Norwich 1-1 Everton: Wes Hoolahan helps Canaries claim a point as Toffees crumble

first_img Norwich players celebrate their equaliser 1 Norwich City grabbed a share of the spoils on home soil as a second-half Wes Hoolahan goal earned them a 1-1 draw with Everton.It was a strange affair in Norfolk with the Toffees going in 1-0 up at the break thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s back post header but, in truth, they should have been well out of sight after missing several good chances.The Canaries, though, with an astute tactical substitution at half-time which saw Ryan Bennett come on for Andre Wisdom, came thundering back into the clash and equalised just two minutes after the break through Wes Hoolahan.Manager Alex Neil will believe his side should have had all three points but clumsy striker Cameron Jerome spurned a glorious chance to win it.Everton were quickest out of the blocks and an early surging run from the dynamic Gerard Deulofeu saw Sebastien Bassong tested in the Canaries backline before the ex-Barcelona man gave away a foul.Norwich, though, looked bright and brave, attacking down the right to test Leighton Baines, who was making his first start since an ankle injury at the end of last season. Sadly for Neil his men failed to capitalise on good positions with Nathan Redmond and Alexander Tettey wastefully thrashing the ball off target.When the opener did come, it was unsurprising but unstoppable as Deulofeu looped a tasty cross to the back post with Lukaku, inevitably, thudding home a header beyond Declan Rudd.Neil could only shake his head on the sideline as his side failed shackle the spritely Deulofeu, while a delightful ball from Lukaku was struck straight at Rudd by Arouna Kone.At the opposite end, Norwich looked frustrated with Robbie Brady beckoning for help which just never arrived as a burgeoning Toffees side stifled their build up play.Lukaku was guilty of missing a golden opportunity to double Everton’s lead as Tom Cleverley’s bobbling cross, somehow, reached the back post. And, just when it looked like Norwich would get a shot on goal, the scampering Ramiro Funes Mori cut short Jerome’s lazy stroll towards Tim Howard.And, before the first-half ended, Baines almost notched on his return as his right-foot volley clattered the upright with Rudd well beaten and Lukaku blasted two good chances wide.In typical Premier League fashion, this game, which should have been put to bed by the break, was turned on its head after 47 minutes as half-time substitute Ryan Bennett’s header was eventually poked over the line by Hoolahan, despite Ross Barkley’s best efforts to keep it out.Neil’s side seemed emboldened and could have got themselves in front with chances from Brady and Hoolahan. Finally looking organised, it was now the Canaries who frustrated their opponents with the Toffees looking sloppy and, on the break, stretched by the hosts.And the game should have been won in the 70th minute by Norwich as Jerome spooned what should have been a simple side-foot finish well over the crossbar.Meanwhile, Gareth Barry was unlucky with a blocked shot as Everton pushed for the winner, while Funes Mori and Darron Gibson crashed long-range shots off target as the match lurched to a halt.last_img read more