Everton extended Norwich’s run of losses in the Premier League to 17 as they comfortably produced one of the expected football results of the weekend. Everton welcomed back Jordan Pickford but was without Dominic Calvert Lewin, Richarlison, and Seamus Coleman. Ozan Kabak felled Allan in the penalty area with Townsend stepping up to slot the subsequent spot-kick. Abdoulaye Doucoure added to the misery of the visitors with a neat finish in the 77th minute.
Everton: Pickford (6), Godfrey (7), Mina (7), Keane (6), Digne (7), Townsend (7), Doucoure (8), Allan (7), Iwobi (7), Gray (7), Rondon (5).
Subs used: Gordon (6), Davies (n/a), Dobbin (n/a).
Norwich: Krul (6), Aarons (7), Gibson (6), Hanley (6), Kabak (5), Williams (7), Lees-Melou (6), Normann (7), McLean (6), Sargent (6), Pukki (5).
Subs used: Rashica (6), Tzolis (6), Giannoulis (n/a).
Man of the match: Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Everton manager Rafa Benitez: “It was a difficult game because these kinds of games, everyone is expecting that you have to win. We started well, we have control and for 30 minutes maybe, we were there. They didn’t create too much and we were attacking without being too dangerous, but we were controlling the game.”
Norwich head coach Daniel Farke: “It wasn’t great to lose this game and at the moment, you have to say we are three points behind our plan. It’s not the situation where we dance on the table, but also not the situation where we raise the white flag. The solution is always the same – roll our sleeves up and work even harder.”
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