The Potters and their ever-bullish manager Tony Pulis would have argued that statistics can be deceiving.
Stoke have already played both Manchester clubs, as well as
Chelsea and Liverpool, so the fact they have only lost two league matches this term was probably the more noteworthy pre-match fact.
But on this form it was plainly obvious as to why the visitors have drawn so many games.
Although constantly - and often very harshly - criticised for a long-ball, football-by-numbers approach, Stoke seemed to lack the dynamism, creativity and ambition in attack.
In Charlie Adam they have a player with undoubted quality, but he was rarely involved and their lack of adventure meant he had their only worthwhile efforts on goal in the first half.
Hughton heartened by Norwich form
The midfielder shot narrowly wide with the first, a clever curled effort from 25 yards after a poor defensive clearance, and he then fired another long-range strike straight at keeper John Ruddy.
But despite a decent spell in the latter stages of the opening period, it was Norwich who made most of the first-half running.
Wes Hoolahan, who excelled against Villa last week, was unsurprisingly at the centre of nearly all the home side's good work.
He was busy and dangerous throughout and teed up Anthony Pilkington, whose close-range strike was well kept out by the feet of visiting goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
That was the best opening of a listless first half until Johnson rose brilliantly to head home Snodgrass's inviting free-kick from the left.
Pulis remonstrated with referee Andre Marriner at the interval but perhaps his main frustration was with his own side.
John RoderMatch of the Day commentator
"It's seven points from the last three Premier League matches for Norwich now. Bradley Johnson's goal was the difference in a match that was sadly lacking many highlights. Stoke's long search for an away league victory continues - their last success coming on 2 January against Blackburn Rovers."
The Potters improved on the resumption, but they still struggled to create chances despite spells of pressure.
Jon Walters should have done better when presented with a one-on-one chance but shot straight at Ruddy.
And substitute Jones could only send an excellent headed chance at the keeper, and then wasted an even better opening when he pulled a shot across goal from 12 yards.
But Norwich defended resolutely and were able to withstand the pressure and claim only their second league victory of the season.
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton:
"You cannot be too disappointed when you have won, but we could have made life better for ourselves.
"We needed to put a little more pressure on them. We could have done better when we had the ball and had two very good chances apart from scoring the goal. We should have pressed more, but that takes a lot of energy, especially when you are playing against a team like Stoke.
"But I thought we dealt with it very well and apart from Kenwyne Jones' header we restricted them to a couple of half-chances."
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis:
"The goal was a disappointment. I have been in to see the referee to have a quick chat. I thought it certainly was not a free-kick, and the disappointing thing is when the lad falls, Andre [Marriner] and the linesman are so close to it.
Punish divers retrospectively - Pulis
"He has booked Charlie in the first half for diving - I have just had a look at that and Javier Garrido pushes him in the back, so that is a double kick in the teeth when he gets both those decisions wrong and even worse when they score from it.
"Referees give the decisions they see on the day, and he has seen it differently to what we have. When he sees it again on the television, he will have a different opinion.
"Asmir Begovic did not really have many saves to make and in the second half, I thought we played like the home team. We had the two best chances of the game, and they have got to be scored. It is disappointing to come away with nothing."
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