Bassong's last-gasp equaliser is 'tough to take' says Moyes
19:07 GMT, 24 November 2012
Norwich boss Chris Hughton praised the character of his players after coming from behind to snatch another valuable Barclays Premier League point at Everton.
The Canaries conceded an early goal to Steven Naismith but fought to the end in a tight encounter and claimed a last-gasp equaliser through Sebastien Bassong.
Spoiler alerts: Sebastien Bassong headed home from a Javier Garrido free-kick in the dying moments to steal a draw
One up: Steven Naismith (right) celebrates after opening the scoring
Everton: Howard, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic, Naismith (Vellios 90)
Subs not used: Mucha, Hibbert, Duffy, Barkley, Kennedy, Gueye
Goal: Naismith 12
Norwich City: Ruddy (Bunn 82), Whittaker, Bassong, Garrido, R Bennett, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Morison 75), Tettey, Snodgrass (Jackson 89), Holt
Subs not used: Barnett, Tierney, Howson, E Bennett
Booked: Johnson, Garrido, Tettey
Goal: Bassong 90
Referee: Mike Jones
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The result came after an impressive
win over Manchester United last weekend and extended their unbeaten run
in all competitions to seven games.
When asked if his side deserved the
point, Hughton said: 'I thought we did. Over the 90 minutes we had a
long time to get back in the game.
'From our standards of late, we conceded a very soft goal and in that first half we didn't keep the ball well enough.
'Everton were the better team over that first 45 minutes.
'But when you are 1-0 down, you have to chase it and ask a little bit more of the players. I think we got that.
'I thought we responded really well.
We showed great character. I don't think there was masses in it. It was
quite a tight affair.'
On the downside for the visitors,
goalkeeper John Ruddy – who overcame a knee problem to feature – was
forced off eight minutes from time with an unrelated thigh injury.
What a run! Bassong's header meant that Norwich have now gone six games unbeaten
In it goes: John Ruddy is no way near Naismith's shot as it flies in
Maestro: Steven Pienaar teases Javier Garrido in front of the home crowd
Hughton said the player would need to be assessed but was hopeful it would not be serious.
He said: 'We won't know until
tomorrow. Hopefully he came off at the right time. I certainly had to
make sure I brought him off.'
Everton manager David Moyes bemoaned his side's inability to kill off the opposition.
The Toffees continue to ride high in
the table but have won just one of their last seven games, a sequence
which includes five draws.
Honours even: David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton had differing views about the outcome
Moyes said: 'That was pretty hard to
take. But they were always in the game while it was only 1-0, that is
the nature of the Premier League.
'I thought we played well for 25-30 minutes. We started well and controlled the game.
'Norwich grew into the game, give them credit, they had one or two opportunities.
No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal
Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)
'I thought we had got through the
spell and we probably looked more likely to make it 2-0 than for them to
equalise. But they did and that was it. We came away with a point.'
Moyes was also unimpressed with the sequence of events which led to Norwich's equaliser.
He first had an issue with the award
of a free-kick against Leighton Baines and then felt John Heitinga and
Tim Howard should have done better as Javier Garrido swung in a cross
Howard might also have stopped the decisive header.
When asked which player was to blame,
Moyes said: 'A little bit of both. I think the ball was in the air long
enough and also I don't think it was a free-kick.'
Good luck! David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton (right) greeted each other warmly
Everton were without Marouane
Fellaini, Phil Neville and Seamus Coleman while Darron Gibson and Kevin
Mirallas failed to prove their fitness as hoped.
Moyes said: 'Today was always going to be a tough game. Norwich have played well and have had some good results.
'With what we had available to us it
was always going to make it quite hard. It was going to be tight – I
couldn't see us winning it that comfortably.
'We were chasing it and we didn't have an awful lot to chase it with. They are the facts.'
Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out
One positive was the lively
performance of Naismith, although the Scot squandered a good opportunity
when he failed to find Nikica Jelavic with a pass.
Moyes said: 'I hoped he would come here and get six, eight goals. That would be a decent contribution.
'He's now beginning to get a few goals, so good on him.'
Naismith arrived in the summer after the demise of Rangers, and Moyes claimed not to know the finer details of the deal.
He said: 'There's been no fee at the moment and I don't know the answer. I don't know what 'co' it is – Tesco!'
Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines