Saturday April 7, 2012 Day 32 Finished Carrow Road

Norwich City 2 - 2 Everton

  • Howson 39’
  • Holt 77’
  • Jelavic 22’, 61’

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  1. Gritty Norwich hold Everton

    Gritty Norwich hold Everton

    Battling Norwich City twice came from behind to rescue a 2-2 Premier League draw against in-form Everton. More

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    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Everton
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    • 94' Full-time: Norwich 2-2 Everton
    • 93' Howard catches Surman's poor cross. No real danger unless the 'keeper made a mistake there. Waste, really - with a minute to go that could be the home side's last chance
    • 91' That's truly embarrassing from Jelavic! He went shoulder to shoulder with Martin and went down clutching his face! Really cynical, and a shame after his bright start in the Premier League
    • 90' Good block from Jagielka to intercept Hoolahan's through ball. Everton are again taking their time in possession. Four mins of added time to be played...
    • 89' What a tackle from Ryan Bennett on Jelavic! Great risk of a penalty there but he timed it superly and won the ball. Nor Nowich breaking...
    • 88' Ward blocks well from Anichebe's shot. Great challenge, the striker was in a dangerous position. Corner to Norwich
    • 87' Real waste! Hibbert's cross is only near Ruddy and the 'keeper collects with ease.
    • 86' Anichebe looking to counter for Everton but he's short of support...
    • 85' Fellaini, Gibson and Coleman now slowing the ball down in midfield, despite pressure from Norwich
    • 84' Howard rushes out to collect the through ball towards Holt! Good 'keeping again. Wilbraham was also lingering and in a dangerous position. Norwich currently look like the only side likely to score
    • 83' Good defending from Everton as Distin blocks Elliott Bennett's shot! Everton now breaking...
    • 82' Paul Lambert has shown his displeasure in a show of aggression towards the referee Andre Mariner. He hasn't much history of that but Mariner's not had a great game
    • 81' Evertons sub: Cahill off, Anichebe on
    • 81' Elliott shoots high and wide from distance! No real danger from that effort but Norwich's intent is clear
    • 80' Scrappy here in midfield. Both sides battling for possession but incapable of keeping the ball
    • 79' Anichebe getting warmed up to come on... Nrowich goal-kick. Ruddy takes short to Drury
    • 78' Naughton shoots at Howard! Straight at the 'keeper and a simple save but the intensity suggests there's more to come from this game
    • 77' Norwich 2-2 Everton! Norwich get a deserved equaliser with Holt's 15th of the season! Wilbraham's shot was saved by Howard but he recollected the rebound and crossed low to Holt for a simple finish! Holt probably deserved that for his hard work
    • 76' Elliott Bennett hits the side netting after a neat one-two with Surman! That could have been the crucial equaliser but Norwich show they're still in this
    • 75' Norwich sub... Drury off, Naughton on
    • 73' Handball from Cahill on the edge of the box! Free-kick to Norwich. Perhaps unlucky for the midfielder after he was sent tumbling by Holt...
    • 72' Howard punches clear! He's had a good game today. Now a Norwich free-kick after Coleman's foul on Howson. Good chance to cross from this
    • 72' Corner to Norwich...
    • 71' Jagielka clears under pressure from Holt. Throw in to Norwich deep into Everton's half, from the right
    • 70' Holt wrongly penalised for a foul there for pressuring Baines Harsh decision and a free-kick to Everton. Howard to take...
    • 69' Good save there from Howard! Read Wilbraham's intention and came out to meet and catch the cross. Fellaini in possession in midfield...
    • 68' Baines' corner curled out of play before coming back in... Norwich goal kick which Ruddy sends long
    • 67' A third goal here could really kil the game off...
    • 67' Everton corner after Martin blocks Fellaini's cross...
    • 66' Ward's free-kick came to nothing but an Everton goal kick; the long delivery evaded everyone.
    • 66' For Norwich: Fox off, Wilbraham on...
