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  • August 17, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 26824
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  • Thanks for your attention throughout Norwich's hard-fought 2-2 draw with Everton, I hope that you've enjoyed the game as much as I have. I've been Simon Harrison, and I hope to catch you all again next time.
  • That's all that we have time for, but be sure to tune into Goal's LIVE coverage once again for the Premier League's late fixture, which sees David Moyes' Manchester United face Swansea.
  • Norwich now make it unbeaten in five games against Everton and have hit the ground running. New signings Nathan Redmond and Van Wolfswinkel look fairly impressive, while the team as a whole sat in shape nicely.
  • The goal of the game has to go to Barkley, thanks to a ferocious, arrowing strike into the far corner, after needing to dig the ball out from under his feet. With several key players missing, Norwich will be pleased to escape with a valuable point.
  • There's the final whistle! Norwich take a very good point in their opening home game of the season, thanks to goals from Whittaker and Van Wolfswinkel. Everton played some slick football, with Barkley and Coleman netting, but it wasn't enough for maximum points.
  • 90' + 4'
    Into the final minute of the game, and it looks like things will stay as they are! Another long ball is arched forward to look for Naismith, but again Ruddy is able to claim it. Everton are getting desperate, their possession game has gone out of the window.
  • 90' + 3'
    Substitution Ross Barkley Victor Anichebe
  • 90' + 2'
    Four minutes of added time, and we're halfway into them. Naismith tries to get on the end of a long ball pumped forward by Distin, but he misjudges the bounce and it rolls through to Ruddy.
  • 90' + 1'
    Norwich are still sitting deep, you'd certainly not guess that they were the home side, but needs must. If their more attacking options were readily available, things might be different, but a point from Everton with their current starting eleven is a great way to start the season.
  • 90'
    The Canaries' faithful urge their team on, and a clearance from Naismith gives the home side a throw-in in an advanced area. Bennett tries his luck from range, but Distin stands tall to make an important block.
  • 88'
    COLEMAN! The goalscorer is given plenty of space after being shown onto his weaker left foot, but he tries his luck anyway. Ruddy dives, but the ball whistles just wide of the far post. Van Wolfswinkel is the only Norwich player who is anywhere near the half way line, Hughton's men are definitely hoping to keep things as they are.
  • 86'
    Substitution Nathan Redmond Martin Olsson
  • 86'
    The atmosphere is a little nervous, both sets of supporters have realised how easy it is for their opponents to capitalise on one chance. Norwich have failed to really test Howard all game, yet have two goals to their name. Such clinical finishing must be on the minds of all of the travelling Toffees fans.
  • 85'
    Play has calmed down a little, with Norwich perhaps hoping to retain a point - it'd certainly be a good one. Hughton can afford to allow his pacey wingers with good engines to be his outlets, while keeping Howson and Johnson rigidly defending if required.
  • 83'
    Great recovery from Garrido! Naismith looks to burst through on goal, but the Spaniard gets his foot across well to dispossess the Scotland international. Carrow Road gives him a warm congratulatory clap.
  • 81'
    Martinez looks to shuffle the pack, and introduces Arouna Kone. This extra pace is exactly what Martin doesn't want to face while on a yellow card. I predict that Norwich will keep their defensive line particularly deep now.
  • 80'
    Substitution Nikica Jelavic Arouna Kone
  • 80'
    JELAVIC! Ruddy makes a great save, the Croatian must be wondering what he has to do! Two great chances in quick succession, with Norwich still somehow staying on level terms. The combination of Ruddy and Martin on the line is just enough!
  • 78'
    The width offering by Baines and Coleman is really causing some problems for Norwich's shape, the away side always have a man spare on the far side. Coleman has been full of energy, I don't think Garrido will look forward to the return fixture!
  • 77'
    HOWSON! The former Leeds man ghosts into the box, shapes to shoot but changes his mind, and lifts the ball to the back post. Nobody in yellow is there, however, and Howard claims under no pressure.
  • 76'
    End to end stuff! Norwich break through on goal, and Hoolahan throws himself to the ground, asking Oliver for a foul, but nothing is given. Everton then break, and Van Wolfswinkel is forced to cynically foul Barkley.
