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Saturday 27 September K.O. 12:45



Goodison Park | 17th December 2011 15:00

Everton v Norwich City

Everton secured a point against Norwich but it did little to quell the frustration at Goodison Park.

For so long it looked like a third consecutive 1-0 defeat was on the cards but Leon Osman's second-half goal ensured a share of the spoils after Grant Holt's opener.

The story was painfully similar to the last game at Goodison with Everton better in every statistic other than the scoreline.

Seamus Coleman missed the game so David Moyes handed Magaye Gueye a first Premier League start of the campaign and the young Frenchman was heavily involved in the opening exchanges.

NorwichEverton go close early on

After Steve Morison had sent a speculative volley well off target, Everton looked bright and ex-Blues custodian John Ruddy was out quickly to smother Marouane Fellaini's prod towards goal on seven minutes.

Moments later a brilliant ball from Gueye had Leighton Baines in round the back but his centre was scrambled clear.

Osman's curler was flicked over his own bar by Russell Martin minutes later and then Gueye himself went close.

But Norwich opened the scoring with their first real attack as the bulky Holt used his physical attributes to shield the ball in the box before turning and slotting into the corner of the goal.

Louis Saha's turn and shot almost provided instant riposte but was a foot wide and that was the best Everton could muster before the break.

NorwichOsman's corner almost loops in

Osman's 54th-minute drive was palmed away by Ruddy in the second half and Moyes sent on Denis Stracqualursi and then Royston Drenthe as he chased the equaliser.

Saha and then the big Argentine both headed off target and things were getting fraught.

But a typical injection of dynamism from Drenthe saw him lash in an effort and Osman's deft touch diverted the ball past Ruddy with just under 10 minutes left.

The effervescent Dutchman tested the visiting glovesman again seconds later and then another thunderbolt was uneasily scooped over the bar.

Even Tony Hibbert tried his luck late on, while Conor McAleny's introduction was a last throw of the dice.

It almost paid off but the teenager didn't get the connection he was looking for with two late efforts.



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