NIKICA Jelavic scored twice as Everton FC were held to a draw against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The Croatian took his tally to five goals in just seven appearances, as David Moyes’ men impressed in attack, but surrendered their run of clean sheets on the East Anglia coast.

Paul Lambert’s men never make it easy for visitors though, and the result at least means the Toffees remain in seventh place behind Chelsea in the Premier League table.

The visitors started with three changes to the team that had beaten West Brom last weekend; Leon Osman, Marouane Fellaini and John Heitinga making way for Magaye Gueye, Sylvain Distin and Phil Neville.

And there were to be no injuries or alarming red cards to cast doubt over preparations for next weekend’s FA Cup semi final, even if sub Fellaini was booked taking his tally to nine, he will be spared by Sunday’s amnesty.

Norwich twice fought to come from behind, with Jonny Howson levelling first, then Grant Holt adding their second equaliser.

But Everton fans will be thrilled with the contribution of their own big centre forward, who continued to display the same intelligent movement and predatory instincts in front of goal after assists from Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar.

The unbeaten run goes on, and in this form, Jelavic could yet prove one of the shrewdest signings of the season.

 EVERTON: (4-4-1-1) Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville (Capt) (Fellaini, 56) Gibson, Gueye (Coleman, 45), Pienaar, Cahill (Anichebe, 81) Jelavic.

Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Stracqualursi, McFadden.

Bookings: Baines, Fellaini

Goals: Jelavic (22, 61)

NORWICH CITY: (4-5-1) Ruddy, Martin, Drury (Naughton, 75), Holt (Capt), Surmn, Hoolahan (Crofts, 90) Fox, Bennett, Ward, Howson, Bennett.

Subs not used: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Jackson, Wilbraham.


Goals: Howson (39) Holt (77)

Ref: Andre Mariner