David Moyes admits Everton were ‘a bit lucky’ to take a point at Norwich City

Everton boss David Moyes admitted his team may have been “a bit lucky” to come away from Carrow Road with a point from a 2-2 draw.

Moyes said his players were well worth the lead they gained through Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic midway through the first half, but did not cope very well with the Canaries when they changed their formation in the second period.

“For 20, 30 minutes I thought we played very well and we had four or five great chances to make the final pass. I thought we got in front deservedly but Norwich deservedly got back into it just before half-time,” he said.

“In the second half it was a bit even stevens and we got the goal, so I’m disappointed we weren’t able to hold out. But you could see the pressure Norwich put us under and when they changed the system we didn’t quite get to grips with it as well as we should have. At that moment in time, you need to try to control Norwich and we didn’t control the ball enough to cause their system a few problems.”

Moyes admitted that taking on Paul Lambert’s team on their own territory was a challenge. “The crowd are right behind his team and in the end we were a bit lucky. Norwich could have got a third goal,” he said. “There were a couple of things that were close, but I always felt when it was 2-1, even at 2-2, that we were liable to break away. I always thought we looked a threat, we looked as if we’d get a goal but we just never played the pass that would have got us in often enough. That was probably our downfall, except of course for not keeping a clean sheet.”

Jelavic scored in each half to take his goal tally to five in 10 appearances for Everton since his move from Glasgow Rangers in January. “He scored two really good goals,” said Moyes.