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23 February 2013
• Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 26828
K. Kamara 84'
G. Holt 90'+
L. Osman 39'
90' + 4'
Assist S. Bassong
90' + 4'
Goal Grant Holt
GOAL NORWICH! Grant Holt blows the roof off Carrow Road to clinch a gargantuan three points for the hosts. Superb ball from Russell Martin finds Bassong at the back post, who heads it goalward before Holt nips in to hammer home. Absolutely massive for Norwich.
90' + 4'
And with Arsenal triumphing over Aston Villa, frustration will no doubt be engulfing the Everton dressing room at present. Those were their three points to lose. And they lost them against a team that has scored just one league goal since 2012. That'll smart.
90' + 4'
And what an impact Kei Kamara had. Norwich looked certain to continue their downward spiral towards the relegation mire before the Sierra Leone international put in a stand-out shift to turn the tide.
90' + 3'
Chants of "YELLOWS" rings around a bouncing Carrow Road. Meanwhile, David Moyes remonstrating with the referees about the amount of extra time added on.
90' + 2'
Norwich all over Everton here, with cross after cross. But the visitors are dealing with the bombardment well.
90' + 1'
An amazing block from Distin denies Holt from point-blank range.
Baines low ball finds Mirallas, who has a good pop at goal. But his shot nestles comfortably into the bosom of Mark Bunn.
Norwich slightly hasty in the challenge here, with Snodgrass bringing down Coleman to stifle the flow of play.
3 minutes of extra time here.
Norwich beginning to rally now. The fans have found their voice and the players are throwing themselves at the ball here. The pendulum has swung and Norwich have 3 minutes to pull off the unthinkable.
Just seen on the replay there that it's none other than Marouane Fellaini who was marking Kamara. The Sierra Leone international left him for dead.
Assist Robert Snodgrass
Goal Kei Kamara
GOAL NORWICH! Kei Kamara beats Howard with a blitzing header from a Snodgrass corner. The Norwich faithful have been thrown into raptures. What a blistering header. And what an impact from the Sierra Leone international.
Superb jinking run by Pilkington as he breezes past Gibson and Coleman before his cross is blocked for a corner.
Fellaini finds Piennar who gets a glimpse of goal only to blaze a shot high over the bar.
Awful free kick from Garrido as his effort sails pathetically into the arms of Tim Howard.
Time is running out for Norwich and their attacks will need to improve drastically. Russell Martin tries to pick out Grant Holt in the box but his long ball overshoots the target and heads out for a goal kick.
Everton with some slick passing to hold it comfortably in the Norwich half, but the hosts cope resolutely with the danger to thwart the attack.
Snodgrass floats one over to Pilkington but it's intercepted well by Naismith, who then decides to punt the ball directly to Mark Bunn. Really bizarre.
As predicted, Hoolahan makes way for Anthony Pilkington, who returns to action from a three week hiatus after recovering from a hamstring complaint.
What a superb afternoon Seamus Coleman is having. The defender breezes down the right flank before putting an effort just feet wide of the top corner at Mark Bunn's near post.
Everton back on the attack, though, with Baines stepped up for a corner. His ball in is parried away by Bunn, before Gibson curls an attractive effort towards the top corner. The ball floats over the bar.
Kamara inches away from the equaliser. Hoolahan puts in a cracking ball into the box, but Kamara sees his headed effort whistle past the far post. Really making an impact here, great substitution.
Hoolahan breaks into full stride down the middle of the park, but Pienaar puts in a fantastic effort to snuff out the danger.
Gibson almost picks out Jelavic, who's been quiet today, but the pass breaks harmlessly through to Mark Bunn.
Snodgrass whips in an inswinger but it can only find the hands of Tim Howard, who plucks the ball away from danger at full stretch.
Norwich immediately break, with Kei Kamara at the centre of it again. Norwich throw straddling the byeline.
Everton looking to reassert their authority now as a decent ball from Coleman is punched away by Mark Bunn.
