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Chris Hughton praises Norwich character after Everton draw

Bassong's last-gasp equaliser is 'tough to take' says Moyes

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UPDATED:

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

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

One up: Steven Naismith (right) celebrates after opening the scoring

MATCH FACTS

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

Attendance: 34,502

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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

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

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

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

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

No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal

Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)

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
Bassong.

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

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

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

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

Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines

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Everton 1 Norwich 1: match report

Everton 1 Norwich 1: Bassong salvages draw in final moments to scupper Toffees win

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UPDATED:

17:27 GMT, 24 November 2012

Sebastien Bassong headed a last-gasp equaliser as Norwich snatched a point from a bruising Barclays Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.

Everton had started superbly and deservedly led when Steven Naismith swept in from close range after 12 minutes.

But the Toffees' top-four hopes were again undermined as they switched off at a late free-kick and Bassong headed past Howard at the far post in the final minute.

Spoiler alerts: Sebastien Bassong headed home from a Javier Garrido free-kick in the dying moments to steal a draw

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

One up: Steven Naismith (right) celebrates after opening the scoring

MATCH FACTS

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

Attendance: 34,502

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It was a fifth draw in seven games for
David Moyes' side but another encouraging result for Norwich after last
week's defeat of Manchester United.

After their frustrating recent results, Everton had appeared to mean business from the outset.

Just two minutes had gone when
Naismith played in Leon Osman and the recently-capped England midfielder
curled an effort narrowly wide of former Everton goalkeeper John
Ruddy's post.

Phil Jagielka, captain in the absence
of Phil Neville and playing right-back with Seamus Coleman also out,
flicked in an excellent cross but Nikica Jelavic could not direct a
header on target.

Everton's early superiority was rewarded when Naismith emphatically finished off a slick move.

Bryan Oviedo burst down the left after
being picked out by a fine ball from Thomas Hitzlsperger and Naismith
crashed his low ball into the roof of the net from six yards.

Everton could have doubled their lead
as Steven Pienaar, apparently on the right but roving across the field,
linked well with Hitzlsperger and Leighton Baines.

What a run! Bassong's header meant that Norwich have now gone six games unbeaten

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

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

Maestro: Steven Pienaar teases Javier Garrido in front of the home crowd

Baines powered into the box and tested
Ruddy with a fierce shot which he could only parry into Osman's path,
but the follow-up attempt went over.

Everton appealed for a penalty when Alexander Tettey slid in on Naismith but referee Mike Jones showed little interest.

Norwich looked to inspirational
forward Grant Holt to drag them back into the game and the Canaries
captain was caught offside a couple of times as they attempted to play
him through.

That might have served as a warning
and the Toffees had a let-off when Holt powered through challenges from
central defenders John Heitinga and Sylvain Distin, only to slice his
shot wide.

Everton responded as Osman clipped an
effort straight at Ruddy and the keeper also did well to smother the
ball as Naismith threatened again.

Another chance opened up for Osman as the first half drew to a close but again could only shoot at Ruddy.

Norwich ended the half much better
than they started it and had another chance when Bassong won a header at
a corner but his effort was well wide.

The second half took some while to get
going and it was a good 10 minutes before Everton produced a move of
note, and then Naismith strayed offside.

No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal

No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal

Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)

Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)

Norwich got an opportunity from a
set-piece after a foul by Heitinga and Anthony Pilkington curled a good
effort over the wall but Howard saved comfortably enough.

Distin, still forward after a
free-kick, had a chance for Everton as Hitzlsperger delivered a deep
ball into the box but his header did not trouble Ruddy.

Everton were annoyed when Jelavic's shot from a corner appeared to be deflected behind but Jones awarded Norwich a goalkick.

Norwich went close to an equaliser as
Wes Hoolahan put Robert Snodgrass through on goal but his shot beyond
Howard was hooked off the line by the backtracking Heitinga.

Ruddy saved well to deny Baines a
second Everton goal after the Toffees left-back had charged into the
area and let fly with a fierce shot.

Good luck! David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton (right) greeted each other warmly

Good luck! David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton (right) greeted each other warmly

Naismith then slipped in Osman but he
got caught in two minds between crossing and shooting and dragged the
ball across goal and wide.

Norwich then suffered a blow eight
minutes from time as Ruddy was forced off with an injury and manager
Chris Hughton needed to turn to substitute keeper Mark Bunn.

