Football: CANARIES SAVED BY ONE ELL OF A BREAK; BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP Coca Cola CHAMPIONSHIP Hull 1 Norwich 1.
But for the intervention of Elliott three minutes from time the Canaries were heading for their fifth defeat in six games.
Leon Cort's first goal since September on 26 minutes gave Hull a lead they never looked like relinquishing.
Peter Taylor's men were in firm control and about to leapfrog the freefalling Canaries in the table until Elliott offered the visitors a lifeline with an own goal at the death.
Worthington's men are still searching for their first win this year having ended 2005 with five straight victories.
But beggars cannot be choosers - a point is better than nothing.
Sections of fans have called for him to be sacked but Worthington has told the dissenting Canaries to whistle and is convinced his side can still salvage something from a season drifting towards obscurity.
He said: "This is a good result for us. Three points would have been nice and if we'd lost it would have been an injustice.
"But there was some good stuff out there, the players know they have worked hard and got something from the game.
"Every little thing like this helps. I don't care who is claiming the goal or who scored it.
"We've got two home games coming up now and the lads know what is expected of them.
"We must chase every single point and never, ever give up."
Northern Ireland international Elliott, dejected at the final whistle, said: "That would have been a great win for us - our first of the New Year at home. But we're being positive.
"We try not to sit back but we did a little bit, which brought on the goal.
"There were two or three of us at the back post. I was coming in to the box and could not get myself out of the route of the ball.
"No one means to do these things. I'm sure we can bounce back in the next game."
BATTLE: Nigel Worthington
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 13, 2006|
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