Second-placed Norwich avoided back-to-back defeats for the first time this season as they battled back to take a point at Brentford.

Both sides had their chances to take all three points in a game which came to life in the closing stages.

Julian Jeanvier headed Brentford into the lead midway through the first half when he was left unmarked at the near post from a Said Benrahma corner.

Norwich’s leveller was almost identical six minutes from time, when Timm Klose forced a header through Brentford keeper Dan Bentley’s legs.

The Canaries cut Leeds’ lead to two points with the draw after the Whites were beaten at Nottingham Forest.

Brentford have won just once in 10 matches and have now drawn three in a row in a run of games that have produced just two wins in 19 league matches since mid-September.

The Bees are six points above the relegation zone in 18th, but for large parts of the game looked a better side than their current position suggests.

Top scorer Neal Maupay was twice denied by smart saves from Tim Krul in the Norwich goal.

Despite that, the Canaries also had chances to take all three points.

Tom Trybull had a drilled shot palmed away by Bentley while substitute Dennis Srbeny almost claimed a winner in stoppage time when he fired narrowly wide from Teemu Pukki’s cross.

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 26Konsa
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 29Barbet
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 87mins
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 19SawyersBooked at 24minsSubstituted forMcEachranat 79′minutes
  • 3HenryBooked at 66mins
  • 7CanosSubstituted forWatkinsat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Maupay
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forJudgeat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Odubajo
  • 10McEachran
  • 11Watkins
  • 14Da Silva
  • 18Judge
  • 28Daniels
  • 34Bech Sörensen

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37AaronsBooked at 45mins
  • 6ZimmermannBooked at 20mins
  • 15KloseBooked at 45mins
  • 4Godfrey
  • 27TetteySubstituted forRhodesat 51′minutes
  • 8Vrancic
  • 36CantwellSubstituted forSrbenyat 83′minutes
  • 18StiepermannSubstituted forTrybullat 19′minutes
  • 25Hernández
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 2Pinto
  • 7Marshall
  • 11Rhodes
  • 19Trybull
  • 31Hanley
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
9,524

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Norwich City 1.

Foul by Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City).

Josh McEachran (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

Offside, Norwich City. Tim Krul tries a through ball, but Dennis Srbeny is caught offside.

Booking

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Timm Klose (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City).

Daniel Bentley (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Josh McEachran.

Hand ball by Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City).

Attempt saved. Tom Trybull (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Norwich City 1. Timm Klose (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mario Vrancic with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Todd Cantwell.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Trybull.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Said Benrahma.

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford).

Attempt blocked. Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Said Benrahma.

Attempt saved. Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

Booking

Rico Henry (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rico Henry (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Said Benrahma with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Mario Vrancic.

Foul by Todd Cantwell (Norwich City).

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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