Norwich and West Ham battle to goalless draw

Premier League, Carrow Road - Norwich City 0 West Ham United 0

Norwich City and West Ham United played out a forgettable 0-0 draw in the early Premier League kick-off at Carrow Road.

The outcome - which was probably a fair reflection of a hectic afternoon in which neither side excelled - left Norwich drawing a third consecutive league match for the first time since 1995, while West Ham remain without a win at Norwich since 1973.

But West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will probably be the happier with the point on the road having being shredded 3-0 by Swansea on their first away trip in the top flight a few weeks ago.

West Ham were fortunate to avoid conceding a penalty a few minutes before half-time when Andrew Surman was brought crashing to the ground by James Collins on the edge of his own box.

It looked a certain penalty on the white line of the box, but referee Chris Foy decided it was a free-kick to the home side before Collins was booked. In hindsight, he was lucky to avoid a straight red card for a horrid challenge. West Ham survived that moment as Robert Snodgrass crashed the free-kick into the wall.

The second half involved a lot of huffing and puffing and poor final balls, with both sides lacking the required quality to find the winning goal.

Norwich substitute Harry Kane blew the home side's clearest chance having replaced Grant Holt on 71 minutes. He was sent racing clear in the final minute by Snodgrass, but could only finish weakly from 15 yards out enabling Jussi Jaaskelainen to make a comfortable stop.

Kane then played provider in injury time when he picked out Snodgrass, but this time the Scotland midfielder's effort was deflected over his bar by Joey O'Brien with Jaaskelainen beaten.

West Ham looked the more dangerous side in the opening moments after Surman had flashed a shot wide for Norwich.

Matt Taylor should have scored on 15 minutes when he drove the ball wide from open play after Russell Martin had cleared Carlton Cole's header from Vaz Te's cross with John Ruddy beaten in the home goal.

Martin was then left marking fresh air as Kevin Nolan bundled the ball goalwards on 21 minutes, but this time Ruddy did superbly well to swipe the ball away.

Jaaskelainen was equally impressive in the West Ham goal as he made solid saves in the first period to deny Snodgrass and Holt before tipping Simeon Jackson's scorching 20 yarder over on 52 minutes as it became clear there would be no goals from the day.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Jussi Jaaskelainen - The West Ham United goalkeeper made several excellent saves when he was called upon to ensure his side a valuable point.

PLAYER RATINGS

NORWICH: Ruddy 7, Russell Martin 6, Barnett 6, Bassong 6, Garrido 6, Snodgrass 6, Howson 6, Johnson 6, Surman 7, Holt 7, Jackson 7 SUBS: Morison 6, Kane 6

WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen 7, Demel 6, Reid 6, Collins 5, O'Brien 6, Diame 6, Noble 6, Vaz Te 5, Nolan 6, Taylor 5, Cole 6 SUBS: Jarvis 6, Maiga 6, Benayoun 6

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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