A superb goalkeeping display from Cardiff's David Marshall denied Norwich City all three points at Carrow Road in their first Premier League meeting.

Chris Hughton's side created several opportunities but were thwarted by the Scottish goalkeeper.

Disallowed goal confuses Hughton

Marshall made excellent stops from Jonny Howson, Gary Hooper, Nathan Redmond and Leroy Fer.

Opposite number John Ruddy also reacted brilliantly to block Jordon Mutch's first-half shot for the Bluebirds.

The result leaves Norwich, who have won only one of their last five games, in 18th place on eight points.

Cardiff are one point better off, with manager Malky Mackay's attentions now focused on the first all-Welsh Premier League match against Swansea on 3 November.

The first half contained an incredible 16 efforts on goal, with superb last-ditch defending preventing either side from breaking the deadlock.

Attacking Norwich

  • Including blocked efforts, Norwich had 31 shots against Cardiff - the most by any side in a Premier League game this season

Former Norwich keeper Marshall came to Cardiff's rescue on a number of occasions, blocking long-range efforts from Howson and striker Hooper, who has yet to score in the league, before producing a double-save to deny the pair again just before the break.

And when Marshall found himself in no man's land from a corner, team-mate Peter Whittingham was on hand to block Leroy Fer's beautifully controlled volley on the line.

Home goalkeeper Ruddy also impressed, first when he blocked Jordon Mutch's point-blank shot with his face and then when he turned South Korean Kim Bo-Kyung's low drive around the post.

There were fewer clear-cut chances after the interval, but the second half still delivered on goalmouth action, with the majority of the action in the visitors' area.

Marshall is a top keeper - Mackay

Hooper, whose manager still believes he can force his way into the England World Cup squad, was again heavily involved.

The striker headed a foot over from six yards before Robert Snodgrass failed to make good contact on his sumptuous ball.

Norwich manager Hughton brought on Netherlands forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Nathan Redmond, with the England Under-21 international twice stinging Marshall's palms.

With five minutes remaining, Fer - who signed for the Canaries in the summer - should have opened the scoring but directed his effort straight at the keeper.

The match ended controversially when Fer kicked the ball into an empty net from a throw-in instead of passing back to Marshall after the ball had initially been kicked out of play to allow a home player to get treatment.

Cardiff blues

  • Cardiff have a terrible record at Carrow Road, winning only twice in 23 league visits

Referee Michael Jones disallowed the goal.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton:

"Credit to Cardiff. They came here and defended very well. On the balance of chances, we should have won.

"We haven't scored, although it's not down to the lack of endeavour or the way we played. It's frustrating because it's one that should have been three points. Their keeper has had a very good day.

"As the game went on, you thought the goal was going to come. Perhaps in the end you thought one of those goals would be an own goal or come via a deflection."

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay:

"I don't think Fer actually meant to put the ball into the net. If the referee had given it then Chris [Hughton] probably would have allowed us to go up the other end and put the ball in the net.

"Regarding Norwich's efforts on goal, we knew they could shoot from distance. They had long-range strikes that David [Marshall] dealt with very well. For two-and-a-half years he's been excellent for me.

"I've pointed out to my team the importance of picking up points on the road. Today we stifled Norwich and got a clean sheet."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Martin
  • 23 Olsson
  • 27 Tettey Booked
  • 06 Turner
  • 05 Bassong
  • 07 Snodgrass
  • 08 Howson (van Wolfswinkel - 87' )
  • 11 Hooper (Elmander - 72' )
  • 10 Fer
  • 12 Pilkington (Redmond - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Whittaker
  • 04 Johnson
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel
  • 16 Elmander
  • 20 Nash
  • 22 Redmond
  • 24 R Bennett

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 28 Théophile-Catherine
  • 03 Taylor
  • 08 Medel (Bellamy - 72' )
  • 04 Caulker
  • 06 Turner
  • 11 Odemwingie Booked (Cowie - 45' )
  • 13 Kim (Gunnarsson - 45' )
  • 10 Campbell
  • 18 Mutch
  • 07 Whittingham

Substitutes

  • 05 Hudson
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 19 Cowie
  • 20 Mason
  • 23 Maynard
  • 32 Lewis
  • 39 Bellamy
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 26,846

Match Stats

Shots

31 6

On target

10 4

Corners

13 2

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Norwich City 0, Cardiff City 0.

90:00 +5:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, Cardiff City 0.

90:00 +3:32

Attempt saved. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

90:00 +2:38

Attempt missed. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

90:00 +2:14

Hand ball by Don Cowie (Cardiff City).

90:00 +1:22

Attempt missed. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

90:00 +1:18

Attempt blocked. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:16

Attempt blocked. Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

90:00 +1:12

Attempt saved. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

90:00 +0:29

Attempt saved. Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

89:21

Attempt missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

88:31

Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

87:44

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:44

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

86:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Ricky van Wolfswinkel replaces Jonathan Howson.

84:15

Attempt missed. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander Tettey with a cross.

81:57

Offside, Cardiff City. Kévin Théophile-Catherine tries a through ball, but Craig Bellamy is caught offside.

80:52

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

80:52

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:25

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

77:15

Attempt missed. Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

76:43

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Marshall.

76:39

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

75:10

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

74:28

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Craig Bellamy.

73:08

Attempt missed. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sébastien Bassong with a cross following a corner.

72:30

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Marshall.

72:28

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

71:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Bellamy replaces Gary Medel.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Johan Elmander replaces Gary Hooper.

71:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond replaces Anthony Pilkington.

70:15

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:15

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

69:57

Attempt saved. Gary Medel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

66:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

65:38

Delay in match Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

63:40

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:33

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

62:33

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:43

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:43

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

59:40

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:40

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

58:06 Booking

Booking Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:01

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

58:01

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:31

Attempt missed. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) header from very close range is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

56:00

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Don Cowie.

55:21

Attempt blocked. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

54:17

Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).

54:17

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:40

Offside, Norwich City. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Gary Hooper is caught offside.

48:59

Michael Turner (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:59

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

45:00

Second Half begins Norwich City 0, Cardiff City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Don Cowie replaces Peter Odemwingie.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Kim Bo-Kyung.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Norwich City 0, Cardiff City 0.

44:00

Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:02

Attempt missed. Russell Martin (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

42:48

Attempt missed. Russell Martin (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

42:20

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Marshall.

42:17

Attempt saved. Jonathan Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

41:38

Attempt saved. Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

40:59

Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:23

Attempt saved. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

38:45

Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

34:24

Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).

34:24

Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:56

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

31:55

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:55

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City).

31:18

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

29:36

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City).

29:36

Andrew Taylor (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:05

Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

28:40

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

28:03

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Marshall.

28:01

Attempt saved. Jonathan Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

27:28

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ben Turner.

26:45

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

26:44

Attempt blocked. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer with a through ball.

24:47

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by John Ruddy.

24:43

Attempt saved. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

23:38

Offside, Norwich City. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Russell Martin is caught offside.

22:55 Booking

Booking Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:50

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:50

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City).

21:22

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

20:47

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:47

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City).

19:26

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:26

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

16:07

Offside, Cardiff City. Kévin Théophile-Catherine tries a through ball, but Fraizer Campbell is caught offside.

13:34

Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

13:02

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Michael Turner.

11:54

Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:54

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

10:50

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:50

Foul by Jonathan Howson (Norwich City).

10:13

Attempt blocked. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

8:50

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

6:59

Offside, Cardiff City. David Marshall tries a through ball, but Fraizer Campbell is caught offside.

5:56

Attempt missed. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass following a corner.

5:32

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Kévin Théophile-Catherine.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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