90+5’ - There’s the final whistle, nothing else to add on here really. Outplayed at home by the bottom team in the Premier League, and lose 2-0 deservedly. A good day to you all.
90’ - If you’re still here, there’s five minutes added on.. nevermind that, Norwich have scored again, and it’s 2-0. A chorus of boos accompanies the goal. Substitute Srbeny who just came on scored with basically his first touch.
The Canaries get their second and third away goals of the season, and their first away win of the season, mirroring the 2-0 win the last time they were here.
85’ - Ironic cheers as Anthony Taylor finally calls a foul, this time on Trybull for a foul on Sigurdsson. Digne takes the freekick, from about 30 yards out, and it’s straight at Krul.
Now Davies has a good sight on goal and fires in a shot, but also right at the goalie.
83’ - Every single game in the Premier League is an away win as results stand.
81’ - Handbags down here on the pitch. Mason Holgate getting in Max Aaarons’ face, and then gets shoved around by Tim Krul. Both Holgate and Aarons get booked.
80’ - What to say here except Everton are doing everything but score. Sigurdsson and Tosun both saw their shots saved, too little too late?
70’ - It’s all desperation long ball football now, expect to keep seeing a barrage of crosses that will be cleared easily.
65’ - Silva has thrown on his last two subs - Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Seamus Coleman(?) on for Theo Walcott and Djibril Sidibe.
61’ - The famous Everton wet lettuce wilt is on show here now, Norwich have been the better side since they scored.
Hernandez is giving Mina fits, but only gets a corner which is eventually cleared away.
60’ - Freekick down the left for Norwich, Byram comes steaming in late COMPLETELY UNMARKED and somehow heads it wide. That should have been 2-0. Ridiculous.
58’ - As you’ve heard hundreds of times, Everton have never come back from a deficit to win a league game under Marco Silva. Is today the day the hex is broken, against the Premier League’s bottom team? Or better, if not today, then when?
55’ - Like happens so often, the Blues have been the better side in the second half, but Norwich have scored. Pukki splits the centrehalves and Cantwell runs onto the ball and slots past Pickford. 1-0 Norwich.
Silva with the immediate substitute, Alex Iwobi on for Schneiderlin now.
51’ - Coherent passing on the left results in an Everton corner. Sigurdsson lifts it into the box, but it’s cleared away. Tosun has a chance to shoot in a crowded box, blocked for another corner.
Krul punches clear, Davies heads back into the box, somewhat cleared and Schneiderlin has a chance to shoot, also blocked.
46’ - Second half underway. Pause in play as McLean lands heavily on his head after a challenge from Sidibe.
Byram is booked now for timewasting.. on a freekick in the Everton half. Lol.
Halftime Thoughts - The Blues were just.. underwhelming in the first half. Silva’s strategy of not changing a winning lineup is backfiring on him here. Going to need some subs sooner than later.
45+1’ - Byram gets in behind Sidibe and Holgate blocks his shot attempt for a corner. Holgate rises highest to head away and it’s halftime.
43’ - Another Everton corner wasted - Blues just trying to get too cute with their passing.
40’ - Cantwell free at the far post on an overlap, Schneiderlin late to cover his man, but the Norwich player blazes it over the bar. Best chance of the game so far, Everton got lucky.
33’ - Byram cuts Walcott down on the right wing. Digne’s inswinger is headed out for a corner.
Sigurdsson takes from the left, low to Walcott who tries to head it on but it’s blocked and cleared.
30’ - The Toffees are huffing and puffing but look very very bland right now.
28’ - Richarlison and Digne combine to win a corner from the left. Mina rises highest, ball in the air and Davies gets to it but can’t put any power on it and Krul gathers.
The Canaries break down the other side and Mina is beaten by Hernandez, but his shot for the far post is saved well by Pickford.
26’ - Sidibe hacks Hernandez down, lucky to escape a booking there, just like Digne was earlier on.
17’ - Finally Richarlison makes an appearance, inches away from the ball, nice shot/pass from Walcott there. The Brazilian gets his head to the resulting corner, but gets under the ball and it balloons well over.
14’ - There’s the first shot for the Blues - Tosun links up with Sigurdsson, and the striker then shoots across goal but it’s wide of the far post.
12’ - Now Everton win a corner that is taken short and easily cut out. Trying to get too cute, ridiculous.
10’ - Norwich win the first corner of the game from Sam Byram, who Everton were very interested in once upon a time. Free header but luckily it was right at Pickford. Poor defending there.
7’ - Blues look mostly in control but are yet to create a chance here.
4’ - Sigurdsson getting seen by the physio after a collision with Trybull, bleeding from the lip looks like?
1’ - Everton start pressing up high and almost create a shooting chance within the first minute of the game as Norwich scramble to clear their lines.
Marco Silva has gone with no changes to his winning lineup from a fortnight ago. Bernard and Fabian Delph don’t even make the bench, with Beni Baningime stepping in.
It seems like every weekend is a must-win game for Everton for different reasons - today it’s because they’re at home against the bottom team in the league, and really anything less than three points would be unforgivable.
Before the international break the Blues picked up their first Premier League away win at Southampton, and Marco Silva will be looking to make this back-to-back victories before the schedule gets decidedly more difficult as the weather gets colder too.
Silva tends to stick with a winning lineup, and with no new injuries and the pair of Fabian Delph and Bernard unlikely to be at full match fitness for today, that should remain the same.
Visitors Norwich City represent a good matchup for the Toffees who have struggled mightily against teams that park the bus. Under Daniel Farke the Canaries usually line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and are always looking to hold possession and turn it into attack, which could play right into the Blues hands as they press up high.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 13
Date and start time: Saturday, November 23rd at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST
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Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Holgate, Sidibe; Schneiderlin, Davies; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Tosun
Subs: Lossl, Keane, Coleman, Baningime, Iwobi, Kean, Calvert-Lewin
Starting XI: Krul; Byram, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Aarons; Tettey; Cantwell, McLean, Trybull, Hernandez; Pukki
Subs: Fahrmann, Buendia, Amadou, Stiepermann, Vrancic, Roberts, Srbeny
The Blues did not fare so well the last time the Canaries came to Goodison, during Ronald Koeman’s first season. The visitors dumped the hosts 2-0 out of the League Cup after the Dutchman made six changes to the side that had started the Premier League season in good form.
Former player Steven Naismith scored the opener and was a thorn in the Blues’ side for most of the game and the determined visitors came away with the win despite having just two shots on goal.