Simeon Jackson grabs dramatic last-gasp equaliser
Norwich 1 Fulham 1
Saturday 31 December 2011
Simeon Jackson came off the bench to grab a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Norwich rescued a 1-1 draw from this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham at Carrow Road.
Portugal forward Orlando Sa had netted after just six minutes to put the visitors on course for a rare away win.
Norwich, though, continued to press and just when time was running out, Jackson nodded in Elliott Bennett's right-wing cross to earn Paul Lambert's men a deserved share of the points.
The Canaries manager had made four changes from the side easily beaten here by Tottenham on December 27.
However, his side failed to keep a clean sheet as it took only six minutes before their defence was breached.
Moussa Dembele was allowed to charge to the edge of the penalty area before feeding Sa, who drilled a low shot past John Ruddy into the bottom right corner.
The home side were almost 2-0 down before they could mount a recovery, with full-back Kyle Naughton on hand to clear an effort off the line from lively Portugal striker Sa.
Slowly Norwich managed to get some possession, and a spell of pressure saw Bradley Johnson set up just inside the Fulham box, but his sidefoot effort was deflected behind.
Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale then knocked the ball up off the underside of the crossbar from Zak Whitbread's header, before John Arne Riise blocked Steve Morison's close-range effort.
Norwich remained on the offensive, but continued to lack a telling final pass when in promising positions.
The visitors broke quickly on 32 minutes and came close to a second goal when Clint Dempsey's close-range header cannoned back off the crossbar from a right-wing cross by Stephen Kelly.
Kerim Frei charged forwards, brushing off Daniel Ayala far too easily before rifling in an 18-yard effort which John Ruddy beat away.
When Norwich finally managed to get the ball into the Fulham half, once again there was no outlet to support Morison.
Captain Grant Holt - the club's leading scorer with seven goals - was sent on for the start of the second half, replacing midfielder David Fox as Lambert looked to inject new life into the Norwich attack.
Fulham, though, did not look too stretched by the change as Philippe Senderos and Brede Hangeland remained untroubled.
The visitors continued to counter-attack well, with Sa their main threat.
When Norwich did get a man over down the left and Morison pulled the ball back across goal, Anthony Pilkington's effort was blocked by Riise.
Naughton shaved the top of the crossbar with an angled drive when the home side pressed again as the hour mark approached.
Sa was bundled over by Ayala to give away a free-kick some 25 yards out, just right of the penalty arc. The ball was touched back to Riise to strike, but Whitbread got his body behind it.
With 20 minutes left, Lambert made another attacking change when diminutive Canada frontman Jackson came on for Morison.
Andrew Surman flashed a 20-yard drive wide as Norwich continued to press for an equaliser.
Stockdale soon had to turn away a curling effort from Jackson, before the Fulham keeper then held onto Whitbread's towering header.
To their credit, Norwich continued to press Fulham back, as Holt headed over from close range.
Then, deep into five minutes of stoppage time, the pressure finally told as Jackson nodded in Bennett's cross to snatch a point.
Actress sees off speculation about her appearance in an amazing way
Review: Despite an uphill climb to see Jake Bugg in action, his performance is notably flat
Powerful images of strays taken moments before being put down
Review: Witty banalities aside, the comedian has an authentic voice
The Washington Post editor helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Nixon
Latest in Sport
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Isco will provide just as great a threat at Anfield as the injured Gareth Bale would have
Angel Di Maria injury: Manchester United sweat over fitness of record signing as he is in danger of missing Chelsea clash
Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat
Chelsea vs Maribor player ratings: Cesc Fabregas? Eden Hazard? Didier Drogba? Who was the star of the show at Stamford Bridge?
- 1 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery claims: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 2 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 3 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 4 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms