10-man Stoke City held Norwich to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road after Bradley Johnson gave the hosts the lead.
Jon Walters' penalty pulled the visitors level before he was sent off minutes later for a challenge on Alex Tettey.
Mark Hughes was forced to make one change to the team that got the 1-0 win over Arsenal last weekend with Peter Odemwingie in for the suspended Charlie Adam. Chris Hughton recalled Ricky Van Wolfswinkel into his starting line-up.
The first real chance of the game fell to Peter Crouch who, after being fed in by Glenn Whelan, found himself one-on-one with the 'keeper but he didn’t put enough power behind his shot.
Eric Pieters put in a cross for Marko Arnautovic but he hit it on the half volley and it sailed over the bar before Geoff Cameron surged forward into the box to set up Crouch but the striker couldn’t reach the oncoming ball.
Norwich hardly troubled the Stoke defence in the opening stages as the visitors controlled the possession but lacked the finish in front of goal.
Nathan Redmond then set up Robert Snodgrass on the edge of the area but the Scottish international couldn’t take advantage of the position he found himself in and fired wide.
Wes Hoolahan then played the ball through to Snodgrass again in the area, this time Asmir Begovic had to pull off a fine save to deny him and keep the game level.
Stoke were awarded a free-kick in Adam territory when Odemwingie was brought down on the edge of the area, Arnautovic stepped up and wasted the opportunity as Stoke continued to lack that finish in front of goal.
Norwich came out fighting for the second half and were awarded a free-kick after Marc Wilson brought down Snodgrass near the corner flag. The Scottish international took the kick and Johnson jumped up to poke the ball in from six yards to break the deadlock and put the pressure back on Stoke.
The Canaries kept up the pressure after going in front and Redmond thought he had doubled their advantage when he unleashed a drive from the edge of the area but Begovic got down to make a finger-tip save.
Hughes brought on John Guidetti for Odemwingie in an attempt to see Stoke score away from home but it seemed their efforts were in vain.
Guidetti wasn’t on the pitch for long when he won Stoke a penalty after he was brought down by Sébastien Bassong in the area. Walters stepped up for the second time in two games and much like last week against Arsenal, the Irishman side-footed the ball into the top corner to pull Stoke back into the game.
Walters went from hero to villain in the space of a few minutes when his tackle on Tettey was judged to be worthy of a red card by referee Andre Marriner and Stoke were down to 10 men.
Guidetti was then subbed off for Stephen Ireland and seemed to fully understand the situation as he took up his place on the bench.
The hosts piled on the pressure in the closing stages and took advantage of the extra man but couldn’t score the goal that would have seen them climb above Stoke in the table.
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