Match ends, Norwich City 2, Newcastle United 2.
Norwich City 2-2 Newcastle United
Norwich City and Newcastle United had to settle for a draw after a frantic Championship game at Carrow Road.
Newcastle had led after just 23 seconds thanks to Ayoze Perez's placed effort.
Jacob Murphy's far-post finish made it 1-1 before goalkeeper Karl Darlow gifted Norwich the lead as he scuffed a clearance and Cameron Jerome tucked in.
Matt Ritchie hit the bar for Newcastle before they deservedly levelled through Jamaal Lascelles' sweet finish, keeping them top after Brighton also drew.
The draw saw seventh-placed Norwich slip further behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday, who won to move themselves four points clear of Alex Neil's side with a game in hand.
The hosts were stunned when Perez had time and space to tuck in a right-footed shot in the opening minute, and a lively Newcastle could have doubled their lead but John Ruddy saved well from Aleksandar Mitrovic.
A fine throw from keeper Ruddy then led to Norwich levelling from an exquisite team move, with Murphy applying the close-range finish at the far post after Jerome had shown good strength to get to the byeline and square the ball.
The former Birmingham and Stoke forward then capitalised on Darlow's howler to score the simplest of his 10 league goals so far this season and the Canaries were on course for what would have been a fifth win in six games.
But the visitors began to dominate after half-time and Ritchie's shot struck the underside of the crossbar as they controlled possession and created the greater number of chances.
Lascelles' crisp, left-footed effort from the far post after a neat team move was enough to earn the Magpies a point, though they could have won it late on when Jonjo Shelvey scuffed a shot wide and Perez was denied by Ruddy.
Norwich manager Alex Neil:
"To be honest, there are mixed emotions after that. Obviously, you are not expecting to concede a goal in the first minute and we were really nervy in the first five minutes.
"But once we got our goal and then got ahead, I thought we were excellent - the response from the players was top class.
"In the second half, we started okay and then we started to drop deeper and deeper to protect what we had and the frustrating thing from our point of view is that we didn't see it out."
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez:
"I thought we responded brilliantly to going behind - the character of the players, and their reaction to the setbacks, was the most positive thing for me tonight.
"We had a lot of supporters in the corner and I am sure they will have enjoyed the effort the players put in.
"It was a very open game - good for the fans but perhaps not for the managers. Norwich might think differently but I think we had enough chances to have won it - but you can't always take three points and if we can take four points every two games we will go up."
- 3DijksBooked at 82mins
- 8HowsonBooked at 90mins
- 14HoolahanSubstituted forMurphyat 86'minutes
- 17WildschutSubstituted forPritchardat 58'minutes
- 10JeromeSubstituted forLaffertyat 80'minutes
- 6LascellesBooked at 47mins
- 11RitchieSubstituted forAtsuat 70'minutes
- 4ColbackBooked at 27minsSubstituted forDiaméat 54'minutes
- 45MitrovicSubstituted forGayleat 76'minutes
- Andy Madley
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Newcastle United 2.
Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.
Jonny Howson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Christian Atsu.
Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a through ball.
Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).
Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Timm Klose.
Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Wes Hoolahan.
Offside, Newcastle United. Jamaal Lascelles tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.
Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).
Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).
Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Norwich City 2, Newcastle United 2. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez with a cross following a set piece situation.
Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alex Pritchard (Norwich City).
Substitution, Norwich City. Kyle Lafferty replaces Cameron Jerome.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Dwight Gayle replaces Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mitchell Dijks.
Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Mitchell Dijks.
Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).
Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Matt Ritchie.
Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jonny Howson.
Hand ball by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).
Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mitchell Dijks with a headed pass.
Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).
Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.
Substitution, Norwich City. Alex Pritchard replaces Yanic Wildschut.
Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonny Howson.