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Premier League: Everton 2 Norwich City 0

11 January 2014 17:52

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

World-class goals from Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas saw 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 his side's win with an exquisite free-kick in the 59th minute.

Roberto Martinez's side 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 should have taken the lead in the 12th minute, only for Romelu Lukaku to head Mirallas' pinpoint cross wide from three yards.

A heavy first touch from Gary Hooper let Everton off at the other end, but the visitors remained on the back foot and Javier Garrido was forced to clear a corner at the far post before both Mirallas and Leighton Baines missed the target.

A goal seemed inevitable and Barry produced a moment of genuine 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 Norwich failed to improve after the break as Everton continued to pour forward.

After Jagielka and James McCarthy had wasted half-chances, Mirallas provided the second goal with a stunning set-piece that curled into the top-left corner from 20 yards.

Lukaku, who led the line superbly throughout, was denied by a diving 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.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
11 January 2014
Game week
21
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Attendance
36827

Goals

G. Barry 23'
(assist by R. Lukaku) 
1 - 0
2 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
5
14
1
2
8
19
27

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 6 +13 18
2 6 +7 14
3 7 +6 14
4 6 +8 13
5 6 +7 13
6 6 +5 12
7 7 +3 11
8 6 +1 10
9 6 +1 8
10 6 +1 8
11 6 -1 7
12 6 -3 7
13 6 -3 7
14 6 -5 7
15 6 -5 7
16 6 -3 5
17 6 -5 4
18 6 -9 3
19 6 -11 2
20 6 -7 1

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