Saturday December 17, 2011 Day 16 Finished Goodison Park

Everton 1 - 1 Norwich City

  • Osman 81’
  • Holt 28’

  1. Norwich hang on for Everton draw

    Norwich hang on for Everton draw

    Norwich City withstood a battering at Goodison Park to somehow emerge with a point from a frantic 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton. More

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    • Everton
    • Norwich City
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    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 1-1 draw. Everton should have won, but Norwich escape with a point.
    • 90' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 89' McAleny mishits a shot in the box as the ball flies wide of the goal before he nudges the ball towards goal seconds later. Easy save for Ruddy.
    • 88' Conor McAleny replaces Saha for Everton.
    • 87' Everton with an astonishing 25 shots at goal compared to seven from Norwich.
    • 86' Hibbert the latest home player to try his luck, but lacks the power to beat Ruddy from just inside the box.
    • 85' Drenthe's shot takes a deflection, but Ruddy does just enough to swat it over the bar. Could easily have wound up in the rigging there.
    • 84' Martin tries to play in Surman on the break, but Howard spots the danger. Everton try to gather themselves for one last big assault on the Norwich goal.
    • 83' Drenthe really gets hold of a shot from distance, but straight down the throat of Ruddy who saves. Everton can sense a winner here.
    • 82' Everton fans suddenly demanding as winner a Naughton drifts back to cut out the cross by Baines.
    • 81' GOAL! Finally Everton get their rewards as Osman diverts Drenthe's shot beyond Ruddy for the leveller. Can't say that goal wasn't deserved. 1-1 at Goodison Park.
    • 80' Lambert with a big hug for Morison before Tierney is fouled by Drenthe and Norwich can suck up another few precious seconds of this match.
    • 79' Another change coming for Norwich as Morison departs to be replaced by Wilbraham.
    • 78' Everton with 10 shots on target to one by Norwich. Norwich lead 1-0. Sums up how this afternoon has unravelled for the home side.
    • 77' Naughton throws his boot at the ball 30 yards out, but it spins well wide of the goal.
    • 76' Neville goes into the book for taking out Johnson. He is cutting a frustrated figure.
    • 75' Norwich will move onto 22 points in ninth in the Premier League table with this win. What a win it would be. Only a second away win of the season.
    • 74' Bradley Johnson replaces Wes Hoolahan as Norwich try to see out this match.
    • 73' Stracqualursi gets in just in front of Saha, but ends up heading wide of the goal. More frustration for Everton on an afternoon full of the stuff.
    • 72' If Everton lose today it will be their 9th loss of the season. It would be the fourth time that the club lose at least 9 of the first 15 matches of a top-flight season, after 1997/1998 (9), 1950/1951 (9) and 1948/1949 (10).
    • 71' On comes Royston Drenthe for Everton and off goes Gueye.
    • 70' Baines picks out Saha with a fine cross, but he nods over the bar. Another change coming for Everton.
    • 69' Baines tackled by the maruading Morison. Norwich battling to keep Everton out after another free-kick chance comes up short.
    • 68' Stracqualursi fouled by Whitbreak and the home side have another free-kick chance from distance.
    • 67' 53% of the goals that Everton have scored have been netted in the final 15 minutes, a divisional high. Hope that they can yet pull this match out of the fire.
    • 66' Evertonn with 69% of possession in this second period, but nothing to show for their supremacy.
    • 65' Poor stuff really by Gueye as the corner flies over a crowded area, and out of play.
    • 64' Whitbread nods out the delivery by Hibbert, and Everton have another corner.
    • 63' Norwich continue to throw bodies at loose balls as Martin stops Saha from netting with a timely block.
    • 62' The onus really on Everton. Plenty of encouragement from the home fans, but Norwich are proving a tough nut to crack.
    • 61' Stracqualursi heads the ball into the path of Saha, but Ruddy is off his line quickly to make the stop. Better movement by Everton, who have now had 10 corners in this match.
    • 60' A change for Everton as Stracqualursi replaces Cahill.
    • 59' Hopeless attempt from Gueye as the ball crashes into the wall before Norwich break to the other end of the pitch with some urgency.
    • 58' Osman rattles a shot wide of goal before Crofts is late on Saha. Free-kick 35 yards from the Norwich goal.
    • 57' Holt gets goalside of Hibbert. Header at goal loops marinally wide and over Howard's bar. Real warning for Everton. Don't see any way back for them if the score goes to 2-0 in Noriwch's favour.
    • 56' Cahill trying his hardest to nod home Baines' cross, but he is tightly marked as the ball falls behind for a goalkick to Norwich.
    • 55' Everton trying to break Norwich's resistance, but Saha can't do it there as he rattles a shot at goal that breaks kindly to Ruddy in the visiting goal. Norwich with plenty of bodies back.
    • 54' Osman bursts through several bodies. Fires a shot at goal, but Ruddy stands tall to swat the ball clear. Decent stop
    • 53' Whitbread scrambles the ball clear, but the offside flag had gone up against Baines on the run.