Dead-ball specialist Baines may have
fancied his chances of killing Norwich off as he lined up a free-kick on
the right with three minutes remaining.

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Tettey blocked but was booked for encroaching and Baines fired a second attempt narrowly over.

Everton paid for their missed chances
as the Canaries snatched an equaliser just as the fourth official held
up his board to indicate four minutes of stoppage time.

Javier Garrido curled in a free-kick
from the right which dipped over several heads before landing perfectly
for Bassong to power a header on target.

Howard, who might also have done better for the cross, failed to get his body in the way and Norwich held on to claim a point.

Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines

Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines

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Reading 0 Norwich 0 – match report

Reading 0 Norwich 0: Royals search goes on as Canaries find their feet

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PUBLISHED:

16:52 GMT, 10 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 10 November 2012

Reading remain in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League
after being held to a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium by Norwich.

The Canaries travelled to Berkshire in good form, having picked up
seven points in their last three league outings, but both teams were
guilty of poor finishing and wasteful possession in a match that lacked
any moment of quality.

Committed: Grant Holt of Norwich battles for the ball

Committed: Grant Holt of Norwich battles for the ball

MATCH FACTS

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, McCleary (Kebe 60), Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts (Le Fondre 78), Hunt (Pogrebnyak 60). Subs Not Used: Stuart Taylor, Mariappa, Robson-Kanu, Cummings.

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 86), Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan,Holt (Morison 85). Subs Not Used: Bunn,Howson, Jackson, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.

Booked: Turner.

Att: 24,080

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

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The game started slowly and, other than a few profligate efforts sprinkled throughout the match, it never had the tempo required to get the home fans fully behind their side's quest for a maiden league victory.

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass had an early run at the Reading defence following a ball-winning tackle by Alexander Tettey, but his shot was deflected into the arms of Adam Federici.

The Australia international was featuring in his first league game since Reading's 4-2 defeat at Chelsea on August 22, but remained untested in the opening exchanges.

The hosts started to get on top after 10 minutes and had a number of set-piece opportunities that ultimately led to nothing.

The first chance of note came after a quarter of an hour when Royals' winger Garath McCleary fired in a long-range effort that was parried away by John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.

Norwich, who have only scored eight goals in the league so far this season, were struggling to provide decent service to lone striker Grant Holt.

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Up and down: Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Bradley Johnson, last weekend's match winner against Stoke, ballooned an
effort high over Federici's crossbar midway through the first half as
the visitors started to come back into the contest.

Snodgrass then missed the best chance of the game as he headed Wes Hoolahan's cross wide.

But it was Reading who almost took the lead after half an hour as
Sebastien Bassong dallied on the ball and was robbed by Jason Roberts on
the touchline.

The experienced striker flashed the ball across goal and Michael Turner managed to turn it behind for a corner.
Neither side could find enough quality to come close to breaking the
deadlock before the interval, with a header over from Reading defender
Kaspars Gorkss and a deflected Steven Whittaker effort for Norwich the
only notable efforts on goal.

Rare sight: Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass has an effort on goal

Rare sight: Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass has an effort on goal

The same lacklustre pattern followed at the start of the second half
with Hoolahan guilty of mistiming an effort from the edge of the Reading
penalty area.

Reading boss Brian McDermott tried to inject fresh impetus into his side
with an hour gone, introducing Jimmy Kebe and Pavel Pogrebnyak from the
bench, with McCleary and Noel Hunt making way.

Norwich were starting to use the ball better in possession but could not create enough in and around the final third.
Hoolahan's cross was too high for skipper Holt and Reading almost took
the lead as they broke up the other end and saw Sean Morrison head Nicky
Shorey's free-kick just wide of Ruddy's right-hand post.

High jump: Reading's Sean Morrison

High jump: Reading's Sean Morrison

With their backs up, the home side enjoyed a spell of meaningful
possession and again came close as captain Jobi McAnuff arrowed a shot
inches over the crossbar before Kebe's cross bounced on top of the
woodwork moments later.

With 20 minutes remaining Holt was presented with the best chance of the
game but he mistimed his jump as he looked to head Javier Garrido's
cross past Federici and the ball looped out of play.

Chris Gunter then mirrored Bassong's first-half error as he lost the
ball to Holt and the Wales full-back was lucky the Canaries could not
make him pay.

Norwich defender Turner was the first man to be booked by referee Chris
Hoy with just over 10 minutes remaining as he cynically slid in on
Roberts after the forward had skipped past him with the ball.

