Everton 1-1 Norwich City – Match Review
Sebastian Bassong’s late header snatched a late point for Norwich against Everton at Goodison Park to stretch their unbeaten run to six games.
The Canaries trailed for much of the game after Steven Naismith struck in the 12th minute to seemingly put the home side on course for only their second win in seven games.
But David Moyes’ men have taken their eye off the ball of late and were punished by Bassong at the death to move the visitors six points clear of the relegation zone.
In truth the Toffees only had themselves to blame for failing to close out the game after Naismith had put them in front just before the quarter hour. Thomas Hitzlsperger’s lofted pass released Bryan Oviedo down the left and his cross was turned in, first time by the Scotland international.
Leighton Baines forced former Everton keeper John Ruddy into a low save before the Canaries finally started to signs of life, with Grant Holt shooting wide after shrugging off the attentions of two blue shirts on his way towards goal.
After the break the hosts faded and Anthony Pilkington had Tim Howard scrambling across the six yard box to keep out his free kick, while Holt set up Robert Snodgrass, whose shot was hacked off the line by Johnny Heitinga as Norwich started to grow in confidence.
Howard then did brilliantly to adjust himself and keep out Pilkington’s header, with looking to be one of those days for Chris Hughton’s men.
But, they were finally rewarded for their persistence in the 89th minute. Baines was penalised for fouling Steve Morison and Javier Garrido’s delivery was pinpoint to pick out Bassong at the back post to head the ball of the bar and in.