  • 74'
    This game has really been brought to life since Ross Barkley's goal, it's tough to say which turn it will take next! Everton have been composed on the ball, creating more than the home side, but with Hughton committing men forward on the break and gambling, Norwich look just as dangerous.
  • 73'
    Substitution Wesley Hoolahan Alexander Tettey
  • 72'
    He's been quiet in the second half, but he only needs one chance to score! He's been prolific abroad, there's every chance he could replicate it here! Whittaker deserves a mention again, he's been great, bombing on down the right to exploit Baines' attacking tendencies.
  • 71'
    Assist Steven Whittaker
  • 71'
    Goal Ricky van Wolfswinkel
    VAN WOLFSWINKEL! He's done it! Whittaker clips a delightful ball to the back post, and a wonderful header from the Dutchman wrongfoots Howard and nestles in the far post! Great header!
  • 70'
    Substitution Kevin Mirallas Steven Naismith
  • 69'
    Everton are in control, but Norwich are still dangerous on the break, Redmond looks bright whenever he gets his foot on the ball. Martinez has certainly brought his passing style to Merseyside, they're stroking the ball around with a lot of confidence.
  • 68'
    Great play from Whittaker! The goalscoring full-back gets forward once again, and turns Baines absolutely inside out with a piece of skill. He bursts into the box, but the covering Jagielka clears.
  • 66'
    All change in terms of scoreline, but that was a very deserved goal. Norwich have been besieged since Barkley's leveller, and Everton are still relentlessly pushing forward despite grabbing the lead.
  • 65'
    Goal Seamus Coleman
    GOOOOAL! COLEMAN! He ghosts in, to turn home a rebound! Jelavic's strike is kept out well by Ruddy, but he could only palm it across the goal to the onrushing Coleman!
  • 63'
    Good block from Turner! Baines overlaps Pienaar on the left hand side, whips in a dangerous ball, and Turner cushions the ball down before clearing. Everton have been encouraged by their equaliser.
  • 62'
    He's been bright all game, and he's the most deserving goalscorer! Everton are back on level terms, and it's certainly deserved, there's no way they deserved to be behind - they've seen too much of the ball for that to be the case.
  • 61'
    Assist Seamus Coleman
  • 61'
    Goal Ross Barkley
    GOOOOOAL! WHAT A STRIKE! BARKLEY! He receives the ball on the edge of the box, shifts the ball from under his feet, and thrashes it home with his left foot!
  • 59'
    Pienaar is brought down heavily by Turner, as the former Sunderland defender misjudges his sliding challenge. The Everton physio is quick onto the field, and it looked to be a sore one, but he should be alright. Kone warms up as a precaution.
  • 58'
    Yellow Card Michael Turner
  • 58'
    Jagielka is deemed to have fouled Ruddy, as the two England internationals clash in the area following a corner delivery from Baines. There was only the slightest of pushes, but the referee is always going to award those kind of free-kicks.
  • 57'
    Hoolahan is brought down by a clumsy challenge from Fellaini, who protests his innocence wildly. Bennett delivers towards the back post, but a good header from Coleman prevents any yellow shirts from getting near it.
  • 55'
    BARKLEY! Mirallas breaks free down the right hand side, showing his pace to get away from Garrido, before an intended cross turns into a crossfield pass to Pienaar. The ball is switched inside for Barkley, who tries an audacious half volley, which Ruddy claims easily.
  • 53'
    End-to-end stuff, as a Norwich chance quickly turns into an Everton corner. Wonderful work from Barkley is Everton's only real inspiration in the final third at the moment, the youngster is full of confidence.
  • 52'
    That goal has lit the game alight, the crowd are getting behind their respective teams with more passion. Willing runners from wide areas look to be Norwich's best outlets, especially when Baines and Coleman get caught bombing on.
  • 51'
    Goal Steven Whittaker
    GOAL! WHITTAKER! He needs two chances, but he breaks the deadlock! Firstly, he cuts inside, striking the inside of the post with a curling effort, before following up to squeeze the ball home from a tight angle!
  • 49'
    MIRALLAS! CLOSE! A lovely ball from Osman, clipping it over Garrido to allow Coleman to get in behind his full-back, permits the Republic of Ireland international to find Mirallas with a cutback from the byline. Mirallas strikes it first time, but can only find the side netting!