Up for it: Jobi McAnuff of Reading battles with Steven Whittaker of Norwich

Up for it: Jobi McAnuff of Reading battles with Steven Whittaker of Norwich

It was to prove to be Roberts' last involvement as McDermott threw on
Adam Le Fondre in search of a goal that would likely seal the three
points.

With the game opening up in the closing stages, both teams found
themselves with chances as Snodgrass failed to make enough contact to a
header when well-placed in the Reading box.

Anthony Pilkington was the next player guilty of poor finishing as he
latched on to Holt's clever flick before firing high and wide from 25
yards, and Holt then forced a simple save out of Federici with a tame
header.

The last 10 minutes were similar to the rest of the game, with both sets
of players working hard but ultimately coming up short in the search
for a winning goal.

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Tommy Godwin, double Olympic cycling medallist passes away aged 91

Cycling in mourning as double Olympic medallist Godwin passes away aged 91

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20:25 GMT, 3 November 2012

Double Olympic medallist Tommy Godwin has died aged 91, British Cycling has announced.

Godwin, who was heavily involved in the sport throughout his life, died at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

He won two bronze medals at the 1948 Olympics in London, in the team pursuit and kilometre time trial, held at Herne Hill.

Double Olympic medallist: Tommy Godwin, pictured in April at the Olympic Stadium, passed away aged 91

Double Olympic medallist: Tommy Godwin, pictured in April at the Olympic Stadium, passed away aged 91

When the Games returned to the capital earlier this year, Godwin carried the Olympic torch through Solihull and was a keen supporter of Team GB at the velodrome in the Olympic Park.

After his competitive career came to an end, Godwin managed the British cycling squad at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, was president of the British Cycling Federation, ran the first British training camp in Majorca, and founded the Birmingham RCC.

Godwin became Britain's first paid national coach in 1964 and trained a generation of British track riders, including Graham Webb, who beat the British hour record and won the world road race championship, and Mick Bennett, who won bronze medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.

Reaction was quick to come in the cycling world.

Sir Chris Hoy said on his Twitter account: 'So sad to hear cycling legend and Olympic medallist from 1948, the great Tommy Godwin, has passed away.'

His message was re-tweeted by Joanna Rowsell, Olympic and world team pursuit champion.

British Cycling president Brian Cookson paid tribute, saying: 'Tommy Godwin represented all that is great about our sport – a true gentleman who achieved great things as a competitor, a coach and an administrator.

'Our sport is privileged to have been associated with him.'

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Norwich 2 Tottenham 1 match report: Spurs sent packing after late comeback

Norwich 2 Tottenham 1: Dempsey's late penalty gaffe send AVB crashing out

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22:02 GMT, 31 October 2012

Mark Bunn saved a late Clint Dempsey penalty to ensure Norwich picked up a surprising win over in-form Tottenham at Carrow Road.

Gareth Bale put the visitors in front midway through the second half but a Jan Vertonghen own goal and a Simeon Jackson tap-in sealed Norwich’s victory.

After a stuttering to start to life with Spurs, manager Andre Villas-Boas had certainly been on a roll.

Deflection: Jan Vertonghen (right) diverted Alex Tettey's shot beyond Hugo Lloris

Deflection: Jan Vertonghen (right) diverted Alex Tettey's shot beyond Hugo Lloris

Pure delight: Norwich celebrate Jan Vertonghen's own goal

Pure delight: Norwich celebrate Jan Vertonghen's own goal

Match facts

Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Snodgrass, Fox (Tettey 68), Butterfield (Jackson 68), Surman (Holt 82), Howson, Morison. Subs not used: Rudd, Elliott Bennett, Garrido, Barnett.

Booked: Bunn.

Goals: Vertonghen 84 (og), Jackson 87.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker (Defoe 90), Dawson, Caulker, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore (Huddlestone 46), Carroll (Vertonghen 79), Falque, Bale, Dempsey. Subs not used: Cudicini, Lennon, Townsend, Smith.

Booked: Bale.

Goal: Bale 66.

Referee: Jon Moss.

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Indeed, since the final whistle boos
which accompanied their draw with Norwich back in September, Tottenham
racked up an impressive record of five wins from six Barclays Premier
League games, including the notable scalp of Manchester United, to move
up to fourth in the table.

