By Dominic Toner

Mason Holgate endured a difficult evening for Everton in their 2-0 defeat to Norwich on Tuesday night – and fans voiced their concern on Twitter about the youngster’s performance.

Ronald Koeman’s side were dumped out of the EFL third-round by Championship side Norwich as they lost their first competitive game of the season.

Former Everton man Steven Naismith opened the scoring in the first-half and Josh Murphy settled the tie with a superb strike from distance.

Holgate, 19, played alongside the experienced Ashley Williams at centre-back and struggled on his return to the starting line up.

The youngster had played the club’s first four matches of the campaign at right-back in place of Seamus Coleman but recently has been restricted to the bench by the return of the senior defender.

Koeman elected to restore Holgate back into the side for the cup match and the versatile defender was played at centre-back.

Everton supporters took to Twitter to claim that Holgate did not perform well at centre-back and was played out of position by Koeman.

Holgate had impressed fans this season and helped keep clean sheets against Yeovil and Stoke.

The youngster moved to Goodison Park in 2015 from Barnsley and was only given his first taste of senior football at Everton this season.

The club’s supporters believe that Holgate must be used as a right-back, in which case he faces a difficult battle to dislodge Coleman from the side.

In other Everton news, Gareth Barry has highlighted three areas where standards slipped under Roberto Martinez.