Everton salvages 1-1 draw against Norwich

Everton narrowly avoided a third straight Premier League loss

after Leon Osman equalized in the 81st minute to earn a 1-1 draw

against visiting Norwich on Saturday.

Striker Grant Holt had given Norwich the lead in the 28th

minute, and even though Everton dominated much of the game the

Toffees once again seemed unable to capitalize. But the

introduction of on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Royston Drenthe for

the last 20 minutes proved pivotal as it was his shot that was

deflected in by Osman.

Norwich took the lead with their first shot, as Holt did well to

hold off John Heitinga on the edge of the six-yard box before

expertly turning the Dutchman to score off the inside of the far

post.

But Drenthe cut in from the right in the 81st minute to unleash

a shot that Osman diverted inside the near post.