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Everton dumped out of EFL Cup by Norwich

Steven Naismith scores for Norwich

Steven Naismith played for Everton from July 2012 to January 2016

Norwich are through to the fourth round of the EFL Cup following an impressive victory at in-form Everton.

Steven Naismith gave the visitors the lead against his former club with a fortuitous finish that looped in after the striker had slipped while shooting.

City’s Alex Pritchard cleared an Enner Valencia shot off the line before Josh Murphy scored a decisive second with a superb rising drive from distance.

The defeat is Ronald Koeman’s first as Everton manager.

The Dutchman made six changes to the team that beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at the weekend to take the Toffees up to second in the Premier League, but his starting XI still had plenty of ability and experience.

Only Robbie Brady remained from the Norwich team that beat Nottingham Forest at the weekend, and they were forced on the back foot for much of the game.

However, while the Toffees wasted the chances that came their way Norwich seized theirs, be it through a slice of luck – in the case of Naismith – or via the superb execution of Murphy.

The Canaries’ victory is their first at Goodison Park since September 1993, when Efan Ekoku scored four times in a 5-1 win.

The result was also a measure of revenge for Alex Neil’s team, who were beaten on penalties at Goodison Park in the fourth round of this competition last season.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman: “Of course I’m not happy about the result, because in cup football you don’t get a second chance, but we did everything to score.

“Norwich had a bit of luck for their first and we did not have that luck tonight.

“We’re happy with the league but disappointed with this. From tomorrow we need to prepare for Bournemouth. It’s no reason to stay down.”

Norwich manager Alex Neil: “To a man, everyone was fantastic. They gave everything tonight.

“We wanted to win the game. We came with a method which the players carried out perfectly.”

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Match ends, Everton 0, Norwich City 2.

Second Half ends, Everton 0, Norwich City 2.

Substitution, Norwich City. Ben Godfrey replaces Youssouf Mulumbu.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ramiro Funes Mori.

Attempt blocked. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Enner Valencia (Everton) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cleverley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

Substitution, Norwich City. Michael Turner replaces Alex Pritchard.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt blocked. Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Idrissa Gueye (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Murphy (Norwich City).

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

Foul by Ashley Williams (Everton).

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ashley Williams (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution, Everton. Arouna Koné replaces Mason Holgate.

Enner Valencia (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robbie Brady (Norwich City).

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Everton).

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal! Everton 0, Norwich City 2. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Alex Pritchard.

Attempt blocked. Enner Valencia (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by John Ruddy.

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

Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Murphy (Norwich City).

Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

Substitution, Everton. Yannick Bolasie replaces Aaron Lennon.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37345998