EVERTON began life after Roberto Martinez with a 3-0 win at home to Norwich yesterday, when goals from James McCarthy, Leighton Baines, and Kevin Mirallas gave the home fans hope for the future.
Former player David Unsworth, assisted by Joe Royle, took charge of the side for this game and he described being asked to do so as the proudest moment of his life.
He also revealed that he was recommended for this interim role by Martinez himself before the Spaniard left the club.
Unsworth brought several of the under-21 side he’s managed throughout this season into the team, and a driving run from midfield from one of these players — 18-year-old Kieran Dowell — set up Everton’s first goal. The teenager eventually lost control of the ball just as he approached the edge of the area, but it rolled invitingly into the path of McCarthy who powered the ball past John Ruddy in to the Norwich goal.
There was an air of resignation about the Norwich performance, and when Baines sent Ruddy the wrong way with a penalty just before half-time the result was all but confirmed. The Canaries fans were in good voice and showed support for manager Alex Neil by chanting the Scot’s name, but the side will have to improve if they’re to win promotion from the Championship next season.
Everton scored a third just after half-time when a cross from 19-year-old right back Jonjoe Kenny found its way to an unmarked Mirallas at the far post. The Belgian tapped home to add to Norwich’s misery, but their fans chose to look on the bright side as they sang about the prospect of facing rivals Ipswich in the Championship next season.
It was an afternoon on which the home fans saw a glimpse of their side’s future, and also witnessed the talent they currently have in the squad if the next manager can bring out the best in them.
It was fitting that they kept a clean-sheet on Tim Howard’s last game for the club, and the US goalkeeper was given a rousing and emotional send-off after the game.
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