Bale rescues Spurs with late solo finish
Norwich City 1 Tottenham 1:A brilliant solo strike from Gareth Bale earned Tottenham a draw at Carrow Road last night to extend Norwich’s winless run in the league to seven.
Wes Hoolahan’s 32nd-minute goal was cancelled when 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 were much improved following the humiliating 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round loss to Luton. Manager Chris Hughton will hope additions up front – with Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara joining, paperwork permitting – can end their streak of two points from 21 in the Premier League at QPR on Saturday.
Spurs, too, are looking for a cutting edge in the final 24 hours of the transfer window and Bale’s intervention, his 12th goal of the season, proved invaluable once more.
Norwich started with purpose in contrast to last Saturday’s lacklustre display against Luton, which was not surprising given manager Hughton made nine changes, reverting to his first-choice eleven.
NORWICH CITY: Bunn, Martin ,Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, Tettey , Pilkington , Hoolahan (Howson 81), Holt. Subs not used: Camp, Whittaker, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Ryan Bennett. Booked: Garrido, Holt, Snodgrass, Hoolahan.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon (Sigurdsson 87), Parker, Dembele, Bale, Dempsey (Holtby 71), Defoe. Subs not used: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Livermore, Caulker.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).