Belfast Telegraph

Holt snatches a point for Norwich

Grant Holt earned Norwich a crucial 2-2 draw against Everton that saw the Canaries reach the 40-point mark.

Nikica Jelavic put Everton ahead with a clever backheel before Jonny Howson equalised with his first Norwich goal.

Jelavic added a controversial fourth in four games to make it 2-1, but Holt - the second-highest English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League on 13, behind only Wayne Rooney - swept home with 14 minutes to go.

Everton started brightly and Magaye Gueye picked out Jelavic, but he failed to connect properly with his header.

The Toffees led when Leighton Baines burst down the left and found Jagielka, who crossed for Jelavic to flick home from close range.

Howson equalised in the 39th minute when Adam Drury released Hoolahan down the left and he squared to the former Leeds man, who calmly slotted home from six yards.

But Norwich went behind again on the hour after Pienaar went down under a challenge and held the ball between his legs.

Norwich appealed for a foul, but Marriner's whistle never came and Marouane Fellaini and Baines worked the ball to Pienaar, whose cross was converted by Jelavic.

Holt's fierce deflected free-kick flew just over but he levelled after 76 minutes. Tim Howard spilled Aaron Wilbraham's shot back into the forward's path and he squared to Holt, who calmly swept home.

Elliott Bennett and Holt both went close to a winner but Elliott Ward had to be at his strongest to deny Everton substitute Victor Anichebe.


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