Last gasp Norwich deny Fulham win

Updated: December 31, 2011

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A last gasp equaliser from super sub Simeon Jackson gifted Norwich a 1-1 draw against struggling Fulham.

The visitors will be bitterly disappointed having led for almost the entire match courtesy of Orlando Sa’s first Premier League goal in the 7th minute of the match.

Norwich though have proved all season to be a tough side to put away and their perseverance was rewarded when Jackson nodded home the teams 12th headed goal of the season.

Missing defenders Ritchie DeLaet and Mark Tierney, Norwich’s defence looked uneasy and were made to pay early for failing to close down Moussa Dembele who drove into the box before feeding Sa, who finished with aplomb.

The Portuguese striker nearly had a second with only a goal line clearance from Kyle Naughton keeping Norwich in the game in the opening ten minutes.

This let off sparked the Canaries into life. They almost levelled when Zak Whitbreads header was deflected away via the cross bar by Fulham keeper David Stokdale, while Stefan Frei and John Arne Reise were both forced to clear their line in desperation.

However, for the most part Norwich, who began the game with Captain and top goalscorer Grant Holt on the bench, lacked the cutting edge to really trouble Fulham.

Paul Lambert sent on Holt at half time to try and find a way back into the game but it was Fulham who looked more dangerous. The visitors were content to sit back and hit Norwich’s vulnerable back four on the counter attack, with Sa in particular looking a threat whenever he touched the ball.

At one goal ahead, however they remained vulnerable and Kyle Naughton reminded them of that with a shot that grazed the crossbar on the hour mark and fired another just wide a few minutes later.

Entering the last twenty Jackson replaced Welsh international Steve Morison, who had been an isolated figure in the first half and had failed to make much of an impact even when paired with Holt.

The change seemed to work although Norwich were helped by Fulham’s insistence on dropping deeper and deeper and inviting the home side to attack them.

Andrew Surman’s shot drifted just wide with Stockdale beaten, before the Fulham keeper produced a fantastic save to deny Jackson.

It appeared they had held out for victory, but in the fourth minute of stoppage time Jackson met Bennett’s cross and head past Stokdale to secure another vital Norwich point in their quest to avoid relegation.

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