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Missed opportunity: Clint Dempsey saw his late penalty saved by Mark Bunn

Man of the moment: Bunn is congratulated by team-mates

Man of the moment: Bunn is congratulated by team-mates

With the game threatening to develop
into a decent cup tie, largely thanks to Bale, the Welshman threatened
once more, his rasping 25-yard drive only narrowly wide.

Jonny Howson did a least raise hope
of better things to come after the break for the Norwich fans even if
his strike from 20-yards failed to trouble Lloris as it swerved wide.

Indeed, seconds after the restart
Norwich produced their best move of the match as Andrew Surman had a
close-range shot blocked by Steven Caulker. But with Tom Huddlestone on
at the break the balance of play was soon swinging back in Tottenham’s
favour.

Letting fly: Bale unleashes the opening goal

Letting fly: Bale unleashes the opening goal

Shake on it: Iago Falque is the first to congratulate Gareth Bale after the Welshman broke the deadlock at Carrow Road

Shake on it: Yago Falque is the first to congratulate Gareth Bale after the Welshman broke the deadlock at Carrow Road

Spanish youngster Yago Falque
produced an exquisite ball for Bale who this time tested Bunn with his
near post effort. With the spectre of extra-time starting to loom
Tottenham took the lead
Fittingly it fell to Bale to finally end Norwich’s resistance. Given far
too much time to turn the Spurs winger unleashed a low drive which flew
into the bottom corner.

Villas-Boas sent on defender Jan
Vertonghen in an attempt to secure the victory as the game entered its
final stages. The substitution had the opposite effect as the Belgian
international turned Alex Tettey’s shot into his own net to give Norwich
an unlikely equaliser.

Moments later another substitute,
Norwich striker Simeon Jackson bundled the ball home to give his side
the lead. Having lost their advantage within two minutes Tottenham then
had the chance to take the game into extra-time when Marc Tierney was
harshly judged to have brought down Kyle Walker.
Up stepped Clint Dempsey but his effort was well saved by Bunn.

Bundle: Norwich's Robert Snodgrass is tackled by Falque and Tom Carroll (floored)

Bundle: Norwich's Robert Snodgrass is tackled by Falque and Tom Carroll (floored)

On the run: Norwich's Jacob Butterfield escapes Jake Livermore and Carroll

On the run: Norwich's Jacob Butterfield escapes Jake Livermore and Carroll

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Aston Villa 1 Norwich 1 – match report: Paul Lambert denied victory

Aston Villa 1 Norwich 1: Lambert fails to get one over old pals after Turner strikes late

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UPDATED:

14:02 GMT, 27 October 2012

Norwich defender Michael Turner
denied Paul Lambert a victory against his former club and ensured the
Aston Villa boss's bold decision to drop Darren Bent would come under
huge scrutiny.

Christian Benteke had appeared to justify Lambert's decision to axe Bent from his starting line-up for the third time in four matches with Villa's 27th minute opener.

But Villa were forced to defend desperately after left-back Joe Bennett's sending-off early in the second period before Turner earned the Canaries a deserved share of the spoils.

Points shared: Norwich defender Michael Turner (centre) celebrates scoring the equaliser

Points shared: Norwich defender Michael Turner (centre) celebrates scoring the equaliser late in the game

Match facts

Aston Villa:
Guzan, Herd, Vlaar, Lowton, Bennett, Albrighton, El Ahmadi, Holman
(Weimann 76), Delph, Agbonlahor (Lichaj 54), Benteke (Bent 70).

Subs not used: Given, Ireland, Westwood, Bannan.

Goals: Benteke 27

Booked: Herd

Sent off: Bennett

Norwich:
Ruddy, Russell Martin (Ryan Bennett 46), Bassong, Turner, Garrido,
Elliott Bennett (Snodgrass 64), Tettey, Johnson (Morison 70),
Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt.

Subs not used: Rudd, Howson, Jackson, Barnett.

Goals: Turner 79

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Attendance: 33,184

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Fittingly the Norwich goal was created by Wes Hoolahan who was the most creative player on either side.

Villa have now won only one of their last 19 league matches and they were indebted to a trio of fine saves from keeper Brad Guzan for earning them a point.

Norwich fans greeted the arrival of Lambert into the dug-out with a chant of 'there's only one Chris Hughton' but there was no verbal animosity directed at their former manager.

Norwich, fresh from last weekend's win over Arsenal, knocked the ball around in confident fashion in the early stages.

