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Norwich City A-Z: The day Efan chewed up the Toffees

PUBLISHED: 16:19 14 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:19 14 June 2019

Efan Ekoku, left, celebrates with Mark Bowen on his way to scoring four goals at Goodison in September, 1993 Picture: Archant

Efan Ekoku, left, celebrates with Mark Bowen on his way to scoring four goals at Goodison in September, 1993 Picture: Archant

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Matches against Everton have produced some notable firsts, as well as goals for one of Norwich City's most celebrated strikers, as Chris Lakey reports

Jamie Cureton in action during his debut against Everton at Carrow Road on November 5, 1994 Photo: ArchantJamie Cureton in action during his debut against Everton at Carrow Road on November 5, 1994 Photo: Archant

September 25, 1993

Everton 1 City 5

Efan Ekoku wrote his name into the history books twice within the space of 10 days.

Having scored City's first ever goal in European competition, against Vitesse Arnhem in the Uefa Cup, he scored four goals at Goodison Park to become the first player to score more than three goals in a Premier League game. It was a record he held for 18 months - until Andy Cole scored five for Manchester United in a 9-0 win over Ipswich in March 1995.

Grant Holt celebrates after scoring a late, late winner at Carrow Road in Ferbuary, 2013 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdGrant Holt celebrates after scoring a late, late winner at Carrow Road in Ferbuary, 2013 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It took Ekoku just 25 minutes to score his four goals, which came in minutes 44, 57, 63 and 69, with Chris Sutton scoring in the 77th minute - although it was actually Everton who had taken the lead, Paul Rideout scoring with just 13 minutes gone.

November 5, 1994

City 0 Everton 0

A false dawn - 
Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored against Everton on  his debut on the opening day of the 2013-14 season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdA false dawn - Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored against Everton on his debut on the opening day of the 2013-14 season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It's perhaps apt that Jamie Cureton made his Norwich City debut on Bonfire Night given the way he has lit up the sky on so many occasions ever since.

Cureton's first taste of senior football came with 65 minutes on the clock, when he replaced Mark Robins.

"I know I had a chance which I put wide, I think Neville Southall did save it but they didn't give the corner," he said. "I'd been in and around the squad quite a bit and not come on, and sometimes wasn't on the bench. I was probably the kid that expected to play sooner, so when I did get my chance I was fairly confident.

"I remember coming on and it was 0-0, I think Rob Newman put me through for that chance and it finished 0-0, but that was the very first taste for me."

Kei Kamara and Grant Holt - both were on target in a dramatic game against Everton in Ferbuary, 2013 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdKei Kamara and Grant Holt - both were on target in a dramatic game against Everton in Ferbuary, 2013 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

To be fair, the match was perhaps forgettable for many reasons - but not for Cureton.

August 17, 2013

City 2 Everton 2

Much had been expected of Ricky van Wolfswinkel when he was first revealed as Norwich City's record signing, some five months earlier.

It had been a long wait to see the £8.5m man in action, and when he scored a debut goal which earned City a point on opening day, it looked like the investment would be worth it. As we all know, things didn't turn out quite as planned.

City had taken the lead, perhaps against the run of play, six minutes into the second half through defender Steven Whittaker, who fired home from a tight angle after his initial effort had hit a post. Ross Barkley equalised from distance juist past the hour mark before Seamus Coleman put the visitors ahead four minutes later.

But City earned a share of the points when van Wolfswinkel's looping header beat Tim Howard.

February 23, 2013

City 2 Everton 1

Two goals in the final six minutes turned this game on its head.

Leon Osman had given Everton the lead on 39 minutes with a close-range header, but substitute Kei Kamara levelled it with six minutes to go before Grant Holt earned City the points in the final minute.

Kamara had already headed narrowly wide, giving the home crowd a lift, before he lifted the decibel level when he powered home a Robert Snodgrass corner - for his first Premier League goal.

With the last of the three added minutes already up, Holt poked home his first goal for more than two months when he met Russell Martin's cross to send Carrow Road wild.

December 17, 2011

Everton 1 City 1

Grant Holt was rarely considered a master technician - wrongly in many people's view: the easy option was to consider him a big targetman who soaked up the kicks and knocks and bit back with a vengeance.

Truth is, Holt had a touch of the twinkletoes about him - and his 28th-minute opener at Goodison Park was genuine proof.

David Fox had floated in a free-kick, Steve Morison nodded it into the danger area and Holt showed all the attributes needed - strength and composure - before turning Johnny Heitinga with a brilliant swivel inside the six-yard box before firing home via the inside of the far post.

The brute force side of the City striker was on show when he appeared to elbow Marouane Fellaini in the jaw - ref Lee Probert didn't see enough to punish the City man.

City's hopes of a win were ended when Leon Osman equalised nine minutes from time.

EVERTON

Manager

Marco Silva

The Portuguese came to England in January, 2017, but, in less than two and a half years, has already managed three different teams in the top flight. He took over at Hull City after Mike Phelan was axed. Silva couldn't prevent Hull from being relegated and with the dust barely settled on the season, he resigned. It wasn't perhaps an decision that would endear him to Hull fans for long... but more was to come. Silva took over at Watford just two days later and the new season started pretty well. But when Everton came sniffing around, things changed at Vicarage Road as the Watford players were clearly unsettled by the rumour mill churning away. Five points from 10 matches made relegation a 'thing', but by January, Watford had had enough and sacked him citing the "unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival" that caused "significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised". Silva was appointed Everton manager on May 31, 2018, at a cost of £4m compensation.

Last season

An eighth-placed finished wasn't the worst - but it could have been a little better. Everton didn't winter well, but regained some momentum to lose only two of their final 11 matches, including big wins over Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. The Toffees ended the season three points behind Wolves, but a dozen points off United in sixth. More galling would have been the sight of Liverpool winning the Champions League.

New season

Phil Jagielka's long career is over - and it's a reminder that in the background Everton have a title-wining Under-23s side. But will Silva promote them to his first team squad - dare he? Silva may lose Yannick Bolasie - but what about a return for Romelu Lukaku? Maybe not for £80m-odd.

The truth is, Everton have an almighty job to crack the top six, let alone step out of Liverpool's shadow. However, the final few matches of last season suggested Silva knows how to turn the blue tide.

CITY v EVERTON

City wins Draws Everton wins

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League Cup 2 1 1

FA Cup 0 0 3

Total 16 19 22

Last 10 league games

2015/2016

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Everton 3 Norwich 0

Satuday, December 12, 2015

Norwich 1 Everton 1

2013/2014

PREMIER LEAGUE

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Everton 2 Norwich 0

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Norwich 2 Everton 2

2012/2013

PREMIER LEAGUE

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Norwich 2 Everton 1

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Everton 1 Norwich 1

2011/2012

PREMIER LEAGUE

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Norwich 2 Everton 2

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Everton 1 Norwich 1

2004/2005

PREMIERSHIP

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Everton 1 Norwich 0

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Norwich 2 Everton 3

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