Norwich 2-1 Everton- Match Report
Report of match 23rd February 2013
Norwich 2-1 Everton- Match Report.
Holt is Captain Marvel
Captain Grant Holt headed a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Norwich came from behind with a late double to beat Everton 2-1 at Carrow Road.
Substitute Kei Kamara scored his first goal in English football with six minutes left to cancel out Leon Osman's first-half header for Everton.
Chris Hughton's hard-working side were not finished yet, though, and secured a first Barclays Premier League win since December 19 when Holt stabbed home at the far post.
Defeat was, however, harsh on Everton, who had been the better side for long spells, with Marouane Fellaini central to all their attacking threat.
Hughton had deployed Holt and Luciano Becchio in attack, looking to arrest a run of just one goal in the last six which has left his men looking over their shoulders at the battle for survival.
Norwich created the first opening after five minutes. Wes Hoolahan played Robert Snodgrass into the left side of the Everton penalty area but his angled shot was blocked by Sylvain Distin as the ball looped up over the crossbar for a corner.
Everton forced Norwich keeper Mark Bunn into action when he first palmed away a deflected cross from fit-again right-back Seamus Coleman and then had to be alert as Nikica Jelavic turned his marker to drill a low shot goalwards from 10 yards.
Both teams continued to press but when Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson found space for a shot some 25 yards out, his goalbound effort cannoned off the back of team-mate Holt.
At the other end, Norwich centre-half Michael Turner threw himself in front of Fellaini's drive.
The Belgian was then involved in an altercation with Bradley Johnson after being caught on the knee by the Norwich midfielder, which was missed by referee Lee Mason - and he took retribution by barging Johnson over on the far touchline. That was seen and resulted in a free-kick as well as a stern talking to.
After 35 minutes, the ball broke for Holt at the edge of the Everton penalty area but the Norwich captain could not get enough power on his shot, which was well saved by Tim Howard, making his 300th Everton appearance.
It was the visitors, though, who took the lead six minutes before half-time.
Left-back Leighton Baines floated the ball across the Norwich six-yard box, where it was missed by Johnson and Sebastien Bassong, allowing an unmarked Osman to glance his header past Bunn.
The home side looked for a response at the start of the second half but lacked enough width to really stretch the Everton defence.
Toffees midfielder Steven Pienaar got into the left side of the Norwich penalty area and pulled the ball back through the six-yard box, where any sort of touch would have put it into the net.
Hughton made a change on the hour, as Becchio was replaced by Kamara, on-loan from Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City.
The Sierra Leone international almost became an instant hero when he tried an acrobatic scissors-kick but it lacked the power to test Howard.
Kamara headed wide as he was being tugged back by Coleman but, with Holt flagged offside, the free-kick went Everton's way.
At the other end, Darron Gibson floated an effort over from 20 yards.
Hughton looked to add some width to Norwich's attack as Anthony Pilkington replaced Hoolahan while Belgium forward Kevin Mirallas came on for Everton with 12 minutes left as Jelavic made way.
Norwich had more tempo now and were level after 84 minutes.
Pilkington's run down the left saw the ball blocked behind for a corner. Snodgrass' delivery picked out Kamara and his downward header beat Howard as Carrow Road erupted.
The Canaries pressed for a dramatic winner, with Distin's superb block keeping out Holt's close-range effort.
However, there was still time for another chance, which the Norwich captain dispatched at the far post after a deep cross from Russell Martin had been nodded on by Bassong.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Carrow Road Attendance: 26,828|
|2 - 1||Everton
|90+4||Grant Holt scores a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Norwich 2-1 Everton.Sebastien Bassong provided the assist for the goal.|
|90+2||Shot by Grant Holt. Sylvain Distin gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Leon Osman makes a clearance.|
|90+1||Robert Snodgrass takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Steven Naismith.|
|90+1||Kevin Mirallas takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Mark Bunn.|
|89||Phil Jagielka fouled by Robert Snodgrass, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.|
|88||Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.|
|87||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Phil Jagielka. Free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.|
|85||Foul by Grant Holt on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.|
|85||Bryan Oviedo on for Steven Pienaar.|
|83||Robert Snodgrass takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Kei Kamara finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Norwich 1-1 Everton.Robert Snodgrass provided the assist for the goal.|
|82||Steven Pienaar has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|80||Darron Gibson challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick. Javier Garrido takes the direct free kick.|
|80||Bradley Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.|
|77||Nikica Jelavic goes off and Kevin Mirallas comes on.|
|71||Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Bassong. Anthony Pilkington replaces Wesley Hoolahan. Direct free kick taken by Javier Garrido.|
|68||Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, save by Mark Bunn. Shot from inside the area by Darron Gibson clears the bar.|
|67||Kei Kamara has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.|
|66||Wesley Hoolahan concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.|
|64||Russell Martin challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.|
|63||Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, save by Tim Howard.|
|62||Bradley Johnson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Darron Gibson takes the direct free kick.|
|61||Grant Holt challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.|
|59||Overhead kick right-footed shot by Kei Kamara. Save by Tim Howard.|
|58||Effort on goal by Marouane Fellaini from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.|
|57||(Norwich) makes a substitution, with Kei Kamara coming on for Luciano Becchio.|
|56||Inswinging corner taken by Darron Gibson.|
|54||Shot by Leighton Baines. Blocked by Russell Martin. Luciano Becchio concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick. Foul by Jonathan Howson on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded.|
|53||Grant Holt challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Grant Holt is cautioned. Free kick taken by Darron Gibson.|
|50||Luciano Becchio fouled by Leighton Baines, the ref awards a free kick. Russell Martin takes the free kick.|
|45||Unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Grant Holt results in a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.|
|44||Steven Pienaar takes a inswinging corner.|
|43||Effort from 20 yards by Jonathan Howson. Clearance made by Phil Jagielka. Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, Steven Pienaar makes a clearance. Drilled left-footed shot by Wesley Hoolahan. Comfortable save by Tim Howard.|
|42||Free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on Robert Snodgrass. Leighton Baines booked for unsporting behaviour. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.|
|42||Steven Pienaar takes the inswinging corner, Grant Holt manages to make a clearance.|
|40||The referee blows for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.|
|38||Leon Osman finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Norwich 0-1 Everton.Leighton Baines provided the assist for the goal.|
|38||Foul by Jonathan Howson on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.|
|35||Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.|
|34||Seamus Coleman has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.|
|32||Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Bradley Johnson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, save by Tim Howard.|
|31||Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.|
|28||Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Martin on Steven Pienaar. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from left channel, Marouane Fellaini challenges Russell Martin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.|
|25||Marouane Fellaini produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.|
|23||Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, clearance by Sylvain Distin.|
|21||Corner taken right-footed by Darron Gibson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Grant Holt.|
|20||Shot by Marouane Fellaini. Blocked by Michael Turner.|
|19||Foul by Luciano Becchio on Phil Jagielka, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.|
|18||Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Jonathan Howson, free kick awarded. Jonathan Howson takes the direct free kick.|
|17||Shot from 25 yards from Jonathan Howson. Blocked by Grant Holt.|
|11||Grant Holt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.|
|9||Nikica Jelavic has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.|
|7||Grant Holt is ruled offside. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.|
|7||Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn.|
|5||Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.|
|3||Nikica Jelavic is ruled offside. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.|
|1||Grant Holt fouled by Seamus Coleman, the ref awards a free kick. Javier Garrido restarts play with the free kick.|
|-||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Javier Garrido. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.|