What a weekend of football it has been!! Norwich have been through a tough spell of form recently, but they bounced back over the long weekend grabbing a point at home to a high flying Everton and even beating Spurs on their own ground.
Norwich started Saturday with the Player of the Month presentation, which went to John Ruddy for his sterling performances between the sticks, before the Canaries took on the Toffees.
The game didn’t get off to a great start, but Nikica Jelavic’s opening goal sparked life into the game. A neat pass from Baines found Pienaar whose great low cross was met by the foot of Jelavic who prodded the ball round Ruddy.
January signing, Jonny Howson opened his goalscoring account with the equalising goal for Norwich. Hoolahan’s cross into the 6 yard box was safely tucked away by Howson, giving goalkeeper Tim Howard no chance.
However, Everton regained the lead in the second half, again through Jelavic. Pienaar appeared to obstruct when he fell on top of the ball, retaining it between his legs. Fellaini managed to pull it out from his team mate’s legs and spread the ball wide. The following move resulted in a tidy shot from Jelavic giving the Toffees a 2-1 lead.
As they have done over the last few seasons, Norwich pulled back an equaliser after some good pressure. After some great work by Wilbraham, his cross found the boot of Grant Holt, who made no mistake slotting the ball into the net, which will only add more ammunition to his England call-up hopes.
It was a thrilling, end-to-end game and Norwich were unlucky not to grab a winner in the dying minutes of the game as they threw everything at Everton. Wes Hoolahan was named Man of the Match.
Norwich then played Tottenham on Easter Monday and came out shock winners with a 2-1 victory over Spurs, pushing the Canaries to 43 points and 10th in the league.
Anthony Pilkington opened the scoring after a couple of lucky bounces squirmed the ball to him in the penalty box, which was smashed in emphatically by Pilkington. Jermaine Defore equalised later in the first half with a delicate chip over an outstretched Ruddy. Bale nearly gave Tottenham the lead, but his curling effort was denied by the bar.
Bradley Johnson then should’ve given Norwich the lead, when Grant Holt got to the by-line and chipped it to an unmarked Johnson, he smashed the ball wide. However, it was Norwich who did take the lead through a brilliant goal by Elliott Bennett. He picked up the ball on the edge of the area, manoeuvred around 2 defenders before hammering the ball into the far corner of the net. A great game and a superb win for the Canaries and Paul Lambert’s men.