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5 Things We Learned from Norwich's 2-1 Defeat of Everton

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2013

5 Things We Learned from Norwich's 2-1 Defeat of Everton

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    Everything was going right for Everton for the first 84 minutes of their match at Carrow Road against Norwich City on Saturday.

    The final six minutes were a complete nightmare for the Toffees, who conceded twice before the final whistle sounded.

    Kei Kamara scored in the 84th minute to equalize for the host Canaries before Grant Holt scored on the final kick of the match.

    Everton's lone goal was scored in the 39th minute by way of a Leon Osman header.

    The win moved Norwich up to 12th place in the table while Everton stayed in sixth place but fell behind Arsenal for the fifth spot; they now trail the Gunners by five points. 

    Here are five lessons that were learned at Carrow Road on Saturday. 

Kamara Substitution Changed the Match

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    In the 58th minute, Norwich manager Chris Hughton made his first substitution of the match, and it was one that would change the course of the match.

    Kei Kamara came on for the ineffective Luciano Becchio and instantly lit a much-needed spark under the Norwich attack.

    Kamara's influence on the match was felt in the 84th minute, when he headed home his first goal as a member of the Canaries. 

    Kamara also played a part in setting up the match-winning goal by Grant Holt in stoppage time. 

    With his contributions on Saturday, Kamara instantly became a fan favorite and if his play continues to improve, he may become a permanent signing this summer.

Everton's Height Advantage Was Nullified

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    Everton possess some of the tallest players in the EPL in Marouane Fellaini and Sylvain Distin, but their advantage in the height department was nullified by Norwich on set-pieces late in the second half.

    The first Norwich goal came off of a corner kick that left Kamara open to score on a header.

    The second goal by the Canaries was also created by winning a header in the penalty area.

    Sebastien Bassong's headed pass set up the Grant Holt match-winning goal that sent Carrow Road into an uproar. 

    On both goals, the advantage that Everton had in the height department disappeared and it showed that the home side wanted the win more toward the end of the match. 

Leighton Baines Earned a Pocket of Space and Created a Goal

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    Everton left-back Leighton Baines was shut down for most of the match, but the one time he was able to make a run forward in attack, he capitalized on it. 

    Baines sent a cross into the penalty area that found Leon Osman, who headed in the first goal of the match.

    As a world-class player, Baines showed that he does not have to have an impact on the match for the full 90 minutes to change the score line. 

    With Robert Snodgrass causing plenty of trouble on the right wing in the second half for Norwich, Baines was unable to go forward to create more chances for the Toffees. 

Luciano Becchio Did Nothing Positive

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    For the 58 minutes that he was on the pitch on Saturday, January signing Luciano Becchio was non-existent on the pitch for Norwich.

    Becchio started alongside Grant Holt in the 4-4-2 formation that manager Chris Hughton sent out to the pitch to create more scoring chances.

    The combination of Holt and Becchio did not create many chances and the ineffectiveness of the former Leeds United forward forced Hughton to take him out of the match in favor of Kei Kamara.

    While Becchio should be given another chance up front, he will need to prove himself worthy of a starting spot in the near future or he could fall behind Kamara on the depth chart. 

Everton's Champions League Hopes All but Dead

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    With the loss at Carrow Road, Everton sunk five points behind Arsenal for fifth place and six points behind Tottenham, who still have to play Monday, for fourth place.

    With Spurs in good form and Arsenal looking to find something positive out of a lost season, the Toffees may have lost any momentum they had in the EPL with the loss to Norwich. 

    A top-four spot and the Champions League berth that goes along with it are most likely lost for David Moyes' squad after the loss to Norwich.

    With the top four out of sight, a spot in the Europa League and a run in the FA Cup are still possible for the Toffees, but it is not the goal that they wanted to reach after their hot start. 

     

    What did you learn from Saturday's match?

    Comment below or leave me a comment on Twitter, @JTansey90

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