Everton vs Norwich: Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the goals as the Toffees walked to a 2-0 win at Goodison Park on Saturday.
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The win sees Everton bounce back immediately from their first loss of the season last time. A season ago, they had 13 points from their first six games of the season with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm. Now it’s 13 points from six games with Rafa Benitez at the helm. Experience matters.
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Everton vs Norwich final score, stats, results
Final score: Everton 2, Norwich 0
Goalscorers: Everton (Townsend 29′ – PK, Doucoure 77′), Norwich (None)
Shots: Everton 11, Norwich 10
Shots on target: Everton 4, Norwich 2
Owns: Everton 47%, Norwich 53%
3 things we learned, Everton vs Norwich
1. Everton carefree cruise in the world: Facing Norwich was just what Everton needed to bounce back from their first loss of the season a week ago, just as the Canaries are likely to be for many sides this season. It’s hard enough to emphasize how similar Norwich is to the side that were relegated from the Premier League two seasons ago. The same defensive naivety, the same unimaginative offensive ideas to deliver the same target striker, and almost certainly the same result at the end of the season.
2. Rondon’s physical presence causes problems: Say what you want Rafa Benitez to sign Salomon Rondo for the third time in his career, but the Venezuelan has already improved Toffees’ attack. With faster, smoother forwards like Demarai Gray, Alex Iwobi and Andros Townsend buzzing around him, Rondon is simply asked to act as an outlet and hold the ball after Everton win it back. Gray, Iwobi and Townsend don’t need much to receive the ball and dribble forward. It’s a simple, yet effective setup when you have the ideal staff to deploy it.
3. They’re clearly good, but are Everton’s top six contenders? We’ll know in about six weeks. In eight of their next nine games, they will play against Manchester United, West Ham, Wolves, Tottenham, Manchester City, Brentford, Liverpool and Arsenal. There is hardly a breather between now and December. That shows what they are made of.
Man of the match: Demarai Gray – More about him in a minute.
Everton vs Norwich summary, highlights
Andros Townsend makes it 1-0 from the penalty spot (goal video)
Allan tripped as he made his way past two defenders just inside the penalty area. The contact was clear and the penalty was given. Townsend left little doubt.
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Abdoulaye Doucoure crosses Krul for 2-0 (goal video)
Speaking of Gray dribbling the ball forward and panicking the opposing defense, that’s exactly what he did in the 77th minute. The soft touch to perfectly weight the passing ball as it sprinted forward at top speed was top notch (video above).
Everton vs Norwich: Toffees beat lifeless Canaries originally appeared on NBCSports.com