Everton boss Ronald Koeman refused to criticise his players after they were knocked out of the EFL Cup at the hands of Norwich.
Former Evertonian Steven Naismith, who left the Toffees for the Canaries in January after three and a half years on Merseyside, gave Norwich the lead against the run of play with a left-footed shot that flew into the top corner via a deflection off his right leg.
That came four minutes before the end of a first half Everton had dominated and it was the same story after the break until Josh Murphy made sure with a spectacular second in the 74th minute.
The result meant a first defeat as Everton manager for Ronald Koeman, who has seen his team take 13 points from their opening five games in the Premier League.
The former Southampton boss said: “Of course I’m not happy about the final result. In cup football you don’t get a second chance but I can’t criticise my players because we did everything to score the goal.
“If you watch the first goal for Norwich, you need a little bit of luck, but okay. We go on. No problem. We don’t organise parties after 13 points out of five games and we don’t cry after tonight. It’s football and we have to accept it.”