Premier League - Van Wolfswinkel header denies Everton win at Norwich

Premier League, Carrow Road - Norwich 2 (Whittaker 51, Van Wolfswinkel 71) Everton 2 (Barkley 61, Coleman 65)

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Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel (PA Photos)

Norwich City's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel marked his Premier League debut with a towering header that earned Norwich a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Everton fell behind through an unlikely source. Steven Whittaker jinked past two Everton challenges before guiding a brilliant shot towards the bottom corner. The ball bounced back off the post and straight to Whittaker again, who rolled in from a tight angle.

Everton responded in emphatic style. Ross Barkley, who had been superb all game, collected the ball on the edge of the box, shifted it onto his left foot and drilled an unstoppable drive into the far corner. It was an outstanding strike and one befitting of his impressive performance.

Four minutes later Everton moved ahead through Seamus Coleman, who tapped in from close range after Nikica Jelavic's shot was parried into the Irishman's path by John Ruddy.

But Norwich levelled with 19 minutes to play when Dutch international Van Wolfswinkel rose well to steal the headlines with a header that left Tim Howard rooted to the spot.

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KEY MOMENTS

PRE-MATCH: No Gary Hooper for Norwich as the striker fails to recover from a shin injury in time for the opener, but Ricky van Wolfswinkel starts. Everton are without Darron Gibson, Ross Barkley starts.

51’ – GOAL: Norwich 1-0 Everton - Steven Whittaker twists and turns into a shooting position and guides a brilliant shot towards the bottom corner. It comes back off the inside of the post and Whittaker strokes in the rebound from a tight angle.

61’ - GOAL: Norwich 1-1 Everton - What a strike by Barkley for Everton. Coleman drives infield and picks out Barkley, who shifts the ball onto his left foot and lets fly with a thunderbolt from 25 yards. Great strike.

65’ - GOAL: Norwich 1-2 Everton - Everton lead through Coleman, who slides the ball in from close range after John Ruddy could only parry Nikica Jelavic’s shot. .

71’ – GOAL: Norwich 2-2 Everton - Van Wolfswinkel rescues a point for Norwich, heading in from Whittaker’s mishit cross.

TALKING POINT: Can Ross Barkley be a future England player? On today’s evidence, there’s no doubt about it. A mature display in the centre of midfield and a wonder goal that put Everton back in the game. Roberto Martinez has a very exciting player on his hands.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND STATS

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KEY STATS

Everton possession: 68%, Norwich 32%.

Norwich have now lost only one of their seven Premier League home games to Everton.

Including today, four of the last five meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Ross Barkley (Everton): A very assured midfield display by a very exciting young player. Capped a mature performance with a brilliant strike from distance.

PLAYER RATINGS

Norwich City: Ruddy 6, Whittaker 7, Martin 6, Turner 6, Garrido 7, Bennett 7, Howson 5, Johnson 6, Redmond 7, Hoolahan 6, Van Wolfswinkel 8. Subs: Tettey N/A, Olsson N/A.

Everton: Howard 7, Coleman 6, Jagielka 6, Distin 6, Baines 7, Miralles 8, Barkley 9, Osman 6, Pienaar 7, Fellaini 7, Jelavic 7. Subs: Naismith 6, Kone N/A, Anichebe N/A

THE MATCH IN A TWEET

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