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Barclays Premier League: Norwich City 2, Everton 2

17:02 07 April 2012

Grant Holt celebrates his equalising goal with Aaron Wilbraham. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Grant Holt celebrates his equalising goal with Aaron Wilbraham. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Skipper Grant Holt’s 15th goal of the season earned Norwich City another Premier League point as they twice came from behind against FA Cup semi-finalists Everton.

Holt struck after 76 minutes thanks to excellent work by substitute Aaron Wilbraham to take the Canaries to the 40-point mark.

Everton had led twice through Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic, City’s first equaliser coming through midfielder Jonny Howson’s first goal for the club.

Jelavic gave Everton the lead midway through the first half when he deftly turned in a cross by Phil Jagielka.

Howson levelled six minutes before the break when he tucked away a cross by Wes Hoolahan.

Jelavic restored Everton’s lead after 61 minutes from Steven Pienaar’s centre but there was controversy in the build-up to the goal when referee Andre Marriner appeared to impede Hoolahan.

City drew level again when Wilbraham set up Holt after the substitute’s shot had been parried by goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Referee Marriner’s performance at times infuriated the home crowd and after booking Everton full-back Leighton Baines early on, the England international was somehow allowed to stay on despite subsequent bad challenges on David Fox and Russell Martin.

City boss Paul Lambert made three changes from the starting eleven involved in the 2-1 defeat at Fulham. Holt returned after a one-match ban and there were recalls for Adam Drury and Elliott Bennett.

Steve Morison and Kyle Naughton reverted to the bench and there was no sign of defender Zak Whitbread in the squad of 18. Winger Anthony Pilkington was missing for the third game in a row with a hamstring injury.

Everton also showed three changes after their 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion with skipper Phil Neville, defender Sylvain Distin and midfielder Magaye Gueye recalled. John Heitinga and Marouane Fellaini stepped down to the bench, while Leon Osman was missing from the 18.

Howson was playing in a more advanced role, supporting lone striker Holt in front of a four-man midfield, in which Hoolahan rather than Surman was operating in the wide left role.

Gibson had the first shot at goal after two minutes after Jelavic’s header from a Hibbert cross was headed away by Russell Martin, but the midfielder’s miscued effort flew wide.

There was another scare two minutes later when Gueye crossed from the left but just too high for the unmarked Jelavic to make clean contact at the far post.

A foul on Russell Martin gave City a free-kick wide on the right in the 10th minute, but Surman’s kick was well held by goalkeeper Howard at full stretch.

Holt’s determination earned a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area when he was brought down by Jagielka. Elliott Bennett thumped the free-kick straight into the wall, though Pienaar appeared to have advanced well before the kick was taken.

Everton had enjoyed better possession, however, and went ahead after 22 minutes when Jelavic scored his fourth goal for the club.

From a free-kick on the left conceded by Ryan Bennett, the ball was worked to Baines, who in turn found Jagielka, and the defender’s cross was touched home deftly by Jelavic with the outside of his right foot.

There was almost a second goal moments later when a cross eluded Ruddy and bounced back off the post to Cahill, but his shot was saved on the line by Ruddy – although the flag appeared to be up for offside.

As City pushed forward, Baines was shown the yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Elliott Bennett.

With half an hour gone, the Canaries had not seriously troubled Howard, although the ’keeper did well to gather an awkward cross from Drury under the bar.

Their best effort yet came on 35 minutes when Surman fired a left-foot shot just wide from 20 yards after a pass from Fox.

Six minutes before the break, City were on terms when Howson scored his first goal for the club.

Good work by Drury enabled Hoolahan to cross from the left and Howson arrived in the six-yard box to sidefoot home.

Baines was lucky to avoid a second yellow card for a high challenge on Fox on halfway and, as City began to unsettle their visitors a little, Jelavic had to resort to a foul on Holt.

In first half stoppage time, appeals for a penalty were waved aside when Jagielka appeared to block Surman’s shot at close range with his hands.

• Half-time: Norwich City 1, Everton 1

Everton made a change at the restart when Coleman replaced Gueye.

City won another free-kick just outside the Everton area when Jagielka fouled Elliott Bennett. After some delay, Surman’s kick was fired straight at Pienaar in the wall.

Holt headed straight at Howard from Hoolahan’s cross after Howson sent the Irishman clear on the left.

