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Norwich City 1-1 Everton

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Everton defender John Stones in action with Norwich's Andre Wisdom
Everton are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games

Norwich produced a battling second half display to hold Everton to their third straight Premier League draw.

Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth successive league game with a header from Gerard Deulofeu's excellent cross.

Leighton Baines was denied by the woodwork, while Arouna Kone and Lukaku also missed chances for Everton.

Wes Hoolahan levelled for Norwich from close range before Cameron Jerome missed a great chance for the hosts.

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Lukaku now has 15 league and cup goals this season, seven in his last six league games and is second in the Premier League's top scorers with 12 behind Leicester's Jamie Vardy (14).

Norwich v Everton graphic
A big talking point is Cameron Jerome's miss. How did he fail to score? Lovely play in the build-up all goes to waste as the Norwich forward blazes over the bar. He really was this close to goal...

His header from Deulofeu's floated delivery displayed everything that is good about the Belgium striker.

But Lukaku went on to spurn a host of chances as Everton failed to add to their early lead despite dominating a Norwich side that looked desperately short of confidence before the interval.

Baines was denied a goal on his first league start of the season while Kone was also guilty of wasting a couple of chances before Norwich came back strongly after the break.

While Everton remain unbeaten in six league games, improvements are required if they are to seriously push for a European place.

Neil inspires Canaries fightback

Norwich, who conceded early on, went into the match with just one clean sheet in 15 league games.

But Everton's failure to extend their lead allowed the hosts a point that looked beyond them during a one-sided first half.

Neil responded at the start of the second half by replacing Andre Wisdom with Ryan Bennett and it was a change that produced an instant response as Hoolahan bundled Bennett's header over the line.

Norwich went for the winner in this entertaining match but their finishing was as bad as Everton's - Jerome somehow squandering an excellent chance from eight yards.

Man of the match - Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan celebrates scoring against Everton
Wes Hoolahan has been involved in more Premier League goals this season (seven – two goals, five assists) than any other Norwich City player. He marked a terrific second-half performance with a scrappy yet vital equaliser

What the managers said

Canaries comeback pleases Alex Neil

Norwich manager Alex Neil: "If we perform like we did in the second half then we will be fine.

"We had a good discussion in terms of what's acceptable and all the questions I posed to them at half-time they came out and answered.

"Tactically nothing changed. All that changed in the second half was the way we went about our business."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "Football can be cruel at times and it was today. There is considerable frustration when you create so many chances and you don't get the second goal.

Football can be cruel - Roberto Martinez

"You end up having something to lose. Norwich could have been out of the game at half-time but we gave them a little bit of hope.

"Then the belief and momentum goes into them with the goal."

The stats you need to know

  • Romelu Lukaku became the first Everton player to score in six successive Premier League games (beating Duncan Ferguson's record of five).
  • Lukaku is the first Everton player to score in seven successive games in all competitions since Bob Latchford in December 1975.
  • Gerard Deulofeu has assisted six goals for Romelu Lukaku this season in the Premier League - no player has assisted as many goals for a single player in the Premier League this season.
  • Norwich City have won just one of the last 11 Premier League meetings with Everton (W1 D6 L4).

What next?

Norwich now face back-to-back away games at Manchester United (19 December) and Tottenham (26 December) before their next Carrow Road appearance.

Martinez and his Everton players have a full week to work on killing teams off before leaders Leicester City visit Goodison Park on 19 December.

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 13Rudd
  • 3WisdomSubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes
  • 5MartinBooked at 90mins
  • 6Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 27Tettey
  • 28O'Neil
  • 22Redmond
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forHowsonat 84'minutes
  • 12Brady
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 7Grabban
  • 8Howson
  • 9Mbokani
  • 18Dorrans
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 24Bennett

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 5Stones
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 3Baines
  • 15Cleverley
  • 18Barry
  • 19DeulofeuSubstituted forMirallasat 69'minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forGibsonat 76'minutes
  • 9Koné
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 4Gibson
  • 11Mirallas
  • 12Lennon
  • 14Naismith
  • 21Osman
  • 32Galloway
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
27,027

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 1, Everton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Everton 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  4. Booking

    Russell Martin (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darron Gibson (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Arouna Koné (Everton).

  10. Post update

    Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

  14. Post update

    Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Jonny Howson replaces Wes Hoolahan.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Barry (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Cameron Jerome.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Russell Martin.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arouna Koné.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City16102432171532
2Leicester1595132211132
3Arsenal1593327131430
4Man Utd168532112929
5Tottenham1568125121326
6Crystal Palace168262115626
7Watford167451816225
8West Ham166642521424
9Everton165832921823
10Liverpool156541817123
11Stoke166551314-123
12Southampton165652119221
13West Brom155461419-519
14Bournemouth164482031-1116
15Chelsea154381724-715
16Swansea163581524-914
17Norwich163581828-1014
18Newcastle153481630-1413
19Sunderland1633101730-1312
20Aston Villa1513111328-156
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