Norwich seem buoyed by the substitution and starting to get a foothold in the game. But a foul by Grant Holt on Baines puts an end to the spell before it has a chance to gather momentum.
And Kei makes an immediate impact, controlling an awkward high ball before acrobatically flicking the ball goalward, but his shot lacks the power to beat Howard at his far post.
One new Norwich signing comes on for another, as Becchio makes way for Norfolk's newest cult figure, Kei Kamara.
Gibson glides a corner ball into the back post, but Becchio pulls off an outstanding clearance to head away from underneath his own bar.
Dangerous inswinging free-kick from Baines is cleared away by Seb Bassong in the six yard box.
Yellow Card Grant Holt
Foul from a frustrated Grant Holt on the lively Seamus Coleman earns him a place in the referee's book.
Gibson's strong challenge wins the ball in the middle of the park before Pienaar rolls a low cross across the goal mouth. Jelavic should have been there. Would have been a certain goal.
Snodgrass bounds down the right flank before teeing up Martin for a cross in. But it is met only by an Everton shirt. Epitomising Norwich's attacking threat well in this half.
Everton break, with Naismith's back-post ball headed to safety by Russell Martin. Could have made more of that, certainly.
Everton winning a couple of throw-ins down the Norwich left flank but can't seem to break through on goal.
Baines' low shot from the left side of the box blocked by Turner.
Fellaini at the centre of things for Everton yet again as they move ominously towards the Norwich box, but the danger is snuffed out by Turner.
No changes here for either side as they take to the pitch for the second period. Everton get us underway.
But it'll be business as usual for Everton in the second half, where they'll look to continue defending stoically to deny the hosts a foothold in the game.
Despite the reversion back to 4-4-2 adding some fresh impetus into the Norwich attacking corps, Wes Hoolahan finds himself increasingly isolated on the left wing. Not his natural position and it shows. Think we may see Bennett or Pilkington before too long.
And that's halftime here at Carrow Road. A thrilling encounter so far, with both teams attacking with real purpose. But it's Leon Osman's close-range header that's the difference here. The home fans are understandably frustrated, as their team find themselves bereft of clear-cut scoring opportunities, despite a couple of bright chances early on.
Pienaar's corner woefully curls out for a goal kick before it even reaches the front post. That is catastrophically poor.
Hoolahan powers in a long range drive that takes a power-sapping deflection as it rolls into the grateful arms of Tim Howard.
Long ball in from Bunn finds Becchio, who nods over to Holt before the ball is cleared away for a Norwich corner.
Yellow Card Leighton Baines
Baines delivers a poor corner that finds Snodgrass on the inside post.
Assist Leighton Baines
Goal Leon Osman
GOAL EVERTON. The ever-dependable Leon Osman nods in a close-range header from a wonderful outswinger from Baines. Fantastic ball.
Norwich break from an Everton attack, but Grant Holt squanders a promising position with a weak ball across the box that's comfortably intercepted by Jagielka.
And as the big man is marooned on the sidelines, Norwich break with a great chance. Howson's through ball is threaded through the Everton back line to find Holt, whose shot is smothered well by Howard.
Fellaini now receiving treatment for a nasty gash caused by Bradley Johnson
Everton back on the ball now, but Norwich hunting in packs and pressing well to limit the visitors to long shots. The lively Seamus Coleman blazes one over.
A gritty battle boiling over there between Fellaini and Johnson. The Belgian catches a nasty boot to the knee and is bleeding fairly heavily. Remains on the pitch though, of course, to defend the Norwich free kick.
Quick-witted defending from Seamus Coleman denies Snodgrass a clear goal scoring opportunity as Becchio's flick on finds the Scotland international.
Nervy moment for the diminutive Mark Bunn, as he fails to parry a swinging ball. But as the ball breaks loose, Jelavic is adjudged to have fouled the Norwich keeper.
Everton just steadying the game here, slowing the tempo down with a good spell of possession. Mostly in their own half, mind.
