Norwich 0-0 Fulham- Match Report
Report of match 9th February 2013
Norwich 0-0 Fulham- Match Report.
Stalemate at Carrow Road
Norwich and Fulham laboured to a goalless draw in their Barclays Premier League clash at Carrow Road.
While a point will edge both sides closer towards safely, there was little creative spark.
New Norwich signing Luciano Becchio, in for injured captain Grant Holt who suffered a back spasm this morning, headed a couple of half-chances wide.
Even the return for Dimitar Berbatov from a hamstring injury could not inspire Fulham, with a 25-yard effort from Steve Sidwell at the start of the second half about the best of the visitors' few chances.
Berbatov missed last weekend's defeat at Manchester United and soon needed more treatment after he was caught in the face by high boot from Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson and had to go off to the changing room to have stitches in a blooded nose.
Norwich almost made their man advantage count as Elliott Bennett's run down the left found defender Javier Garrido in the left side of the penalty area.
The on-loan Lazio man pulled the ball back to Becchio but his first-time shot lacked pace and was straight at Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer.
At the other end, Damien Duff saw his effort blocked by Michael Turner.
After 14 minutes, Norwich broke quickly through Wes Hoolahan. The Republic of Ireland midfielder carried the ball to the edge of the Fulham area before knocking it out wide to the right but Alex Tettey's low cross through the six-yard box was hacked clear.
Berbatov's clever flick released Duff on the overlap down the Fulham left but his angled shot was deflected over the crossbar.
Norwich defender Russell Martin, captain in place of Holt, planted a free header wide from Johnson's deep ball into the Fulham penalty area.
Emmanuel Frimpong, on loan from Arsenal, was booked for tugging back Robert Snodgrass and referee Howard Webb had the yellow card out again when Bennett chopped down Hugo Rodallega as Fulham looked to break after they had cleared the free-kick.
Becchio headed a deep right-wing cross from Martin over the bar as the game remained goalless at half-time.
Fulham started the second half brightly, with midfielder Sidwell testing Norwich keeper Mark Bunn with a 20-yard effort.
Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong then took the full force of Bryan Ruiz's strike in his face as the visitors stepped up a gear.
The hosts finally produced some pressure of their own as the hour mark passed, with Snodgrass again the creator down the right before Bennett crashed in a goalbound effort which was blocked by Cottagers captain Brede Hangeland.
Fulham made a change after 64 minutes when Frimpong was replaced by Holland defender Urby Emanuelson, on loan from AC Milan.
Both sides made a substitution with 15 minutes left as Mladen Petric replaced Rodallega for Fulham, while Norwich sent on Canada forward Simeon Jackson, as Bennett was withdrawn.
Johnson stabbed wide from the edge of the box before Kei Kamara, on-loan from MLS side the Sporting Kansas City, came on to replace Becchio for the closing stages of a match which desperately needed a spark.
However, the Sierra Leone international's main contribution was to clatter into Schwarzer at a corner as the game fizzled out.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Carrow Road Attendance: 26,816|
||0 - 0||Fulham
|90+0||Free kick awarded for a foul by Stanislav Manolev on Simeon Jackson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Javier Garrido from left wing, clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.|
|90+0||Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Damien Duff.|
|90+0||Stanislav Manolev produces a cross, Russell Martin makes a clearance. Urby Emanuelson has an effort at goal. Bradley Johnson gets a block in.|
|90+0||Ashkan Dejagah fouled by Javier Garrido, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff from right wing, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.|
|90||Foul by Kei Kamara on Mark Schwarzer, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick. Ashkan Dejagah joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bryan Ruiz.|
|89||Shot from 18 yards by Simeon Jackson. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.|
|88||Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Brede Hangeland.|
|88||The ball is sent over by Bradley Johnson, John Arne Riise makes a clearance.|
|87||Mladen Petric sends in a cross, save by Mark Bunn.|
|86||Foul by Stanislav Manolev on Wesley Hoolahan, free kick awarded. Stanislav Manolev shown a yellow card. Centre by Javier Garrido, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Kei Kamara goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|85||(Norwich) makes a substitution, with Kei Kamara coming on for Luciano Becchio.|
|85||Russell Martin crosses the ball. Bradley Johnson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.|
|85||A cross is delivered by Javier Garrido, Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.|
|82||Simeon Jackson is caught offside. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.|
|81||Foul by Simeon Jackson on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.|
|80||Effort from 20 yards by Simeon Jackson. Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.|
|79||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Urby Emanuelson. Russell Martin takes the free kick.|
|79||The referee blows for offside against Simeon Jackson. Philippe Senderos takes the indirect free kick.|
|77||Steve Sidwell challenges Luciano Becchio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Snodgrass takes the direct free kick.|
|76||Damien Duff challenges Michael Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Bunn.|
