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A brilliant solo strike from Gareth Bale earned Tottenham Hotspur a draw at Carrow Road to extend Norwich City’s winless run in the Barclays Premier League to seven games.
Wes Hoolahan’s 32nd-minute goal gave the Canaries a deserved lead, but Spurs winger Bale equalised after 80 minutes with a scintillating run from his own half which he finished off with a shot into the bottom corner. Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson was denied by Mark Bunn after 89 minutes as Tottenham finished the stronger but had to settle for a point.
Norwich started with purpose and energy in which was not surprising given manager Hughton made nine changes from the side that lost in last weekend’s FA Cup fourth round. The Canaries were boosted by the return of Sebastien Bassong against his former club, with the defender opposed by Jermain Defoe as one of five changes to the Spurs side which lost in the Cup at Leeds, on Sunday. New signing Lewis Holtby was among the substitutes.
Defoe blocked Bunn’s clearance with his back in the opening skirmishes, provoking a collective gasp from home supporters, but it was the Canaries who looked more enterprising. Robert Snodgrass was proving a useful source of supply down the right, while Bassong and Michael Turner kept Spurs quiet at the other end.
Grant Holt blasted well over from outside the area before tumbling between Jan Vertonghen and Benoit Assou-Ekotto only for the referee to wave away appeals for a penalty. Holt had another header scrambled clear by Hugo Lloris after Michael Dawson failed to deal with a bobbling ball in the area following a Snodgrass cross.
It was a Snodgrass cross that led to the opener after he was freed by Russell Martin down the right. The ball was too high for Holt at the far post, but he flicked it to Anthony Pilkington, who played it centrally to Hoolahan to slot in between the Spurs defence and Lloris.
A Javier Garrido foul on Bale earned a yellow card, but the resulting free-kick sparked a Norwich counter-attack led by a rampaging Bassong. Snodgrass found the overlapping Martin, whose cross towards Bassong was blocked by Mousa Dembele.
Bassong was indebted to his goalkeeper soon afterwards. Defoe nipped in front of the defender, played a one-two with Aaron Lennon and then shot, with Bunn saving smartly. Norwich showed further intent on the resumption and Martin’s dangerous cross narrowly evaded Hoolahan in the box.
That sparked Spurs into life, but the Canaries defence repelled the visitors. A well-timed Turner tackle dispossessed Defoe and Bale shot low for Bunn to save soon afterwards. Defoe and Pilkington exchanged shots before a Snodgrass foul on Assou-Ekotto earned Spurs a free-kick in a promising position and the Scot a yellow card for dissent.
Turner cut out Walker’s set-piece and a Dembele cross before Clint Dempsey was replaced and Holtby came on for his debut. The Germany midfielder neatly linked up play before he was booked for dissent after Bunn had clawed a Lennon cross out of the air with Bale lurking.
Bale needed no assistance for the equaliser. He picked the ball up inside his own half and raced by Alex Tettey and into the area, cutting onto his left foot to shoot by Garrido and Turner and beat Bunn.
Tottenham pressed on in search of a winner in the final 10 minutes. Bunn saved a swerving effort from Sigurdsson, on for Aaron Lennon, which deflected off Bassong and used his feet to deny Bale from the resulting corner as the match ended level.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "The clubs [Norwich and Leeds United] are in discussion [for Luciano Becchio] and that's one that I hope gets done. Whether that [a swap with Steve Morison] has to be part of the deal or not, I don't know. That's what the talks are."
"Everybody's aware where we are with Celtic’s Gary Hooper. We have put in bids for him which have been turned down by Celtic. It's their prerogative. He's a very important player for them. Whether anything further will happen with that one, I don't know.
"From what I've seen of him [Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara], we're not just taking an average player from that division. We're taking a player from that division that has excelled in recent seasons. He'll give us another dimension in the forward area."
Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas: "[Holtby]was good. The team improved so much in the second half that it obviously helped Lewis' performance. It was extremely good to see him out on the pitch. He had the right impact for such a short time."
"There was an interest from Fulham [for Tom Huddlestone]. I'm not sure if they're going to follow on that interest. We've allowed the club to speak to the player. He's a player we rate very highly."
"[The transfer window] finishes tomorrow, thankfully. We look to be quiet in the market. It's not impossible that a couple of things happen. It's highly unlikely. We need to add quality to the squad and our quality to the squad is keeping the players we have now and Lewis arriving."
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