    • 65' Fellaini booked for stamping (when challenging for the ball, not out of anger) on Howson's foot. Perhaps a tad harsh; Fellaini's unhappy. Norwich free-kick
    • 64' Howard kicks long and the ball eventually arrives at Ruddy... The pitch could probably do with an extra 10 yards in length if the game's to be played like this
    • 63' Real test now for Norwich, this. They'd been enjoying their best spell in the game but are now behind and will have to create something in a game that's had few chances
    • 62' Norwich 1-2 Everton! Jelavic scores his second! But it's a controversial one! Norwich are adamant that they deserved a free-kick following obstruction from Pienaar but Everton played on and Pienaar eventually crossed for Jelavic for another simple finish into the bottom right. Good play, though not necessarily fair on Norwich
    • 61' The pattern of play from the first half has now resumed. Any long balls are failing to reach their destination on the rare occasion either side makes progress playing the ball sort in the middle third...
    • 60' Ruddy catches the corner and the danger has passed. Norwich now with the ball at the back...
    • 59' Everton attack again however and Martin heads clear for an Everton goal-kick...
    • 58' Well defended there from Ward! Jelavic was cutting into the penalty box but Ward intercepted and cleared...
    • 57' Neville off, Fellaini on... (are Everton saving their captain for the Liverpool game?)
    • 56 Another Everton sub on the way...
    • 55' And close again! Another good save from Howard from another Howson shot! The flag was actually up for offside so it wouldn't have counted but Norwich are certainly in control
    • 54' Good stop there from Howard! Howson, clearly confident after his goal, connected well there with the ball and Howard had to dive to stop the ball before jumping and clearing the loose ball away! Not the most dangerous of shots but the momentum is swinging towards Norwich!
    • 53' Norwich now countering in midfield, with more space than they've had for most of this game...
    • 52' Close there for Everton! A cross from the left just evades everyone and trickles just wide of the goal! The loose ball could have ran in, or the slightest touch then! Norwich let off
    • 51' Distin now in possession on the half-way line. Norwich's pressure increases drastically if Everton go slightly further forward but they're happy for them to remain in possession there
    • 50' Throw in to Everton inside their own half. Baines to take...
    • 49' Holt heads straight at Howard! He was in a good position there but just didn't get enough power or direction on the ball after Hoolahan's cross from the left.
    • 49' Surman curls his effort into the wall. Wasted chance. Now a Norwich throw in
    • 48' Jagielka fouls Elliot Bennett on the edge of the area. Norwich free-kick in a dangerous position...
    • 47' Norwich's - and Holt's - pressure continues and Howard has to aimlessly kick long... Ruddy now in possession
    • 46' Norwich kick off for the second half and are attacking from right to left...
    • 16:01 HT change: For Everton, Seamus Coleman on, Gueye off
    • HT: Norwich 1-1 Everton
    • 45' Norwich again have the ball at the back with Everton effectively boxing them in. One minute of stoppage time to be played...
    • 45' ...Now a goal kick for Ruddy...
    • 44' Howard again collects the loose ball. Emblematic of the way this game is going in terms of possession and the two teams cancelling each other out
    • 43' Distin and Jagielka exchange possession before pressure from Holt forces the pass to Howard, who kicks long...
    • 42' Baines needs to be careful! He went in very high on David Fox and should have been booked which would have been a red card for him. Lucky escape, there
    • 41' Long balls being played here with no spells of possession or, indeed, composure
    • 40' Everton are suddenly looking somewhat uncertain; Howard with the ball at the very back
    • 39' Norwich 1-1 Everton! Howson scores! Superb play by Hoolahan on the left who combined with Drury before crossing low for Howson for the easiest of finishes. Howard had been taken out by the cross and Howson, who has been quiet until now, just needed to get his effort on target for a simple tap in. His first goal for the club
    • 38' Everton throw in just inside Norwich's half. Hibbert to take...
    • 37' Distin slices his clearance under pressure from Howson. Throw-in to Norwich
    • 36' Surman shoots wide! First real attempt by Norwich from the midfielder who hasn't scored from seven games. The home side have made progress into Everton's half without getting any shots away so that made be the way forward for them
    • 35' Good defending by Baines to intercept and clear after Surman was suddenly in a shooting position inside Everton's area. Good pressure again from the Blues, pressing wherever possible
    • 34' As Norwich now are...
