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Premier League: Norwich 1 Fulham 1

A last-gasp Simeon Jackson goal saw Norwich City claim a 1-1 draw against Fulham at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Portuguese striker Orlando Sa scored an early goal for Fulham after great work from Moussa Dembele, but the hosts eventually responded.

Paul Lambert’s team had more than their fair-share of chances, but they failed to take any of them and were left to rue poor finishing, until Jackson headed home in injury time to secure a point.

The match started with a quick tempo and Martin Jol’s side took the lead inside five minutes thanks to Dembele’s fine build up.

The Belgian international carved through the midfield before slipping a good ball through to Sa, who guided his shot from the edge of the box into goal.

The visitors almost doubled their lead moments later, but Sa’s effort was cleared off the line by Kyle Naughton.

That prompted a Norwich response, with Zak Whitbread going close as he saw his header tipped on to the cross bar.

Fulham could have increased their lead as a ricochet in the area saw the ball drop kindly for Clint Dempsey, but his header came back off the bar.

The visitors managed to keep a hold of the lead into the second half as whatever chances Norwich had were wasted, but there was a renewed sense of optimism for Norwich after the break as Grant Holt replaced the poor David Fox.

The first chance of the second half came ten minutes in and Norwich could have equalised, but a great John Arne Riise block denied the frustrated hosts.

Norwich went even closer moments later, but the crossbar denied them again as Naughton cut inside before shooting from a tight angle.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure in the final ten minutes and got their reward inside injury time as Elliott Bennett’s cross from the right was headed in by Jackson.

Sat 31 Dec, 2011
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