  • 47'
    Pienaar whips in the first cross of the second period, looking for Jelavic peeling off at the back post, but the South African gets the weight of his pass all wrong and it floats out of play for a goal kick.
  • 46'
    We're back underway! No goals as of yet, but they seem to be coming, with both managers having a couple of summer signings as viable options to liven up the game in the second half.
  • We're close to the second half kicking off now, and the match statistics don't lie. Plenty more of the ball for Everton and double the goal-scoring opportunities. Given the home side's playing style, that can be expected, but it only takes one good opening for the Canaries to grab a lead.
  • We'll be hoping for more of the same in the second half, but a breakthrough goal would be good to liven things up a touch more. In terms of changes, Everton could look to bring on the pace of Kone for Jelavic, especially with Martin picking up a yellow card.
  • Neither manager will be criticising their players for their first half performances there. Everton have had more possession, seeing more of the ball in advanced areas, but Norwich clearly have a counter-attacking gameplan and have stuck firmly to it.
  • There's the half time whistle! A tale of two youngsters in the first half, as Nathan Redmond and Ross Barkley have lit up proceedings. Van Wolfswinkel and Fellaini have also had half chances, but it's been a game heavily contested in the midfield department.
  • 45' + 1'
    One minute of stoppage time is awarded, due to a flowing game at Carrow Road, and it looks like the home side will sit in their shape for the remaining seconds.
  • 45'
    BARKLEY! A very nice touch from Fellaini kills the ball dead, before the Belgian sets the ball back to his young teammate. Ruddy looks troubled, but Barkley can't quite get his effort on target and it flashes wide!
  • 44'
    Yellow Card Russell Martin
  • 44'
    Baines stands over the free-kick, which is about 25 yards from goal - close enough for Ruddy to take the organisation of his wall very seriously. The wall does it's job well.
  • 43'
    Redmond skips inside, beating Coleman before Fellaini forces the youngster to check his run. Everton win back the ball, break quickly, before Martin is booked for a cynical foul on Mirallas - the most definite yellow you'll see today.
  • 42'
    WHITTAKER! The Scotland international cuts inside from the right, onto his left foot, but Baines makes a good block with his leg. Nice move from Norwich, as Hughton's side patiently opened up play from the left, with Redmond being key in doing so. He's been very impressive.
  • 40'
    Still no real joy for Van Wolfswinkel, he's being kept subdued by the physicality of Distin. The Dutchman has a little more luck when he drops into space rather than leading the line, but he'll want to be given opportunities as opposed to creating them.
  • 39'
    Ross Barkley has been impressive so far for the away side, especially for such a young player. Both him and Redmond are really putting in early claims for why they should be in the first team, they look comfortable on the ball and prepared to beat a man when required.
  • 38'
    Quick interplay between Barkley and Fellaini allow Everton to advance from the edge of their box with the ball, but Coleman's eventual cross after his release down the right is awful! Pienaar collects the 'cross' on the left flank, but his delivery is turned behind for a goal kick by Jelavic.
  • 37'
    Good work from Leighton Baines! Bennett tried his luck against the creative former Wigan full-back, but was found out by his adversary's experience, as Baines eased Bennett out of the way before shepherding the ball out for an Everton throw-in.
  • 36'
    Ten minutes until the half time break, and we're yet to see the deadlock broken. Plenty of half chances for Everton, and plenty of good defending from the likes of Distin and Martin to keep things goalless.
  • 35'
    JAGIELKA! Yet another corner for Everton, but the England international is unbalanced and can't turn the ball home. He attempted to cushion the ball towards the net with his instep, but was backpedalling as he did so.
  • 34'
    Well read by Howard! The American is off his line in a flash to race out and slide in to deny Van Wolfswinkel. Nice movement from the Dutchman to put himself in with a chance of getting an opportunity, but that's top stuff from the Everton goalkeeper.
  • 33'
    It's definitely been a first half of corners at Carrow Road! With Baines' impressive left foot, Norwich are worringly prepared to give away corners when required. It only takes Fellaini to outmuscle his marker, and Everton could take the lead.
