“Not our best tonight”, “Krul haters got anything to say?” – Some Norwich fans share mixed opinions after 2-2 draw vs Bristol City + Match Report

Bristol City 2-2 Norwich City: The Canaries relinquish top spot in the table

Norwich City showed their fighting spirit yet again to draw 2-2 at Bristol City and stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games.

Daniel Farke’s high-flying Norwich City took the lead 39th minute, as Marco Stiepermann collected Teemu Pukki’s lay-off and curled a delightful effort into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box.

Bristol City hit back through Famara Diedhiou right at the stroke of half time. The hosts took a 2-1 lead through Callum O’Dowda, who lashed a powerful strike in off the underside of the bar to completely change the course of the game.

But Norwich never gave up and equalised through Max Aarons’ header 12 minutes from time. But the Canaries must thank their goalkeeper Tim Krul as he was the crucial man for much of the first half, making two excellent saves to keep out Jamie Paterson and Josh Brownhill’s long-range efforts when the game was goalless.

Farke’s side looked dangerous on the counter-attack, with Teemu Pukki going clean through on goal in the 25th minute but seeing his low drive saved by Finland teammate Niki Maenpaa. After Krul made two fantastic saves, Norwich broke the deadlock through Stiepermann.

Zimmermann picked out Pukki with a long ball behind the Bristol defence and the Finnish forward teed up Stiepermann, who curled a fine left-footed effort around Maenpaa and into the bottom-left corner. But Norwich’s lead didn’t last for long as Diedhiou powered a low shot from 15 yards which deflected off Zimmermann and beyond Krul’s grateful gloves.

The Canaries had a glorious chance to reclaim the lead just a few minutes after half time when Emi Buendia nodded the ball down to Pukki on the edge of the box, only for the Bristol goalkeeper to smartly get down and hold the low shot.

Bristol delivered a sucker punch when they took a 2-1 lead through Callum O’Dowda. Bristol’s second goal saw Farke throwing on Jordan Rhodes and Onel Hernandez and switching to a 3-5-2 formation. And the move paid off it immediately as Aarons nodded in at the back post following a brilliant Onel Hernandez cross.

Despite the equaliser, Norwich were not satisfied and pushed for the late winner. They came closest through Grant Hanley in the injury-time, but his effort was held by Maenpaa as the Canaries dropped two vital points on the road.

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Despite dropping points at Bristol and losing top spot to Leeds United, some Norwich fans remained upbeat. Here’s how they reacted on Twitter.

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