Norwich City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1

Wes Hoolahan wheels away in celebration after putting Norwich City ahead against Tottenham Hotspur. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Wes Hoolahan wheels away in celebration after putting Norwich City ahead against Tottenham Hotspur. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
9:47 PM

Gareth Bale maintained his record of scoring for Tottenham at Carrow Road when he struck 10 minutes from time to deny Norwich City their first win in seven Premier League games.

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Bale, who scored three times on his previous two visits to Norwich, produced a superb solo effort, taking the ball from just inside his own half and racing on to fire past goalkeeper Mark Bunn.

The Canaries had taken the lead on 32 minutes through Wes Hoolahan, finishing off a fine four-man move to give his side a deserved lead.

City were the better side for an hour but came under more pressure in the closing stages and, after Bale’s goal, Bunn produced a brilliant save to deny substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson a late winner.

Chris Hughton’s team produced a vastly improved performance on their showing in recent weeks, fighting for every ball, and would have been disappointed to miss out on all three points.

City fielded only two of the starting eleven from the shock FA Cup defeat by Luton – full-backs Russell Martin and Javier Garrido.

Sebastien Bassong returned after missing the 5-0 Premier League defeat at Liverpool with a calf injury, while the bench included goalkeeper Lee Camp, starting his second spell with the Canaries, and Steven Whittaker, whose last taste of action came at West Bromwich Albion on December 22.

Tottenham welcomed back striker Jermain Defoe, who missed the 2-1 FA Cup fourth round defeat at Leeds with a pelvic injury but had an injection in order to be fit.

New midfield signing Lewis Holtby, from Schalke, was among the substitutes, along with defender William Gallas, fit again after a calf problem.

Emmanuel Adebayor (African Cup of Nations), Younes Kaboul (knee), Sandro (knee) and Tom Huddlestone (leg) were all missing.

Defoe was winded after little more than a minute when Bunn’s clearance from a poor Turner backpass slammed straight into the striker and, fortunately for City, drifted out for a goal-kick.

At the other end, Hoolahan volleyed well wide after a Snodgrass free-kick was headed clear.

Tettey burst forward to good effect and when his cross was headed back by Pilkington, Snodgrass could not quite connect cleanly with the dropping ball and Lloris gathered easily.

Bale headed wide from a Walker corner but it was Norwich who looked more dangerous and Lloris almost caused problems with a poor punch from a Snodgrass free-kick.

The early stages were littered with free-kicks but Snodgrass’ delivery in the swirling wind was erratic.

With 20 minutes gone, Snodgrass picked out Holt with a fine through-ball but the skipper hoisted a long-range effort into the Barclay Stand.

There were vain appeals for a penalty when Holt muscled his way past Dawson and may have been tripped by Assou-Ekotto.

City went close on 29 minutes when Dawson struggled to deal with a Snodgrass cross and Holt followed up with a header that Lloris dived to his left to push round the post.

But on 32 minutes, the Canaries took a well-deserved lead through Hoolahan, his third goal of the season.

Snodgrass crossed from the right, Holt headed back from beyond the far post and Pilkington turned the ball into Hoolahan’s path, where he sidefooted past Lloris.

Garrido was booked for a body check on Bale but City were well on top and almost had a second when Bassong broke out of defence, sent Martin away and was just unable to get on the end of the full-back’s cross as he threw himself into the six-yard box.

Bale was under treatment for a thigh problem and although he continued, he was still limping.

Bunn had been a virtual spectator but made a smart save from Defoe three minutes before the break to keep City on terms after a touch from Lennon put the striker through.

• Half-time: Norwich City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0

City took up where they had left off after the break and Hoolahan was just unable to get a touch to a Martin cross as Spurs wobbled again.

Turner made a timely challenge on Defoe and Bunn dived to his left to save from Bale as Tottenham at last managed to exert a bit of pressure on the home rearguard.

Pilkington was appealing for handball as his shot struck Vertonghen, and then Parker was spoken to, but not booked, for a foul on Hoolahan. Holt, however, was shown the yellow card on the hour for a trip on Walker.

Pilkington flashed a shot wide after 65 minutes to provide a bit of spark in a quiet period of play.

Snodgrass was unhappy to be penalised for a foul on Assou-Ekotto and after the resulting free-kick had been taken, he was booked for dissent.

With less than 20 minutes left, new signing Holtby replaced Dempsey for Spurs.

Hoolahan was next to be shown the yellow card for kicking the ball away, and then substitute Holtby was booked for a foul on Hoolahan.

With 10 minutes left, however, Bale levelled the scored with a fine solo goal. Taking possession just inside his own half, he rode Tettey’s challenge and raced to the edge of the area, weaving inside Garrido and firing powerfully past Bunn.

