Everton entered the match with 38 points, being 5th at the table while the away side was just above the relegation zone with 20 points to their name. As expected Everton won it quite comfortably at the end with goals from Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas while Norwich did create some chances but failed to go past Tim Howard who made some spectacular saves to give Everton a very helpful clean sheet.
The match started with all blues having the possession of the ball and their possession finally turned out when Gareth Barry scored a belter from outside the box giving the home side lead in the first 23 minutes of the game, from there on it was all Everton until the half time whistle. The first 45 finished in a nice way to the home fans which saw their side go into the halfway stage with a 1-0 lead.
The second half kicked off in a pretty much the same way as the first half with Everton dominating the possession and it just took them 14 minutes to score again when Leighton Baines was fouled outside the box and Kevin Mirallas scored a spectacular free kick to give Everton the 2-0 lead diminishing the hope for the away side. As the game proceeded, Norwich City started to threaten Everton’s defence but Robert Snodgrass header hitting the goal post was the nearest they could come.
Although the first signing of the transfer window for the Evertonians, Alan Mcgready from Spartak Moscow who was introduced earlier on the pitch did create a positive atmosphere for the home team. With this win Everton jump off to 4thin the Premiere League table above their local rivals Liverpool who still has a game in hand while with this loss the conditions got worse for the canneries who might slip into the relegation zone going into the next week but still a lot has to be played in this season’s football.
Gareth Barry (1 goal)
Kevin Mirallas (1 goal)
Javi Garrido Nathan Redmond
Rickey Van Wolfswinkel Josh Murphy
Steven Pienar Steven Naismith
Leon Osman John Heitinga
Everton 2-0 Norwich City