Norwich v Tottenham
- FT 90 +4
- HT 1-0
Tottenham's Gareth Bale broke from his own half to score a stunning solo goal and deny Norwich victory.
The Canaries were much improved from their humbling FA Cup defeat by non-league Luton and went ahead through a well-worked Wes Hoolahan effort.
Sebastien Bassong was inches from doubling the lead before Spurs finally threatened through Jermain Defoe.
The visitors were the better team after the break and Bale finished expertly after a 60-yard dash to earn the draw.
Champions League-chasing Spurs were unbeaten in seven games, while Norwich had slid towards the Premier League relegation zone after taking one point from the previous 18 points available.
The swirling wind at Carrow Road was causing problems for Spurs and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had to tip a header from Grant Holt around the post after Michael Dawson failed to deal with a cross.
That was a sign of things to come and the breakthrough for the Canaries came when Hoolahan put them ahead from six yards.
The Spurs defence was absent as Snodgrass's deep centre found Holt, who nodded back to Anthony Pilkington, with the winger then showing excellent composure to pass to the well-placed Hoolahan.
At that stage, there was a real lack of energy from the pedestrian north London side, a state of affairs not matched by their opponents.
In December, only Spanish heavyweights Barcelona had enjoyed a longer unbeaten run than Norwich, but the Canaries have taken just two points from the last 21 points available in the Premier League
The contrast in industry was exemplified when centre-back Bassong was denied a second goal for Norwich from two yards after he was edged out when he followed up his own pass from the halfway line.
Bassong was then saved by the fingertips of his goalkeeper Mark Bunn just before the interval after he was caught in possession by Defoe for the visitors' first effort on target.
Norwich had conceded 11 goals in their last four league games and there were signs of Spurs slowly trying to probe that weakness after the break.
Bale - who mostly operated in the middle of the pitch - forced a decent save from distance before Defoe blazed over after dribbling past Russell Martin.
Tottenham finally began to build some sustained pressure but were unable to pick a gap in the massed Norwich defence.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas handed German playmaker Lewis Holtby a debut from the bench but it was a moment of razor-sharp incision from Bale that saw them draw level.
There seemed to be little on when the Welshman received a lay-off from Defoe inside the centre-circle but he put on the after-burners to race to the edge of the Norwich area.
Full-back Javier Garrido was then bamboozled with a mesmerising step-over before he stroked home with the outside of his boot.
It was yet another stunning goal from a remarkable player.
Buoyed by Bale's brilliance, Spurs pushed for the win that would aid their bid for Champions League qualification.
The momentum was now with them and substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson saw his rasping shot superbly tipped round the post by Bunn to ensure a draw.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton:
"Until Spurs scored, I thought we were good value. They did cause us problems and had good possession and our goalkeeper Mark Bunn made a super save, but apart from that, they had limited good chances and we were always a threat.
"We have a great support and it was important after Liverpool and Luton that we put on a performance.
"We were better today, we have had some misfortune lately, but if we continue like this, we will be OK."
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas:
"He [Gareth Bale] got lucky [in the build-up to his goal] that Alexander Tettey did not break his ankle when he was running to score, I think it was a yellow card or probably a red card to give. But moving on, it was a great goal, with such pace and power.
"In the first half we were not as good as we can be, in the second half, we really put on a show to level the game. It was a pity as it was three points I think we wanted to win and move forward to profit in some way from the Arsenal and Liverpool game.
"The boys recognised they were not themselves in the first half, so they showed great commitment in the second half to come out strongly. Their commitment was excellent and I think it should serve as an example for what we want to do moving forward."
- 28 Bunn
- 02 R Martin
- 05 Bassong
- 06 Turner
- 18 Garrido Booked
- 04 Johnson
- 07 Snodgrass Booked
- 12 Pilkington
- 14 Hoolahan Booked (Howson - 81' )
- 27 Tettey
- 09 Holt Booked
- 42 Camp
- 03 Whittaker
- 24 R Bennett
- 08 Howson
- 15 Fox
- 17 E Bennett
- 10 Jackson
- 25 Lloris
- 05 Vertonghen
- 20 Dawson
- 28 Walker
- 32 Assou-Ekotto
- 02 Dempsey (Holtby - 71' Booked )
- 07 Lennon (Sigurdsson - 87' )
- 08 Parker
- 11 Bale
- 18 Defoe
- 19 Dembele
- 24 Friedel
- 13 Gallas
- 16 Naughton
- 33 Caulker
- 22 Sigurdsson
- 23 Holtby
- 29 Livermore
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +2:37
The assistant referee flags for offside against Robert Snodgrass. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +0:25
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker.89:40
The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, clearance by Javier Garrido. Shot by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Clearance made by Bradley Johnson.88:19
Effort from 20 yards by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Save made by Mark Bunn. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker played to the near post, Gareth Bale takes a shot. Clearance made by Russell Martin.85:20 Substitution
Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Gylfi Sigurdsson coming on for Aaron Lennon.85:20
A cross is delivered by Lewis Holtby, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance. Jermain Defoe takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Michael Turner gets a block in. Corner taken by Kyle Walker from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Grant Holt.81:56
Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, Shot by Jermain Defoe from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.79:23 Substitution
Substitution Wesley Hoolahan leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Howson.79:23
Jermain Defoe provided the assist for the goal.79:23 Goal scored
Goal! - Gareth Bale - Norwich 1 - 1 Tottenham Gareth Bale grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Norwich 1-1 Tottenham.78:35
Javier Garrido takes the direct free kick. A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.78:35 Booking
Booking Booking for Lewis Holtby.78:12
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Holtby on Wesley Hoolahan.77:35
Aaron Lennon produces a cross, Mark Bunn makes a save.77:15
The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale.76:11
Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, Javier Garrido makes a clearance. Shot by Mousa Dembele. Michael Turner gets a block in.74:49
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wesley Hoolahan on Scott Parker. Scott Parker takes the free kick.74:49
Unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong by Scott Parker results in a free kick. Javier Garrido takes the free kick.74:49 Booking
Booking Booking for Wesley Hoolahan for unsporting behaviour.