Defoe flashed an effort over the top as Spurs drew confidence from the goal.

With three minutes left, Sigurdsson replaced Lennon in Spurs’ second change.

With 90 seconds left, Bunn made a brilliant save to keep out a powerful effort from Sigurdsson.

City were under the cosh in the closing minutes but held on for a very well-deserved point.

• Norwich City: Bunn, Russell Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Tettey, Johnson, Snodgrass, Hoolahan (Howson, 81), Pilkington, Holt. Subs (not used): Camp, Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Jackson.

• Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Dembele, Lennon (Sigurdsson, 87), Dempsey (Holtby, 71), Bale, Defoe. Subs (not used): Friedel, Caulker, Gallas, Naughton, Livermore.

• Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

• Attendance: 26,818

• Goals: City: Hoolahan (32). Spurs: Bale (80 min)

• Bookings: City: Garrido (36), Holt (60), Snodgrass (70), Hoolahan (75). Spurs: Holtby (79)

13 comments

  • That`s right, Bootneck; then AVB would`ve had something to whine about. Tettey was too much of a gent! My reply to d**k was retro-de-ethered! Renaissance @ Archant Towers.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Ye gods! I had to refer to d**k as "little richard" to get past the Moderating Machine. The age of enlightenment. Do they burn books at Archant? That would explain a lot about the standards of literacy there. Paddy Davitt is an honourable and erudite exception, of course.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • I managed to watch it on Sky and thought we battled with heart and passion, that was good to see again. There was none of this heads down and dejected stuff, just a desire to win, back to how it was and should be. I'm gutted we didn't get the win but happy we got a good point. I'd even have settled for Tettey getting a straight red for taking Bale out.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • That's the way to do it City. That was the real Canaries I saw last night. Pride, passion and commitment to the cause. At last, we set off from the first whistle to win the game. Hurrah. Marine don't wonder. Holt is Holt, and he epitomised last night's team spirit. Could we play Luton Town again please.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • A point is a good point. A well earned point, the team worked hard played well and showed desire. I do wonder if Kamara with a bit of extra pace could he have taken the chances that Holt was a little slow for? we shall see, The wheel look like they were back on today now Hughton tighten them nuts!

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Fair analysis, dick. Many of the players did look cream-crackered later in the game. But Hoots had to stick rather than twist - there isn`t a "spare" Tettey, Johnno, Holty, Snods etc. Surely there is more to be got from E. Bennett & Howson though? Maybe next season, Butterfield might be ready to show us what he can do? If we do stay up, City have not exactly splashed the cash (yet) so we may be able to rebuild\regroup then. WFL Grant Holt!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Full house, too. Good display. Loyalty of the fans deserves more of the same for the rest of the season. As d**k says, though, we are short of options when players tire or are injured. Curtis Davies would help the defence but we are short of cover generally. 13 more points.....?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Took a chance and dragged myself out of bed for 3:45am KO, I just love late games! By around 5:30am decided it was worth it, magic first half what it could have been if Bassong had scored from a Martin cross would have been difficult for AVB to defend in the press conference! Second half the lads dug in well and Bunn earned his pay couple of good saves. Hopefully we have fresh blood by end of tonight to give us some fresh legs in forthcoming matches - QPR will be a crucial one. Good to see the fans turn out in numbers and could be heard on the TV! OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • if we play like this each time out until the end of the season we have no worries.the cost in terms of effort was clear to see in the second half.for other player rich sides the remedy would have been to bring on quality players with fresh legs.this was an option not available to our worthy manager.our cinderella outfit have a fight for survival on their hands.saturdays game against qpr will be crucial,the wiley harry having all but bought himself a new team.it will be a contest between true grit and filthy lukar.by the by i take issue with the slight against holt's slowness.his contribution to the game was exceptional including his assist for the goal.even if he never scores again,which i doubt it would be a mistake to leave him out of the squad.l

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    dick

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Did hooper play for celtic tonite cause he didnot score?

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    pete22

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Btw, that Glenn Murray @ QPR would make a good "spare Holt", IMO. Vaughan scored the winner for `Oodersfield last night- vs Murray`s Palace

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • A point against Spurs is always worth having but it could have been three. However, a great improvement, time to build on this so we don't hear the cries of anguish from the drop zone.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Fair analysis, little richard. Many of the players did look cream-crackered later in the game. But Hoots had to stick rather than twist - there isn`t a "spare" Tettey, Johnno, Holty, Snods etc. Surely there is more to be got from E. Bennett & Howson though? Maybe next season, Butterfield might be ready to show us what he can do? If we do stay up, City have not exactly splashed the cash (yet) so we may be able to rebuild\regroup then. WFL Grant Holt!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

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