Ross Barkley shines as the Toffees open this season’s campaign with a point at Carrow Road.
Everton dominated possession early but did little with the ball until the game started to open up about 15 minutes in. Both sides squandered a few half chances and despite no final ball being produced the Blues looked the more likely. Ross Barkley’s fine range of passing from the centre of midfield was a joy to watch, and Marouane Fellaini also impressed in his preferred defensive role.
A promising first half display left the fans wanting more of the same going into the second half and Everton did start it the brighter. Coleman fired a low cross to Mirallas who could only hit the side netting. It was then against the run of play when Steven Whittaker took advantage of some poor defending, his initial shot bounced off the post before he scored the rebound.
Norwich tried to sit back following the goal and Barkley looked to test John Ruddy from 20 yards, but it was saved with ease. Tackles started to fly in as Everton again piled on the pressure and some great work from Coleman down the right gave Barkley the space to rifle a 20-yarder into the back of the net.
Four minutes later and Everton had taken the lead. A reverse pass from Pienaar allowed Jelavić to fire an attempt at goal, and a tame save from Ruddy pushed the ball out to Coleman to make it 2-1 with a shot from close range.
Everton’s lead was short-lived as Whittaker scuffed a shot which was met by a stunning header from Ricky van Wolfswinkel, but the equaliser didn’t deter us from pushing for a third. Again we came close when Jelavić knocked down a far post delivery to Naismith whose shot was saved, before a Jelavić rebound was blocked.
The last real effort was an excellent half volley from Seamus Coleman that he sent just wide of the far post.
Full time. Norwich City 2-2 Everton.
Goals: Steven Whittaker 51, Ross Barkley 61, Seamus Coleman 65, Ricky van Wolfswinkel 71