    • 33' Everton now making progress down the right...
    • 32' Good again from Howard! Drury's cross was high into the penalty area - onto the goalkeeper's line - and rather awkward for the American but he jumped to save well.
    • 31' Throw in to Norwich on the edge of Everton's box after Hibbert's tackle on Holt. It was a good challenge but, crucially, Norwich appear to be making some progress
    • 30' Poor from Cahill; Norwich conceding possession but Cahill's long ball was poor and straight out for a goal kick
    • 29' Everton are currently boxing Norwich's defence in and ensuring they can't get out of their own half
    • 28' Attack comes to nothing. Norwich goal kick
    • 27' Everton now breaking down the left with Everton. With Norwich's midfield dropping deeper, Neville and Gibson have more space to pick their passes
    • 26' Well defended there from Pienaar after chasing down the in-possession Holt and clearing before Howard clears long
    • 25' Free-kick comes to nothing. Throw-in to Everton after Pienaar is fouled on the edge of his own box. Danger has passed for Everton...
    • 24' Baines booked for the foul
    • 24' Norwich free-kick after Baines cynically fouls Martin. Dangerous crossing position...
    • 23' Everton almost score again! The ball came back off the far post and to a surprised Tim Cahill who failed to connect properly with the ball before Ruddy dives to save. Close call there for the home side
    • 22' Norwich 0-1 Everton! Jelavic scores! The free-kick was taken short for Everton to gradually build play towards the area. Jagielka then crossed low for Jelavic who turned and shot first time into the bottom right corner past Ruddy. He had a bit too much space there, to be truthful...
    • 21' Ryan Bennett fouls Jelavic. Free-kick to Everton. Quite an insignificant challenge though it was a foul. Free-kick to Everton but it's not from shooting range.
    • 20' Norwich now with the ball at the back...
    • 19' Bennett shoots straight at the wall, and the ball runs out for a throw in. Poor, predictable effort.
    • 18' Holt fouled by Jagielka on the edge of the area. Free-kick to Norwich in a dangerous, shooting position...
    • 17' Everton again in possession in midfield but Norwich hold their shape well and ensure the away side have few options
    • 16' Pienaar and Jelavic link well up front before the midfielder's shot is blocked and sent out for a throw in. Predictable effort; there was little else on. Those two are Everton's biggest goal threat, though.
    • 15' This time Howard kicks long and Ruddy collects. There's an obvious lack of space in midfield that's making it difficult for either side to truly settle
    • 14' Ruddy kicks long to Holt but Distin's header ensures the ball is eventually returned to the 'keeper. That could be another real feature today; Holt vs either Distin or Jagielka
    • 13' Hoolahan caught offside there after a very good through-ball by Holt. Narrowly off but that could have been dangerous.
    • 12' That commitment, of course - to a degree - could partially explain Norwich's recent drop in form. They've appeared to be running out of steam lately.
    • 11' Everton again with the ball at the back, with midfield anchor Neville dropping deep to provide another option. Again, pressure from Holt ensures Everton have less time on the ball than they'd like.
    • 10' Nice delivery from Surman but Howard, who has 73 caps for USA, jumps to collecti the ball. Authoritative goalkeeping.
    • 9' Free-kick to Norwich on the edge of Everton's penalty area, from a crossing position, following Pienaar's foul on Martin...
    • 8' Scrappy at times in midfield, this. Not that either side are employing particularly cynical tactics, just that both are closing down intensely and making it difficult to retain possession
    • 7' Everton now with the ball at the back, with Howard under pressure again from Holt, though the 'keeper clears it long
    • 6' Better there from Norwich. Howard collected Russell Martin's eventual cross but he, Howson and Hoolahan combined really well in midfield to create some space and the crossing opportunity.
