Norwich City came from behind twice to hold Everton in an entertaining encounter at Carrow Road.

Everton took the lead when Nikica Jelavic prodded home Phil Jagielka's cross, but Jonny Howson's side-footed finish levelled proceedings.

Jelavic was in the right place again to convert Steven Pienaar's centre, although Norwich felt they should have had a free-kick in the build-up.

There were plenty of talking points from this match, most particularly Everton's second goal. Norwich were most unhappy that play was allowed to continue. Everton were twice in front through Nikica Jelavic, but Norwich twice equalised. It was terrific entertainment for both sets of fans. Norwich are up to 40 points and surely safety.

But Grant Holt made sure the spoils were shared with a close-range tap-in.

In a game with little riding on the result, two strikers were able to build on their burgeoning reputations.

Holt's equaliser was his 13th league goal of the season, maintaining his status as the Premier League's second-highest English scorer behind Wayne Rooney.

And Jelavic, a January signing from Rangers, continued to show he has an eye for goal south of the border with a well-taken brace, moving his Everton tally to six.

The Croatian slightly blotted his copy book late on though, hitting the floor clutching his face when it was clear that Ryan Bennett's challenge had struck him in the chest.

With an FA Cup semi-final against local rivals Liverpool looming for Everton and Norwich having all but secured Premier League safety the game had little resting on its result.

Lambert praises 'brilliant' fightback

But after a sluggish opening 20 minutes the encounter finally kicked into gear with Everton's opener.

Leighton Baines was allowed the time to release Jagielka in the penalty area and his low centre was stylishly poked past John Ruddy by Jelavic.

Norwich regrouped and, after a period of sustained pressure, were level courtesy of Howson's first ever top-flight goal.

Adam Drury was handed the freedom of the left flank and fed Wes Hoolahan, who laid it across to give the former Leeds United man the simplest of finishes.

Howson was a constant threat for the home side, hitting a rasping effort into the chest of keeper Tim Howard and then forcing the American into a fine save with a sweetly hit volley.

Did you know?

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has not featured in a Premier League defeat for 24 games. The last time he endured a top-flight loss was while playing for Manchester United in a 2-1 reverse to Chelsea in April 2010

At the other end Drury, in his testimonial year at Carrow Road, was sharp enough to turn the ball away from Seamus Coleman at the pack post, denying the Irishman a certain goal.

Jelavic had the visitors in front once more, tapping in Pienaar's cut back, however Norwich were adamant they should have had a free-kick for obstruction by Pienaar in the build-up, but nothing was given.

It was all square shortly afterwards. Hoolahan released substitute Aaron Wilbraham, who could only hit his effort straight at Howard. But he picked up the rebound, rolled the ball to Holt, and the skipper applied a composed finish from five yards out.

Moyes delights in Jelavic influence

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert on Jelavic's second goal:

"I understand the referee's point of view. But nine out of 10 times that's a free-kick to us.

"The ball is trapped between the player's legs. Normally the referee would blow for the decision.

"We should've won the game. We were playing a right top side. I thought we were brilliant."

Everton boss David Moyes:

"It's a good point. But if you're ahead twice you're going to be disappointed you don't see it out.

"If we had been better we would have scored another on the counter.

"Jelavic has done very well for us. We've been looking for a centre-forward for a while and he fits the bill."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 R Martin
  • 03 Drury (Naughton - 75' )
  • 22 Ward
  • 33 R Bennett
  • 11 Surman
  • 14 Hoolahan (Crofts - 90' )
  • 15 Fox (Wilbraham - 65' )
  • 17 E Bennett
  • 24 Howson
  • 09 Holt

Substitutes

  • 31 Steer
  • 25 Naughton
  • 04 Johnson
  • 07 Crofts
  • 05 Morison
  • 10 Jackson
  • 21 Wilbraham

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 02 Hibbert
  • 03 Baines Booked
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 18 Neville (Fellaini - 56' Booked )
  • 04 Gibson
  • 17 Cahill (Anichebe - 81' )
  • 22 Pienaar Booked
  • 07 Jelavic
  • 19 Gueye (Coleman - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Mucha
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 23 Coleman
  • 25 Fellaini
  • 11 Stracqualursi
  • 14 McFadden
  • 28 Anichebe
Ref: Marriner
Att: 26,554

Match Stats

Shots

14 9

On target

11 5

Corners

2 4

Fouls

7 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:26

Andrew Surman crosses the ball in from the free kick, Tim Howard makes a save.

90:00 +1:26 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Crofts comes on in place of Wesley Hoolahan.

90:00 +1:26

Russell Martin fouled by Leighton Baines, the ref awards a free kick.

89:48

The ball is crossed by Wesley Hoolahan, clearance by Tony Hibbert.

88:58

The ball is swung over by Elliott Bennett, clearance by Sylvain Distin.

87:20

Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance. Leighton Baines takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jonathan Howson makes a clearance.

86:21

The ball is delivered by Tony Hibbert, save by John Ruddy.

85:57

A cross is delivered by Kyle Naughton, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.

84:09

Aaron Wilbraham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.

83:14

Centre by Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.

82:50

A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan, Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.

82:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Seamus Coleman on Kyle Naughton. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.

82:09

The ball is swung over by Tony Hibbert, Russell Martin makes a clearance.

80:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Surman on Marouane Fellaini. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

80:15 Substitution

Substitution Victor Anichebe on for Tim Cahill.

79:59

Shot from just outside the box by Elliott Bennett goes over the bar.

75:59

Aaron Wilbraham takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard. The ball is sent over by Aaron Wilbraham,

75:57

Assist by Aaron Wilbraham. Kyle Naughton takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.

75:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Grant Holt - Norwich 2 - 2 Everton Grant Holt scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 2-2 Everton.

