Photo Gallery: Next season Premier League survival need not be sole aim for Norwich City

Norwich City 2, Everton 2: Norwich City can do so much more than just survive in the Premier League. On this evidence they can flourish.

The preoccupation with attaining psychologically important points targets has cast a shadow over the Canaries' progress since a New Year surge of wins lessened the need to look over collective shoulders. Rightly so for a club adapting to new surroundings.

City's latest draw here may have dragged them onto the 40 point mark that empirically separates the haves from the have nots for another season. But there is an even better indicator Norwich do possess what it takes to survive. David Moyes' Everton.

Strip away the traditional top five or top six in the Premier League and there is no tougher, more streetwise, more battle-hardened outfit than the dynasty Moyes has built on Merseyside. Only Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have outlasted the man from Glasgow. That in itself should underline the scale of his achievements in turning Everton into perennial European challengers and serial top eight Premier League finishers. A feat even more impressive given Moyes operates in financially straightened times at Goodison; where selling the family silver has become a means of good housekeeping.

Sell a Wayne Rooney, cultivate a Jack Rodwell. Behind him find a Ross Barkley. Behind them no doubt another gem or two from Everton's successful youth policy.

For Norwich to emerge unbeaten home and away this season against Moyes' men is a tangible measure of why Paul Lambert's squad will compete again in the Premier League next campaign. City have won the games they had to win against those sides scrapping for their futures. But their ability to mix it with the likes of Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea hints at further evolution and greater ambition.

This latest instalment at Carrow Road illustrated why the Canaries are hell bent on avoiding a swift return to the Football League. The ride from the League One was memorable for so many reasons. The Championship is as competitive and gruelling a marathon as it comes. Along the way on that journey came iconic games and moments to savour after the dross that went before over recent seasons.

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But the Premier League is the only place to be. To stand toe-to-toe with a club like Everton and a manager like Moyes takes courage. It demands heart and skill. Norwich's display incorporated all three. You get nothing easy against a side sent out by Moyes. Everton have all those attributes. And then some. Driven on by a character with the same rejuvenative qualities on his club as Lambert. The stare Moyes gave a reporter post-match who praised his side for playing with a level of commitment so impressive with an FA Cup semi-final on the horizon could have turned milk sour. Every minute of every game matters to the Everton manager.

Whether it is a meeting with city rivals Liverpool this weekend at Wembley or a first league trip to Carrow Road since a five-goal tussle back in 2004.

Just as they say styles make fights in the noble sport of boxing, these two proud clubs appear a perfect fit. Certainly the 90 minutes at Goodison earlier this season was every bit as exciting. Every bit as tense and value for money as the latest offering. Then, as now, Everton bossed the opening 20 minutes. Grant Holt's wonderful individual effort rocked Moyes' side back on home turf during a period of the season when they looked frankly anaemic in front of goal.

Moyes raided the coffers to recruit Nikica Jelavic in the January transfer window. The former Rangers man looks every inch a �5m plus striker; a financial outlay to arguably dilute the myth Everton's boss works to economies of scale. Nevertheless, even at those prices, the Croatian seems a steal. His full repertoire was on display. A sure first touch allied to aerial strength and cunning in the penalty box that marks out the very best predators. Two identical goals in either half. One right foot finish, one left foot finish. Both guided across John Ruddy into the far corner of the net.

The late bid for an Oscar in front of the Snakepit was a sad postscript to as good a striking display from an opposition frontman as Demba Ba or Robin van Persie at Carrow Road this season. You suspect there will be few such laughable encores to come once Moyes has educated him to the ways of the English game.

City were struggling to stem the early supply lines down both flanks. Tim Cahill was dropping deep to supplement a midfield where Darron Gibson's imprint was the dominant feature on the first quarter. But Lambert's men are nothing if not resilient.

A man who won the Champions League as a player in Borussia Dortmund's midfield needs no guidance on the pivotal nature of edging that particular battle within a battle. City's quartet – supplemented by Jonny Howson – established parity and then a measure of supremacy. With it came the stirrings of a sea change.

Gibson's influence started to wane. Those supply lines to Magaye Gueye and Steven Pienaar became more fractured. Cahill was increasingly isolated as City slipped into the smooth passing patterns around the opposition box that were such a feature of the previous home win against Wolves.

That, in essence, has been the stand out feature of City's play in recent weeks. You can talk about formations all you like but Lambert will tell you himself. It is about players.

Howson's recent arrival merely supplements a midfield battalion high on technical ability. David Fox picked out Andrew Surman, who turned onto his favoured left but dragged wide with Tim Howard committed. Adam Drury advanced into space left by Gueye. Hoolahan ran off the back of Phil Neville to supply Howson with his first goal for the club.

Moyes hooked Gueye at half-time for the more defensively aware Seamus Coleman. Neville only lasted another ten minutes before Marouane Fellaini added his muscular presence to check City's momentum. Everton's experienced manager could sense a shift in the balance of power.

Holt raced back towards his own goal to rob Jelavic. Now it was City winning the physical battles; the second balls. Leighton Baines should have departed for a lunge on Fox that typified Everton's growing frustration. Already on a yellow card for an earlier infringement, the England man did not deserve a second chance. He got a third one after the interval with a blatant late body check on Russell Martin.

Referee Andre Marriner was forced to explain himself to Paul Lambert at full-time for his inadvertent role in Everton's second goal, but the leniency shown towards Baines was beyond debate.

Jelavic superbly brushed Everton in front just past the hour mark. City's players felt a sense of injustice – borne in part from the off-balance Pienaar appearing to trap the ball and compounded by the official's blind side interference on Hoolahan. Neither were grounds for home absolution. The Croatian still had plenty of work left to despatch Pienaar's cross after Fellaini had profited from Norwich's initial indecision.

The Canaries' response was ferocious. Holt hammered against a sturdy Everton wall. Elliott Bennett fired into the side netting. Hoolahan's impudent flick set Aaron Wilbraham clear. Howard won the first duel but Holt won the second after his newly-arrived strike partner showed admirable composure to square.

Elliott Bennett stepped up his personal crusade for a maiden Norwich strike. Everton stood firm. Ruddy grasped Fellaini's glancing header then Elliott Ward threw himself in the way of Victor Anichebe's angled shot. It was two equals trading blows until the final bell. How far Norwich have come.

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