    • 5' Baines fails to keep the ball in play there after good work from Gueye on the edge of Norwich's penalty box. Goal kick to Norwich
    • 4' Good pressure there from Holt, pressuring Jagielka into passing back to Howard who had to swiftly clear. Everton now in possession in midfield but Norwich's early intensity suggests they're sufficiently motivated (as they should be).
    • 3' And a first attempt on goal! Former Manchester United midfielder Gibson shot wide when the loose ball came to him on the edge of the area. Wasted chance; he had time and space there.
    • 2' Nice link play there from Everton; several short passes in midfield brought the first, albeit failed, foray into the final third, after three attempted long balls got nowhere.
    • 1' Early throw in for Everton deep inside their own half, with Leighton Baines to take.
    • 1' We're underway. Everton kick-off and are attacking from right to left.
    • 14:55 Refreshing to hear Everton 'keeper Tim Howard speaking so well of Norwich's, John Ruddy, who was his understudy at Goodison Park. Describes his "excitement" for Ruddy and compares him to a "little brother".
    • 14:55 It's difficult to overlook Everton as today's favourites. Their season has more purpose remaining than Norwich's and, ultimately, their squad has more quality. That said, the underrated Holt, Hoolahan and Morison continue to impress for the home side and are difficult to play against. Playing at Carrow Road is no longer an easy fixture for anyone
    • 14:50 Feel free to tweet your thoughts on the game to @decwarrington
    • 14:50 Only the two Manchester sides have better defensive records than Everton, though only two teams have worse scoring records; Moyes's side have scored just 32 goals in 31 games.
    • 14:45 Some pre-match stats for you: Everton are unbeaten in the last seven league and cup meetings since a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Carrow Road in March 1994, while victory today for Everton would be the first time they've won three successive league matches since January 2010.
    • 14:40 Everton's story isn't vastly different. Manager David Moyes tends to avoid rotation when his side are performing and they're currently doing exactly that. The back five has been a settled affair for most of the season, while January arrivals Steven Pienaar, Darron Gibson and Nikola Jelavic will be looked to to maintain the form that has given Everton's season such a boost. Should anything need changing, Marouane Fellaini, Victor Anichebe and James McFadden are potential impact subs.
    • 14:35 For Norwich, captain and key player Grant Holt returns to the line up following suspension though winger Anthony Pilkington is still short of match fitness. Their squad isn't the biggest and rotation has been minimal all season, but there are potential impact substitutions on the bench should manager Paul Lambert not see the improvements he'll be demanding; Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson, in particular, are both more than capable of changing the dynamic.
    • 14:30 TEAMS: Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Drury, Ward, Bennett, Howson, Hoolahan, Surman, Bennett, Fox, Holt. Subs: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Crofts, Jackson, Wilbraham, Naughton /// Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Neville, Gibson, Cahill, Pienaar, Gueye, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe
    • 14:25 Everton, in contrast, are enjoying their best spell of the season and, with an FA Cup semi-final tie against Liverpool fast approaching, need all the momentum they can get. Regardless, both of these managers are certain to reflect on what has been another successful season.
    • 14:25 Both of these teams are experiencing varied ends to the season. Norwich's Premier League future is secure on 39 points, and there's a danger their season could decline somewhat. 17th would have been a success for them but they've now lost four of their last six and will want to avoid a true slump in form and disappointing end to what has been a great season for them.
    • 14:20 Good afternoon to all. I'll (@decwarrington) be bringing you today's minute-by-minute commentary of today's Premier League fixture between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road.
  • Summary

    • 91' That's truly embarrassing from Jelavic! He went shoulder to shoulder with Martin and went down clutching his face! Really cynical, and a shame after his bright start in the Premier League
    • 89' What a tackle from Ryan Bennett on Jelavic! Great risk of a penalty there but he timed it superly and won the ball. Nor Nowich breaking...
    • 83' Good defending from Everton as Distin blocks Elliott Bennett's shot! Everton now breaking...
