Norwich took advantage of Everton’s wasteful first half and nabbed a point’s worth of drop insurance with a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku scored early for the Toffees, who couldn’t take advantage of Norwich’s miserable first-half man making.
But Alex Neil got a strong second half from his charges. Declan Rudd made a number of good saves in his first PL start, while Wes Hoolahan did enough to give the Canaries a draw (and his late pass to Cameron Jerome should’ve provided the win).
Norwich has 14 points, good for 16th place, while Everton temporarily moves to sixth with 23 points.
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Lukaku tried to pick out the far corner with a 12-minute bouncing volley, but clipped the ball wide of the goal.
He found the mark with a strong header on his next chance, defying a tight angle to power Gerard Deulofeu‘s carved cross past Declan Rudd.
Oddly enough, Lukaku was quite wasteful. He missed a trio of chances, with the rebound from his 39th minute opportunity blasted off the cross ar by the right-foot of Leighton Baines.
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The Canaries drew level thanks to sub Bennett, who made Alex Neil look like a halftime tactical genius. It was barely the 47th minute when Bennett helped produce Wes Hoolahan’s finish of a goal line mess. 1-1.
Norwich would’ve gone up in the 70th, but Jerome missed an absolute sitter. Standing at the six, center of goal, Jerome picked up a back-heeled cutback from Hoolahan before sending it sailing over the bar.