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Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich
Premier League
Wednesday 24 June 2020; 6:00pm
0 1
Half Time: 0 - 0 
Keane 55'
Attendance: BCD
Fixture 31
Referee: Andy Madley

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  Lewis (Cantwell 88')
  Tettey (Vrancic 79')
  Rupp (Buendia 71')
  Duda (Pukki 71')
  Hernandez (Idah 79')
  Subs not used

  Davies (Sigurdsson 46')
  Bernard (Baines 87')
  Iwobi (Gordon 90')
  Richarlison (Kean 79' booked)
  Subs not used
  Delph (injured)
  Gbamin (injured)
  Mina (injured)
  Sidibe (injured)
  Tosun (injured)
  Walcott (injured)
  Bolasie (ineligible)
  Besic (ineligible)
  Dowell (loan)
  Garbutt (loan)
  Hornby (loan)
  Kenny (loan)
  Pennington (loan)
  Ramirez (loan)

Match Stats

Shots on target

Premier League Scores
Leicester 0-0 Brighton
Tottenham 2-0 West Ham
Liverpool 4-0 C Palace
Man United 3-0 Sheff United
Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa
Norwich 0-1 Everton
Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth
Burnley 1-0 Watford
Chelsea 2-1 Man City
Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

1 Liverpool 86
2 Manchester City 63
3 Leicester City 55
4 Chelsea 54
5 Manchester United 49
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 49
7 Tottenham Hotspur 45
8 Sheffield United 44
9 Arsenal 43
10 Crystal Palace 42
11 Burnley 42
12 Everton 41
13 Newcastle United 39
14 Southampton 37
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 33
16 Watford 28
17 West Ham United 27
18 Bournemouth 27
19 Aston Villa 27
20 Norwich City 21

Match Report

Everton edged a poor contest at Carrow Road thanks to a solitary Michael Keane goal that earned the Toffees their first win in five games.

The Blues had emerged from the half-time break after a dreadful first half with greater purpose and invention and made their brief spell of dominance tell through an important goal off a corner.

Keane rose to glance Lucas Digne's pinpoint delivery from the right into the far corner and the Premier League's bottom club were unable to find a way back.

Carlo Ancelotti had named just one change to the side that started against Liverpool, dropping teenager Anthony Gordon back to the substitutes' bench and naming Bernard wide on the left.

Alex Iwobi kept his place on the opposite side of midfield and, in contrast to his more defensive posture in the derby, he was at the heart of most of the few positive moments Everton were able to produce in the first 45 minutes.

It was Bernard who carved out the first real chance of the game, though, with a 10th minute cross that Dominic Calvert-Lewin couldn't get over in order to put a header on goal.

At the other end, Onel Hernandez twisted and turned his way to a shot from the edge of the box which deflected off Mason Holgate and grazed the outside of the post on its way out for a corner.

And after Everton had lost their way as an attacking force, Lukas Rupp forced Jordan Pickford into a two-fisted save in first-half stoppage time.

Ancelotti moved to shore up midfield by hooking Tom Davies after a dreadful first-half performance and introducing Gylfi Sigurdsson and the Blues, with Iwobi drifting into a more effective central role at times, immediately looked more composed in the middle of the park.

That led to an increasing spell of pressure from the visitors following a shot by Richarlison shortly after the restart that was blocked and when Seamus Coleman won a corner on the right, Digne and Keane combined to fashion what proved to be the winner.

Calvert-Lewin prompted Tim Krul into palming a strong 20-yard effort over the bar and then headed a teasing Iwobi cross disappointingly wide either side of Richarlison being foiled again from a tight angle.

For Daniel Farke's increasingly doomed team, Alexander Tettey saw a speculative effort deflected wide, André Gomes almost put through his own net as a dangerous free-kick was swung into the six-yard box and substitute Adam Idah also had a shot blocked behind.

A late free-kick when sub Moise Kean was felled on the edge of the box by Todd Cantwell gave Digne a chance to seal it from a direct free-kick but he curled over the crossbar.

The win, Everton's first in five matches, lifts them back into the top half for the time being and keeps alive their hopes of qualifying for Europe this season.

Lyndon Lloyd

Matchday Updates

It was a lacklustre event, lacking crowds, energy or invention but Everton's day trip to Norwich for the second game of 'Project Restart' saw Ancelotti's men secure the win while conserving energy in the heat of the June sunshine.

Carlo Ancelotti makes one change from the side that started against the reds on Sunday, with Bernard coming in for youngster Anthony Gordon.

Everton kicked off in the sunshine and searing heat, strangely wearing their pink and blue second strip, and immediately looked to attack but it broke down with Bernard. Everton played some nice passing until Keane gave it away, and Davies gave away a free-kick.

The visitors maintained their dominance of possession without creating much, Norwich backing off to defend whenever they lost advanced possession, while Ancelotti's men increasingly looked to play in their attacking duo. But Calvert-Lewin misjudged a nice cross to him from Digne that curled behind him.

Davies lost possession to an effective block. Then, a bouncing ball came out to him off Krull, prime for a shot on goal, but poor Tom completely missed it. At the other end, a driving Canaries move ended in a deflected shot bobbling past Pickford and off the post for the first corner, well defended by Everton, but a decent spell for the home side followed.

Norwich seemed emboldened, having resisted the early pressure from Everton, and looked to make something going forward. They eventually won a dangerous free-kick that was driven into the wall by Rupp.

