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Everton 0-2 Norwich City: Marco Silva says his side 'look afraid'

By Tim OscroftBBC Sport
Todd Cantwell scored his third goal of the season
Todd Cantwell scored his third goal of the season

Everton manager Marco Silva has said the club "has to come first" as pressure grows on his position after a 2-0 loss at home to struggling Norwich City.

The Canaries condemned Silva's side to their seventh defeat of the season through second-half goals from Todd Cantwell and Dennis Srbeny.

Everton lacked threat throughout, and came closest to scoring when Cenk Tosun's shot in the second half was turned away by Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul.

"We started to be afraid and that was the problem," Silva said. "You can never, ever, ever be afraid to play football."

Everton's third home loss of the current campaign saw them slip to 15th place, while Norwich, who were bottom of the Premier League at kick-off, moved up to 18th.

A number of fans sang "sacked in the morning" at the end of the game but Silva insists he can only focus on performances.

Everton afraid to play - Marco Silva

"I think it is not the main thing to talk about the situation. It is not the moment to talk about individual positions," Silva said.

"We have to look what is best for us as a club and for myself and the players as well - but always the club has to be at the top.

"If you are really disappointed with the afternoon I can imagine they [fans] are as well and they have the reaction to the manager and the players.

"When you lose a match, the first person they look to is the manager. Football is like that.

"The message is I respect what is their feeling, for sure. It is not the first time they felt the way they felt this afternoon."

Gylfi Sigurdsson had several chances as the hosts improved for a spell in the second half, but the Everton's captain could only shoot straight at Krul with the best of them.

Sigurdsson also seemed well-placed for a chance from a free-kick late in the game, but Lucas Digne stepped up instead and could only fire in a weak effort that Krul saved comfortably.

Cantwell scored early in the second half, and substitute Srbeny sealed the Canaries' first three points since they beat champions Manchester City on 14 September with a goal in stoppage time.

Oriel Hernandez had gone close for Norwich before the break when he forced Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into an excellent low save.

Off-colour Everton slip up at home again

Four points from a possible six just before the international break would have given Everton fans hope that a corner had been turned after an inconsistent start to the season.

Silva's side looked confident in the opening stages against Norwich, but as the game wore on an edginess in the stands seemed to transfer to the pitch, and by full-time that frustration was evident for players and supporters.

Norwich sat deep, but Everton did not have the enough ideas to open them up, either in open play or at any of their seven corners.

Of their 18 shots, Everton only managed seven on target, although Cantwell's opener for Norwich roused them, with Sigurdsson trying his luck on three occasions within a few minutes.

But with their next three games against Leicester, Liverpool and Chelsea coming inside the next two weeks, Silva admitted that this defeat against the side who were propping up the Premier League was a missed opportunity for progress.

He added: "We are trying to get consistency. We came from good results and we lost an opportunity today. The way we played this afternoon, we did not deserve to win.

"It was frustrating. We share the fans' frustration."

Canaries shake off recent dip in fortunes

Daniel Farke delighted by his side's hunger against Everton

From the outset, Norwich did not play like a side on such a poor run, having more ideas and creativity than their hosts.

Hernandez posed problems on the left flank, and the Cuban was only denied a goal when Pickford dropped low to his right to thwart Norwich's best chance of the first half.

Cantwell, who was so crucial to Norwich's memorable win over Manchester City, had been recalled to the starting line-up and the 21-year-old gave Daniel Farke's side a lift with an energetic display.

His goal came about thanks to an excellent knock-down from Kenny McLean that allowed Teemu Pukki to pick him out as he glided into the Everton area before placing the ball past Pickford.

The Canaries looked comfortable after the first goal, despite the expected surge from Everton, and Srbeny had been on the pitch for only a few seconds when the German latched onto a rebound from the unlucky Sigurdsson inside the Everton area.

Norwich now face Arsenal, Southampton and Sheffield United in quick succession, but if they can ensure that this kind of performance becomes the norm rather than exception then Farke's side could soon be out of the relegation zone.

Man of the match - Kenny McLean (Norwich City)

Kenny McLean
Kenny McLean led the way for Norwich with 41 completed passes and 73 touches. He was a threat from set pieces and in open play, with a fine touch going a long way to setting up Cantwell's opening goal.

'We're buzzing' - Manager reaction

Norwich manager Daniel Farke speaking to Match of the Day: "It was such a good away game, the dressing room was buzzing and we deserved the win.

"I was very confident of getting something from the game. The first half was good but I went in knowing we could be leading and we had to go out and want to win it in the second half.

"A win is always good for the spirit f the team. We have showed we have confidence and deserve to be at this level."

Back-markers haunt Silva - again: The stats you may have missed

  • Everton manager Marco Silva has lost all four of his Premier League home games against sides starting the day bottom of the table - 2-0 v Sunderland in May 2017 (with Hull), 2-1 v Swansea in December 2017 (with Watford), 3-1 v West Ham in September 2018 (with Everton) and 2-0 v Norwich City today (with Everton).
  • Everton have lost five of their past six Premier League games versus newly promoted teams (W1), as many as in their previous 48 combined.
  • Norwich picked up their first away Premier League win in 10 games, drawing one and losing eight of the previous nine.
  • Norwich have kept a clean sheet in two of their past three away Premier League games, as many as in their previous 33.
  • Teemu Pukki has been directly involved in nine Premier League goals in 13 games this season (6 goals, 3 assists) - four more than any other Norwich player.
  • Norwich City's Todd Cantwell scored his first ever away goal in English league football, in what was his 18th appearance.

What's next?

Norwich host Arsenal at Carrow Road on Sunday 1 December, starting at 14:00 GMT, while Everton travel to high-flying Leicester for a 16:30 kick-off on the same day.

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 19SidibéSubstituted forColemanat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13Mina
  • 2HolgateBooked at 81mins
  • 12Digne
  • 26Davies
  • 18SchneiderlinBooked at 20minsSubstituted forIwobiat 56'minutes
  • 11WalcottSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 66'minutes
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 7Richarlison
  • 14Tosun

Substitutes

  • 5Keane
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 17Iwobi
  • 23Coleman
  • 27Kean
  • 34Baningime
  • 49Lössl

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2AaronsBooked at 81mins
  • 6ZimmermannBooked at 23mins
  • 4Godfrey
  • 3ByramBooked at 47mins
  • 27TetteyBooked at 84mins
  • 19Trybull
  • 14CantwellSubstituted forBuendíaat 80'minutes
  • 23McLeanBooked at 87minsSubstituted forAmadouat 88'minutes
  • 11Hernández
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forSrbenyat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Roberts
  • 8Vrancic
  • 17Buendía
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 21Fährmann
  • 24Amadou
  • 32Srbeny
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
39,241

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 0, Norwich City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 0, Norwich City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mason Holgate (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Iwobi.

  4. Booking

    Séamus Coleman (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 0, Norwich City 2. Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Teemu Pukki.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Cenk Tosun (Everton).

  8. Post update

    Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Ibrahim Amadou replaces Kenny McLean.

  10. Booking

    Kenny McLean (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Kenny McLean (Norwich City).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Digne (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

  17. Booking

    Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yerry Mina (Everton).

  19. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    VAR Decision: No card change Mason Holgate (Everton).

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