Norwich fans watched their side go a goal down after only 23 seconds but were left with mixed feelings when the whistle went and the final score was 2-2.

To their credit, none of them really claim the home side deserved to win overall and certainly if the match had gone on any longer then pretty clear who they think would have won it.

Great entertainment for both sets of supporters but one visiting player caught the attention of Norwich fans…

Having had the suspension and Saturday’s visit to Wolves stoking things up thanks to Paul Lambert and Rafa Benitez making an issue of what the home supporters did and didn’t do at Molineux, it looks obvious that Jonjo Shelvey is going to have the focus firmly on him.

There was some contact between Shelvey and Wes Hoolahan in an incident last night, where the Norwich player threw himself to the ground.

Thankfully the referee showed no interest and despite some Norwich fans wanting Jonjo Shelvey punished purely on ‘reputation’ alone, those of saner/fairer minds thought there was little/nothing in it.

What the vast majority did agree on though, was that it is Shelvey who really makes Newcastle tick.

Comments from Norwich fans via their top message boards Pink Un and Norwich.VitalFootball:

‘Newcastle are a terrific side breaking forward and not many sides in this division would be able to keep them quiet all game.’

‘There was a sense of inevitability when Lascelles netted low past Ruddy.

City tried to come again but couldn’t and it was the visitors who looked like nicking it. They might well have done so but for two superb stops by John Ruddy in stoppage time.

In all honesty this was a point won rather than two lost.’

Poor second half. We seem to just be unfit in comparison to the teams at the top of the table. That said I would have taken a point before the game but we must take 6 from the next 2 now.’

‘A point is a decent result. Still doesn’t allay our concerns about our ability to get results against the bigger teams in this division.’

‘A decent battling performance and a draw is a good result after being behind after 23 seconds to the best team in the league.

Whatever you think about Alex Neil it is clear that he has at least got the players battling for him.’

‘A good result in the end but needed MOTM performance by John Ruddy. Newcastle better team and still we haven’t beaten a top 6 team, 5 defeats and 2 draws.’

‘We had the toughest game of the night and everyone else had easy games. Unless we had won, tonight means nothing. We could have done it, but its not like Newcastle got lucky.’

‘Makes you wonder what was the cause of the 9 game drop where Norwich were doing worse than Rotherham.

Did the away loss to Newcastle knock their confidence ? That seemed to be the point where it started.’

‘Breathless stuff.

Devastated that the reward for that game is falling further behind the playoffs. Must kill the players to see that after all they have give.

Other than the 2 cbs, nobody put a foot wrong. Ritchie in Dijks pocket was a joy to watch, Dijks was throwing him around like a rag doll without ever fouling him.

Shelvey got away with it again, big team gets away with red cards repeatedly.

Poor decision for the free kick just before the goal imo – Pritchard cannot disappear, he was going to be flattened by Diame.’

‘Newcastle are on the crest of a wave. To regroup and come back at them was outstanding.

And most sides in our position would have gone on to lose because the momentum was fully with Newcastle.’

An on-song Newcastle have proven to be very difficult to get points off away this season – I think I’m right that they have more away points than home, and had let just 8 in prior to tonight’s game.

Taking these things into consideration, and our injury list, I think it has to be considered a decent point gained.’

‘A cracking atmosphere, with the 2nd half feeling like it was a case of not if but when with regards a Newcastle goal.

All in all a memorable night, and as fans wandered off into the night the feeling must be that it’s still all to play for.’

‘It was a strange opening half hour. We could have been 3-0 down after ten minutes but had Whittaker’s shot gone in we could easily have been 3-1 up.

Can’t complain about the entertainment factor but I think we might end the season thinking what might have been if only we had been more solid at the back.’

‘I was in the South stand near the away fans.

From what I saw, Hoolahan was marking Shelvey and there was a bit of a tussle. Shelvey then turned around and shoulder barged Hoolahan’s face, possibly due to the height difference.

I couldn’t tell if WH was making a meal of it, as he has had a habit of doing so in the past!

It would be nice for JS to get a ban though – he is a key player for them and really, really unlikable!’

‘Overrated Voldemort lookalike. Dirty (and racist) little knob too. Hopefully the FA will watch the video and take some retrospective action.’

‘On the plus side, what a range of passing he has.

Don’t like him, but got to admire what he brings to the team.’

‘I don’t think there was much in it.

He turned to receive the ball from the throw in and literally bumped into Wes, who went straight down holding his face.

Once he got up, Wes was quite apologetic to the other Newcastle players.

If it had been the other way round with, say, Klose and Mitrovic, we’d have been furious at the play acting.’

‘Reminded me of our beloved Grant Holt, every club hated him but secretly you’d kill to have him.

Seemed to have all day on the ball, great range of passing, wind up merchant, puts his foot (shoulder) in, everything you’d want in CM.

Good footballer/bit of a knobhead.’

‘Would disagree with anybody saying he is overated, he was the calmest player on the pitch and controlled the game single handedly, one of the best players in this league by far. But his non footballing antics do let him down.’

‘I remember when he came here as a 16 year old when we were in league one and he was playing for Charlton.

He was a dirty little sod then and wound the Barclay up, I have hated him ever since. Every time he comes here he winds me up more and more.’

‘There game plan was knock it around the back, give it to Shelvey who would hit a (sometimes aimless) ball forward, hoping a forward would run on to it.

How he picked out Gayle in that much space in the last minute I dont know, seemed to just hoof it forward.’

He’s been doing that all season – sitting deep and spraying the passes around.

The wingers hug the touchline to make the pitch as big as possible and, with Gayle running in behind and the full backs bombing on, gives him plenty of opportunities to pick a pass.

That’s exactly what happened when they beat us earlier in the season.’

‘I think we were lucky not to lose about 8-2 we invited them to come at us in the 2nd half…had we have played any deeper we would have been on the road behind the Barclay.

Not many teams have got anything from playing Newcastle this season, so I suppose we have to be thankful for a point…

But not me, game plan all wrong, we were at home and should have been able to win and not be outdone like we were in the 2nd half, I thought at times our football was far superior to Newcastle yet they carved out the greater of the chances…’

‘We were VERY lucky not to lose that game 5-2.’



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