But it was Villa midfielder Brett Holman who produced the first attempt on goal. He exchanged passes with Karim El Ahmadi before firing a low drive which Canaries keeper John Ruddy got his body behind.

Norwich looked full of confidence but Elliott Bennett dragged his shot well wide from the edge of the box.

It needed a fine save by Guzan to keep his side on level terms after 22 minutes. Grant Holt threaded the ball through to Hoolahan who was left with only Guzan to beat but the United States international managed to block the shot with his left foot. Guzan then cut out an attempted knock back across goal from Holt aimed at the unmarked Anthony Pilkington.

Predator: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke opens the scoring in the first half with a smart finish

Predator: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke opens the scoring in the first half with a smart finish

New hero: Benteke celebrates in front of the home fans after his strike against Norwich

New hero: Benteke celebrates in front of the home fans after his strike against Norwich

But then against the run of play Villa went ahead through Benteke's second goal since his 7million summer move from Genk after 27 minutes. Gabriel Agbonlahor held the ball up before releasing the overlapping Holman and his cross found Benteke completely unmarked. The Belgian international had time to pick his spot before sliding the ball past Ruddy into the corner of the net.

Villa defender Joe Bennett became the first player to be yellow carded for a challenge on Elliott Bennett. A long pass from Fabian Delph was brought under control by Benteke inside the Norwich box but his eventual shot was deflected wide.

Roar of delight: Paul Lambert celebrates as Villa take the lead against his former club

Denied victory: Lambert

Roar of delight: Paul Lambert celebrates as Villa take the lead but his afternoon turned sour later in the game

Norwich made a half-time change with defender Russell Martin replaced by Ryan Bennett.

Villa were reduced to 10 men after 52 minutes when Joe Bennett collected a second yellow card for another offence against Elliott Bennett. It led to Lambert bringing off Agbonlahor and replacing Joe Bennett with Eric Lichaj at left-back.

Axed: Darren Bent (left) sat on the bench next to Stephen Ireland after being dropped by Paul Lambert

Axed: Darren Bent (left) sat on the bench next to Stephen Ireland after being dropped by manager Lambert

Norwich had more of the possession with their numerical advantage but Elliott Bennett's poor touch let him down after a probing ball over the top of the Villa back four from Bradley Johnson. Villa defender Chris Herd was booked for persistent fouling after 62 minutes.

Guzan made his second crucial save of the game when he blocked a rising close range attempt from Hoolahan after Pilkington had supplied the telling pass.

Herd then made a crucial block on a Hoolahan header after Holt headed back across goal into his path before Bent replaced Benteke after 69 minutes.

Last line of defence: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan (centre) punches the ball clear

Last line of defence: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan (centre) punches the ball clear

On the attack: Norwich striker Grant Holt (second left) shoots at goal during the first half

On the attack: Norwich striker Grant Holt (second left) shoots at goal during the first half

Guzan was again Villa's saviour when he saved Holt's low drive after he broke clear but he had no chance of preventing Turner's equaliser after 79 minutes.

Pilkington's quickly taken corner picked out Hoolahan and his inswinging cross was met by Turner whose glancing header flew into the far corner of the net.

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Norwich v Arsenal live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Norwich v Arsenal – the action from Carrow Road as it happens

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UPDATED:

17:06 GMT, 20 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Norwich host Arsenal at Carrow Road to conclude Saturday's action. The Canaries are yet to win a league game under Chris Hughton and will be tested to the limit by Arsene Wenger's title chasing side. Send me your thoughts on the action at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Norwich 1-0 Arsenal (5.30pm)

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Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin,
Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Tettey,
Pilkington, Holt.
Subs: Rudd, Snodgrass, Howson, Jackson, Surman,
Morison, Ryan Bennett.

Goals: Holt 20.

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson,
Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho,
Giroud, Podolski.
Subs: Martinez, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain,
Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gnabry.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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35min: A good chance for 2-0 goes begging for Norwich. Pilkington swings a corner into the centre where Michael Turner with a free header nods back across goal and well wide. The defender's visible frustration after shows even he knows it was a great chance. Another mark against Arsenal's zonal marking.

32min: The visitors win successive corners which end with Mikel Arteta delivering a cross into the box where Giroud's header is comfortably taken by Ruddy.

29min: The Canaries take it quick…a bit too quick though as Arsenal intercept and counter with an attack that ends with Olivier Giroud firing straight at Ruddy from point-blank range. Sparing the Frenchman's blushes is the offside flag raised over the far side.

