Everton beat the Premier League’s bottom club Norwich to return to winning ways and go level on points with fourth-placed Manchester United.
Andros Townsend gave Everton the lead with a 29th-minute penalty, awarded with the help of the video assistant referee after a clumsy foul by Ozan Kabak on Allan.
Abdoulaye Doucoure then struck late in the second half to secure the Toffees’ fourth win from six league games since manager Rafael Benitez took charge this summer.
Some Everton fans voiced their frustration after last week’s 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa was followed by a Carabao Cup exit at Championship side QPR in midweek.
And there were more murmurs around Goodison Park as Norwich pressed for an equaliser in the second half.
But Doucoure’s strike keeps the Canaries waiting for their first point since securing an immediate return to the Premier League.
And in a sequence that includes the last 10 games of the 2019-20 season, manager Daniel Farke has now suffered 16 consecutive top-flight defeats.