Everton 3-0 Norwich City

Goals from James McCarthy, Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas gave Everton a comfortable win over relegated Norwich at Goodison Park.

Match Reports: Everton 3-0 Norwich CityMatch Reports: Everton 3-0 Norwich City

It was a positive end to a difficult week for the Toffees, who sacked manager Roberto Martinez on Thursday and placed David Unsworth and Joe Royle in temporary charge.

The home side showed their intent from the kick-off when Romelu Lukaku drew a smart stop from John Ruddy inside the opening minute.

Tim Howard, playing his 414th and final game for Everton before returning to America, was then called into action when he blocked Cameron Jerome’s effort at the near post.

At the other end Ruddy then had to be at his best to deny Lukaku twice in quick succession as Everton began take control.

Soon after Everton took the lead, youngster Kieran Dowell dribbling into the Norwich half before laying it off to McCarthy who curled home from 20 yards.

Mirallas should have doubled Everton’s lead on the half hour when he was played in by Lukaku but the Belgian fired into the side netting.

At the other end Norwich substitute Robbie Brady, on for the injured Martin Olsson, should have done better when he met Jerome’s layoff but could only curl over the bar.

Two minutes before the break Everton doubled their lead. Brady tugged back the onrushing Lukaku in the area and Baines sent Ruddy the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Everton made it 3-0 three minutes into the second half when McCarthy fed substitute JonJoe Kenny down the right and his low cross was stroked home by Mirallas at the far post.

Baines fired a 30-yard free kick just wide as Everton pushed for a fourth, the game now effectively over as a contest.

Substitute Ross Barkley then went on a mazy run from just inside his own half and drew a smart stop from Ruddy.

The win means Everton finish 11th in the Premier League for second successive season. But the hard work now starts for chairman Bill Kenwright and majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri as they seek a new manager to replace the departed Martinez.

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