28min: Norwich are the better team now and win a free-kick after Podolski trips Johnson 20 yards out to the left.

26min: Madman Mannone is at it again. The keeper refuses to dive for a ball he is favourite to win out wide of the penalty box, allowing Holt to deliver a pass across an open goal which an Arsenal defender clears.

24min: The first yellow card of the game and it's for Norwich's Bradley Johnson who can have no complaints after a cynical trip on Cazorla.

23min: That's three in as many games for Holt as Arsenal's attempts to respond end for now with a corner cleared by the hosts.

20min: GOAL! NORWICH 1-0 Arsenal

Now we have a game on our hands! Alex Tettety is allowed to shoot from 25 yards out but Mannone parries straight to Grant Holt who tucks home from six yards. Bad keeping.

16min: All the possession is with Arsenal but Norwich have all the answers to the Gunners attacks so far.

The visitors are being forced to even play the ball back to keeper Vito Mannone such is the organisation of Hughton's side.

13min: A miss-placed pass from Santi Cazorla seems to have stunned everyone inside the ground as the game loses its edge and the crowd their voices that both had in the opening five minutes.

10min: Pressure relieved for Norwich as Aaron Ramsey tugs down Grant Holt on the halfway line to concede a free-kick. That's about as good as it's got recently for the hosts but Arsenal have yet to test John Ruddy.

7min: Since that Pilkington chance, Norwich have hardly had the ball. Arsenal are fully awake now and are dominating possession.

4min: Podolski shoots this time though, and he only just fails to hit the target. The German international's snap shot across the target had John Ruddy beaten but it flies past the far post. Good effort.

3min: It snaps Arsenal in to life though as seconds later they go even closer. Gervinho finds Lukas Podolski on the edge of the box, but Russell Martin quickly reacts to slide in with a challenge and prevent the Gunners striker from shooting.

2min: It's the hosts who make the sharper start too as Anthony Pilkington fires narrowly wide from 25 yards out.

Kick-off: Norwich get us underway.

17.27: The teams are out at Carrow Road as the sun begins to set and the floodlights take over. Warm handshakes between ex-Tottenham coach Chris Hughton and Arsene Wenger pitchside.

17.24: From InfostradaLive:

Arsenal are one of three PL clubs without an away defeat this season – the others are Chelsea and Manchester City. They have conceded only two away goals – fewer than any other club.

Back in the squad: Jack Wilshere is on the Arsenal bench for the clash at Norwich

Back in the squad: Jack Wilshere is on the Arsenal bench for the clash at Norwich

17.21: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke to ESPN before the game:

'It's good for him [Jack Wilshere] to be involved after such a long time – he is not completely ready to start but he isn't far off.

'I'm not scientific enough to tell you how long he can play but if I need him I will play him. He is desperate to play.'

17.18: Full line-ups from Carrow Road:

Norwich v Arsenal
Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Tettey, Pilkington, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Snodgrass, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Morison, Ryan Bennett.

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski. Subs: Martinez, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gnabry.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

17.15: England midfielder Jack Wilshere returns to the Arsenal squad for the first time in more than a year for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash at Norwich.

The 20-year-old had been out with niggling ankle and knee problems, but is named on the Gunners bench.

Andre Santos comes in for injured England full-back Kieran Gibbs as Arsene Wenger makes just one enforced change from the side which won at West Ham.

Norwich are still looking for their first league win under new manager Chris Hughton.
Michael Turner is recalled in central defence, while winger Antony Pilkington comea into a five-man midfield as the Canaries look to recover from their 4-1 defeat at Chelsea before the international break.

17.10: You have to feel sorry for Norwich, if there is one thing that evens out over the course of the season it's the fixture list. But when you are winless, one of the last teams you want to face off the back of an international break is Arsenal – especially with the form the Gunners are in. It could be a long evening for the Canaries and the team news is on the way.

One to watch: Santi Cazorla has been a highlight in Arsenal's attack this season

One to watch: Santi Cazorla has been a highlight in Arsenal's attack this season

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Joe Bennett cuts leg similar to Wayne Rooney injury – picture

That's a slice of bad luck: Bennett injury reminiscent of Rooney's horror cut

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UPDATED:

20:03 GMT, 7 October 2012

Aston Villa's Joe Bennett was taken to hospital for treatment on a nasty gash on his leg – much like the injury which recently ruled Wayne Rooney out for a month.

