PREMIER LEAGUE: Tottenham held at home by Norwich

Norwich City have kept up their good recent form against Tottenham by forcing a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

The Canaries won 2-1 in North London last season and arguably should have come away with maximum points today with a very assured showing against a lacklustre Spurs outfit.

Positively for Tottenham, £15million signing Moussa Dembele came on at half-time and made a strong impact in his Spurs debut by opening the scoring in the 69th minute with a classy finish when he cut around Jonny Howson and produced and produced a controlled effort across John Ruddy to immediately endear himself to the White Hart Lane faithful.

Norwich had been the better of the two sides and got their just desserts in the 85th minute when Robert Snodgrass opened his Canaries account with a smart half-volley after the ball had been kept in play by Russell Martin’s head and then Grant Holt’s.

Martin, Robert Snodgrass (header off the crossbar) and Simeon Jackson all had early chances as Spurs began slowly, struggling for attacking ideas without Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart, but thankfully they had veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel in fine fettle.

The American had a number of vital saves including his block on Snodgrass’ powerful header from Anthony Pilkington’s leftwing cross late in the first half.

Friedel was again up to it, getting down low to deny Pilkington from an angle with Norwich keeper John Ruddy having nowhere near as much to do down the other end.

With just over two minutes left, Tom Huddlestone was shown a straight red card for his late challenge on Jonny Howson in the centre of the pitch but there was no way the midfielder could have pulled out of the tackle.

Nonetheless, the points were split between the two sides as Andre Villas-Boas searches for his first league win as Spurs boss as does Chris Hughton with Norwich.

Tottenham: 1 (Moussa Dembele 69’)
Norwich City: 1 (Robert Snodgrass 85’)

White Hart Lane, London - 36,142

Yellow cards: TOT - Gareth Bale 88’
NOR - nil
Red card: TOT - Tom Huddlestone 89’

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