    • 52' Everton's crossing from out wide has not really been up to the mark. All a bit too predictable as Ruddy comes to grab the latest effort from out wide.
    • 51' Jagielka taking no chances as he nips in ahead of Holt and Morison to clear the danger. Norwich showing a lot more self-belief.
    • 50' Gueye puts far too much air under the ball as Ruddy collects the corner with some ease.
    • 49' Former Everton boss Howard Kendall looking on from high above the technical areas as Hibbert's cross is blocked by Tierney for a corner.
    • 48' Some fine passing play by Norwich before Jagielka thumps clear from Tierney's dangerous cross. Brighter play by the visiting side.
    • 47' Baines faiils to collect a loose ball out wide. Moyes looking none too happy in that home technical area.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second period. Big half coming up for Everton.
    • 45+2' Neville late on Holt, who is limping. There goes the whislte for the break. Norwich lead 1-0. An upset on the cards at Goodison.
    • 44' Two minutes of time to be added to the half...
    • 43' Norwich certainly had more joy since that opening goal rocked Everton. They have turned this into a scrap and Everton have looked ruffled.
    • 42' Cahill trips Tierney and Norwich have a free-kick out wide. Decent delivery, but Holt can't get on the end of that one. Goalkick to the home side.
    • 41' Holt and Fellaini challenge for a loose ball. Holt seemed to catch Fellaini with an elbow in the face. Referee Lee Probert wants to speak to both men before waving play on.
    • 40' Everton have conceded in eight consecutive home Premier League matches for the first time since April – October 2008. They are one shy of their club record which they set in January – August 2001.
    • 39' Baines with a free-kick for the home side, but ends up drilling the shot into the wall. Poor finish by him as Norwich inch ever closer to a half-time lead.
    • 38' Almost a second for Norwich as Hoolahan dashed into the box. Poor first touch takes the ball wide, and Surman can't direct the header goalwards. A let off for the home side.
    • 37' Norwich chief Delia Smith looking on anxiously from the stands. She must be happy with what her side is cooking up so far...
    • 36' Saha with a hopeful ball into the middle, but Naughton has plenty of time to wallop the loose ball up the park. Everton have become slightly ragged since losing that goal.
    • 35' Everton lost just five Premier League games at Goodison Park between 2009/10 and 2010/11, but have already lost four this term.
    • 34' Norwich suddenly seeing more of the ball as Holt challenges Howard in the area, but the keeper was also favourite to win that confrontation.
    • 33' Fine turn and shot by Saha from 20 yards out. Ruddy was beaten, but the ball is inches wide of the target. Everton's luck not in so far.
    • 32' Saha's shot deflects off a home body. Ball is up in the air, but Ruddy races back to punch clear with Osman challenging. Norwich living dangerously.
    • 31' Norwich left Liverpool with a draw earlier this term and are on course for more points on Merseyside this afternoon. What have the home side got in response.
    • 30' Fellaini tries to pick out a team-mate with a cross, but all a bit optimistic as Ruddy comes to collect.
    • 29' Everton fans trying to rally to the cause here. Can't believe they are behind, but work to be done now as they try to get a touch of the ball. Saha fails to find a team-mate. Norwich with plenty of bodies back.
    • 28' Morison won the initial header before Holt turned Heitinga inside out to slip the ball beyond Howard as it hits the net via a post. Awful defending by the Dutch defender.
    • 27' GOAL! Holt scores for Norwich. First real attack of the move for the visitors as they grab the lead. Superb turn and finish and would you believe that! Norwich lead 1-0.
    • 26' Surman wins a header on the outside of the home box, but is guilty of foul play on Osman as Everton are awarded a free-kick.
    • 25' Baines on the charge for Everton, but gives away the ball cheaply to Naughton who knocks it up the park.
    • 24' Paul Lambert looking slightly concerned on the visiting bench. All Everton at the moment. Norwich can't make any kind of attacking impression on the home defence.
    • 23' Howard gets a rare touch of the ball before Holts chips a cross into the box. Food and drink for a keeper of Howard's class as he collects.
    • 22' Everton can go above the visitors today with a win into ninth in the table. They know what is at stake as Osman sees a cross nodded out.
    • 21' Norwich have scored more headed goals than any other Premier League side (10). Can see why so far. It has been an aerial bombardment.
    • 20' Cahill flicks on the ball from Saha, but Naughton is there to clear. Norwich can't get out of their own half at the moment as Osman loops a header wide seconds later.
    • 19' Baines taken out of the action late by Crofts, and there is another chance for Everton to get the big men up. Osman's corner is cleared before Surman handles outside of the area. Free-kick for Everton.
    • 18' Gueye whipping that ball in with some pace, but Jagielka is watched by Holt as the ball hits off him for a goalkick to the visitors.
    • 17' Everton come again as they win another corner after an Osman cross is blocked.