Drury came to City’s rescue seven minutes after the interval when Jelavic weaved his way into the box and crossed to the far post, but the full-back just got ahead of Coleman to clear before the substitute could finish.

At the other end, Howard failed to hold a stinging effort from Howson with Holt just unable to follow up and as City continued to press, a free-kick from Fox – following offence for which Pienaar was booked - was nodded back by Holt for Howson to test Howard again with a volley, but this time the flag was up.

Everton made a second change when Fellaini was sent on in place of Neville.

And the visitors went ahead in controversial fashion after 61 minutes when Jelavic struck his second of the match.

Baines fed Pienaar, whose low cross was tucked away left-footed by Jelavic, but in the build-up to the goal it appeared that referee Marriner had blocked off Hoolahan from making a challenge while Pienaar had the ball trapped on the floor.

Fellaini was booked for a foul on Hoolahan before City made their first change when striker Wilbraham replaced Fox.

Referee Marriner angered the home crowd again when he overruled his linesman by giving a free-kick for Holt’s challenge on Jagielka when the assistant had signalled a Norwich throw-in.

A foul by Cahill on Ryan Bennett gave City yet another free-kick on the edge of the area and this time Holt’s effort was deflected off the wall for a corner.

City replaced Drury with Naughton before Surman took the corner, which was headed clear by Cahill, but as City pressed again Elliott Bennett fired into the side netting when he might have done better.

But the Canaries drew level with just under a quarter of an hour to go as Holt struck his 15th goal of the season, which owed much to excellent work by Wilbraham.

The substitute raced through to strike a firm shot that Howard parried but the battling Wilbraham did superbly to retrieve the loose ball, hold off Jagielka and set up Holt for a fairly simple sidefoot home.

Naughton had a low drive saved by Howard and Elliott Bennett blazed over from another promising move as City, roared on by the home crowd, looked for a winner.

Everton made their final change when Anichebe was sent on for Cahill with nine minutes to go.

It was anyone’s game now and Ruddy saved Fellaini’s header from a cross by fellow substitute Coleman.

Ward produced a vital challenge on Anichebe to deny the substitute a shooting chance, and then Ryan Bennett denied Jelavic when the flag stayed down.

Jelavic was then guilty of dreadful play acting when he went down clutching his face after the merest touch by Ryan Bennett – and nowhere near his face.

Baines committed at least his fourth foul when he blocked off Russell Martin but once again escaped a second yellow card.

• Result: Norwich City 2, Everton 2

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Ward, Drury (Naughton, 75); Elliott Bennett, Fox (Wilbraham, 65), Surman, Hoolahan (Crofts, 90); Howson; Holt. Subs (not used): Steer, Johnson, Jackson, Morison.

• Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Gueye (Coleman, 45), Gibson, Neville (Fellaini, 56), Pienaar; Cahill (Anichebe, 81); Jelavic. Subs (not used): Mucha, Heitinga, Stracqualursi, McFadden.

• Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

• Attendance: 26,554

• Goals: City: Howson (39), Holt (76). Everton: Jelavic (22, 61)

• Bookings: Everton: Baines (24), Pienaar (55), Fellaini (64)

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39 comments

  • baguio, ich auch! Happy Ether, everybody!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Amazing, finally I get one through. Clearly the Mods have gone home for their roast dinners! Well done boys. A great atmosphere too! Thanks for your input MOTD ‘expert pundits’. Clearly Holt has scored 15 lucky goals this year. He's clearly not any good?? Nice to see Howson get off the mark after playing so well since he arrived.

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    baguio

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • I had to delete your last comment Baguio. Apologies, but it didn't really make a lot of sense. Thanks for posting though. Ged - Pinkun Legend and moderator.

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • After our last game ‘Billy’ asked if Iwe were seriously suggesting that Wilby should be picked ahead of Morison. I doubt too many will question it again? Well done boys. You’re making us NCFC fans very proud!

