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Posted Sat 30 Aug 14 at 16:50 PM

Norwich City 1-1 AFC Bournemouth

Callum Wilson earned AFC Bournemouth a deserved point in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

Wilson scored his fourth goal of the season just before the break to cancel out Lewis Grabban’s opener.

Grabban had given the home side the lead with a close range header, but Wilson was on hand to tap in a low cross in injury time.

Both sides went in search of the win in the second half which made for entertaining contest at Carrow Road.

Although the Cherries will feel they could have snatched victory, a draw with one of the division’s promotion favourites represent a good afternoon’s work.

The result leaves the club just outside the top ten heading into the international break at the end of the first month of the new campaign.

Eddie Howe made three changes to the starting line-up, including Simon Francis’ return from a hamstring strain and first league starts for Dan Gosling and Ryan Fraser.

The Cherries started well and Gosling tried his luck from distance in a lively opening 15 minutes.

But it was Grabban who found some space in the penalty area and headed home from Nathan Redmond’s cross to give the Canaries the lead.

There were muted celebrations from the striker, who spent two seasons with the Cherries before moving to East Anglia in the summer.

The hosts went on to pile on the pressure towards the end of the half as Kyle Lafferty guided a low cross over and Redmond tested Lee Camp with a free-kick at his near post.

However, the first half ended level as Wilson got the final touch on a slick team move from Howe’s side.

Simon Francis was played in behind the defence with an incisive pass and he picked out Wilson, who finished at the far post.

The timing of the goal certainly affected the balance of play, with the visitors seizing the initiative.

Although chances were harder to become by after the break, England goalkeeper John Ruddy did well to hold on to Gosling’s stinging drive.

Howe opted to change his wingers as Matt Ritchie and Marc Pugh replaced Junior Stanislas and Fraser for the final 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Canaries switched to 4-4-2 as Grabban was joined up front by Cameron Jermone, and Camp produced a fine save to push over Bradley Johnson's free-kick.

In the end, they were content to settle for a point as Ritchie and Pugh both went close in the final few minutes.

Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Garrido, Tettey, Johnson, Lafferty (Murphy 61), Hoolahan, Redmond (Jerome 71), Grabban.

Substitutes: Rudd, Cuellar, Loza, E Bennett, O'Neil.

Booked: Hoolahan, Turner, Lafferty, Johnson

Goal: Grabban (15)

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Fraser (Ritchie 60), Arter, O’Kane, Gosling, Stanislas (Pugh 67), Wilson.

Substitutes: Flahavan, Smith, Harte, Kermorgant, Rantie.

Booked: Francis

Goal: Wilson (45)

Attendance: 25, 814

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