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass to the near post, clearance by Gareth Bale.72:43
Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Grant Holt. Direct free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.71:35
The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.70:25
Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.70:25 Substitution
Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Lewis Holtby coming on for Clint Dempsey.70:25
Gareth Bale challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick.69:11
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker from the left by-line to the near post, Grant Holt manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Kyle Walker. Mousa Dembele crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Turner.69:11 Booking
Booking Caution for Robert Snodgrass.68:05
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Robert Snodgrass. Kyle Walker delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Michael Turner makes a clearance.65:25
Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.63:05
Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kyle Walker, clearance by Alexander Tettey.62:18
Effort from deep inside the area by Jermain Defoe misses to the left of the goal.59:22
Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.59:22 Booking
Booking Grant Holt is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.59:12
Kyle Walker fouled by Grant Holt, the ref awards a free kick.57:54
The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Mark Bunn makes a save.57:03
Gareth Bale produces a cross, Michael Turner makes a clearance.56:15
Grant Holt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.54:29
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Wesley Hoolahan. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right channel, Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson. Free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.54:09
Effort from 20 yards by Anthony Pilkington. Blocked by Jan Vertonghen.50:55
Shot by Gareth Bale from 25 yards. Save by Mark Bunn.49:44
Jermain Defoe sends in a cross, clearance by Javier Garrido.46:51
Russell Martin produces a cross.45:55
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Scott Parker. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.45:23
A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Jan Vertonghen manages to make a clearance.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:11 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.45:00 +0:23
Foul by Clint Dempsey on Sebastien Bassong, free kick awarded. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.44:32
Foul by Robert Snodgrass on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.43:04
Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Michael Turner results in a free kick. Gareth Bale crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Bradley Johnson makes a clearance.42:32
Foul by Mousa Dembele on Bradley Johnson, free kick awarded. Javier Garrido takes the free kick.41:36
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a save.41:00
Shot from outside the box by Wesley Hoolahan misses to the left of the target.37:47
A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.37:03
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong by Mousa Dembele. Wesley Hoolahan takes the direct free kick.36:39
The ball is delivered by Russell Martin, Mousa Dembele manages to make a clearance.35:46
Gareth Bale crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Alexander Tettey.35:46 Booking
Booking Javier Garrido booked.35:35
Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Garrido on Gareth Bale.31:57
Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball. The ball is delivered by Anthony Pilkington,31:54
Anthony Pilkington provided the assist for the goal.31:54 Goal scored
Goal! - Wesley Hoolahan - Norwich 1 - 0 Tottenham Wesley Hoolahan fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Norwich 1-0 Tottenham.30:06
The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass, save made by Hugo Lloris.29:06
The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass, Grant Holt takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Pilkington, clearance by Gareth Bale.28:11
The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon. Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.24:44
Robert Snodgrass is caught offside. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.23:17
A cross is delivered by Jermain Defoe, Mark Bunn makes a save.22:44
Sebastien Bassong concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.21:20
Anthony Pilkington fouled by Michael Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Javier Garrido from left channel, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.19:53
Shot on goal by Grant Holt from just inside the area goes over the target.19:13
The official flags Grant Holt offside. Jan Vertonghen takes the free kick.16:18
Grant Holt fouled by Kyle Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Javier Garrido.15:20
Sebastien Bassong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Kyle Walker.14:26
Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.14:18
Anthony Pilkington sends in a cross.11:31
Gareth Bale challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball in from the free kick.11:01
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Gareth Bale.9:54
Clint Dempsey challenges Alexander Tettey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Javier Garrido takes the free kick.8:20
Foul by Jan Vertonghen on Grant Holt, free kick awarded. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Hugo Lloris makes a save.7:37
Corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker from the right by-line to the near post, Close range headed effort by Gareth Bale misses to the right of the goal.6:34
Javier Garrido gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Free kick crossed by Kyle Walker, clearance made by Grant Holt.5:08
The ball is crossed by Grant Holt, Hugo Lloris makes a save.3:28
Alexander Tettey produces a cross. Effort from 18 yards by Robert Snodgrass. Hugo Lloris makes a save.1:51
Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Grant Holt, free kick awarded. Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Gareth Bale. Wesley Hoolahan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.0:00
The game kicks-off.
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