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City dominate but are held by Bolton

24 February 2018

Norwich City were held to a 0-0 draw in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday despite dominating at home to Bolton Wanderers.

The Canaries dictated almost the entireity of the Carrow Road contest, but couldn't find a way through as their run of consecutive draws stretched to four games.

Daniel Farke made four changes from the side which started Wednesday's draw at Wolves, with Alex Tettey, Josh Murphy, Nelson Oliveira and Onel Hernandez coming in - the latter for his full club debut - as they switched to a 4-1-4-1 system.

City controlled the opening period, with Murphy going close early on before Maddison crashed off the base of the post after just eight minutes.

Maddison's free-kick soon after was flicked wide by Grant Hanley, before the playmaker stung the palms of visiting goalkeeper Ben Alnwick midway through the half.

The Trotters defence had to be alert once more on the half-hour mark, crowding out Murphy after he had been played into the box at the end of a sublime move by the hosts.

Farke's side then had their best opportunity of the game, Moritz Leitner sending wide of the post when one-on-one having been slipped in beautifully by Oliveira.

They continued to threaten right up to the interval, with a counter down the right culminating with the ball at Maddison's feet; his shot charged down and Oliveira's follow-up going wide.

Having resisted early pressure after the restart, the home side quickly regained their monopoly on possession as Maddison's cross from the left somehow deflected off-target amid a clutch of bodies.

At the midway point of the second half, Leitner looked to release Jamal Lewis with a sumptuous outside-the-foot pass only for the ball to skid through to Alnwick.

Bolton began to place an even greater emphasis on defence, sitting deeper and tightening the middle as they looked to narrow the spaces City's creative players were looking to exploit. 

With 15 minutes remaining and the game still deadlocked at 0-0, Farke made his first change by introducing Dennis Srbeny into attack in place of Hernandez - a second following shortly after when Wes Hoolahan replaced Tettey.

Those switches didn't have the desired impact however, with Wanderers holding firm to ensure a share of the spoils as the game ended goalless.

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