  • 32'
    Well defended by Howson! Pienaar beats Turner with a lovely piece of skill, before hanging the ball up towards the back post in search of Jelavic. The resultant corner gives Pienaar the chance to try his luck from the edge of the box, but Norwich block once again for another set piece.
  • 31'
    Howard is forced to palm the ball behind for a corner, as Bennett floats in a free-kick. Everton clear their lines well, looking to find Mirallas on the half way line, but Martin intercepts using his head to cut the Everton counter-attack short.
  • 29'
    The trio of Bennett, Redmond and Van Wolfswinkel combine well to allow Norwich to break free of the Everton siege, and Bennett wins a free-kick. Direct, counter-attacking football seems to be Norwich's best chance of carving out opportunities, Everton are keen to allow Baines free reign.
  • 28'
    Good block from Martin! Mirallas is denied yet again, the Belgian timed his run well to arrive at the edge of the box as Pienaar looked to deliver his cross, but the Scottish defender does well to deny his opponent.
  • 27'
    Turner and Martin are being given plenty to do at the heart of the Norwich defence! The latter heads away a good ball from the right hand side, before the former has to be employed to clear the ball downfield, after Pienaar plays an intelligent ball in behind Whittaker in search of Barkley.
  • 26'
    A case of poor anticipation from Turner allows for Ross Barkley to win his side a corner, and more problems are caused for the home side! Baines' near post delivery gets flicked on, and finds Fellaini in space at the back post, but the Belgian can't hit the target.
  • 25'
    Jelavic will want to see a little bit more of the ball in dangerous areas, I'm sure, as the former Rangers man has been responsible for a few moments of creation, rather than his striking instincts.
  • 24'
    MIRALLAS! That was closer! A nice move too! Mirallas lays the ball into Jelavic, the Croatian plays a bounce pass to allow his teammate to have a shot, but Mirallas can only turn the ball narrowly wide of the post!
  • 22'
    FELLAINI! The Belgian gets above Turner with ease, meeting Baines' corner at the top of his jump, but the ball flies harmlessly over the crossbar. A half chance, nothing more.
  • 21'
    Both managers will be pleased so far, Hughton perhaps being the happier as Ruddy's goal has remained untroubled. A few corners and quick breaks from the Canaries might cause Martinez to change things, but in terms of build up play Everton look quite silky.
  • 20'
    Great challenge again from Distin! The Frenchman makes his second great tackle within a matter of minutes, which Whittaker tries to use to con the referee into giving a penalty. What a poor attempt at a dive!
  • 19'
    Two very contrasting styles of play being showcased here. Norwich are looking to break quickly, with pacey players, looking for the gaps left by Everton's marauding full-backs. The Toffees, however, are very patient and efficient on the ball.
  • 17'
    GREAT CHALLENGE! Distin makes a wonderful sliding interception to deny Van Wolfswinkel his first Norwich goal! The home side got in behind Coleman, before Redmond cut the ball back from the byline, but a flying Frenchman recovered brilliantly to divert the delivery from the Dutchman's boot!
  • 16'
    BARKLEY! The youngster does very well, beating his man and trying his luck with his left foot from 20 yards out, but sees his effort blocked! Norwich were very slow to close down both Osman and Barkley in that passage of play, nervous stuff.
  • 15'
    VAN WOLFSWINKEL! The Dutchman rises highest to beat Distin in the air, after good work from Bennett down the left flank to whip a ball towards the near post. Norwich claim a corner, get one, but nothing comes of the set piece.
  • 14'
    Everton may be monopolising possession, but Norwich are finding plenty of space when they choose to break. Redmond looks to be a danger, as the 19-year-old likes to carry the ball at pace.
  • 13'
    Fellaini and Jelavic look to combine to play Mirallas in behind Norwich's deep defensive line, but the Croatian's execution of a cheeky backheel doesn't quite come off. High intensity, bright game so far.
  • 12'
    PIENAAR! Awful effort, but that's the closest the Toffees have got! Whittaker is robbed of the ball on the edge of his own box, and the South African tries his luck with his first touch - and as a result balloons the ball high and wide. Poor effort.
  • 11'
    Good work from Bennett, as Mirallas is robbed of the ball by the Englishman. The ball is switched inside, finding Howson, but the ex-Leeds midfielders eventual pass is cut out before Redmond can receive the ball.
