Premier League - Everton enjoy easy victory over Norwich

Premier League, Goodison Park - Everton 2 (Barry 23, Mirallas 59) Norwich City 0

Everton beat Norwich City 2-0 at Goodison Park thanks to excellent Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas goals.

Barry’s goal came on 23 minutes when Romelu Lukaku controlled a long ball up from defence and found Barry in midfield. Barry ran into space then shot from 25 yards into the top corner.

Everton later went close with Seamus Coleman missing at the back post. Ricky van Wolfswinkel had Norwich’s best chance, his shot to the top corner tipped away by Tim Howard.

Mirallas doubled Everton’s lead with a curling, 25-yard-free kick to John Ruddy’s right.

Norwich hit the post on 79 minutes with a Robert Snodgrass header. Norwich had further chances with Van Wolsfwinkel and Nathan Redmond in the second half, but they couldn’t find a way past Tim Howard.

Aiden McGeady, watching from the stands and confirmed as a new Everton signing, will have been impressed by a strong home performance.

KEY MOMENTS

12’ - LUKAKU MISS: Lukaku meets a deep cross at the back post but heads wide from two yards.

22’ - BAINES SHOT: Baines plays a one-two with Osman, but drags his shot wide.

23’ - BARRY GOAL: Lukaku brings down a high ball, lays the ball off to Barry in midfield, who takes a few touches towards goal and slams the ball into the top corner.

28’ - HOWARD SHOT: Van Wolfswinkel curls a shot from outside the box towards the top corner, but Howard’s athletic leap allows him to tip it away.

35’ - COLEMAN MISS: Coleman gets on the end of Mirallas’ mishit shot and fires over from close range.

57’ - VAN WOLFSWINKEL MISS: Johnson sends a ball down the inside left that the striker volleys over the bar.

59’ - MIRALLAS GOAL: Mirallas curls a fine free kick past Ruddy with a 25-yard shot

73’ - REDMOND SHOT: Cutting in from the right, he makes space for a left foot shot that’s saved by Howard.

79’ - SNODGRASS HITS THE WOODWORK: Redmond does brilliantly down the left to stand up a cross, but Snodgrass hits the post with his header.

KEY STATS

This was Chris Hughton's first defeat against Everton in the Premier League in five matches.

Gareth Barry scored his 50th Premier League goal.

This was Norwich's first away defeat in four matches.

TALKING POINT

Do Norwich need to sack Chris Hughton? A decent man, but an uninspiring manager. Norwich have failed to improve all season, and their poor form could take them down. A new manager might be needed in the transfer window.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

MAN OF THE MATCH

Gareth Barry (Everton): Scorer of the opening goal, Barry provided steel and experience in the midfield to launch attacks and protect his defence.

PLAYER RATINGS

Everton: Howard 6, Coleman 6, Baines 6, Jagielka 6, Stones 6, Barry 7, McCarthy 6, Mirallas 7, Pienaar 6, Osman 6, Lukaku 6. Subs: Heitinga 6, Naismith 6.

Norwich City: Ruddy 6, Whittaker 6, R Bennett 6, Bassong 6, Olsson 6; Snodgrass 6, Fer 5, Johnson 6, Garrido 5, Hooper 5, Van Wolfswinkel 6. Subs: Redmond 7, Josh Murphy 6.

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