Everton 3 Norwich 1
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Moyes's side were nearly in front just minutes in, but Ferguson's point-blank header crashed off the crossbar, before landing on the bar again, with keeper Robert Green finally palming it to safety.
Wayne Rooney was next to try and open the scoring, however he blazed over after controlling the ball superbly in the first instance but his finish could not match his initial touch.
Just when it looked like Everton would never finish off one of their moves, Kevin Kilbane was on hand to head Everton in front from Thomas Gravesen's left wing free kick.
Norwich to their credit struck back almost immediately with Jim Brennan capitalising on Alan Stubbs's poor headed clearance to lash a left-footed volley into Nigel Martyn's far corner.
The visitors came on strong, but moments after Iwan Roberts had a goal chalked off due to an offside flag, Ferguson restored The Toffees' lead when he slotted home from the penalty spot after Roberts clashed with Stubbs in the box.
Buoyed on from Nigel Worthington's half time teamtalk, the visitors came out all guns blazing but the East Anglian outfit could not simply find a way past Martyn with Huckerby missing at the far post.
Brennan almost bagged his second of the game, however his well-struck left-footed effort hit Joseph Yobo on the line, while Gravesen kept Green on his toes at the other end.
Despite being second best for long periods, Everton were gifted the chance to put their name in the hat for the next round when Roberts brought down Stubbs in the area for a second time, leaving Ferguson to calmly score his second of the game.