• English Barclays Premier League
  • 30 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Carrow Road
  • Attendance: 26,818
  • Hoolahan, 32
  • Bale, 80

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90 mins:Full time: Norwich 1-1 Spurs.

89 mins:Norwich are hanging on now, and there will be three minutes of additional time.

88 mins:Bunn just manages to push Sigurdsson's shot out for a corner as Spurs press for a winner.

87 mins:Change for the visitors as Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Aaron Lennon.

86 mins:Spurs have a corner but the delivery is poor and Turner clears.

81 mins:Norwich make a change with Hoolahan coming off for Howson.

80 mins:Spurs are level! Gareth Bale receives the ball in his own half and races towards goal, he gets past Tettey and fires an effort beyond Mark Bunn.

78 mins:Holtby is booked on his Spurs debut.

77 mins:Bunn does really well to get a finger to Lennon's cross and then manages to smother the ball before Defoe can get there.

74 mins:Hoolahan is booked for a foul on Parker.

73 mins:Norwich have a corner, Snodgrass' delivery is poor and Spurs clear easily.

70 mins:Spurs hand a debut to January signing Lewis Holtby, who replaces Dempsey.

70 mins:Snodgrass goes into the book for dissent.

69 mins:Spurs win a corner but Holt makes the clearance for the hosts.

65 mins:Pilkington's effort is wide of the target after he managed to cut inside.

61 mins:Defoe fires high and wide from the edge of the penalty area.

58 mins:Holt booked for a challenge on walker.

56 mins:Bale puts a ball into the box that Turner does well to clear, with Defoe waiting to pick up the pieces.

53 mins:Spurs are enjoying a bit more possession in these early stages of the second-half, but as yet no real chances for the away side.

51 mins:Bale has a go from distance bu Bunn makes a comfortable stop.

50 mins:Johnson shoots from range, he had better options and his effort is way off target.

48 mins:Norwich nearly double their lead but Hoolahan can't quite reach Martin's cross across the six-yard box.

46 mins:Norwich restart proceedings at Carrow Road.

45 mins:Half time: Norwich 1-0 Spurs

43 mins:Gareth Bale is back on the pitch now for the visitors after a spell of treatment on the sidelines.

41 mins:Lennon and Defoe play a neat one-two and the latter stings the palms of Bunn with a snap shot. That has been the best chance for Spurs but Defoe will feel he should have scored.

40 mins:Hoolahan's effort from range is well wide of the Spurs goal.

39 mins:Norwich are really bossing this at the moment, and Gareth Bale is hobbling about a bit following a challenge from Javier Garrido a few minutes ago.

36 mins:Great chance for the hosts on the break, but Dembele just manages to deny former Spurs man Bassong as he tried to reach Martin's cross.

36 mins:Javier Garrido picks up the first yellow card of the day for a challenge on Bale.

33 mins:That was a very good team goal from Norwich and again Snodgrass played a big part. His cross was too much for Lloris and Holt headed the ball down to Pilkington, who lays it off to Hoolahan and the midfielder finds the net.

32 mins:Norwich 1-0 Spurs. Hoolahan grabs a goal for the hosts.

30 mins:End to end stuff, first Bale tries his luck for Spurs then, on the counter, Snodgrass picks out Holt who sees a header tipped round the post by Lloris. The resulting corner comes to nothing as Dempsey clears.

24 mins:Grant Holt goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen after latching onto a clearance from Bunn. The striker wants a penalty but instead a goal kick is given. It would have been a soft penalty but it did seem as if the last touch came off the Spurs man.

21 mins:Great chance for Holt as Snodgrass sends him clear on goal with a well times pass, but Vertonghen recovers quickly and puts pressure on the Norwich forward forcing him to fire over the bar from the edge of the area.

19 mins:Neither side are really creating clear cut chances as yet, and both are struggling to keep the ball.

16 mins:The visitors win a free kick just inside the Norwich half and Walker picks out Dawson, but his header into the penalty area is easily gathered by Bunn.

14 mins:Dempsey tries to play the ball into Defoe but Bunn rushes out and gathers the ball for the Canaries.

11 mins:Norwich corner, but it is easily dealt with by Spurs.

9 mins:Lloris tries to punch a Snodgrass free kick clear but he makes a horrible mess of it and the ball ends up heading towards his own goal, but Vertonghen clears the danger.