  • 10'
    Redmond's blocked strike probably goes down as the best chance so far, but Everton have certainly had the better of the early stages. Both Jelavic and Van Wolfswinkel have looked a little quiet so far, with Norwich's record signing looking a tad isolated.
  • 9'
    Osman now gives away a free-kick, as the Englishman brings down Hoolahan needlessly. Bennett delivers with his right foot, curling the ball towards the six yard line, but Fellaini heads half-clear before Barkley gets the second ball clear after blocking a Redmond volley.
  • 8'
    Norwich look wary of Everton's offensive capabilities, and Hughton's men are happy to sit back and allow the away side to stroke the ball around their back four. Plenty of yellow shirts are back in their own half, this is a rather negative start for a home side.
  • 7'
    Van Wolfswinkel is struggling to hold off the challenges of the powerhouse Distin, the Dutchman is definitely getting a baptism of fire in terms of having a physical opponent to try and beat. Redmond has looked motivated in the early stages, he promises to give Coleman a test.
  • 6'
    Norwich are camped in their own half already, Fellaini and Baines have seen plenty of the ball in these opening exchanges. Plenty of the ball for Martinez' side, and they look the more likely to make something happen. Van Wolfswinkel yet to get hold of the ball for the Canaries.
  • 5'
    Johnson brings down Pienaar with a poor challenge, 30 yards from the home team's goal, and Baines is tasked with the delivery. The ball in is flicked on by Jagielka, but easily finds its way through to an untroubled Ruddy.
  • 4'
    Baines is already keen to get forward down the left hand side, as the away side start as the more dominant force. Norwich are prepared to sit deep, holding their shape, and Baines' first cross of the game is cleared well by Michael Turner.
  • 3'
    A good intensity at the start of this game, plenty of tackles have been thrown in from the likes of Howson and Distin, and both teams look to be taking their pre-season optimism into their respective Premier League campaigns. A good atmosphere at Carrow Road too!
  • 2'
    Both goalkeepers get their first touches of the game, as opposition forward passes are somewhat overhit. Everton certainly aren't showing the patience which was expected from Wigan last season, they're inclined to get forward from the very start.
  • 1'
    Michael Oliver puts his whistle to his lips, and we're off! The game is underway, Norwich playing in their trademark yellow, while their opponents Everton also don their home strip, blue in colour. The game is underway!
  • The players stream out of the tunnel into the Saturday sun, and the Carrow Road crowd - a sea of yellow - greets them with fervour. This is the moment that all of the pre-season minutes and training has been geared towards, the Premier League has returned for both the Canaries and the Toffees.
  • For the home side, most eyes are probably glued to new frontman Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the Dutchman has enjoyed prolific spells with both Utrecht and Sporting in recent years. Scoring more than 14 goals per season for the past three years, van Wolfswinkel seems ready to make the transition to the Premier League.
  • Today represents an opportunity for Jelavic to prove his worth to his new superior. The former Rangers striker has never managed to net a season total of more than nine goals in the Premier League, whereas ex-Latic Arouna Kone netted eleven times in all competitions last season - the Croatian certainly has a capable rival.
  • Two interesting subs for Everton this afternoon, as Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu and John Stones take up their places on the bench. Both have looked bright during pre-season, with the former performing brilliantly for Spain at youth level.
  • Everton substitutes: Joel, Heitinga, Kone, Deulofeu, Naismith, Stones, Anichebe.
  • Norwich substitutes: Bunn, Becchio, Butterfield, Olsson, R. Bennett, Fox, Ayala.
  • Everton starting line-up: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Pienaar, Osman, Fellaini, Barkley, Mirallas, Jelavic.
  • Norwich starting line-up: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Martin, Garrido, Hoolahan, E. Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Redmond, van Wolfswinkel.
  • TEAM NEWS: Martinez opts out of fielding any of his summer signings, as Joel Robles and Arouna Kone start on the bench for the Toffees - while Alcaraz is injured. Norwich name two new personnel in their starting line-up, although Leroy Fer is sidelined.
  • I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you up to date with proceedings, and I'm very excited to do so. Norwich have made interesting signings this summer, while Everton could face a transition in style rather than personnel under their new manager. 15 minutes until kick-off!
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