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Norwich City's Adam Idah celebrates as Everton's Michael Keane looks dejected after scoring an own goal. Image Credit: REUTERS

Norwich: Norwich City threw themselves a lifeline in their battle against relegation but sucked Everton into the mire thanks to a 2-1 victory in the Premier League tonight.

An own goal by Michael Keane and Adam Idah’s close-range finish in the space of two minutes in the first half broke Norwich’s long goal famine to put them in control.

Everton fans vented their fury at manager Rafa Benitez but were given something to cheer when Richarlison halved the deficit on the hour mark to set up a tense finale.

Norwich had to endure seven minutes of stoppage time as Everton desperately searched for an equaliser but Dean Smith’s struggling side held on for their third league win of the season to move off the foot of the table.

Sink to the bottom

Norwich moved to 18th with 13 points from 21 games, above Newcastle United (12 from 20) and Burnley who sink to the bottom with 11 points albeit having played only 17 matches.

Watford earned a vital late point in their survival bid as Joao Pedro’s headed equaliser kept them clear of the bottom three and denied hosts Newcastle a much-needed win after they took the lead through Allan Saint-Maximin’s superb second-half goal.

Adama Traore scored his first goal of the season in injury time to end Southampton’s late challenge and earn Wolves their third win in four Premier League games.