Jonathan Howson (39 mins)
Grant Holt (76 mins)
Nikica Jelavic (22 mins)
Nikica Jelavic (61 mins)
Barclays Premier League
, Apr 7, 2012
Ground: Carrow Road , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 26,554
Ruddy: Toffees will be focused Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy does not expect former club Everton to have one eye on the FA Cup semi-final when they head to Carrow Road.
The Toffees have slowly moved up the Barclays Premier League after a run of just two defeats since mid-January, climbing above Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who they face at Wembley on April 14.
With no worries of being drawn into a relegation battle, Everton manager David Moyes could be forgiven were he to rotate his squad for the trip to Norfolk.
However, Ruddy - who left Goodison Park in July 2010 having made just one first-team appearances - is in no doubt of what challenge awaits the Canaries as they aim to take another step closer to Premier League survival.
"Everton always finish really well, which is testament to the drive they have got from the management and the players themselves to really kick on and make something of the season," Ruddy told Canaries Player. "They have spent #7million on [Nikica] Jelavic, which is being returned in goals, and they have brought in another couple of players which have added to their squad.
"Obviously they have got the FA Cup semi-final coming up in a couple of weeks, but they have two [league] games before that, which I am sure they will be focused on. They will want to go into the semis as high on confidence as they can be, so it is up to us to ruffle their feathers." Boss Paul Lambert will have leading scorer Grant Holt available again following the captain's one-match ban last week for a red card after scoring twice in the win over Wolves.
Meanwhile, Moyes believes promoted teams coming into the Barclays Premier League now have a much better chance of survival than in the past.
The Scot thinks improved financial structures present those sides who make it out of the npower Championship a better platform on which to build.
However, he is of the opinion that younger managers with fresh ideas are giving those teams the chance to compete more consistently.
Everton face one of those sides in the form of Norwich, who have had an impressive first season back in the top flight with Lambert winning many plaudits for the way he has set up his team.
Swansea, under Brendan Rodgers, have done similarly and Moyes does not believe it is a coincidence both teams have relatively young managers with Rodgers aged 39 and Lambert 42.
"The teams who come up are not automatic favourites to go back down and you've seen that with the likes of Swansea and Norwich this season," said the Toffees boss.
"They have some momentum from getting promoted and what it says is the teams who come out of the Championship are in a financially better condition than those at the bottom end of the Premier League, which allows them to buy some players in.
"Some younger coaches come in with some different styles and are brave with what they do and that is great credit to them.
"I don't think the managers are doing things a great deal differently, I just think they are coming in with fresh ideas.
"They are young and hungry and want to be successful and want to have longevity in the game so they know they have to get results and play in a style which will give them that chance.
"You can see what Swansea have done and Paul Lambert has brought his team up and played three or four styles at different times.
"It has been a little bit of a surprise how well they have done but Paul has done a brilliant job in bringing them up and they have taken some big scalps." Midfielders Jack Rodwell, Seamus Coleman and Royston Drenthe all remain doubtful for the trip.
Rodwell (hamstring) and Coleman (thigh) have missed the last five and four matches respectively but are edging closer to full fitness.
Norwich vs Everton
Last modified 17:27 07/04/12
Holt sees Norwich to safety mark Norwich striker Grant Holt continued to press his claims for an England call-up by scoring a crucial equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Everton that saw his side to the 40-point mark in the Barclays Premier League.
Nikica Jelavic put Everton ahead with a clever backheel before Jonny Howson equalised just prior to half-time with his first Norwich goal.
Jelavic added his fourth goal in four games to make it 2-1 in controversial circumstances after Norwich thought they should have had a free-kick, but the home crowd breathed a sigh of relief as Holt calmly swept home his 13th Premier League goal of the season with 14 minutes to go.
Holt, who was in and out of the Norwich starting XI early in the campaign, was a constant threat to a stubborn Everton defence throughout and remains the second-highest English goalscorer in the top flight, behind only Wayne Rooney.
The draw means that Norwich have now reached the points tally commonly associated with safety with six matches left - a feat many would have thought impossible last summer when they were promoted after a six-year absence.
Everton, meanwhile, remain in seventh and boss David Moyes will be pleased to see Jelavic among the goals ahead of next week's mouth-watering FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Everton, who were searching for their third straight win, started brightly.
Magaye Gueye picked out Jelavic at the back post but he failed to connect properly with his header.
The hulking frame of Holt was proving to be a nuisance for the visitors.
Jagielka brought down the striker on the edge of the box but Elliott Bennett drove straight into the wall from the resulting free-kick.
Norwich were struggling to get into the game and went behind in the 22nd minute.
Leighton Baines burst down the left and found Phil Jagielka, who crossed for Jelavic to flick home from close range.
Everton almost went 2-0 up moments later when Tony Hibbert's cross struck the woodwork but Tim Cahill failed to poke home the rebound.
Baines was booked for clambering over Elliott Bennett's back as the Canaries looked for an immediate response.
Wes Hoolahan and Andrew Surman were industrious in midfield but Everton's robust defence prevented them from fashioning any serious attempt on goal.
That was until the 39th minute, when Howson equalised.
Adam Drury released Hoolahan down the left flank and he cut inside and squared to the former Leeds man, who calmly slotted home from six yards.
Baines sent David Fox tumbling with a studs-up challenge soon after and the left-back was lucky to avoided a second yellow.
Norwich started the second half brightly. Marriner waved away appeals for a penalty after Surman's free-kick struck Pienaar, and Holt headed straight at Tim Howard.
The American then spilled Howson's fierce strike but Everton scrambled the ball clear before Holt could convert the rebound.
Norwich were starting to win the battle for supremacy in midfield and Moyes called on Marouane Fellaini, who replaced Phil Neville.
Norwich went behind again amid furious scenes on the hour. Pienaar went down under a challenge and held the ball between his legs. Norwich appealed for a foul, but Marriner's whistle never came. Fellaini then picked up the ball and found Baines, who laid off to Pienaar and his cross was converted by Jelavic from close range.
The Canaries players were incensed that the referee had not given a foul against Pienaar, who enjoyed the moment by celebrating in front of the home fans.
Holt unleashed a fierce free-kick that flew just over after a deflection, and Norwich were level after 76 minutes thanks to the Cumbrian's 15th of the season in all competitions.
Tim Howard spilled Aaron Wilbraham's shot straight back into the path of the Canaries forward and he held off the challenge of four Everton players to square to Holt, who calmly swept home.
Moyes brought on Victor Anichebe for Cahill with 10 minutes to go, but it was Norwich who looked the more likely team to grab a winner.
Elliott Bennett and Holt both went close in the dying minutes but Elliott Ward had to be at his strongest to deny Anichebe moments later.
Jelavic fell to the floor dramatically in injury time after clashing with Ryan Bennett. The striker went down clutching his jaw but replays showed the Norwich player had barely touched the Toffees marksman.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|3||Adam Drury(sub 74)|
|15||David Fox(sub 64)|
|14||Wesley Hoolahan(sub 90)|
|7||Andrew Crofts(sub 90)|
|21||Aaron Wilbraham(sub 64)|
|25||Kyle Naughton(sub 74)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|18||Phil Neville(sub 55)|
|19||Magaye Gueye(sub 45)|
|17||Tim Cahill(sub 80)|
|23||Seamus Coleman(sub 45)|
|25||Marouane Fellaini(sub 55)|
|28||Victor Anichebe(sub 80)|