Everton returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Norwich on Saturday.

After losing at Aston Villa before being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Championship Queens Park Rangers, the Blues faced another banana skin when they welcomed the Canaries, bottom of the table having lost all five of their Premier League games, to Goodison Park.

However, while it was far from a classic, Everton never looked in danger once Andros Townsend fired home the opener from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark. Abdoulaye Doucoure struck late in the second half to ensure the Toffees took all three points.

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The win moved Everton up to fifth in the table, level with Manchester City, United and Chelsea and a point off top spot.

Rafa Benitez also became the first Blues boss since Colin Harvey in 1989 to record three straight home victories at the start of the season.

Here is a look at how the national media reported on the game:

Demarai Gray the new main man

Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph wrote: “Gray shone again. There is still a little disquiet among some Evertonians that James Rodriguez was so willingly released, even though he was being paid a £250k a week contract to watch 50 percent of games last season.

“They should have imagined their reaction if Rodriguez was still here and showing the fleet-footedness of Gray, who is such a delight in possession it is incomprehensible his fee was the equivalent of six weeks of the Colombian’s wages.

“Gray has the capacity to get the crowd on its feet as Rodriguez would have. He was given a standing ovation when subbed late on, the runaway man-of-the-match."

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Hard work and patience pays off

Andy Hunter of The Guardian wrote: “Despite Norwich’s weaknesses this was always destined to be a result built on hard graft and perseverance for Everton. Beyond Demarai Gray and Townsend, Benítez was short of fit and creative options, with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin among six senior players out injured.

“His attacking options on the bench comprised an exclusive set of young academy products in Anthony Gordon, Ellis Simms and Lewis Dobbin, who was handed his Premier League debut as a late substitute.

“Salomón Rondón was again tasked with leading the line despite being short of match fitness and never shied from making life uncomfortable for Norwich’s three central defenders.”

Townsend the answer to striker shortage

Harry Slavin of MailOnline wrote: “For Benitez and Everton, it was a welcome return to winning ways.

“There had been concern that his side's season had already peaked.

“Their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign was obliterated at Villa Park last Saturday, while their Carabao Cup quest ended at QPR after a penalty shootout defeat.

“With Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both still out and James Rodriguez's move to Qatar side Al-Rayyan confirmed midweek, there are also concerns over just where the goals are going to come from.

“At present, the answer appears to be Townsend, who made no mistake from the spot when eventually given the chance in the 29th minute to set them on their way to a third win at Goodison.”