    • 16' Moyes out of his technical area demanding his players keep up their energy levels. Everton certainly going about their business briskly so far, but no goals as yet.
    • 15' Everton's latest bout of pressure ends with Saha firing wide of the target with a volley. The home side certainly piling on the pressure at the moment.
    • 14' Holt and Jagielka wrestling in the box moments after Fellaini almost nodded home a corner from Osman.Just failed to connect. Ruddy superglued to his spot there.
    • 13' Martin clears off his line from Osman's shot with Ruddy beaten! Looked a certain goal after Saha had played in Osman, but somehow Norwich survive. Superb clearance by Martin with his head.
    • 12' Decent surge forward by Baines sees Everton win a corner after the cutback is cleared by Russell Martin, but the corner comes to nothing for the home side. Everton looking slightly brighter at the moment.
    • 11' Holt dashes up the park. Had a bit of space 30 yards out, but fails to connect properly with the volley as Howard picks up to get another move going for the home side.
    • 10' Naughton tries to get momentum going for Norwich at the other end, but his cross into the middle is too near Howard, who comes to collect without too much fuss.
    • 9' Lovely play by Cahill to cushion the ball into the path of Fellaini from Baines' cross, but the Norwich keeper Ruddy was bold and brave to come from his line.
    • 8' Great stop by Ruddy to save at the feet of Fellaini. Norwich almost undone there as Everon build up a head of steam.
    • 7' Norwich trying to keep the ball on the deck. The pitch is in pristine condition for the middle of December, it must be said.
    • 6' Nice play involving Hoolahan and Morison before Wales striker Morison hammers a shot well over the bar. We remain at 0-0.
    • 5' Baines taken out of the action by a late Naughton sliding tackle. Naughton booked for that one. Can't really have too many complaints.
    • 4' Steve Morison has scored in five of his last six Premier League appearances. Little doubt that he could be a danger man today for the home side.
    • 3' Morison fails to control a ball down the line as Everon regain possession. Both teams flying into tackles with some relish before Baines whacks the ball clear.
    • 2' Cahill bounds forward in the opening seconds, but Gueye can't keep the ball in play. Everton trying to make a fast start to the afternoon.
    • 1' We are off and running at Goodison. This match could be corker. Let us hope so.
    • 14.55 Teams out on the pitch. Davie Moyes and Paul Lambert shake hands at the side of the park. The two Scots having a long chat before this match gets off and running. Both former Celtic players of course.
    • 14.50 Everton have conceded in each of their seven Premier League home matches this season – their longest run from the start of the season without a home clean sheet in the PL era, and longest in the top flight since 1966.
    • 14.45 Everton have won the last five successive matches against Norwich in all competitions, though the two sides have not met since February 2005. Everton have lost and failed to score in three of their last four Premier League matches at Goodison Park.
    • 14.40 Norwich have a pretty indifferent record in the Premier League. Norwich have won just one of their last 37 games away from home in the Premier League (W1 D11 L25).
    • 14.35 Norwich manager Paul Lambert is content he is not being a Scrooge by putting the club's Christmas party on ice. "The lads know my feelings on it at the minute. It is more important to get a foothold in the league before anything can happen at the minute. We will see - it might come in May. I will wait and see."
    • 14.30 Everton boss is aiming to get a few more faces in the door in January after confirming the loan deal of Landon Donavon from LA. "I think we have made a bit of progress in signing a young boy like Ross Barkley, making sure he is our player, and bringing in Landon, who did well for us in his last spell. We are working hard to bring in more (players) just now."
    • 14.25 NORWICH NEWS: Norwich have no fresh injury concerns. On-loan Manchester United defender Ritchie de Laet (back) is expected to return to training next week. Former Everton striker James Vaughan is on course for a return in the new year from his knee problem, along with centre-back Elliott Ward (knee).
    • 14.20 EVERTON NEWS: Everton manager David Moyes has a trio of players fit for Saturday's visit of Norwich. Midfielders Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman (both hamstring) and Royston Drenthe (foot) all missed last week's defeat at Arsenal. Defender Sylvain Distin made his first appearance in over a month as a substitute at the Emirates Stadium and is on the bench alongside Rodwell and Drenthe.
    • 14.15 Teams: Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Gueye, Neville, Fellaini, Osman, Cahill, Saha..subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Distin, Rodwell, McAleny////Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Martin, Whitbread, Tierney, Crofts, Fox, Hoolahan, Surman, Morison, Holt..subs: Rudd, Johnson, Jackson, Pilkington, Bennett, Barnett, Wilbraham////Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
    • 14.10 Good afernoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Everton v Norwich from Goodison Park in the Premier League.
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