Everton were denied an opening day win against Norwich as a 71st minute strike by Canaries new boy Ricky van Wolfswinkel ensured the spoils were shared in a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.
Hopes were high going into the game as new boss Roberto Martinez took charge of his first competitive match as Toffees boss, and they got their campaign off to a good start with a strong opening 45 minutes.
Despite their dominance Everton couldn't make it count and after the break they were punished as Norwich's Steven Whittaker slotted home somewhat fortuitously.
Only 10 minutes later however Everton were back on level terms thanks to a wonderful long-range effort from Ross Barkley.
The 19-year-old has been tipped for stardom this term by Martinez and he showed a glimpse of what the Spaniard was talking about as he thundered home a wonderfully clean strike in to the far corner from 20 yards.
Not long after Seamus Coleman deservedly made it 2-1 to the visitors as he followed up on a Nikica Jelavic header in the six-yard box.
It looked as though Everton were on course to get the win their performance deserved, only for Van Wolfwinkel to spoil the party with 20 minutes to play.
Still Everton and Martinez will be happy with their opening salvo, and confident that more performances like this will certainly yield maximum points.
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