Premier League round-up: Adam Ida scores first top-flight goal as Norwich upset Everton

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.

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.

Newcastle 1 Watford 1

Joo Pedro snatched a priceless victory from Newcastle’s grasp as Watford struck late to deny them a foothold in the Premier League’s battle for survival.

The Portuguese frontman led the Hornets level from time to time to stun the locals and claim a 1–1 draw amid a crowd of 52,223 at St James’s Park.

Eddie Howe’s men, who had £25million to sign Chris Wood for the first time, won it through a brilliant 49th-minute strike from Alain Saint-Maximin, but backed out as the visitors broke into the game. He sought a way back and was eventually made to pay for his inaction.

Newcastle started with real pace as Sean Longstaff forced an early corner and Saint-Maximin sent a dangerous ball into the six-yard box, although Emmanuel Dennis passed a promising opportunity for the visitors when he scored in the sixth straight minute. Drilled a free-kick. The defensive wall after Jonjo Shelvey was booked for a trip to Juraj Kukka.

The Magpies were denied by the crossbar after Joelinton deflected Ryan Fraser’s 11th-minute cross towards goal, but was spared four minutes later, when Saint-Maximin was captured at the halfway point, by Josh King. Pedro was shot in the side-netting. through ball.

Joelinton volleyed wide on the away post after Fraser and Longstaff worked a short corner, and Wood sent a looping header from another Fraser cross, with the home side applying more persistent pressure.

The New Zealand international was once again unable to hit the target, when Jamal Lascelles drove Kieran Trippier’s 24th-minute corner towards goal and Fabian Schaar failed to work goalkeeper Ben Foster when he hit Trippier’s seven. Minutes later called for a free-kick.

Longstaff picked up a left footed shot over the bar after Saint-Maximin, who had endured a disappointing afternoon by that time, progressed to the left and pulled the ball back.

Hornets debutant Sameer led Martin Dubravka in stoppage time in the first half as the stalemate remained unbroken.

However, it did so for only four minutes longer and, perhaps for a game that had deteriorated rapidly, the opening goal came courtesy of an error.

Full-back Jeremy Ngakia was robbed by Saint-Maximin as he pushed the ball past Shelvey’s hope, but what followed was of very high quality as the Frenchman tried to destroy a vicious shot in front of the hapless Foster. Before dangerously cut inside.

Watford responded and Dubravka had to make a high Pedro shot from under his crossbar before denying King as he raced through the goal seconds later.

And, when the Hornets took a more bold approach in their pursuit of the equalizer, the game began to open up.

Newcastle old boy Moussa Sissoko should have leveled off Dennis’ 67th minute pass, but hit his shot flawlessly, and a fine header from Kiko Femania’s cross left Pedro three minutes ahead of time. Gone.

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.

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.

Wolves 3 Southampton 1

Wolves survived a layback fightback from Southampton to maintain their European push.

A Raul Jimenez penalty, Conor Cody’s first Molineux goal in six years and an injury-time effort from Adama Traore secured the 3-1 win.

A brilliant free-kick from James Ward-Prause pulled a goal back for the Saints and Traore hit Romain Peraud to the bar just before the hosts won.

Bruno Lage’s side were not at their lively best but it was enough to leave the Saints behind to sit in eighth place in the Premier League.

They are just two points behind the top six while mid-table Southampton slipped to their seventh loss of the season.

There was little to separate the sides early and, when Lanco cut Ryan Ait-Nuri’s delivery short over his bar, Jose Sa widened Perad’s low effort.

Yet it was a game that drifted aimlessly until the deciding flashpoint of the half.

Only Manchester City have scored less than Wolves’ 15 goals this season but scoring has been the biggest issue for the hosts.

Their pre-game tally of 14 underscores the lack of punch but the hosts added one to their collection after 36 minutes, even if they needed VAR’s help.

A clean Danielle Podens run saw the forward looking for Jimenez and his shot was blocked by a running ball towards At-Nuri.

Jan Bednarek’s sliding challenge cleared the wing-back and it seemed an open and closed affair but referee Michael Salisbury awarded a corner.

VAR naturally intervened and after a long delay, Salisbury finally checked their monitors to award the penalty.

It took four minutes but Jiménez – who was declared the winner when the teams met at St. Mary’s in September – eventually made the move to defeat Fraser Forster for his fourth goal of the season.

Two minutes later, Sa held the Wolves’ lead when he passed Mohamed Salisu’s header and, soon after, Nathan Tella blew the balloon.

The Saints responded well and Sa removed Salisu’s injury-time header and the first half ended with Lage and Ralf Hasenhutl exchanging words.

Instead of finding renewed vigor, Southampton aimlessly followed along after the break and eventually paid the price.

Cody disallowed a header when debutant Toti Gomes strayed offside, but the captain didn’t have to wait long to make it 2-0 after 59 minutes with his first home goal since 2016 .

Ait-Nuri’s free-kick pushed Forster to come on, but Max Kilman’s header jumped over him and bounced off the post.

Coady was about to nod from close range and, after another VAR check, the wolves could celebrate.

It looked to wrap it up for the hosts, but they were in sweats when Ward-Prause had six minutes left in a 30-yard free-kick.

The goal set up a fine finish and Peraud’s header hit the bottom of the bar in the 89th minute.

But Southampton’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when an impressive Ait-Nuri slipped Traor and he swung the ball past Forster in injury time.