- Everton vs Norwich

Saturday 11 January 2014 | Goodison Park | Referee: Kevin Friend | Attendance 36,827

Everton
  • Gareth Barry (23)
  • Kevin Mirallas (59)
Everton
2 - 0
Norwich
Norwich

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Everton climbed to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League table thanks to a convincing 2-0 win over Norwich City at Goodison Park.

Goals from Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas helped Everton claim all three points and move above cross-city rivals Liverpool, who travel to Stoke City on Sunday.

Barry's powerful strike, his third since arriving on a season-long loan from Manchester City, sailed in from 25 yards midway through the first half, and Mirallas sealed the win with a superb free-kick in the 59th minute.

Everton produced an excellent team performance, demonstrating ruthlessness against opponents who had claimed 1-1 draws on their last two trips to Goodison Park.

Everton, who presented new signing Aiden McGeady to fans before the match, recalled captain Phil Jagielka following his recovery from a hamstring injury, but were missing midfielder Ross Barkley (toe), while Leroy Fer returned from suspension for Norwich.

The hosts started brightly, immediately settling into a quick tempo that forced Norwich back, and could have taken the lead in the 12th minute when Romelu Lukaku headed Mirallas' cross wide from three yards.

Barry produced a moment of quality to break the deadlock in the 23rd minute, charging forward before unleashing a left-footed strike from 25 yards that hit the right-hand side of the net and gave Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy no chance.

Norwich's record signing, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, almost equalised with a curling 20-yard effort that was well saved by Tim Howard, while Leon Osman and Seamus Coleman shot over as Everton pressed for a second.

Howard was off his line quickly to deny Hooper on the stroke of half-time, but it was Everton who posed the bigger threat after the break.

After Jagielka and James McCarthy passed up half-chances, Mirallas provided the second goal with a stunning free-kick that curled into the top-left corner from 20 yards.

Lukaku was denied by a diving save from Ruddy and then had a goal ruled out for offside, while a late Norwich revival was highlighted by a Robert Snodgrass header that hit the post.

Nathan Redmond, Bradley Johnson and Van Wolfswinkel also had attempts on goal, but Everton stood firm to complete a valuable win.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It was an entertaining game and important to score that second goal.

"Overall we created a lot of chances, maybe that clinical touch in the final third was missing but I couldn't be happier the way we had a clean sheet. Some of the phases of our game were fantastic.

"Ross Barkley had a knock on his toe and we're going to assess him, but it looks like he's going to be out for a while," said the former Wigan Athletic boss.

"It could be (broken) and that's what we're worried about. It's a very similar incident to the one Leighton Baines had.

"Before we say what it is, we're going to have more scans but the fear is it's a fracture.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton: "They were good. We knew that before we came here, there isn't a side who has come here and had more possession this season.

"What you need to do is stick in there. We had the best chance of the half through Gary Hooper, they score a spectacular goal.

"In the second half I thought we gave a good account of ourselves but we were up against a really good unit."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
24. Tim Howard 6.82 6.18
6. Phil Jagielka 5.67 5.83
23. Seamus Coleman 6.58 6.78
26. John Stones 5.9 4.84
3. Leighton Baines 5.64 6.41
21. Leon Osman 5.18 5.47
22. Steven Pienaar 6.5 5.74
18. Gareth Barry 6.69 6.1
16. James McCarthy 6.36 5.79
11. Kevin Mirallas 7.08 6.16
17. Romelu Lukaku 5.8 7.28
Substitutes All Fans BFR
14. Steven Naismith 4.5 5.41
27. Apostolos Vellios 5.0 5.56
19. Magaye Gueye 0.0 2.29
1. Joel Robles 0.0 3.6
5. Johnny Heitinga 3.5 4.47
8. Bryan Oviedo 5.0 5.91
2. Tony Hibbert 0.0 3.47
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy 4.5 4.92
5. S├ębastien Bassong 5.0 4.3
3. Steven Whittaker 4.5 4.91
24. Ryan Bennett 5.5 4.11
23. Martin Olsson 5.67 4.57
18. Javier Garrido 5.0 4.76
4. Bradley Johnson 5.0 4.23
7. Robert Snodgrass 5.33 5.54
10. Leroy Fer 4.5 4.84
11. Gary Hooper 5.0 4.78
9. Ricky van Wolfswinkel 4.0 5.93
Substitutes All Fans BFR
16. Johan Elmander 5.5 4.64
14. Wes Hoolahan 7.0 4.19
22. Nathan Redmond 4.0 5.16
25. David Fox 3.0 1.86
2. Russell Martin - 4.26
31. Josh Murphy - 3.11
13. Mark Bunn - 2.4

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