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Late Jordan Rhodes goal earns City a point against West Brom

12 January 2019

A late Jordan Rhodes goal gave Norwich a share of the points in a 1-1 draw away at West Brom.

The Baggies took the lead early on with Dwight Gayle sliding home a Mason Holgate cross, and after getting the opener the hosts went on to dominate the first half.

Norwich got into their rhythm much better in the second half, with substitute Rhodes going on to score his ninth goal for the Club in all competitions.

Daniel Farke made two changes from the last league game against Brentford, with Emi Buendia and Jamal Lewis both returning to the team after being out with ankle and hamstring injuries. Louis Thompson was also named on the bench for the first time since dislocating his shoulder in the game against Aston Villa in October.

Five minutes in and Norwich had their first attack with a cross from Onel Hernandez only being cleared as far as Buendia who hit it on the volley, but his shot bounced off the ground for Sam Johnstone to easily collect.

Both sides enjoyed time on the ball in the opening 10 minutes, but the Baggies soon started to look dangerous and dominate the game. Tim Krul was called into action to punch away a Mason Holgate cross which fell to Kieran Gibbs, but he could only hit it over from just inside the area.

Moments later West Brom took the lead as Dwight Gayle slid home another cross from Holgate at the near post. The hosts kept pressing and were awarded a free-kick on the right after Hernandez brought down Holgate. Chris Brunt delivered the ball, but it was headed away by the City defence.

Holgate continued to cause problems for City with another cross headed away by Alex Tettey but only as far as Hal Robson-Kanu whose shot went wide. Norwich struggled to get their rhythm and failed to test Johnstone any further.

Half an hour in and City won their first corner. Mario Vrancic’s delivery was headed away, but Tettey flicked the ball back in to Teemu Pukki who headed it at goal. However Johnstone did well to make the save and put it behind for another corner.

Norwich picked up the pace from there with Buendia and Jamal Lewis helping Norwich push forward. The Canaries won two further consecutive corners but West Brom’s defence stayed strong and cleared both away from danger. 

West Brom came out of the break straight on the attack, with Krul making some crucial saves to keep Norwich in the game. Just a couple of passes after kick-off Robson-Kanu forced Krul to tip the ball over the bar with a long-range strike. Their corner cross then fell to Gareth Barry who hit it well, but his effort was beaten away by the Norwich stopper.

City hit straight back with Vrancic finding Pukki in the area, but the Finn’s left-footed strike just went over the bar. Norwich started to look more of a threat finding space down the right, but still struggled to test Johnstone.

Farke made his first substitution after 67 minutes, with Dennis Srbeny replacing Buendia. The City striker instantly got involved with a shot after swivelling around his defender, but his low effort was palmed away by the Baggies keeper.

Another chance came for Norwich after Craig Dawson misjudged a header, with the ball falling to Pukki who had a free shot at goal. However, his effort rolled wide.

The ball continued to go from end to end, but Norwich still struggled to get a shot at goal. Farke made two further changes with 10 minutes to go, with Jordan Rhodes replacing Todd Cantwell and Kenny McLean on for Lewis.

The Canaries were awarded a free-kick close to the corner spot after Gayle brought down Hernandez. McLean’s initial cross was beaten away by the West Brom defence, but the Scotsman collected the ball and put it into the box again, where Rhodes was waiting to tap it home and bring City level.

Both teams continued to fight for the ball, with Krul called into action with 90 minutes gone, making a brilliant save to deny Robson-Kanu the winner.

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