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15th Jan 2022

Everton fan storms pitch at Carrow Road to confront Rafa Benitez

Daniel Brown

He didn’t even make it past the halfway line

An Everton supporter stormed the pitch at Carrow Road in an attempt to confront manager Rafael Benítez after the Toffees went 2-0 down against Norwich City.

The Blues went behind in the 16th minute when centre-back Michael Keane’s attempted clearance bounced under the helpless Jordan Pickford.

Dean Smith’s side doubled their lead just two minutes later when Adam Idah converted Brandon Williams’ inviting cross.

With Everton heading for their 10th league defeat of the season, one Toffees fan attempted to confront boss Benitez on the touchline as he invaded the pitch and ran towards the Spaniard.

However, as per Phil Kirkbridge, the supporter didn’t make it very far and was quickly surrounded by stewards.

The Toffees have made an awful start to the season, winning just five of their opening 18 Premier League fixtures, with many fans calling for the sacking of former Liverpool boss Benitez.

However, according to the Liverpool Echo, the 61-year-old held ‘positive talks’ with Farhad Moshiri on Friday.

Benitez reportedly said that a number of items were discussed, including what transfers the club could still do before the end of the window.

The Spaniard believes that he retains the backing of Moshiri who ‘knows’ how injuries to key players have impacted Everton’s positive start to the campaign.

“I will not say it was a meeting,” Benitez said.

“Mr Moshiri and myself were together, having lunch, talking about what we did in the transfer window, what we would like to do, if it is possible, what we would like to do in the future, the stadium, so a lot of things about the future of the club.

“It was quite positive. Normally he is quite positive. Normally any owner talks to the manager and it was a nice conversation.”

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