Everton faced off against bottom-of-the-table Norwich City in the Blues’ second match since the season was put on hold. Bernard was welcomed back into the side, and his inclusion proved effective, as his link-up play with Lucas Digne and explosive drives into the attacking third brought some much-needed spark. Alex Iwobi also looked the part after a somewhat lackluster performance in Sunday’s derby, as the former Arsenal man continues to settle in early on in his Everton career. Tom Davies was active in the middle of the park, but some careless giveaways provided Norwich with some welcomed attacking chances. Jordan Pickford’s first action came late in the first half, parrying away a long range effort.
The match had all the makings of a desperation effort from the Canaries, but the effort was simply not there. Two of Norwich’s bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell were left on the bench, much to Evertonian’s delight. Norwich had plenty of chances from counter attacks, but Everton’s back four held firm.
Michael Keane was the unlikely goalscorer off a corner delivered by Digne for the Englishman’s second goal of the season, which brought some life into the side, as the Blues coasted to a 1-0 victory.
It seems like Carlo’s message of finishing the season strong and fighting for Europe resonated with his side, as the Blues put in a much more positive performance than the derby, but the expected form is still not quite there. The result certainly wasn’t an attractive one by any means, but a win is a win.