Crystal Palace dropped into the Premier League relegation zone after an absorbing draw with 10-man Norwich at a rain-soaked Selhurst Park.

In trying conditions, a tight first half came to life as Bradley Johnson curled in an opener for the Canaries.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich: Tony Pulis looking to add quality in January

Marouane Chamakh should have been sent off soon after for a push, before Jason Puncheon equalised with a penalty.

Gary Hooper and Cameron Jerome wasted good chances after the break, as Leroy Fer was dismissed for a second booking.

When manager Tony Pulis began life at Palace with a 1-0 defeat at Norwich on 30 November, his side sat bottom of the table with only seven points from 13 games.

Their subsequent resurgence had brought three wins from six matches and hauled them out of the bottom three - but the draw with the Canaries and Fulham's 2-1 victory over West Ham has seen them drop back to 18th.

Nor did the result do much for Norwich's hopes of pulling away from danger, and they remain without a top-flight win since 7 December.

The game - preceded by a minute's applause for former Palace chairman Ron Noades, who died of cancer on Christmas Eve aged 76 - began in a very strong wind, although the heavy rain that had threatened the game prior to kick-off relented slightly.

Referee Mike Dean checks the condition of the pitch before Crystal Palace host Norwich

Referee Mike Dean checks the condition of the pitch before the match amid heavy rain at Selhurst Park

But conditions were no excuse as Palace winger Puncheon embarrassingly miscued a volley, before captain Mile Jedinak did rather better from a free-kick, shooting narrowly over.

Jerome then inexplicably skied an effort when unmarked at the back post after Puncheon had latched onto a slack pass by Canaries defender Sebastien Bassong and picked him out.

But with the rain teeming down again with 10 minutes of the first half remaining, the match came to life.

Against the run of play, Norwich scored the opener as Hooper stole the ball off a hesitant Danny Gabbidon and squared to the onrushing Johnson, who slotted in a measured shot from the edge of the area for his second goal of the season.

Ruffled by that setback, Palace striker Chamakh was lucky to escape with a booking after flooring Wes Hoolahan with a push to the face.

As the hosts rallied, Martin Olsson headed a Jerome header off the line and from the ensuing corner Fer bundled over Jedinak and referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot. Puncheon stepped up to equalise.

Chamakh should have seen red - Hughton

Olsson went close for Norwich with a low shot immediately after the break, before Jerome was wasteful again as he shot over when well-placed after England goalkeeper John Ruddy flapped at a corner.

Only Fulham have conceded more top-flight goals than Norwich, and Palace continued to test the visitors' defence as Puncheon tested Ruddy twice after cutting in from the right.

The Canaries retained a threat of their own, however, and Hooper went close to what would have been a sixth goal in 10 games after a smart turn-and-shot from the edge of the box.

Visiting substitute Johan Elmander was then left bloodied after catching a Jedinak elbow as the pair jumped for a header, before a wild tackle on Jedinak saw Fer dismissed for a second booking.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis:

"I think [referee] Mike Dean did really well to get the game on. I have played in worse conditions, but they were difficult today.

"I thought we controlled the game better in the second half. You need a bit of quality to win games, but maybe we needed a bit more patience and time.

"We will hopefully bring one or two more in this January with a bit of quality, but the same desire, as the players we already have."

Norwich manager Chris Hughton:

"By the time we got the goal, it was likely to be us who created something. Almost certainly [Chamakh should have been sent off], by the letter of the law a push in the face is a sending off.

"We felt we had a real opportunity. The conditions were very difficult.

"At any stage before the sending off, we felt we could win it."

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Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 03 Mariappa
  • 02 Ward
  • 08 Dikgacoi Booked (Parr - 45' )
  • 19 Gabbidon
  • 27 Delaney
  • 13 Puncheon
  • 15 Jedinak Booked
  • 29 Chamakh Booked
  • 30 Jerome (Gayle - 62' )
  • 07 Bolasie (Williams - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Parr
  • 09 Phillips
  • 16 Gayle
  • 20 Williams
  • 21 Moxey
  • 34 Price
  • 46 Bannan

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 03 Whittaker
  • 23 Olsson
  • 10 Fer Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Turner (R Bennett - 54' )
  • 05 Bassong Nguena
  • 07 Snodgrass
  • 04 Johnson
  • 11 Hooper (Martin - 85' )
  • 14 Hoolahan Booked (Elmander - 69' )
  • 22 Redmond

Substitutes

  • 02 Martin
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel
  • 13 Bunn
  • 16 Elmander
  • 19 Becchio
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 31 Murphy
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 25,189

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

4 5

Corners

9 4

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Norwich City 1.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Norwich City 1.

90:00 +2:32

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:32

Foul by Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace).

90:00 +1:50

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

90:00 +1:50

Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:53

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Joel Ward.

88:30

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

88:30

Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:52

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:52

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

84:34

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

84:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Russell Martin replaces Gary Hooper.

83:40

Johan Elmander (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:40

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

81:57 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Leroy Fer (Norwich City) for a bad foul.

81:51

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

81:51

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:45

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

79:45

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jonathan Williams replaces Yannick Bolasie.

78:12

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

78:10

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:28

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:28

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

76:48

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:48

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

75:38

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

75:01

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

69:50

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:50

Foul by Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace).

68:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Johan Elmander replaces Wes Hoolahan.

67:19

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

63:57

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

63:09

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

62:11

Attempt saved. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mile Jedinak with a headed pass.

61:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Cameron Jerome.

61:23

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

61:23

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:32

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:32

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

57:47

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

57:45

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

55:24

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien Delaney with a cross.

55:14

Attempt missed. Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross following a corner.

54:46

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by John Ruddy.

53:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett replaces Michael Turner because of an injury.

52:39

Delay in match Michael Turner (Norwich City) because of an injury.

52:10

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mile Jedinak following a corner.

51:31

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Michael Turner.

50:00

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a through ball.

45:52

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by John Ruddy.

45:00

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 1, Norwich City 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jonathan Parr replaces Kagisho Dikgacoi.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Norwich City 1.

45:00 +0:41

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:41

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

43:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Norwich City 1. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

42:55 Booking

Booking Leroy Fer (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42:26

Penalty conceded by Leroy Fer (Norwich City) after a foul in the penalty area.

42:26

Penalty Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak draws a foul in the penalty area.

42:01

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

41:56

Attempt blocked. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Ward with a cross.

41:24

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

40:52 Booking

Booking Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

40:51 Booking

Booking Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

39:51

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

39:51

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Norwich City 1. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

36:38

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Daniel Gabbidon.

34:08

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

30:01

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross.

27:01

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:01

Dangerous play by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

26:15

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adrian Mariappa.

23:58

Offside, Norwich City. Bradley Johnson tries a through ball, but Wes Hoolahan is caught offside.

22:33

Attempt missed. Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

21:58

Foul by Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City).

21:58

Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:18

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

15:48 Booking

Booking Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

15:39

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:39

Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

11:47

Attempt missed. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

10:54

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:54

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

8:03

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joel Ward with a cross.

5:42

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

5:42

Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:57

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

2:41

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross following a set piece situation.

2:07

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:07

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

0:10

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

0:10

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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