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Grant Holt headed a dramatic added-time winner as Norwich City came from behind to beat Everton at Carrow Road.
Substitute Kei Kamara scored his first goal in English football with six minutes left to cancel out Leon Osman's first-half header for the visitors and Chris Hughton's hard-working side secured a first Barclays Premier League win since 19 December when Holt stabbed home at the far post.
Hughton had deployed Holt and Luciano Becchio in attack, looking to arrest a run of one goal in the last six which had left his men looking over their shoulders at the battle for survival and Norwich created the first opening after five minutes. Wes Hoolahan played Robert Snodgrass into the left side of the Everton penalty area but his angled shot was blocked by Sylvain Distin as the ball looped up over the crossbar for a corner.
Everton forced Norwich keeper Mark Bunn into action when he first palmed away a deflected cross from fit-again right-back Seamus Coleman and then had to be alert as Nikica Jelavic turned his marker to drill a low shot goalwards from 10 yards.
Both teams continued to press but when Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson found space for a shot some 25 yards out, his goalbound effort cannoned off the back of team-mate Holt.
At the other end, Norwich centre-half Michael Turner threw himself in front of Marouane Fellaini's drive.
After 35 minutes, the ball broke for Holt at the edge of the Everton penalty area but the Norwich captain could not get enough power on his shot, which was well saved by Tim Howard, making his 300th Everton appearance.
It was the visitors, though, who took the lead six minutes before half-time. Left-back Leighton Baines floated the ball across the Norwich six-yard box, where it was missed by Johnson and Sebastien Bassong, allowing an unmarked Osman to glance a header past Bunn.
After the break, Toffees midfielder Steven Pienaar got into the left side of the Norwich penalty area and pulled the ball back through the six-yard box, where any sort of touch would have put it into the net.
Hughton made a change on the hour, as Becchio was replaced by Kamara, on-loan from Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City. The Sierra Leone international almost became an instant hero when he tried an acrobatic scissors-kick but it lacked the power to test Howard.
At the other end, Darron Gibson floated an effort over from 20 yards.
Hughton looked to add some width to Norwich's attack as Anthony Pilkington replaced Hoolahan while Belgium forward Kevin Mirallas came on for Everton with 12 minutes left as Jelavic made way.
Norwich had more tempo now and were level after 84 minutes. Pilkington's run down the left saw the ball blocked behind for a corner. Snodgrass's delivery picked out Kamara and his downward header beat Howard as Carrow Road erupted.
The Canaries pressed for a dramatic winner, with Distin's superb block keeping out Holt's close-range effort.
However, there was still time for another chance, which the striker dispatched at the far post after a deep cross from Russell Martin had been nodded on by Bassong.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "Once you are 1-0 down and you get back to 1-1, you have to be honest and say you settle for that. But the lads wanted something different and showed great drive and determination to get the winner. We are past the 30-point mark now, so for us and the team, that is a big confidence-booster.
"Kei [Kamara] is a different type of player to whom we have up front and we are delighted for him. He had been here to England before [on trial at Stoke City], but these things are all about timings and it was right for us. He has that ability to get beyond and is good in the air, he gives us good possibilities.
“It is always a bit of a risk because you are bringing players over who you don't know how they will settle into the league, but he is a lad who wants to do really well and it is a good opportunity for him. Kamara is a very good character, very down to earth and is really delighted at the prospect of being at Norwich and in the Premier League. We will have to see how he develops, but this is not a particularly tough group to integrate into and he has fitted in very nicely."
Everton manager David Moyes: "We had controlled the game, but were wasteful in the second half when we had chances to get another goal, and we were always going to be put under pressure at the end. We passed it well enough and tried to do the right things, but we were not good enough in the final third - but one thing is for sure, we did not deserve to lose."
"There is still chances for us to do it [finish in the top four], but we are going to have to be very good to do it. However, we should have seen this one out, if we have any real ambitions, then we have to make sure we do not lose that game."
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