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The 54-year-old has praised his players following their draw against Roberto Martinez's side and says Ricky van Wolfswinkel's movement gives his side an opportunity to score

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton commended his players’ fighting spirit as they battled back to secure a 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday.

The hosts took the lead early in the second half as Steven Whittaker rode several challenges before shooting against the post and burying his own rebound.

However, two quick strikes from Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman had Hughton’s side chasing the game before Ricky van Wolfswinkel headed an equaliser with just under 20 minutes remaining.

"We certainly showed drive to get back into the game," said Hughton.

"We had good chances ourselves and having taken the lead in the second half, I think we needed a longer period to get back into it. However, we soon found that we were 2-1 down and then we look at the character of our players.

"I think it's a fair result. It was a tight and difficult game in which they (Everton) showed great quality with what is arguably their best side.

"They moved the ball around very well and caused us a lot of problems.

"The satisfying thing is that we were up against a full-strength Everton side. Robert Snodgrass pulled out only today; we were missing Leroy Fer, Anthony Pilkington and Sebastian Bassong too.

"We've got more scope with the squad we've got, and taking that into consideration the lads put a great effort in."

Van Wolfswinkel, a summer acquisition from Sporting Lisbon, captured the imagination of the club’s fans during pre-season and Hughton has called upon his midfielders and wingers to provide the striker with the service he deserves.

He added: "We've got to make sure that with the strikers we do have we provide them with a service.

"What Ricky gives us is a willing runner up front, whatever formation. He always gives us an opportunity to score goals."