The defender was left reeling in agony after colliding with an advertising hoarding following a tussle with Gareth Bale during the match at White Hart Lane.

Game over: Bennett was taken off on a stretcher after gashing his leg

Game over: Bennett was taken off on a stretcher after gashing his leg

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Ouch: Bennett suffered this injury after colliding with the advertising hoardings

Ouch: Bennett suffered this injury after colliding with the advertising hoardings

Villa boss Paul Lambert confirmed his player had been taken to a local hospital to have the wound treated.

He said: 'I think he has gone to hospital to get stitched up. It was quite a nasty cut.'

The deep wound on the shin of his left leg was reminiscent of the horror-injury sustained by Rooney after Hugo Rodallega's studs sliced into his thigh in August.

The Manchester United striker was sidelined for four weeks after undergoing surgery to to stitch the cut back together and revealed the studs of Rodallega's boots missed slicing a major artery by just milimetres.

The news comes following another defeat
for Villa and manager Paul Lambert felt Christian Benteke's miss proved
crucial in the defeat, which saw the visitors drop to 16th in the table.

The striker, signed from Genk this
summer, missed a free header from Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross early in
the second half after Villa intercepted Lloris' mis-directed throw.

Cut above: Rooney suffered a similar injury earlier this season

Cut above: Rooney suffered a similar injury earlier this season

Cut above: Rooney suffered a similar injury earlier this season

'That was a big moment,' Lambert said.

'When you have chances like that at a place like this you have to put them away.'

Lambert's decision to field Benteke ahead of Darren Bent was a surprise one given that the England striker had come off the bench to score a crucial equaliser against West Brom last week.

The Scot defended the decision tonight, saying: 'Christian gives you a different option.

'Darren's threat is going in behind. That was the only reason why we did it.

'Tottenham's full-backs are going to bomb on at every opportunity so that's why I went with that decision.

Darren has been fine about it.'

Heart of the action: Bennett's team lost 2-0 in the clash at White Hart Lane

Heart of the action: Bennett's team lost 2-0 in the clash at White Hart Lane

Roberto Mancini blasts Paul Lambert after Capital One Cup row

You wouldn't do that at Old Trafford! Mancini blasts Lambert after row with Villa boss

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UPDATED:

07:00 GMT, 26 September 2012

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes his touchline row with Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert is typical of the attitude many opposition managers have towards him.

The pair exchanged heated words in the second half of City's 4-2 Capital One Cup defeat at the Etihad Stadium after the Italian complained to the fourth official about a tackle by Joe Bennett on Gareth Barry.

'I am tired with these managers,' said Mancini, who has had his fair share of touchline confrontations during his time in England.

Spat: Roberto Mancini had a touchline row with his opposite number Paul Lambert

Spat: Roberto Mancini had a touchline row with his opposite number Paul Lambert

Spat: Roberto Mancini had a touchline row with his opposite number Paul Lambert

'I didn't say nothing to him (Lambert). There are some managers it is better to shut up.

'I asked only if there was a yellow card – without moving my hands (Mancini has been guilty in the past of waving imaginary cards) – with the fourth official and he comes over to me.

'I didn't speak with him. I asked the fourth official if it was a yellow card because I thought the referee had forgotten his yellow cards in the dressing room.

'I don't know what is the reason. I can understand if I was talking to him but I didn't say nothing.'

Roberto Mancini and Paul Lambert confrontation

Roberto Mancini and Paul Lambert confrontation

Come on then! Lambert approaches Mancini as his Aston Villa side come from behind to beat Manchester City

Mancini added: 'I am very tired with
their behaviour. Sometimes these managers go to the big stadiums and the
other manager says everything and they say nothing.

'When they go to [Old] Trafford, they say nothing. When other managers talk about the referee they always sit on the bench.

'I don't like this type of behaviour.'

Lambert brushed aside Mancini's complaints, saying: 'If that's what he said then fine.

'I respect him as a manager and an ex-player.

'It wasn't really a spat. It was nothing.'

Mancini
may well have been trying to deflect attention from his side's
third-round exit, having reached the semi-finals in two of the last
three seasons.

Despite making 10 changes from
Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal, the City boss was still able to field a
team with combined value well over 150million, even with teenagers
Abdul Razak and Denis Suarez in the line-up.

