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Everton 4-0 Hull City

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores for Everton against Hull City
Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrated his 20th birthday on Thursday

Romelu Lukaku ended a week in which he turned down a lucrative new contract offer with two goals as Everton beat 10-man Hull City to move level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin tapped home from close range to put the Toffees ahead after connecting with Tom Davies' low cross - his first Premier League goal.

Sam Clucas and Andrew Robertson both wasted chances for the visitors before Tom Huddlestone was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Idrissa Gueye.

Substitute Enner Valencia doubled Everton's lead before Lukaku struck twice in stoppage time to take his Premier League goal tally to 21 for the season.

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Lukaku shows why he is priceless to Everton

Lukaku started the week by turning down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton's history - and ended it at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts.

Everton fans refused to turn on the 23-year-old and instead roared when his name was announced over the speakers before the game.

He had twice gone close from distance before he struck in the first minute of stoppage time after being put through by Valencia.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring against Hull City
Romelu Lukaku is only the fourth player to score 80+ Premier League goals before the age of 24

That ensured Lukaku became the first Everton player to score at least 20 league goals in a season since Gary Lineker hit 30 in 1985-86.

And he wasn't done.

With seconds left, Lukaku rounded off another fine Everton home win with the fourth after pouncing on a poor back pass - his ninth goal in his last six league games.

Everton's contract offer remains on the table and Toffees fans still hope further negotiations could end in an agreement.

Six of the best for the Toffees

Everton have now won six successive league games at home to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next season's Europa League.

Those six matches have seen Ronald Koeman's side find the net 22 times, while the Toffees have amassed 23 points - more than any of their rivals - from 10 league games in 2017.

They took the lead when Calvert-Lewin, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Thursday, struck from close range in only his sixth league appearance.

It remained 1-0 until 12 minutes from time when Valencia struck 69 seconds after coming on, a neat finish following Lukaku's pass before the latter went on to take the game away from Hull.

Hull fall short away from home

This was Hull's heaviest league defeat since Marco Silva took charge in January - and one of their most damaging.

Having started the day one point from safety, the Tigers are three points adrift of 17th spot with nine matches remaining.

They include games against fellow strugglers Middlesbrough and Sunderland at home, and Crystal Palace away.

Yet Silva knows his side will have to improve on their travels if they are to stay up.

Hull were very much in the game until Huddlestone's red card saw them capitulate.

The former Tottenham player got his marching orders after going in hard on Gueye - a challenge which is set to see him miss the next three games.

Man of the match - Ross Barkley (Everton)

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in action against Hull City
Ross Barkley signed off for England duty with a clinical performance, the midfielder proving an influential figure as Everton clocked up another home win

'We were not at our best'

Everton manager Ronald Koeman: "We have had a great run at home. But the final result didn't reflect what happened on the pitch.

"At several moments in the game Hull were strong. The decision [to send off Huddlestone] might have felt too harsh at that moment but it gave Everton the freshness to kill the game off.

"We were not at the best. We are strong and with 10 v 11 and we have a team who will punish them."

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Huddlestone decision changed game - Silva

Hull City manager Marco Silva: "Of course there is disappointment because it was one game at 70 minutes and then after that is was a different game - 4-0 doesn't show what happened.

"We didn't deserve this result and we don't deserve what happened.

"We came to compete and we played as a team. We caused problems for our opponents and had some good chances.

"We started well in first 25 minutes of the second half. We made them change the system but, after that, the game changed and our players don't deserve this."

Unwanted red-card record - the stats

  • No team has been shown more Premier League red cards this season than Hull City (4) - Man City and West Ham also with four.
  • Everton have won six successive Premier League games at Goodison Park for the first time since April 2014 (7 wins).
  • Hull haven't beaten Everton at Goodison Park since August 1952, losing six of the seven games since.
  • Everton have now had more different goalscorers than any other side in the Premier League this season (15).

What's next?

Everton return from the international break with a huge Merseyside derby at Liverpool on 1 April (12:30 BST). On the same day Hull City entertain West Ham United at the KCOM Stadium (15:00 BST).

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Robles
  • 23Coleman
  • 6Jagielka
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 63mins
  • 3Baines
  • 17Gueye
  • 2SchneiderlinSubstituted forBarryat 30'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 8Barkley
  • 26DaviesSubstituted forE Valenciaat 77'minutes
  • 29Calvert-LewinSubstituted forFunes Moriat 56'minutes
  • 10R Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 12Lennon
  • 18Barry
  • 19E Valencia
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 30Holgate
  • 31Lookman

Hull

  • 16Jakupovic
  • 14Elabdellaoui
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 5Maguire
  • 6DaviesSubstituted forGrosickiat 64'minutes
  • 3Robertson
  • 50MarkovicSubstituted forElmohamadyat 86'minutes
  • 8HuddlestoneBooked at 73mins
  • 10N'Diaye
  • 11Clucas
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forDiomandeat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Meyler
  • 15Maloney
  • 17Grosicki
  • 20Diomande
  • 23Marshall
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 28Tymon
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
39,248

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamHull
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 4, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 4, Hull City 0.

Goal!

Goal! Everton 4, Hull City 0. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

Harry Maguire (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Everton. Joel Robles tries a through ball, but Enner Valencia is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Everton 3, Hull City 0. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Enner Valencia with a through ball.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

Andrea Ranocchia (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady replaces Lazar Markovic.

Attempt missed. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

Attempt missed. Adama Diomande (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Adama Diomande replaces Abel Hernández.

Foul by Idrissa Gueye (Everton).

Sam Clucas (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enner Valencia (Everton).

Lazar Markovic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Gareth Barry (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

Lazar Markovic (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Everton 2, Hull City 0. Enner Valencia (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Enner Valencia replaces Tom Davies.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ramiro Funes Mori.

Dismissal

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) is shown the red card.

Idrissa Gueye (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Andrew Robertson (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Omar Elabdellaoui with a cross.

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

Omar Elabdellaoui (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

Andrea Ranocchia (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Barry with a cross.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Kamil Grosicki replaces Curtis Davies.

Booking

Ashley Williams (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Everton).

Lazar Markovic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea28223359213869
2Tottenham27168353203356
3Man City27175553292456
4Liverpool28167560352555
5Arsenal27155756342250
6Everton29148751302150
7Man Utd261310339221749
8West Brom29127103938143
9Stoke2999113342-936
10Southampton2696113234-233
11Bournemouth2996144254-1233
12West Ham2996144052-1233
13Burnley2995153142-1132
14Watford2887133348-1531
15Leicester2886143347-1430
16Crystal Palace2884163646-1028
17Swansea2983183663-2727
18Hull2966172658-3224
19Middlesbrough27410131930-1122
20Sunderland2855182450-2620
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