8 mins:Spurs win a corner and Bale gets his head to it but he can't divert the ball towards goal and Norwich have a goal kick.

7 mins:Spurs have calmed the game down a bit after a few minutes of Norwich pressure.

4 mins:Tettey does well down the right for Norwich and his cross comes to Holt but he miscues his effort and it doesn't trouble Lloris.

3 mins:Shot from Hoolahan, but his effort is well wide of the target.

2 mins:Spurs start brightly and Defoe nearly chases down a pass back to Bunn.

1 mins:Spurs start the game at Carrow Road.

Norwich: Bunn, R Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Camp, Whittaker, Howson, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Ryan Bennett.

Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Livermore, Caulker.

Chris Hughton makes nine changes to the Norwich team beaten by non-league Luton in the FA Cup last time out. Sebastien Bassong, Bradley Johnson, Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt are amongst those who return to the side. Spurs welcome back Jermaine Defoe from injury and January recruit Lewis Holtby is on the bench.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 30 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Carrow Road
  • Attendance: 26,818
  • Hoolahan, 32
  • Bale, 80

match report

A late wonder strike by Gareth Bale secured Tottenham a 1-1 draw away at Norwich City in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.

Wes Hoolahan's 32nd-minute goal gave the Canaries a deserved lead, but Spurs winger Bale equalised after 80 minutes with a scintillating run from his own half which he finished off with a shot into the bottom corner.

Norwich were much improved following the humiliating 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round loss to Luton, but were left to rue a missed opportunity after dominating the opening 45 minutes.

Norwich started with purpose and energy, in contrasting fashion to last Saturday's lacklustre display against Luton, which was not surprising given manager Chris Hughton made nine changes, reverting to his first-choice XI.

The Canaries were boosted by the return of Sebastien Bassong against his former club, with the muscular defender opposed by Jermain Defoe as one of five changes to the Spurs side which lost at Leeds on Sunday. New signing Lewis Holtby was among the substitutes.

Defoe blocked Mark Bunn's clearance with his back in the opening skirmishes, provoking a collective gasp from home supporters, but it was the Canaries who looked more enterprising.

Robert Snodgrass was proving a useful source of supply down the right, while Bassong and Michael Turner kept Spurs quiet at the other end.

Grant Holt blasted well over from outside the area before tumbling between Jan Vertonghen and Benoit Assou-Ekotto only for referee Neil Swarbrick to ignore appeals for a penalty which appeared to be made more in hope than expectation.

Holt had another header scrambled clear by Hugo Lloris after Michael Dawson failed to deal with a bobbling ball in the area following a Snodgrass cross.

It was a Snodgrass cross which led to the opener after he was freed by Russell Martin down the right. The ball was too high for Holt at the far post, but he flicked it to Anthony Pilkington, who was composed enough to play it centrally to Hoolahan to slot in between a ramshackle Spurs defence and a floundering Lloris.

After the break Spurs burst into life, but the Canaries defence repelled the visitors.

Turner cut out Kyle Walker's set-piece and a Mousa Dembele cross before the ineffective Clint Dempsey was replaced and Holtby came on for his debut.

Bale needed no assistance for the equaliser. He picked the ball up inside his own half and raced by Alex Tettey and into the area, cutting onto his left foot to shoot by Javier Garrido and Turner and beat Bunn.

team line-up

28Mark Bunn
6Michael Turner
2Russell Martin
5Sébastien Bassong
18Javier Garrido
4Bradley Johnson
12Anthony Pilkington
7Robert Snodgrass
27Alexander Tettey
9Grant Holt
14Wes Hoolahan81


8Jonathan Howson81
15David Fox
10Simeon Jackson
42Lee Camp
24Ryan Bennett
3Steven Whittaker
17Elliott Bennett


Neil Swarbrick

team line-up

25Hugo Lloris
20Michael Dawson
32Benoit Assou-Ekotto
5Jan Vertonghen
28Kyle Walker
11Gareth Bale
2Clint Dempsey71
8Scott Parker
7Aaron Lennon87
19Mousa Dembélé
18Jermain Defoe


22Gylfi Sigurdsson87
29Jake Livermore
16Kyle Naughton
13William Gallas
23Lewis Holtby71
24Brad Friedel
33Steven Caulker


Neil Swarbrick

match stats

possession %4158
shots on target14
shots off target73
tackles won2012