Everton moved into the Premier League top four as they comfortably beat Norwich to leave the Canaries winless in six league matches.

Gareth Barry's stunning 20-yard strike, his 50th Premier League goal, opened the scoring for the dominant hosts.

Kevin Mirallas's free-kick from 20 yards doubled the lead after the break as Everton eased to victory.

Everton display pleasing - Martinez

Robert Snodgrass headed against the post late on for the visitors before Ricky van Wolfswinkel shot wide.

Everton unveiled Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady on the pitch before the game, having completed his signing from Spartak Moscow on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

The 27-year-old was wanted by Roberto Martinez at Wigan last season but will know he has a fight on his hands to earn a regular starting place as Everton continued their sparkling form this season.

Martinez's career as Everton manager could hardly have started better, with the Toffees going into the game five points and one place better off than at the same stage last season.

Much of their success has come from their continued good form at Goodison Park. Boxing Day's defeat by Sunderland was their only home loss in 2013, with only four defeats in their past 32 home games.

Fortress Goodison

Everton have earned 42 points from the past 51 available at Goodison Park. Their only defeat came on Boxing Day against Sunderland.

Against that backdrop, their confident start was no surprise as they dominated possession early on. Romelu Lukaku dragged a shot wide before the Belgian striker headed inches wide at the far post after Mirallas's deep cross from the left.

Norwich's resolve was finally broken when Barry drove the ball into the top corner from 20 yards, after Lukaku's lay-off, for his third Everton goal since joining on loan from Manchester City.

With the Canaries struggling for goals this season, having scored only 17 times in 20 games, Gary Hooper was partnered with record signing Van Wolfswinkel for the first time.

The Dutchman has scored just once for the club since signing from Sporting Lisbon in the summer for in the region of £8.5m, in the 2-2 draw with Everton on the opening day, and almost brought the visitors level with a curling strike from 20 yards that was clawed out by Tim Howard.

Hughton rues missed Norwich chances

Norwich chances were few and far between though, although Hooper was denied twice by Howard when through, as an impressive passing display from the hosts left Chris Hughton's men hanging on just to stay in the game.

Everton continued to dominate after the break but, as they failed to capitalise on their possession, the visitors' hope grew, with Van Wolfswinkel volleying a rare chance over the bar.

That hope was extinguished soon after as Mirallas curled home his third goal of the season from 20 yards, leaving Norwich, who rallied late on, just two points above the relegation zone.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"It was an entertaining game and important to score that second goal.

"Overall we created a lot of chances, maybe that clinical touch in the final third was missing but I couldn't be happier the clean sheet. Some of the phases of our game were fantastic.

"The way we handled the second half was pleasing. The understanding between the players is clear, we are getting really strong. We need players back from injury and make sure competition for places is as strong."

Norwich manager Chris Hughton:

"They were good. We knew that before we came here. There isn't a side that has come here and had more possession this season.

"What you need to do is stick in there. We had the best chance of the half through Gary Hooper, they score a spectacular goal.

"In the second half I thought we gave a good account of ourselves but we were up against a really good unit."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman
  • 03 Baines
  • 18 Barry
  • 26 Stones Booked
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 11 Mirallas
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 17 Lukaku
  • 21 Osman (Heitinga - 69' )
  • 22 Pienaar (Naismith - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 02 Hibbert
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 08 Oviedo
  • 14 Naismith
  • 19 Gueye
  • 27 Vellios

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 03 Whittaker
  • 23 Olsson
  • 10 Fer
  • 24 R Bennett Booked
  • 05 Bassong Nguena Booked
  • 07 Snodgrass
  • 04 Johnson
  • 11 Hooper
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel (Murphy - 88' )
  • 18 Garrido (Redmond - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Martin
  • 13 Bunn
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 16 Elmander
  • 22 Redmond
  • 25 Fox
  • 31 Murphy
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 36,827

Match Stats

Shots

23 11

On target

5 2

Corners

10 5

Fouls

7 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Everton 2, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +3:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Everton 2, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +3:09

Attempt blocked. Steven Naismith (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

89:44 Booking

Booking Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

88:59

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

87:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

85:47

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:47

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

85:20

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

85:20

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:02

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

85:02

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:07

Attempt missed. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

83:52

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

83:52

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:45

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Johnny Heitinga.

79:44

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

78:31

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

76:53

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:47

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Whittaker.

75:38

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sébastien Bassong.

72:58

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

72:58

Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:32

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

71:20

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:20

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

71:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Steven Naismith replaces Steven Pienaar because of an injury.

69:57

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

68:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Johnny Heitinga replaces Leon Osman.

67:14

Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

67:09

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

66:39

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

66:15

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:15

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

65:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond replaces Javier Garrido.

64:00

Offside, Everton. Seamus Coleman tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

62:55 Booking

Booking Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:50

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:50

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

62:20

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

62:20

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:43

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

60:15

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:15

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

58:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 2, Norwich City 0. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

57:14

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:14

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

56:49

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:49

Foul by Javier Garrido (Norwich City).

55:55

Attempt missed. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

55:18

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steven Pienaar with a headed pass.

53:24

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Robert Snodgrass.

52:51

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

52:50

Attempt missed. James McCarthy (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

52:04

Offside, Norwich City. Martin Olsson tries a through ball, but Javier Garrido is caught offside.

51:03

Offside, Norwich City. Leroy Fer tries a through ball, but Ricky van Wolfswinkel is caught offside.

48:24

Attempt saved. Seamus Coleman (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leon Osman.

48:23

Attempt missed. Leon Osman (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

47:22

Attempt missed. Phil Jagielka (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

45:00

Second Half begins Everton 1, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +1:26 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Everton 1, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +0:50

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

45:00 +0:49

Attempt blocked. Leon Osman (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

45:00 +0:12

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

45:00 +0:08

Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

44:21 Booking

Booking John Stones (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:53

Foul by John Stones (Everton).

43:53

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:02

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:02

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

41:08

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:08

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

40:29

Attempt blocked. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

39:56

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

37:50

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

36:54

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:54

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

34:37

Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

34:34

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leon Osman with a cross.

33:22

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

32:35

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:35

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

31:26

Offside, Everton. Kevin Mirallas tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

30:35

Attempt missed. Leon Osman (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

29:40

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

29:00

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

28:16

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:16

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

27:35

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tim Howard.

27:33

Attempt saved. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

24:40

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by John Stones.

22:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 1, Norwich City 0. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

21:37

Attempt missed. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

20:31

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

20:30

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy.

17:34

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Robert Snodgrass.

15:34

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:34

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

15:13

Attempt blocked. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

14:15

Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

14:15

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:44

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

8:16

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

6:25

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:25

Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).

3:39

Attempt saved. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Stones.

0:21

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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