Everton and Norwich share points

Updated: December 17, 2011

Everton and Norwich played out a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park following a late equaliser from the home side scored by Leon Osman.

Norwich took the lead in the first half through Grant Holt and held on for much of the game in the lead until the Osman’s late equaliser in the 81st minute made sure that Everton didn’t record a third successive defeat.

Everton started the game well and put the away team under a lot of pressure but failed to convert that pressure into goals.

The home team had already had six corners before the first 20 minutes and Tim Cahill came close to scoring after getting on the end of Phil Neville’s flick-on but his effort was cleared by Kyle Naughton.

Norwich scored the opening goal in the 28th minute against the run of play after Grant Holt expertly held off Johnny Heitinga and turned and shot to see the ball hit the back of the net after going in off the post.

Everton were made to pay for the profligacy and Louis Saha tried to make amends with two decent efforts right after the goal but he couldn’t hit the target or get past John Ruddy.

Norwich started to get a better foothold in the game after their goal as Holt and Morison linked up well but the goalscorer was lucky to stay on the pitch following an elbow to the face of Marouane Fellaini but referee Lee Probert gave nothing.

Osman came close to getting the equaliser early in the second half when Saha laid the ball off to Osman whose shot was brilliantly saved by Ruddy to his right and the ball went out for a corner.

Everton started the second half in much the same way as they did the first but were still not able to score.

Norwich were under a lot of pressure but the presence of their two strikers up front meant that Everton couldn’t commit too many players forward.

The introduction of Royston Drenthe was arguably what changed the game for Everton and the former Real Madrid man looked dangerous every time he got the ball.

The equaliser finally came following a miss-hit Drenthe shot was turned into the net by Osman and Norwich’s rear guard was finally breached.

Drenthe looked like he might be the one to get the winner in the final ten minutes but he couldn’t beat Ruddy again.

In the end, the points were shared and despite Everton dominating the possession, a home win would have been unfair on a resilient Norwich side that defended well and look a good shout to survive the drop this season.

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