearce (c), Berardi; Austin, Bianchi, Mowatt (Cook 62), Adryan; Doukara (Sloth 90), Antenucci. Subs not used: S Taylor (GK), Cooper, Warnock, Morison, Sharp.

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg


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