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CANARY SPARKLERS; Norwich 1 Crystal Palace 1.

Norwich turned on a second half supershow to earn a point from an explosive clash that saw Palace reduced to nine men following a late free-for-all.

Top scorer Adams cancelled out Shipperley's lightening-quick strike for the visitors.

But the main talking point was the melee involving 21 players that saw punches traded by both sides.

Only Palace defender Tuttle didn't get involved and after referee Kevin Lynch restored calm he sent Palace pair Muscat and Houghton packing.

Muscat's blatant body check on Eadie sparked the flare-up.

Houghton inexplicably lunged at Eadie, accusing him of taking a dive, and Lynch had little alternative but to flash the red card in the Palace skipper's direction.

The Londoners made a perfect start when Shipperley traded passes with Veart before drilling a low shot beyond Gunn and inside the far post.

But Gunn did more than anyone to keep the Canaries in it. He dived to his right to push away Robert's sizzling 30-yard effort and raced from his line to deny Shipperley as half time approached.

Norwich made an immediate impact after the interval with a determined, positive start that had Palace on the back foot.

Scott and Johnson both came close before Day saved brilliantly to keep out Fleck.

Adams made the break through for Norwich when he picked himself up after being felled by Shipperley.

He took the free kick himself, spotting a gap in the Palace wall and the ball took two deflections on its way into the net.

Norwich boss Mike Walker said: "I'm glad my lads stood up to be counted. They showed a bit of spark that they haven't been showing lately."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Henderson, Mel
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 15, 1996
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