Norwich City surrendered the lead twice as they drew 2-2 with Sheffield United in an entertaining game at Carrow Road.
City started brightly and took the lead when Onel Hernandez finished a well-worked team move on 11 minutes. However, the visitors improved as the half progressed and equalised on the stroke of half-time when Billy Sharp netted from the penalty spot after a foul on Enda Stevens.
Teemu Pukki then restored City's lead just before the hour mark when he curled the ball brilliantly into the far corner following a cross from Max Aarons - his 17th league goal of the season.
However, Sharp headed home a Mark Duffy cross on 78 minutes to salvage a point for the visitors.
Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting eleven and bench for the game, with Emi Buendia having recovered from a dead leg picked up against Birmingham.
Both sides looked confident in phases and it was City who had the first strike on goal. Marco Stiepermann’s free-kick from the left was cleared but only as Hernandez who sent a dipping volley to test Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
City made the most of their enterprising start and took the lead on 11 minutes. A beautifully engineered move ended with Teemu Pukki playing in the advancing Hernandez and he showed composure to slot the ball under the onrushing Henderson.
There was no let-up in City’s superiority and they continued to search for another. On 15 minutes, Pukki fed Buendia in a central position just outside the box but his first-time strike was straight at Henderson. Moments later, Mario Vrancic met a Buendia corner but he nodded wide under pressure.
United’s best move of the opening quarter came on 22 minutes when George Baldock moved the ball inside to Kieran Dowell but the midfielder made a mess of his effort as it sailed harmlessly wide.
That sparked a bout of Blades pressure and City were having to be alert to prevent threats to Tim Krul’s goal. On the half hour mark, Gary Madine sent a low strike destined for the target, but Tom Trybull produced an outstanding block.
City then seized back the initiative and a moment of magic from Buendia almost gave City a second. He played a one-two with Pukki before nutmegging Jack O’Connell and shooting narrowly over from close-range.
However, a lapse in concentration at the back allowed Sheffield United the opportunity to equalise on the stroke of half-time. Buendia was penalised for a foul on Enda Stevens in the area and Sharp smashed home the spot-kick to level.
The Blades almost took the lead within seconds of the restart. Chris Basham fed the ball back into the danger area following a corner and Billy Sharp could only nod against the crossbar with his back to goal.
Minutes later, the ball was worked to John Fleck on the edge of the area but he shot wide despite being under little pressure.
City were on the backfoot but managed to regain the lead just before the hour mark. The loose ball fell kindly to Tom Trybull on the edge of the area but he unselfishly played it wide to Max Aarons, instead of going for goal himself. Aarons then picked out Pukki in the area and he curled the ball over Henderson and into the corner.
Within minutes, Gary Madine tried his luck from distance and the ball was arrowing towards the top corner, only for Tim Krul to produce an outstanding save at full stretch.
As the game entered the final ten minutes, the scores were level once more. Mark Duffy's cross from the right was met by Sharp and he headed low past Krul and that proved to be the final telling piece of action from the game.