Everton fans turn on Rafael Benitez as Norwich register massive win

Norwich secured their first Premier League win since November with a 2-1 win over Everton, which put more pressure on Rafael Benitez.

Verton traveled to Carrow Road without a league win since the beginning of December and a loss against the Norwich team, who were on a six-match losing streak without scoring a single goal, will not ease tensions between fans and the manager.

Supporters were calling for the Spaniard to leave the club before the game, banners were held up, and two goals in quick succession from his own goal from Michael Keane and Adam Idah put the home team on course for a coveted victory.

Keane hit goalkeeper Jordan Pickford off a Josh Sargent cross to gift Norwich their first goal since November.

Less than two minutes later, Idah was played by Brandon Williams and poked the ball home just ahead of the Toffee’s goalkeeper.

Richarlison pulled back a bar for the visitors shortly after coming on with a full overhead bicycle kick, but the Toffees have remained without a league win since early December.

It was Norwich’s first win in the top flight since a 2–1 win over Southampton on 20 November and moved them to 18th place in the Premier League table, although Newcastle and Burnley have games over the Canaries.


Norwich’s Milot Rashika, Josh Sargent and Brandon Williams celebrate their goal from Everton’s Michael Keane (Joe Giddens/PA).

The game began slowly, with neither side getting any meaningful chances in the initial exchanges.

But Norwich took the lead in the 16th minute with their first goal since November, though Everton defender Keane put the ball past Pickford.

Sargent passed the ball and Keane’s touch on the near post handed Norwich their first goal of seven matches.

Keane also found himself in a slightly compromised position for Norwich’s second which came two minutes later.

Williams advanced on the way to Idah, who defeated Pickford, before putting the ball just behind the Everton defender.

Everton struggled to advance in the first half and were often found fouled or easily intercepted passes by Norwich, with fans expressing their displeasure at Benitez’s management.

Norwich keeper Tim Krul had to be on alert just before the break to collect the ball ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin after a flick from Salomon Rondon, but the Toffees lacked quality in the final third.

Pierre Lees-Mello tried his luck from the range at the start of the second half, but his shot went towards the goal and straight towards Pickford.


Everton fans hold a protest banner against manager Rafael Benitez (Joe Giddens/PA)

In his first league debut, Vitaly Mykolenko nearly handed Norwich his third as his weak back pass was intercepted by Idah, but Pickford was able to come out of his line and deny Norwich a forward.

Benitez’s replacement made the difference for the visitors when he pulled back six minutes after being brought through by Richarlison in the 60th minute.

After Krul failed to clear the ball effectively, the Brazilian made a brilliant overhead bicycle kick that sent the ball past the net.

However, Everton were unable to find an equalizer as Norwich won only their third win of the season.