Van Wolfswinkel secures point

Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored on his Norwich debut as the Canaries recovered from a goal down to draw 2-2 with Everton at Carrow Road.

Last Updated: 17/08/13 at 20:07 Post Comment

Ricky van Wolfswinkel: Headed home Norwich's equaliser

Ricky van Wolfswinkel: Headed home Norwich's equaliser

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

After commanding much of the game Everton found themselves a goal down at Carrow Road through an unlikely Steven Whittaker strike early in the second half.

Two goals in four minutes just after the hour - the first a stunning effort from Ross Barkley before Seamus Coleman converted a tap-in - looked like putting Roberto Martinez on course for a win in his first game in charge of the Toffees.

But Norwich's club-record signing Van Wolfswinkel produced a fantastic header with a little under 20 minutes remaining to earn his new side a point.

The home side brought the game to life after 15 minutes when Bradley Johnson's pass was knocked into the path of Elliott Bennett by Wes Hoolahan, but £8.5million summer signing Van Wolfswinkel's header was deflected behind for a corner.

Van Wolfswinkel was involved again moments later as he latched on to a fine long ball by Russell Martin and crossed towards Hoolahan, only for Sylvain Distin to make a diving clearance in front of the Republic of Ireland international.

That period of domination for Norwich seemed to stir Everton and they again took control of proceedings with Kevin Mirallas firing just wide of John Ruddy's right-hand post after a neat interchange with Nikica Jelavic.

The Belgium international was on the end of a free-flowing move by Everton early in the second half which saw him thrash an effort in to the side netting following good work down the right by Leon Osman and Coleman.

But it was Norwich who took the lead shortly afterwards courtesy of right-back Whittaker.

The Scotland international stumbled his way through a couple of Everton challenges before opening up his body and curling a left-footed effort past Tim Howard and against the post.

Whittaker then reacted quicker than any of the visitors' defenders and was on hand to roll the rebound in to the empty net and give the Canaries the lead just six minutes after the interval.

Everton responded well to falling behind and equalised in superb style just 10 minutes later as Barkley hammered in his first goal for the club, arrowing an effort past Ruddy and deservedly levelling for the visitors.

It did not take Everton long to establish the lead their play for much of the game had warranted.

Steven Pienaar slipped a smart ball in to Jelavic, whose shot was well saved by Ruddy, but Coleman was following up and had the simple task of rolling home the rebound to turn the game on its head.

Everton, however, had even less time to enjoy their lead than Norwich had done earlier in the game as the hosts refuse to lay down, pulling level after 71 minutes.

Whittaker was again heavily involved as his speculative left-foot strike from the edge of the area turned into the perfect cross for Van Wolfswinkel to direct a header past Howard and level the match once more.

Visiting substitute Steven Naismith forced a smart save out of Ruddy from close range with Martin making a superb block from Jelavic on the follow-up and Coleman saw a late drive fly just wide as Everton did more to find a winning goal that never came.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 22 March 2015
16:00
Hull City 2-3 Chelsea Report
QPR 1-2 Everton Report
13:30
Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd  
Saturday, 21 March 2015
17:30
West Ham 1-0 S'land Report
15:00
A Villa 0-1 Swansea Report
Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal Report
So'ton 2-0 Burnley Report
Stoke 1-2 C Palace  
Tottenham 4-3 Leicester  
12:45
Man City 3-0 W Brom Report

Footer 365

Tottenham striker Harry Kane to make first England start in Italy

Harry Kane will make his first start for England in Tuesday night's friendly in Italy, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle starts for Italy against England in Turin

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has been handed a start for Italy in their friendly against England in Turin.

No Team GB football teams for 2016 Brazil Olympics

The FA has formally withdrawn its proposal to enter a Team GB Men’s and Women’s side at the 2016 Olympics.

Mail Box

Can Wenger Coach Young Players Anymore?

One Mailboxer wonders whether Wenger has still got ability to bring through young talent. Plus £50m for Sterling, stop being matey with footballers and Blackpool...

Forget About Flair And Play Like Greece

'Forget about flair and play like Greece' is one outsider's advice to the England national side, while an Arsenal fan wants to sell Theo Walcott to get Marco Reus.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company