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    baguio

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • A hard earnt point against a very good team, we've reached the magical 40 points. Well done Paul Lambert, the players and our fans, premiership club again next season. OTBC.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • Spurs go down 1-2 to the supercanaries at WHL. I am fascinated to see how Ged will find a problem with that one. Let alone Footyboy16 ;-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • PS. I`ll be glad when the Ether Bank Holiday is over!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Also I must admit at the start of the season I was worried about Grant Holt, he wasn't scoring, he was going down too easily and not winning anything from it, and looked second best to a lot of things, and first touch didn't seem up to scratch. Since then I'm so happy to see him looking trimmer, really battling with defenders rather than trying to cheat them. He rolls off them well, looks quicker than them and his first touch is now perfect! As well as some fantastic passing to put players through in behind the defence, he really has become a fantastic premier league striker, and as a result is now scoring regularly. Shows what determination can really give you even in the modern game.

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    Billy

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Still more points to be had and agood framework of players for next season. Our cup runneth over.

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    cutty

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • The first 20 minutes I was thinking EUPHORIA 0 - 1 REALITY , but it turned into a really entertaining game. Thought needs to go into our freekicks, (not good enough) and the quality of the crosses from both deadballs and open play is poor. Enjoyed the game. Elliott Bennett must impress in training cause there's no end product during the match.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • Couldn't agree more bogbog. Wilbraham caused problems last week and scored. Played well again today. Good on you Wilby for earning your place on the bench and keeping fit in what must have been a hard season for you. May well earn another year. Obviously ahead of Morison now after his no show last week! Shame we can't play the Fulham game again!

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    baguio

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • Agree, bogbog, Aaron could be our ace in the hole on the run-in. You really aren`t impressed with E Bennett, are you, Lobbo! Seem to have seen that comment before, or befive. OTBC. Nearly safe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • Cocktail sausages then bluelight?? Wieny ones.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Good result for City against a team that has been only beaten twice in all competitions in the last three months. Could have been all three points had it not been for the ref. Is it my imagination, or do City always play better when Morison isn't in the team?

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • don't know why I bother. Not even a don't re-submit now. Just ethered! However, Billy from last week, I hope you can now see why I wanted Wilby to start ahead of Moro?

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    baguio

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • 4 etherings. Ged`s minders are on Easter quadruple time!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Spot on, Tartan Canary. I`ve said similar on another board. Happy Hansen and Laughing-boy Lawrenson curtly dismissed Krispie`s "Holt for England" punt with a disrespectful "NO". HH couldn`t resist droning on with that theme in the Stoke game "analysis". "Crouch is a better player than Holt". Ref Wilbraham, who cares that he`s "33, going on 65" or whatever it was Holty quipped. He looks sharp, fit, intelligent, industrious and UNSELFISH. Give him another year, Lambo! But ILIT. Why doesn`t Todge just go away or get a new scriptwriter?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • And STOP THE PRESS!.... apparently we're going to be 4th game out of 7 on MOTD. Pass the defibrillator!!

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • I reckon Holty`d welcome having Aaron around for a bit longer. I remember people telling me that Holt was past it and would not cut it in L1. 30 goals. No way he`d handle the Championship. 23 goals. The Prem? Don`t be daft! 15 and counting. The only club he`s had an average scoring record at is Forest. That was manager Calderwood`s fault.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • reasons to be cheerful....one - i did like the way that we stuck to our task despite their onslaught in the first quarter when they wouldn't let us settle and we couldn't find any rhythm....two - It's also very satisfying that our long-standing stalwarts - Holt, Hoolahan, Drurie, Martin and now - and i can't get over it - Wilbraham make such a positive contribution to the performance....three - the new lads Bennett and Howson are showing great promise....all in all there are reasons to be cheerful....

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    jellybean

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • Eureka! But no message. What a waste of time.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • i dont give a monkeys about motd.hanson and morro are just arrogant know it alls.we supporters go every match and watch it for ourselves,we dont need the to tell us.sa for ged seelling hotdogs roadwarrior,i think he might turn the sausages bad.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Slightly more negative note, R.Martin worried me a bit, he did have a tough afternoon with Pienaar to keep quiet however both of their goals came from our right hand side and both were given a good amount of time to pick out men in the middle along the floor, and when someone like Jelavic is there, you can't get away with it. But the next one is the referee and his delightful officials who must have taken a knock over the head before the match, because they seemed useless, Baines shouldn't have remained on the pitch and Pienaar could very easily have had 2 yellows, constant fouls on the edge of the area from a mixture of Everton players that not once got carded for it, was a terrible display. And the lying on the ball leading up to their 2nd goal, well if that's allowed I'm sure we can deploy our very own Grant Holt to lie on the ball and crawl it home.

