Norwich City 2-2 Everton
Last Updated: Sat, 07 Apr 2012 17:49
Norwich twice came from behind to deny Everton, as two Nikica Jelavic goals were matched by strikes from Johnny Howson and Grant Holt.
The Canaries reached that magical 40-point barrier with a gutsy performance at Carrow Road as the game ebbed and flowed between the teams.
Everton, who face Liverpool at Wembley next weekend, took early control and went ahead on 21 minutes, when Jelavic flicked home a Phil Jagielka cross to give them a well-deserved lead.
Tim Cahill then missed a great chance to double their lead, mis-kicking after a Tony Hibbert effort came off the bar, but then Howson made the scores level on 39 minutes. The former Leeds man ghosted into the six-yard box to tuck home a Wes Hoolahan cross for his first goal in Norwich yellow.
In the second half it was the visitors who went ahead again, thanks to a second strike from Jelavic on 60 minutes.
The January signing got on the end of a Steven Pienaar cross to slide the ball home, but the Norwich players were upset as they thought the South African was guilty of obstruction during the build-up.
Marouane Fellaini was lucky to stay on the pitch after a poor tackle on 66 minutes, before Norwich secured a share of the points.
On 75 minutes, Aaron Wilbraham raced clear and his shot was saved by Tim Howard in the Everton goal, but Holt was well-placed to slide home the equaliser.
Over the closing stages both sides could have won the game, but overall Norwich were rewarded for their gutsy performance and Everton minds will now focus on that Wembley date with Liverpool in seven days' time.