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Norwich at their Wicks’ end after Crystal Palace hit late leveller

NORWICH were denied two precious points in their survival bid as a VAR-awarded goal from substitute Connor Wickham earned Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

The Canaries looked to be heading towards their first home win in eight games courtesy of Todd Cantwell’s early strike, but the Eagles had the final say four minutes from the end when Wickham (above) converted a Wilfried Zaha cross from close range.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, a decision shown to be incorrect when it was checked, with the draw a fair result after a full-bloodied game.

For Wickham, the delay was worth the wait after netting what proved to be his first Premier League goal since scoring against Manchester City 1,138 days ago.

Cantwell’s strike, slotted home from close range after Emi Buendia’s burst into the box ended with his shot being blocked, was his sixth of the season and saw the 21-year-old become the joint-highest scoring English midfielder in the top flight this term.

Before the game boss Daniel Farke said it would be a ‘miracle’ if Norwich stay up and his side go into FA Cup third-round weekend — they face a tough test at Championship side Preston — five points adrift at the bottom of the table and seven points from safety.