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Goodison Park (ATT 34,502) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

Everton Everton vs Norwich City Norwich

Everton 1

S Naismith (12)

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Norwich 1

S Bassong (90)

Norwich claimed a late point at Everton as Sebastien Bassong headed home

By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @graemebailey.   Last Updated: 24/11/12 9:04pm

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Steven Naismith: Opened the scoring for Everton

Steven Naismith: Opened the scoring for Everton

A last-minute equaliser from Sebastien Bassong gave Norwich City a hard fought 1-1 draw at Everton.

Best of the Match:

  • Man of the Match: A tough one but Sebastien Bassong defended well and got the crucial goal.
  • Goal of the Match: Everton's was a classy effort with Hitzlsperger combing well with Oviedo to set-up Naismith.
  • Pass of the Match: Hitzlsperger's ball for Everton's opening goal was class
  • Save of the Match: John Ruddy's full length effort from Leighton Baines was top-class
  • Talking point: Should Everton be winning games like this if they want to make Europe?

David Moyes' side had looked good for all three points after Steven Naismith's goal early in the first half gave them the lead.

But Everton never got going in the second half and it was no surprise when Bassong headed home in the final minute.

It was a fifth draw in seven games for Moyes' side but another encouraging result for Norwich after last week's defeat of Manchester United.

Despite being without their leading light Marouane Fellaini, and the likes of Kevin Mirallas and Phil Neville through injury, Everton started brightly and took the lead just 12-minutes in.

New boys Thomas Hitzlsperger and Bryan Oviedo combined well down the left as the Costa Rican broke into the box and squared for Naismith to side-foot home.

Former Toffee John Ruddy had a busy first half producing a string of good saves whilst Tim Howard was a virtual spectator at the other end.

But the second half was a different story as Norwich came out strong and Howard was suddenly asked to keep his side in the game, saving well from Anthony Pilkington before Johnny Heitinga had to clear off the line from Robert Snodgrass.

Opportunity missed for Moyes

Everton's only real threat in the second period came from England full-back Leighton Baines, who was a constant thorn in Norwich's side.

Ruddy produced a fine save to deny Baines a wonderful individual effort before the left-back then fired over the bar from a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Everton looked as if they had done enough, but then in the final minute Norwich were level. Baines gave away a free-kick 35 yards out and Javier Garrido whipped it towards the back post where Bassong rose to beat Howard from an acute angle.

Everton remain in fifth with the point, but they miss the chance to close to within one point of Chelsea in fourth. Norwich remain without a win on the road, but Chris Hughton can be more than pleased with his side's display on Merseyside.

EvertonTeam StatisticsNorwich City
1Goals1
11st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target4
6Shots off Target4
1Blocked Shots1
4Corners2
12Fouls17
3Offsides9
0Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
79.5Passing Success71.5
10Tackles13
70Tackles Success84.6
58.1Possession41.9
54.3Territorial Advantage45.7
443Total Passes309
16Total Crosses17
157Lost Balls154
59Recoveries37
61.91st Half Poss.38.1
55.42nd Half Poss.44.6

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 35 80
2 Chelsea 35 75
3 Manchester City 34 74
4 Arsenal 35 70
5 Everton 35 69
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 63
7 Manchester United 34 57
8 Southampton 35 49
9 Newcastle United 35 46
10 Stoke City 35 44
11 Crystal Palace 35 43
12 West Ham United 35 37
13 Swansea City 35 36
14 Hull City 34 36
15 Aston Villa 34 35
16 West Bromwich Albion 34 33
17 Norwich City 35 32
18 Cardiff City 35 30
19 Fulham 35 30
20 Sunderland 34 29