Norwich City vs. Tottenham Hotspur  1 - 1


Premier League: Norwich City 1 Tottenham 1

30 January 2013 23:34

Gareth Bale rescued a point for Tottenham in their 1-1 Premier League draw with a resilient Norwich City side at Carrow Road on Wednesday.

Wes Hoolahan had given Norwich a deserved first-half lead, but an improved effort from Spurs after the break salvaged dignity, however, and a stunning individual strike from the Welshman pulled Spurs back onto level terms.

A quiet opening period saw neither side make a distinctive mark on proceedings, with the first notable moment coming in the 20th minute when Grant Holt fired a shot way over the bar.

The home side shaded the opening half-hour and came close on 29 minutes when Hugo Lloris was forced to tip a header wide of the Tottenham goal.

And Norwich were rewarded for their efforts just three minutes later when Hoolahan slotted home his second goal of the season after Anthony Pilkington had received the ball from a Robert Snodgrass cross and squared to the Irishman in the area.

The hosts almost doubled their lead as Sebastien Bassong charged through the middle to latch on to a low cross from Snodgrass, but he was denied by a block from Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Spurs soon enjoyed their own period of attacking dominance and almost grabbed a quick equaliser as Jermain Defoe robbed Bassong of the ball and advanced on goal, only to have his shot stopped by a terrific save from Mark Bunn.

Norwich held onto their lead until the half-time whistle and began the second half in a similarly positive manner, but Tottenham were looking a much sharper side after the break and Villas-Boas would soon make two changes that would transform the complexion of the game.

First, Bale moved into a central attacking position, while Lewis Holtby was introduced on 70 minutes.

The changes paid off. Just as the visitors looked like they were running out of options, Bale – who scored two in this fixture last season – made a fantastic run into the box and smashed a left-footed shot straight into the top corner with 10 minutes remaining.

Spurs looked the more likely side to snatch a late winner and substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson almost grabbed it with a shot from distance but Bunn produced another fantastic save and the affair finished all square.


Premier League preview: Norwich City v Tottenham

29 January 2013 06:10

Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur will aim to make amends for shock FA Cup exits when they meet in the English Premier League on Wednesday.

Norwich became the first top-flight team to be eliminated by a non-league side in the FA Cup for 24 years following a 1-0 loss to Luton Town at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Tottenham faced a tougher task against Leeds United, but went down 2-1 against the Championship club at Elland Road.

"Norwich also had a disappointing result in the FA Cup and we're both in a situation we didn't want to be in," Tottenham winger Gareth Bale told the club website.

"I'm sure both teams will want to bounce back and we'll be looking to get the three points. Hopefully we'll go there and repeat what we did last season."

Bale has scored three times in his last two trips to Carrow Road, including both goals in Tottenham's 2-0 victory over Norwich in the corresponding match last season.

Tottenham, fourth on the table and unbeaten in seven league games, have won four of their past six league visits to Norwich, who have slumped to 13th place with just one point in six matches.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton is expected to make a host of changes after resting several key players against Luton, with Grant Holt, Alexander Tettey, Michael Turner, Mark Bunn and Robert Snodgrass set to return.

Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington could also be recalled after coming on as substitutes in the last two matches, while Sebastien Bassong may face his former club after recovering from a calf injury.

Tottenham will give Jermain Defoe every chance to prove his fitness following a pelvic injury, meaning Clint Dempsey could continue up front in the absence of any other recognised strikers.

The rested Hugo Lloris and Mousa Dembele should replace Brad Friedel and Tom Huddlestone, and German international Lewis Holtby could be handed a Tottenham debut after signing from Bundesliga club Schalke this week.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25