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    Billy

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • steroo- Your a grade A W.......

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    dave123

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Another excellent, hard-earned point, well done! Other results went more as we'd like today too. Yes, some Holt for England chat but Lawrenson falling back on typical cliched comments, 'He knocks people over, you know you've been in a game...' I suspect he's right that Grant won't get picked but comments like that make the pundits look ignorant considering the range of qualities Grant has shown against the top clubs!

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    Tartan Canary

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • That`s right Preston. A Forest Fan pal of mine (poor chap) remembers Holt & Calderwood did not have a good relationship. Disagreements about a better contract and transfer requests, etc.GH was their player of the season and top scorer once, but despite that he was consigned to the right wing (or left?) or the subs` bench. Holty can cross well from either side; he`s done it for us, but a winger he aint! Forest deserve to struggle after this wanton waste of a special talent. Grant is a credit to himself for staying determined. He got lucky when PL arrived at Carra Rud, because PL saw the diamond that just needed a bit of polishing (and trimming down!). OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Wasn't at the game, but was disappointed again with the MOTD 'analysis'. Last week Shearer simply opined that "They've done fantastic", but even after Lawro acknowledged that the fans had criticised the lack of credit that the MOTD pundits gave the team, there was still no analysis, apart from a reply of Holt scoring. At least he scored, which in the final analysis, is more important. Forza Canaries!

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    InflatableCanary

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Yeah I did forget to mention that, his shooting wasn't good enough but to be honest I think it's him trying too hard for his first Norwich + PL goal, since he used to bang them in regularly for Brighton.

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    Billy

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • My last comment Gedward?? Now we have proof of your brain power. I posted 4 ethered comments. 1,2,3,4. I will try to teach you to count a little higher next week. We don't want to overload your brain do we?

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    baguio

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Good to read so many positive comments! All the Norwich players had things to learn about playing in the Premier League, just goes to show that no matter what, they are still evolving as top class players, the longer they are in the Premier League the better they will get. Great Season, Ged better get the family brain cell back from your sister!

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    RoadWarrior

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Good battling performance. Time to give Wilbraham a run of starts, he's earned it.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • The views of the Sir Alf Ramsey stand don't mean much here

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Agree, Billy. Be good to see him (Elliott B) sharpen up his shooting, though. baguio, all is revealed, or not. My postings were duplicates,which is why none of them arrived!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • I agree Billy about Martin. I think he has played his best football at CB for us this season. I think he struggles with the pace at FB. As for Bennett, at least he is now shooting which he hasn't been. I think he can develop into a really good player but he needs to take more responsibility on. You're right about Holt as well, he does look very sharp now and is definitely leaner and trimmer. I don't think he'll get an England call up though as England seem to be looking to go with pace (which Lawrenson said last night) and I also think he would get penalised too much by foreign refs for his physical style. We play to his strengths as well and he is generally the focal point of our attacks which wouldn't necessarily be the case with England. When he was at Forest, Brewer, they often played him on the wing - and a winger he is not, and surprise surprise he didn't do very well there.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Good battling performance. Time to give Wilbraham a run of starts, he's earned it.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • Was a really good match start to finish, I think it's harsh to criticise E.Bennett, he did some really important defensive work and did put in some very dangerous crosses which were unlucky not to be met. But it was really good stuff from us, passed it quickly moved well, thought Howson played fantastically as the 2nd striker and I'd like to see that tactic repeated. But we were really positive, the game was open which really demonstrated how we can compete with the big and in form teams in this league.

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    Billy

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Pondlife you beat me to it! I would like to know where Ged the single celled entity sits on match day? With all the positive comments here he must sit in a padded cell someplace. Well done Norwich, first season back in the Premier league, another shot at it next year! Hats off to all concerned from Management, playing staff, back room staff gound staff and tea ladies.Maybe Ged was turned down as a hot dog seller?

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    RoadWarrior

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

  • Agree about Wilbraham - two years ago he'd never have dreamed of this, so while players at other clubs look towards their holidays, he's going to give it all. Wouldn't be surprised if he adds a couple more goals before the end of the year, even off the bench. And more Holt for England talk on the BBC! All he can do is keep scoring. 6 matches to go and 40 points reached. Colchester at home seems a very long time ago. Happy Days. OTBC

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

  • Well done to Lambert....always going for the win!

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    Meds

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

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