|75||(Norwich) makes a substitution, with Simeon Jackson coming on for Elliott Bennett.|
|75||Mladen Petric replaces Hugo Rodallega.|
|72||A cross is delivered by John Arne Riise, clearance by Javier Garrido.|
|70||Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Schwarzer.|
|69||Damien Duff produces a cross, clearance made by Michael Turner.|
|68||Urby Emanuelson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan. Wesley Hoolahan takes the free kick.|
|66||Bryan Ruiz has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|65||Dimitar Berbatov delivers the ball.|
|64||A cross is delivered by Elliott Bennett, John Arne Riise manages to make a clearance.|
|63||Emmanuel Frimpong challenges Elliott Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Urby Emanuelson replaces Emmanuel Frimpong. Free kick crossed left-footed by Bradley Johnson from left channel, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.|
|61||Shot from 20 yards by Elliott Bennett. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.|
|61||Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.|
|61||The ball is sent over by Elliott Bennett, Damien Duff makes a clearance.|
|60||Robert Snodgrass takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Brede Hangeland.|
|60||Russell Martin sends in a cross, John Arne Riise makes a clearance.|
|59||Hugo Rodallega fouled by Wesley Hoolahan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.|
|57||Steve Sidwell fouled by Robert Snodgrass, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Snodgrass goes into the book. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Frimpong.|
|56||Unfair challenge on Elliott Bennett by Emmanuel Frimpong results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Robert Snodgrass.|
|55||Bradley Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Ruiz. Direct free kick taken by Bryan Ruiz.|
|53||Shot from 25 yards from Bryan Ruiz. Blocked by Sebastien Bassong.|
|52||Alexander Tettey crosses the ball, save made by Mark Schwarzer.|
|51||The ball is sent over by John Arne Riise, Javier Garrido manages to make a clearance.|
|49||Stanislav Manolev produces a cross, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.|
|48||Effort on goal by Steve Sidwell from 25 yards. Mark Bunn makes a save.|
|45||Centre by Stanislav Manolev.|
|45||Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.|
|45+0||Wesley Hoolahan crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Luciano Becchio misses to the right of the target.|
|45+0||Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.|
|45+0||Effort from just outside the area by Elliott Bennett goes over the target.|
|42||Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz played to the near post, Bradley Johnson makes a clearance.|
|42||Dimitar Berbatov sends in a cross, clearance by Russell Martin.|
|40||Philippe Senderos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio. Direct free kick taken by Wesley Hoolahan.|
|39||Russell Martin delivers the ball, Luciano Becchio has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.|
|36||Elliott Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega. Elliott Bennett receives a caution. Direct free kick taken by Philippe Senderos.|
|36||Shot by Bradley Johnson. Steve Sidwell gets a block in.|
|36||A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.|
|35||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Emmanuel Frimpong. Booking for Emmanuel Frimpong. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, John Arne Riise manages to make a clearance.|
|34||Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Elliott Bennett.|
|32||Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio. Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Brede Hangeland.|
|30||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Brede Hangeland. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, save made by Mark Schwarzer.|
|30||Javier Garrido produces a cross, Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.|
|29||Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Luciano Becchio. Bradley Johnson restarts play with the free kick.|
|28||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stanislav Manolev by Elliott Bennett. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.|
|24||Centre by Bradley Johnson, Headed effort from inside the area by Russell Martin misses to the left of the target.|
|24||Elliott Bennett delivers the ball, clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.|
|23||Philippe Senderos challenges Luciano Becchio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Javier Garrido takes the free kick.|
|18||Damien Duff takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Russell Martin.|
|18||Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Russell Martin.|
|12||The ball is crossed by Alexander Tettey, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.|
|11||Centre by Bradley Johnson, save by Mark Schwarzer.|
|9||Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Tettey. Michael Turner restarts play with the free kick.|
|8||A cross is delivered by Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance. Damien Duff takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.|
|6||Shot from just outside the area by Elliott Bennett goes over the bar.|
|5||Stanislav Manolev gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliott Bennett. Free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.|
|5||The ball is sent over by Javier Garrido, Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.|
|1||Dimitar Berbatov fouled by Bradley Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Philippe Senderos.|
|-||The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass.|