Spurs held at Carrow Road
Published 30/01/2013 | 22:02
A brilliant solo strike from Gareth Bale earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road to extend Norwich's winless run in the Barclays Premier League to seven games.
Wes Hoolahan's 32nd-minute goal gave the Canaries a deserved lead, but Spurs winger Bale equalised after 80 minutes with a scintillating run from his own half which he finished off with a shot into the bottom corner.
Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson was denied by Mark Bunn after 89 minutes as Tottenham finished the stronger but had to settle for a point.
Grant Holt blasted well over from outside area before tumbling between Jan Vertonghen and Benoit Assou-Ekotto only for referee Neil Swarbrick to ignore appeals for a penalty which appeared to be made more in hope than expectation.
Holt had another header scrambled clear by Hugo Lloris after Michael Dawson failed to deal with a bobbling ball in the area following a Robert Snodgrass cross.
It was a Snodgrass cross which led to the opener after he was freed by Russell Martin down the right. The ball was too high for Holt at the far post, but he flicked it to Anthony Pilkington, who was composed enough to play it centrally to Hoolahan to slot in between a ramshackle Spurs defence and a floundering Lloris.
A Javier Garrido foul on Bale earned a yellow card, but the resulting free-kick sparked a Norwich counter-attack led by a rampaging Sebastien Bassong. Snodgrass found the overlapping Martin, whose cross towards Bassong was blocked by Mousa Dembele.
Jermain Defoe and Pilkington exchanged shots before a Snodgrass foul on Assou-Ekotto earned Spurs a free-kick in a promising position and the Scot a yellow card for dissent. Turner cut out Kyle Walker's set-piece and a Dembele cross before the ineffective Clint Dempsey was replaced and Lewis Holtby came on for his debut.
The Germany international neatly linked up play before he was booked for dissent after Mark Bunn had clawed an Aaron Lennon cross out of the air with Bale lurking.
Bale needed no assistance for the equaliser. He picked the ball up inside his own half and raced by Alex Tettey and into the area, cutting onto his left foot to shoot by Garrido and Turner and beat Bunn.