    • 81' Elliott shoots high and wide from distance! No real danger from that effort but Norwich's intent is clear
    • 78' Naughton shoots at Howard! Straight at the 'keeper and a simple save but the intensity suggests there's more to come from this game
    • 77' Norwich 2-2 Everton! Norwich get a deserved equaliser with Holt's 15th of the season! Wilbraham's shot was saved by Howard but he recollected the rebound and crossed low to Holt for a simple finish! Holt probably deserved that for his hard work
    • 76' Elliott Bennett hits the side netting after a neat one-two with Surman! That could have been the crucial equaliser but Norwich show they're still in this
    • 73' Handball from Cahill on the edge of the box! Free-kick to Norwich. Perhaps unlucky for the midfielder after he was sent tumbling by Holt...
    • 69' Good save there from Howard! Read Wilbraham's intention and came out to meet and catch the cross. Fellaini in possession in midfield...
    • 62' Norwich 1-2 Everton! Jelavic scores his second! But it's a controversial one! Norwich are adamant that they deserved a free-kick following obstruction from Pienaar but Everton played on and Pienaar eventually crossed for Jelavic for another simple finish into the bottom right. Good play, though not necessarily fair on Norwich
    • 55' And close again! Another good save from Howard from another Howson shot! The flag was actually up for offside so it wouldn't have counted but Norwich are certainly in control
    • 54' Good stop there from Howard! Howson, clearly confident after his goal, connected well there with the ball and Howard had to dive to stop the ball before jumping and clearing the loose ball away! Not the most dangerous of shots but the momentum is swinging towards Norwich!
    • 52' Close there for Everton! A cross from the left just evades everyone and trickles just wide of the goal! The loose ball could have ran in, or the slightest touch then! Norwich let off
    • 49' Holt heads straight at Howard! He was in a good position there but just didn't get enough power or direction on the ball after Hoolahan's cross from the left.
    • 42' Baines needs to be careful! He went in very high on David Fox and should have been booked which would have been a red card for him. Lucky escape, there
    • 39' Norwich 1-1 Everton! Howson scores! Superb play by Hoolahan on the left who combined with Drury before crossing low for Howson for the easiest of finishes. Howard had been taken out by the cross and Howson, who has been quiet until now, just needed to get his effort on target for a simple tap in. His first goal for the club
    • 36' Surman shoots wide! First real attempt by Norwich from the midfielder who hasn't scored from seven games. The home side have made progress into Everton's half without getting any shots away so that made be the way forward for them
    • 24' Norwich free-kick after Baines cynically fouls Martin. Dangerous crossing position...
    • 22' Norwich 0-1 Everton! Jelavic scores! The free-kick was taken short for Everton to gradually build play towards the area. Jagielka then crossed low for Jelavic who turned and shot first time into the bottom right corner past Ruddy. He had a bit too much space there, to be truthful...
    • 6' Better there from Norwich. Howard collected Russell Martin's eventual cross but he, Howson and Hoolahan combined really well in midfield to create some space and the crossing opportunity.
    • 14:30 TEAMS: Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Drury, Ward, Bennett, Howson, Hoolahan, Surman, Bennett, Fox, Holt. Subs: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Crofts, Jackson, Wilbraham, Naughton /// Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Neville, Gibson, Cahill, Pienaar, Gueye, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.6 6
      Defenders
      8.6 7
      8.6 8
      8 7
      Substitution Out75′ 8.6 6
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out65′ 7.9 6
      Goal 8.8 8
      8.7 8
      8.4 8
      Strikers
      Goal 8.5 9
      Substitution Out90′ 9.3 9
      Subs
      Substitution In65′ 7.9 7
      Substitution In75′ 7.4 6
      Substitution In90′ 7.3 -
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      Goalkeeper
      7.3 8
      Defenders
      7.3 6
      8 8
      8.1 8
      Yellow Card 6.5 6
      Midfielders
      7.7 6
      Yellow Card 7.8 7
      Substitution Out56′ 7.5 7
      Substitution Out45′ 8.1 7
      Strikers
      Goals ×2 8.3 9
      Substitution Out81′ 8.4 7
      Subs
      Substitution In81′ 6.3 7
      Substitution In56′ Yellow Card 7.4 7
      Substitution In45′ 6.5 6

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