Derby 1-1 Norwich: James Maddison penalty earns draw for Canaries
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 10/02/18 6:46pm
James Maddison kept his nerve with a coolly-taken second-half penalty to earn Norwich a 1-1 draw against promotion-chasing Derby in a controversial game at Pride Park.
The midfielder converted the second spot-kick of the afternoon after Scott Carson had saved Nelson Oliveira's first-half penalty following the goalkeeper's foul on Maddison.
The home side had gone ahead through Matej Vydra's 17th league goal of the season - but the Canaries fought back and were good value for a draw that could see Derby overtaken in second place by Aston Villa tomorrow.
Derby had not conceded a goal in their previous four league games but they came close to going behind in the ninth minute following a mistake by Curtis Davies.
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The centre-back was muscled off the ball by Oliveira, who took the ball into the area and shot low from 15 yards but Scott Carson it behind for a corner.
Oliveira should have done better and Vydra showed how to finish three minutes later when Norwich were punished for giving the ball away cheaply near the left touchline.
Ikechi Anya ran forward before slipping the ball inside to Vydra, who span away from a defender before firing into the bottom right corner from 15 yards.
That was the first goal Norwich had conceded in five away league matches and their former striker Cameron Jerome almost set up a second with a ball that flashed across the face of the six-yard box.
But Norwich had a great chance to draw level when Maddison got through on the right and was caught by Carson after he clipped the ball towards goal.
After consulting with a linesman, Jeremy Simpson awarded a penalty after booking the goalkeeper - but Oliveira's kick lacked power and accuracy and Carson saved low to his right.
Norwich had another strong claim for a penalty rejected just before half-time and Oliveira shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box at the start of the second half.
Davies went close with a header but Carson had to make another save in the 67th minute when Harrison Reed cut the ball back from the right and Oliveira's low shot was blocked.
The visitors won another penalty in the 72nd minute when Oliveira was caught by Tom Huddlestone - and this time Maddison sent Carson to his right before rolling the ball into the left corner.
Oliveira had another chance when he powered through on the right but chose to shoot from a narrow angle instead of picking out a yellow shirt and Carson saved at his near post.
Gary Rowett: "I thought it was a clear dive. I don't like to say that and firstly I thought Maddison was excellent, he's a really talented player and it happens all over the country so I'm not going to vilify one individual. But as he knocked it past Scott Carson he left his leg in for contact.
"He's a young talented player but the fact is I felt he enticed the contact and it was too easy to go to ground but if it was one of my players I would be saying exactly the same thing. I was disappointed with that first penalty but had no problem with the second or that Norwich were better than us. I think today was the poorest we have been for a while and we were very fortunate to keep our unbeaten run going."
Daniel Farke: "I think the result is a scandal because we should have won this game. For the last 75 minutes there was only one team controlling this game. We created so many chances against a team so good at defending and in general a draw at Derby is a really great result because they are second in the table and on an unbeaten run.
"I think it was a clear penalty against James Maddison, for me it was obviously a penalty so compliments to the linesman that he was able to read the situation in the right way."