However,
they twice threw away leads given to them by Mario Balotelli and then
Aleksandar Kolarov after Villa old boy Gareth Barry's own goal had made
it 1-1.

Gabriel Agbonlahor took the tie to extra time and added a second after Charles N'Zogbia had put Villa ahead for the first time.

'It was a difficult match because Aston Villa were a good team,' said Mancini.

Knocked out: City's poor start to the season continued as Villa beat them in extra time

Knocked out: City's poor start to the season continued as Villa beat them in extra time

'We didn't play well and we had some unlucky moments but I think they deserved to go through.

'We are so disappointed. We didn't play well and our play is not quick, we want one touch more every time and this is no good.

'It
is the fourth competition but it is the only competition we didn't win
and for that reason we wanted to stay in this cup because in two years
we have won everything and are missing this one.'

Game over: Gabriel Agbonlahor seals Aston Villa's win with his second goal of the game

Game over: Gabriel Agbonlahor seals Aston Villa's win with his second goal of the game

Lambert, in his first season at Villa Park having taken over in the summer, was delighted with the performance.

'It is a massive result for us. I thought the way we played was excellent,' he added.

'It was a brilliant response from the team. It was a huge effort.

'We didn't deserve to go a goal behind but we showed real character to come back.'

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Roberto Mancini has spat with Paul Lambert

I wish managers would just shut up! Mancini hits out after spat with Lambert

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 25 September 2012

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes his touchline row with Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert is typical of the attitude many opposition managers have towards him.

The pair exchanged heated words in the second half of City's 4-2 Capital One Cup defeat at the Etihad Stadium after the Italian complained to the fourth official about a tackle by Joe Bennett on Gareth Barry.

'I am tired with these managers,' said Mancini, who has had his fair share of touchline confrontations during his time in England.

Spat: Roberto Mancini had a touchline row with his opposite number Paul Lambert

Spat: Roberto Mancini had a touchline row with his opposite number Paul Lambert

Spat: Roberto Mancini had a touchline row with his opposite number Paul Lambert

'I didn't say nothing to him (Lambert). There are some managers it is better to shut up.

'I asked only if there was a yellow card – without moving my hands (Mancini has been guilty in the past of waving imaginary cards) – with the fourth official and he comes over to me.

'I didn't speak with him. I asked the fourth official if it was a yellow card because I thought the referee had forgotten his yellow cards in the dressing room.

'I don't know what is the reason. I can understand if I was talking to him but I didn't say nothing.'

Mancini added: 'I am very tired with their behaviour. Sometimes these managers go to the big stadiums and the other manager says everything and they say nothing.

Roberto Mancini and Paul Lambert confrontation

Roberto Mancini and Paul Lambert confrontation

Come on then! Lambert approaches Mancini as his Aston Villa side come from behind to beat Manchester City

'When they go to [Old] Trafford, they say nothing. When other managers talk about the referee they always sit on the bench.

'I don't like this type of behaviour.'

Lambert brushed aside Mancini's complaints, saying: 'If that's what he said then fine.

'I respect him as a manager and an ex-player.

'It wasn't really a spat. It was nothing.'

Mancini may well have been trying to deflect attention from his side's third-round exit, having reached the semi-finals in two of the last three seasons.

Knocked out: City's poor start to the season continued as Villa beat them in extra time

Knocked out: City's poor start to the season continued as Villa beat them in extra time

Despite making 10 changes from Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal, the City boss was still able to field a team with combined value well over 150million, even with teenagers Abdul Razak and Denis Suarez in the line-up.

However, they twice threw away leads given to them by Mario Balotelli and then Aleksandar Kolarov after Villa old boy Gareth Barry's own goal had made it 1-1.

Gabriel Agbonlahor took the tie to extra time and added a second after Charles N'Zogbia had put Villa ahead for the first time.

'It was a difficult match because Aston Villa were a good team,' added Mancini.

Game over: Gabriel Agbonlahor seals Aston Villa's win with his second goal of the game

Game over: Gabriel Agbonlahor seals Aston Villa's win with his second goal of the game

'We didn't play well and we had some unlucky moments but I think they deserved to go through.'

Lambert, in his first season at Villa Park having taken over in the summer, was delighted with the performance.

'It is a massive result for us. I thought the way we played was excellent,' he added.

'It was a brilliant response from the team. It was a huge effort.

'We didn't deserve to go a goal behind but we showed real character to come back.'