PL: EVERTON BACK TO WINNING WAYS
Merseyside giants Everton are back to winning ways after two bad results. The Toffees were able to see off bottom team Norwich City in a Premier League (PL) to return to victory ways after those two results.
Everton picked up their first poor result of the new season when they were beaten 3-0 at Aston Villa penultimate weekend thanks to three second half goals from the trio of Matty Cash, Lucas Digne (own goal) and Jamaican winger Leon Bailey. It was the Toffees’ first defeat in the Premier League this term. Everton then made it two straight poor results when they lost to London team Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on penalties in their Carabao Cup third round tie after the two teams had shared four goals in 90 minutes. Championship club QPR were able to seal a place in the fourth round at the expense of their Merseyside opponents.
Rafael Benitez and his Everton players recorded a straightforward 2-0 home win over Norwich City to recover from the Villa, QPR games. The Toffees were able to keep a clean sheet at the back thanks in part to the return of first choice goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who missed the aforementioned games due to injury. Bosnian shot stopper Asmir Begovic replaced England international Pickford in the Everton goal. Colombia player Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey and Lucas Digne were the defenders that aided Pickford in keeping a clean slate during the Norwich City game. Colombia star Mina and England international Keane started at the heart of the defence, while Godfrey and Digne were at right-back and left-back respectively. Colombia player Mina has been a regular in central defence this season though his partner, Keane is the first choice at the moment.
Everton got their goals against Norwich City through Andros Townsend (spot kick) and Abdoulaye Doucoure either side of the interval for a morale-boosting win ahead of the trip to Manchester to face Manchester United in the league this weekend.