West Brom ended Norwich’s six-game winning streak as he earned a well-deserved point on Carrow Road.
Dara O’Shea was left unmarked six yards in the back corner to head in a direct free kick from Jon Swift and give Baggies an early lead.
Gabriel Sarah almost equalized on his first league start of the season when his shot hit the corner of the crossbar.
West Bromwich Albion looked comfortable but held their seventh draw of the season when Timo Pukki’s shot hit teammate Sam Byram and goalkeeper David Button’s wrong foot.
Conor Townsend made a goal-saving challenge to deny Byram, Button saved from Kieran Doyle, but a late winner in Norwich would have been tough on Steve Bruce’s side.
The Pages coach reacted to their miserable derby defeat to Birmingham with four changes, and their game plan worked – ceding possession to Norwich in off-putting territory as he looked to the break.
However, they remained just a place above the bottom three with a win in one of their first 10 matches, as Byram’s unintended finish made seven games unbeaten with the Canaries sub-par. And they remain in second place, three points behind leaders Sheffield United.
Norwich entered the game with eight goals in their previous three games as Josh Sargent scored six in their last six, but neither he nor Pukki had sniffed most of the match as Albion kept the hosts at arm’s length.
After O’Shea’s opener in the first half, Jason Mullombe nearly doubled his lead in the hour when he hit a side kick past the post, before Brandon Thomas-Ashanti hit a wide goal.
But Bhagi have scored more than once only twice this season and moments later were forced to pay when the hosts’ equalizer was allowed to stand despite strong protests that Byram had touched the ball.
Steve Bruce, head of West Brom, told BBC WM 95.6:
“It’s tough at the moment because we came here again and we played very well and I’ve been saying that in a lot of games.
“We just have to keep believing it’s going to change. I still think we’re close, but I know we have to get two wins together.
“But keep playing like this and we’ll be fine. In the end it will turn out for us.”
[On the Norwich equaliser]: When she sees eight or nine she likes [handball], around the ball, then you understand that it is. I must say that the three officials did not do their job sufficiently, for me, all day long.”
formation – composition 4-3-3
- 2AaronsBooked in 58 minutes
- 4for ompams
- 26Nuneshas been replaced bydoylein 78 ‘Minutes
- 17Sarah Gomezhas been replaced byHernandezin 60′Minutes
- 20symbolichas been replaced byCantwellin 88 ‘Minutes
formation – composition 4-2-3-1
- 2FurlongBooked in 85 minutes
- 14Mulumbihas been replaced byPhilipsin 90 + 2′Minutes
- 17J Wallace
- 11Kanganahas been replaced byReachin 87 ‘Minutes
- 21Thomas Asantehas been replaced byGrantin 78 ‘Minutes
- 29Gardner Hickman
- Thomas Bramal
Match ends, Norwich City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.
The second half ends, Norwich City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. against Tim Kroll.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. against Max Aarons.
Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Eric Peters tries a through pass, but Adam Rich is caught offside.
Alternative, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Jason Mullomby.
Corner, Norwich City. against Conor Townsend.
Attempt is prohibited. Sam Byram (Norwich City) kicks a right-footed shot from the center of the penalty area. Assisted by Kieran Doyle with a through pass.
Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) won with a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jed Wallace (West Bromwich Albion).
Substitution, Norwich City. Todd Cantwell replaces Aaron Ramsay.
Alternative, West Bromwich Albion. Adam Rich replaces Grady Diangana.
Foul by Kieran Doyle (Norwich City).
Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) won with a free kick in the defensive half.
Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Grady Diagana (West Bromwich Albion).
Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) received a yellow card for a bad foul.
Aaron Ramsey (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
False by Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion).
Offside, Norwich City. Grant Hanley tries a through pass, but Onel Hernández is caught offside.