22 days ago
Goals from Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Everton a 2-0 win at home to Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Daniel Farke made two changes to the side that were beaten 3-1 by Watford last weekend, Ben Gibson and Pierre Less-Melou coming in for Billy Gilmour and Milot Rashica as City set up with a back three.
Everton floated the ball into the Norwich penalty area twice during the first 20 minutes, Tim Krul catching both efforts from Townsend early on.
Ozan Kabak, who had shown ability to bring the Canaries forward in the 24th minute, was penalised in the 25th.
Kabak brought down Allan in the penalty area, but referee David Coote initially pointed for a goal-kick to Norwich.
However, VAR advised Coote to check the monitor, and after doing so he overturned his decision to award the home side a spot-kick.
Townsend stepped up to send Krul the wrong way and give Everton the lead just shy of the half-hour mark.
Kabak then had to head wide of the Norwich goal after Demarai Gray cut in from the left and struck a shot inside the 18-yard box.
City's first shot of the match came in the 41st minute, Kenny McLean firing wide from distance.
Mathias Normann was next to have a go, testing Jordan Pickford with a bouncing long-range effort on the brink of half-time.
Alex Iwobi dragged a long-range shot wide early on in the second half after McLean was dispossessed by Salomon Rondon.
Townsend then worked the ball onto his right foot and fired just wide of Krul's near post from the edge of the area.
Normann again stung the palms of Pickford moments later after Pukki did well to bring the Norwegian into play, the shot parried over the bar.
City had a good chance to equalise in the 57th minute after Max Aarons won a free-kick deep in Everton's half. McLean delivered, but the ball flew over Gibson's head.
In the 60th minute, Normann was awarded a free-kick following a foul from Rondon, but the former shot over the bar.
Farke then made his first two changes of the match, Rashica and Christos Tzolis coming on for Kabak and Normann respectively.
Everton won the ball in City's half in the 77th minute and Demarai Gray was able to put Doucoure through on goal to shoot past Krul for 2-0.
With six minutes remaining, Lucas Digne sent a free-kick into the Norwich penalty area, the ball coming out to Tom Davies to win a corner.
Michael Keane headed towards goal from the following set-piece before Ben Godfrey shot straight at his former teammate.
Brandon Williams was then replaced by Dimitris Giannoulis. Aarons cut in from the right onto his left foot to shoot high and wide.
Everton: Pickford; Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Digne; Townsend (Gordon 76'), Doucoure, Allan, Iwobi (Norman Dobbin 89'); Gray (Davies 83'), Rondon Subs not used: Begovic, Kenny, Holgate, Lonergan, Braithwaite, Simms Goals: Townsend (29'), Doucoure (77') Bookings: Digne (56'), Gordon (90+2')
Norwich City: Krul; Aarons, Kabak (Rashica 69'), Hanley (C), Gibson, Williams (Giannoulis 86'); Normann (Tzolis 70'), Lees-Melou, McLean; Sargent, Pukki Subs not used: Gunn, Omobamidele, Giannoulis, Rupp, Gilmour, Dowell, Idah Goals: None Bookings: Kabak (54'), Lees-Melou (80'), Williams (84')
Half-time: 1-0 Venue: Goodison Park