Fellaini fires off a long range effort but blazes it well over the bar. Full to the brim of chances here.
An unmarked Jelavic is found by Fellaini in the box, but his cross sails harmlessly over the heads of his team-mates.
A real full-blooded affair here, with chances opening up nicely at either end. Will be surprised if Norwich manage another 0-0 snoozer here today.
Jelavic chests down a Naismith ball for Fellaini to strike from outside the box. The shot is driven low and with real venom, but hits a sliding Michael Turner on its way to goal.
Fellaini adds to his inexorable foul tally and sythes down Wes Hoolahan in the middle of the park
Chance opens up for Howson outside the box, but his curling effort is blocked by the back of skipper Grant Holt. Good chance squandered.
Frenetic pace here as both teams attacking purposely, particularly Norwich who seem to be benefiting from the 4-4-2.
Fellaini again proving crucial in Everton's forays forward, but fails to thread the final ball through the Norwich rearguard.
Slick interplay between Snodgrass and Johnson opens up a chance at the Everton end, before Fellaini storms back to snuff out the danger.
A slight lull in the action here, with both teams giving the ball away far too easily.
A long effort finds Grant Holt as he hits the right channel, but the flag goes up for offside.
Everton beginning to rally now, bombarding the Norwich box with a number of dangerous crosses. But the threat is marshalled well by Bassong, Turner and the quick hands of Mark Bunn.
Everton respond with a chance of their own as Seamus Coleman's whipped ball in is parried away from Mark Bunn after Garrido deflection.
Incisive ball through from Hoolahan finds Snodgrass in the box, who is denied only by a superb block from Distin. Very good opportunity for the hosts there.
Perennial offside offender Nikica Jelavic flagged for offside after a promising ball forward.
Long ball to Snodgrass down the left flank, but his inswinging cross whips agonisingly close to the oncoming Grant Holt
Jelavic's cross is met by Mark Bunn, who plucks it out the air comfortably.
Norwich City get us underway.
The teams are out here on this bitingly cold Norfolk afternoon. All in thermals pretty much without exception. That hasn't stopped the fans though - Carrow Road is packed to the rafters.
The tactical shift from Norwich here may prove pivotal today. Norwich have lacked teeth going forward this campaign and are in dire need of some creativity. As a result, the success of the partnership between Becchio and Holt could prove the difference between survival and relegation for a team that have scored just once in five outings.
In terms of past encounters, Everton have failed to see off Norwich since they returned to the top-flight last season, drawing all of their last three clashes.
Norwich find themselves anxiously looking over their shoulders at the basement battle unfolding beneath them and a continuation of their nine-game winless streak would see them dragged ever closer to the relegation mire. A good result today is vital for Hughton's men.
Norwich meanwhile are going with a 4-4-2 system for the first time in a good while. New signing Luciano Becchio partners the returning talisman Grant Holt, who has recovered from a back spasm as the Canaries look to stop the rot.
Moyes cannot afford another stalemate today and will hope that the out-of-sorts Jelavic can rediscover his scoring form as Victor Anichebe has not recovered from his knock against Oldham on Sunday
Everton sit six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham at the moment and a win for Arsenal today will see them go five points clear of the Toffees.
So a strong line-up fielded by the visitors, as David Moyes looks to add some fresh vigour to their hunt for a top-four spot
EVERTON SUBS: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Hitzlsperger, Neville, Duffy
NORWICH SUBS: Camp, Whittaker, Pilkington, Fox, Kamara, E.Bennett, R.Bennett
EVERTON TEAM: Howard | Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines | Naismith, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar Fellaini | Jelavic
NORWICH TEAM: Bunn | R.Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido | Johnson, Snodgrass, Howson, Hoolahan | Holt, Becchio
Afternoon all, and welcome to today's action from Carrow Road as Norwich City take on Everton. I'm Alex Ward and I'll be guiding you through this afternoon's antics; the highs and lows; the thrills and spills; the joys and sorrow.
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