A tame match at Stamford Bridge finished 0-0 which all but ended Chelsea’s already slim title hopes and was not enough for Norwich to have a realistic chance of avoiding relegation to the Championship this season.
A number of penalty shouts were the main talking points of the game, mainly from the home side.
The first one coming five minutes into an uninspiring first half when Michael Turner barged Demba Ba in an off the ball incident inside the box.
Norwich’s shout for a spot kick came when Martin Olsson went down six minutes later.
Ashley Cole won the ball with a pinpoint sliding tackle but Olsson was taken out by John Terry on the follow through, starting penalty claims from the Canaries. Both calls for a penalty ignored by Referee Mike Swarbrick.
Andre Schurrle would be the first player to claim for a penalty in the second period when he was brought down by Alex Tettey but again, referee Swarbrick adjudged the ball was won fairly.
Eden Hazard was the final man to call foul when a wild Ryan Bennett swing caused the Belgian to tumble but on second viewing no contact was made and Hazard fell due him trying to avoid Bennett’s lunge. Demba Ba was ruled out for offside anyway due to the ball coming into his periphery following Hazard’s touch.
David Luiz was the man who would have the main chance of the game when three minutes into the second half he rattled the bar with a ferocious strike after Branislav Ivanovic’s pull back set him up from distance.
Robert Snodgrass had the visitor’s best opportunity when he broke on the counter attack but he took the ball to too tight of an angle and had his shot blocked by Gary Cahill.
The match ended with Hazard coming close, a shot of his palmed away from danger by John Ruddy after the young player of the year jinked away from a few Norwich defenders and then letting fly. Substitute Fernando Torres’ follow up was wayward.
Chelsea were the team more likely to open the scoring in the first 45, largely due to Schurrle. The German hitting a pair of shots at Ruddy from the edge of the area along with setting up Terry for a corner, the Chelsea captain could only head straight at the England international however.
Schurrle’s main contribution though came just after the half hour mark when he picked up a Nemanja Matic pass, turned past Bennett and hit a shot against the outside of the post.
Today’s result leaves the Blues one point off the top two although Liverpool and Manchester City have a game in hand while this result doesn’t help Norwich either. The Norfolk club two points behind Sunderland while the Black Cats boast a game in hand.