75:09

Elliott Bennett has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

72:46

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andrew Surman, clearance made by Tim Cahill.

72:46 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Naughton is brought on as a substitute for Adam Drury.

72:46

Tim Cahill is penalised for a handball. Shot on goal comes in from Grant Holt from the free kick, clearance by Tony Hibbert.

72:03

Foul by Seamus Coleman on Jonathan Howson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Andrew Surman, clearance by Tony Hibbert.

71:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrew Surman from the right by-line, Tim Howard makes a clearance.

71:31

The ball is sent over by Wesley Hoolahan, clearance by Steven Pienaar.

69:31

Foul by Grant Holt on Phil Jagielka, free kick awarded. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

68:14

A cross is delivered by Russell Martin.

67:08

Leighton Baines takes a corner.

67:03

Marouane Fellaini sends in a cross, Russell Martin makes a clearance.

66:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan by Steven Pienaar. Wesley Hoolahan restarts play with the free kick.

64:08

Elliott Ward takes the direct free kick.

64:08 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Wilbraham replaces David Fox.

64:08 Booking

Booking Marouane Fellaini goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

64:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Jonathan Howson.

63:38

Centre by Steven Pienaar, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

61:39

Grant Holt challenges Tony Hibbert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Howard takes the free kick.

60:35

Assist by Steven Pienaar.

60:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikica Jelavic - Norwich 1 - 2 Everton Nikica Jelavic fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 1-2 Everton.

60:31

Steven Pienaar delivers the ball,

59:31

The ball is swung over by Andrew Surman, save by Tim Howard.

58:06

Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.

57:53

The ball is crossed by Marouane Fellaini, clearance by Elliott Ward. The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.

56:39

Elliott Bennett delivers the ball, save made by Tim Howard.

54:33

Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

54:33 Substitution

Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Marouane Fellaini coming on for Phil Neville.

54:33

David Fox crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel. The offside flag is raised against Grant Holt.

54:33 Booking

Booking Steven Pienaar goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

54:27

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick.

54:00

Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.

53:35

Centre by Elliott Bennett, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.

53:27

Centre by Grant Holt, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.

51:34

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.

51:29

Nikica Jelavic delivers the ball, clearance by Adam Drury.

49:34

Nikica Jelavic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Elliott Ward.

48:52

The ball is crossed by Wesley Hoolahan, Grant Holt takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.

46:53

Phil Jagielka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliott Bennett. Andrew Surman shoots direct from the free kick, Steven Pienaar gets a block in. Andrew Surman takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Pienaar.

45:36

The ball is sent over by Nikica Jelavic, clearance made by Elliott Ward.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Seamus Coleman on for Magaye Gueye.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:10

Steven Pienaar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

42:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Nikica Jelavic. Elliott Ward takes the free kick.

40:54

Leighton Baines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Fox. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.

38:48

Wesley Hoolahan delivers the ball,

38:40

Assist on the goal came from Wesley Hoolahan.

38:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Howson - Norwich 1 - 1 Everton Jonathan Howson finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Norwich 1-1 Everton.

35:00

Andrew Surman has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

34:36

Wesley Hoolahan delivers the ball, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance.

34:20

The ball is crossed by Wesley Hoolahan, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance.

34:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tim Cahill. David Fox takes the direct free kick.

33:50

The ball is crossed by Andrew Surman, clearance made by Leighton Baines.

32:59

Nikica Jelavic challenges Wesley Hoolahan unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.

31:42

A cross is delivered by Adam Drury, save by Tim Howard.

31:23

The ball is swung over by Adam Drury, clearance made by Tony Hibbert.

30:54

Foul by Tony Hibbert on Grant Holt, free kick awarded. Grant Holt takes the direct free kick.

25:40

Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Darron Gibson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Elliott Ward.

24:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Steven Pienaar. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.

24:21

A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan.

23:54

Centre by Wesley Hoolahan, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.

23:19

The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Fox from right channel, clearance by Sylvain Distin.

23:19 Booking

Booking Leighton Baines receives a caution.

23:07

Elliott Bennett fouled by Leighton Baines, the ref awards a free kick.

22:38

The offside flag is raised against Nikica Jelavic. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.

22:29

The ball is sent over by Tony Hibbert.

21:22

The assist for the goal came from Phil Jagielka.

21:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikica Jelavic - Norwich 0 - 1 Everton Goal scored by Nikica Jelavic from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 0-1 Everton.

21:21

A cross is delivered by Phil Jagielka,

20:34

Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Ryan Bennett results in a free kick. Phil Neville takes the free kick.

19:39

Tony Hibbert produces a cross, Russell Martin makes a clearance.

17:43

Phil Jagielka challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Elliott Bennett restarts play with the free kick, Ryan Bennett takes a shot. Steven Pienaar gets a block in.

16:07

Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Bennett.

12:36

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.

11:02

Ryan Bennett challenges Nikica Jelavic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sylvain Distin crosses the ball in from the free kick, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.

9:23

Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Martin. Andrew Surman delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Tim Howard.

8:46

Elliott Bennett delivers the ball, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.

8:25

Grant Holt fouled by Sylvain Distin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Fox.

5:58

Centre by Russell Martin, save by Tim Howard.

5:29

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Darron Gibson results in a free kick. Jonathan Howson restarts play with the free kick.

4:11

Magaye Gueye takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Bennett.

4:02

Tony Hibbert crosses the ball.

3:51

The ball is swung over by Magaye Gueye.

2:01

The ball is swung over by Tony Hibbert, clearance made by Ryan Bennett. Shot from just outside the box by Darron Gibson misses to the right of the target.

1:39

Centre by Magaye Gueye, clearance made by Elliott Ward.

0:52

Foul by Grant Holt on Sylvain Distin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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