Match ends, Everton 2, Norwich City 0.
Manager Rafael Benitez says Everton "will get better" after they beat the Premier League's bottom club Norwich to return to winning ways.
It also means the Toffees, who are on 13 points from six games, have won their first three home games of a top-flight season for the first time since 1989-90.
Andros Townsend gave Benitez's men the lead with a 29th-minute penalty, awarded with the help of the video assistant referee after a clumsy foul by Ozan Kabak on Allan.
Abdoulaye Doucoure then struck late in the second half to secure the Toffees' fourth win from six league games since Benitez took charge this summer.
Asked whether he expected this start, Benitez said: "Watching them in training, I expected that we could do well, but in the Premier League you never know. I'm a bit surprised but I'm quite happy and I think that we will get better."
And there were more murmurs around Goodison Park as Norwich pressed for an equaliser in the second half.
But Doucoure's strike keeps the Canaries waiting for their first point since they secured an immediate return to the Premier League.
Only Portsmouth (2009-10) and Crystal Palace (2017-18), with seven, have had a longer losing streak from the beginning of a Premier League campaign.
And in a sequence that includes the last 10 games of the 2019-20 season, manager Daniel Farke has now suffered 16 consecutive top-flight defeats.
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Doucoure strike settles Everton nerves
Everton made one change to the side who lost at Villa last week, with England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford returning after two games out with a shoulder injury.
With Richarlison and club captain Seamus Coleman still out, Alex Iwobi and Salomon Rondon kept their place after coming in at Villa Park.
And the two combined to set up an early chance for Townsend, who fired straight at Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Iwobi then linked up with Demarai Gray and the ball bounced into the path of Allan, who took a heavy touch into the box and went down as Kabak made a hopeful swing for the ball.
Referee David Coote was advised to look at the pitchside monitor, and replays showed that Kabak caught Allan across his thigh.
Townsend - who scored just twice over his final two seasons with Crystal Palace - sent Krul the wrong way for his fourth goal already this season.
But his two first-half attempts were Everton's only efforts on target until Doucoure settled the nerves by firing inside the far post from Gray's pass on 77 minutes.
In the meantime, two long-range strikes by Mathias Normann forced diving saves from the returning Everton keeper Pickford either side of half-time.
And while Norwich's losing start to the season continues, the fight they showed during the second half will be far more encouraging for Farke than the manner of last week's 3-1 loss at home to fellow promoted side Watford.
- 12DigneBooked at 56mins
- 14TownsendSubstituted forGordonat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 17IwobiSubstituted forDobbinat 89'minutes
- 11GraySubstituted forDaviesat 83'minutes
- 15KabakBooked at 54minsSubstituted forRashicaat 69'minutes
- 21WilliamsBooked at 84minsSubstituted forGiannoulisat 86'minutes
- 20Lees-MelouBooked at 80mins
- 16NormannSubstituted forTzolisat 69'minutes
- David Coote
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Everton 2, Norwich City 0.
Anthony Gordon (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Dimitris Giannoulis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Anthony Gordon (Everton).
Foul by Christos Tzolis (Norwich City).
Ben Godfrey (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Max Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Salomón Rondón (Everton).
Substitution, Everton. Lewis Dobbin replaces Alex Iwobi.
Attempt missed. Max Aarons (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Milot Rashica with a headed pass.
Substitution, Norwich City. Dimitris Giannoulis replaces Brandon Williams.
Ben Gibson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Salomón Rondón (Everton).
Attempt saved. Ben Godfrey (Everton) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Keane.
Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Grant Hanley.
Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Brandon Williams (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Brandon Williams (Norwich City).
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