Finally, there was a little more adventurous attacking play from Everton, Iwobi hanging up a cross to the far post that was too deep. Bernard and Iwobi were having good times in the channels but Iwobi's cross into the area was a present for the Norwich defender.

Davies saw a chance for a very bright ball forward but Krul was out to prevent Calvert-Lewin from threatening. DIgne then crossed in after a very sweet clip out wide from Bernard but he too picked out a defender and Everton were no closer to creating a chance or a goal,

Davies was spoken to after a clumsy challenge that actually missed ball and man but the ball in from the free-kick was initially dangerous. Calvert-Lewin picked out Richarlison with a peach of a pacey cross but the Brazilian decided to high-kick it instead of going for a bullet header and was called for foot-up on the defender.

A couple of very threatened chances from Norwich almost caught Everton out at the whistle after plenty of huff and puff but nothing by way of any quality to write home about. Probably a game that was really missing the crowds.

Sigurdsson came on in place of Davies. Richarlison galloped down the channel but his shot was blocked behind for a corner, Sigurdsson's long-distance shot was blocked.

More sustained pressure from Everton came to nothing as the heat sapped any quality out of the play. But from a corner won by Coleman's persistence, Keane nodded a nice delivery inside the far post, a fine textbook goal.

Calvert-Lewin actually got a decent sight of goal and really put his foot through the ball for once, but eschewed the top corner in favour of Krul, and his raised arm in the centre of goal.

Another spirited attack down the right ended with another wayward cross from Iwobi to a defender. Norwich returned the favour on a corner delivered straight to Iwobi. Iwobi seemed to put in a great cross but somehow Calvert-Lewin snatched at it with his head and it dribbled wide.

Nowich won a free-kick that came in at pace and careened behind when it could have gone anywhere. Everton were now trying to close out the game but Daniel Farke made a couple of attacking subs, giving them a lift, while Richarlison came off for Moise Kean, who was booked for his first clumsy challenge.

Calvert-Lewin went on a good run but chose to shoot far too early, straight at Krul, when other options might have been considered. With less than 5 mins left, Baines came on for Bernard, then Gordon for Iwobi, who had been heavily involved but with little end result

Kean went on a great run and was caught on the edge of the area, Digne blasting the free-kick over the bar, as a surprising 6 minutes of added time offered the home side a small lifeline. They tried to rattle the Everton defence but the visitors held firm to claim all three points.

If there were concerns about having to play two games in 3 days after 3 months enforced break, Ancelotti appeared to have manged his limited resources very economically.

Scorer: Keane (55').

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis (88' Cantwell), Tettey (79' Vrancic), McLean, Rupp (71' Buendia), Duda (71' Pukki), Hernandez (79' Idah), Drmic.
Subs not Used: McGovern, Leitner, Stiepermann, Trybull.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Gomes, Davies (46' Sigurdsson), Bernard (87' Baines), Iwobi (90' Gordon), Richarlison (79' Kean [Y:81']), Calvert-Lewin.
Subs not Used: Stekelenburg, Virginia, Martina, Baningime, Branthwaite.

Referee: Andy Madley
VAR: Jonathan Moss

Michael Kenrick

Match Preview

Hopefully buoyed in part by taking a point from the Merseyside derby, but also rankled by the sense of what might have been had they been able to nick all three points from Liverpool, Everton travel to Norwich for a Wednesday evening kick-off.

It's the Blues' second game since the 2019-20 season resumed and, with eight games left, they still sit in 12th spot, eight points off 5th and 6th places and with the prospect of European qualification still there as an ambition, albeit one that will diminish without their returning to winning ways.

Everton haven't won any of their last four matches, losing two and drawing two, after beating Crystal Palace 3-1 at Goodison Park in early February. The last time Carlo Ancelotti's side registered a victory away from home was the week before at Watford when Theo Walcott grabbed that sensational last-gasp winner.

The former Arsenal winger missed the derby and won't be involved at Carrow Road either after undergoing abdominal surgery earlier this month and he will be joined on the sidelines by Fabian Delph, Yerry Mina, Cenk Tosun and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, while Djibril Sidibé, who sat out Sunday's draw with Liverpool with a minor knock, is also ruled out again.

“We didn't suffer any new injuries against Liverpool so the same squad will be available for Norwich,” Ancelotti said in his pre-match press conference at USM Finch Farm.

“Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph are close to coming back but they are not available for the game on Wednesday. I hope for the next game they will be available.

“Djibril is not available to play either. He has a problem with inflammation on his foot but I hope he will be ready soon.”

Ancelotti may have the same pool of players from which to choose as he had at the weekend but his game plan will be different against the Premier League's bottom club than it was against the leaders. Norwich were beaten heavily at home by Southampton on Friday night and that will give encouragement to Everton who will hopefully approach this game with a more attacking outlook.

The manager is likely to make changes to his line-up given the rapid turnaround of games demanded by “Project Restart”, albeit mostly in midfield given that he has few senior options at centre-half and his strike pairing of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison will remain the same.

The likes of Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson could be in contention for a starting berth and Moise Kean will hope for more than just the few seconds off the bench he got on Sunday.

Kick-off: 6pm, Wednesday 24 June 2020
Referee: Andy Madley
VAR: Jonathan Moss
Last Time: Norwich City 1 - 1 Everton (12 December 2014)

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Gordon, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

Lyndon Lloyd

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