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May 11, 2014
• Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 24848
J. McCarthy 9'
R. Lukaku 46'
Thank you so much for following us all season, we hope for much of the same and more next season. I've been Greg Taylor, signing off for 2013/14.
But today Everton were too good for the Tigers. McCarthy put the away side ahead after just 10 minutes with a neat finish and Lukaku effectively killed the contest when he doubled his sides' lead immediately after the restart. Hull were poor and will need to drastically improve if they're to beat Arsenal next weekend at Wembley.
FULL TIME: It's all over, the match and the season. Both sides can look back and be very proud of what they've achieved this season. Hull have secured their Premier League status with 37 points, reached the FA Cup Final and will be playing in the Europa League next season. Everton meanwhile can be delighted with a 5th placed finish.
There will be two minutes of added time as Everton look to just count down the clock on what has been a marvellous season.
It's a beautiful sunny day to end the season on, can the home side send their fans off a little happier with a goal?
GOOD SAVE! Koren receives the ball on the edge of the area and has time to turn and shoot but Howard tips it round the post for another corner.
WHAT A MISS! Huddlestone delivers a beauty into the near post and Davies somehow heads it wide of the post. It should be 2-1.
Hull win another corner, they've been better this half but still haven't tested Howard at all. Huddlestone curls it and Davies tries an audacious overhead kick but it doesn't come off and Everton again regain possession.
Pienaar has just repalced Osman, who has been involved in all his sides' 38 league games this season. Aluko is replaced with Koren for Hull.
Everton have a free kick from 30 yards out. Will we see a Baines special? No we won't because Lukaku has taken it and spanked straight into the wall. Good one, Romelu.
TITLE UPDATE: It looks like the title will be staying in Manchester but this time, in the blue half the city with Man City leading West Ham two goals to nil. Liverpool have come from behind and lead 2-1 at home to Newcastle to keep the pressure on their rivals.
You can see why Barcelona are happy to let Deulofeu play under Martinez. He suits his manager's style and always looks dangerous when he comes off the bench.
SHOT! Good play by Rosenior who cuts in with ease from the left and unleashes a low shot but Howard is down to it and makes a good save to keep hold of his clean sheet.
Hull just haven't got going today. Obviosuly the cloud of the FA Cup Final is hanging over them but their players look quite disinterested, it's been a poor second half.
Martinez is looking at bringing on Deulofeu, you feel it may be McGeady who makes way.
CHANCE! McCarthy again races out the middle and bears down on goal, he looks up and spots Coleman and feeds to onrushing wing back. The Irishman hits it first time but it's a poor effort and goes well wide.
Jagielka makes two key interceptions as he first heads away a corner, before reacting well to block the volley from Huddlestone.
Distin has to be one of the most underrated players in the Premier League but he almost gives away a penalty. His boot is very high while challenging for a ball with Fryatt in the area, some call for a penalty but Howard Webb waves play on.
Fryatt has done well to win a corner and Huddlestone has strolled over to take it. It's a good delivery but Distin rises above everyone to nod it away. It comes out to Huddlestone again but this time it goes out for a goal kick.
The home fans are still in good voice but their side aren't giving them very much to sing about. Poor passing again, this time by Livermore gives the ball back to Everton who look to start another attack.
Everton still attacking with neat passing and intricate play. This time Osman plays it into Lukaku's feet only for the forward's touch to let him down and allow Davies to clear the ball.
Lukaku almost got away again but Bruce did enough to nick the ball off the big Belgian. And Bruce does react, off comes Jelavic, Fryatt the man replacing him. What can the experienced forward do to help his side get back into this match?
It's an awful start for Hull. What can they do now to get themsleves back into this? Aluko has looked poor upfront, Long is surely a better option?
FACT: Hull City have never won a Premier League game in the month of May (P8 W0 D3 L5). Looks like that is going to change today.
For Everton, Martinez will surely be asking for more of the same. He may want to support Lukaku a bit more and Gerard Deulofeu may be an option. Bruce however may be looking to his bench for some inspiration with the energetic Shane Long a live wire amongst the subs.
Assist Leon Osman
Goal Romelu Lukaku
GOAL! Everton doubled their lead immediately. Beautiful passing by the away side results in Osman playing a perfectly weighted through ball into Lukaku who makes no mistake for his 15th league goal of the season.
Hull in their famous Orange and Black kit get us going in the second half.
The players are back out on the pitch so we'll be back underway very shortly.
Some stats for the first half. Everton have had 61 per cent of the possession and amassed six shots while Hull have mustered five, but none of them really testing Tim Howard.
HALFTIME: There's the whistle for the first half. Everton looking very polished in the opening 45 minutes and were rewarded when McCarthy gave them the lead with a neat finish. Hull have been relatively poor with perhaps one on their cup final, but they did improve as the half went on.
There will be one added minute.
CHANCE! Great counter by the away side, McGeady again beats his man and crosses low into the six yard box where Lukaku sprints to meet it, he takes it first time but can't get enough on it to beat McGregor at his near post.
Good goalkeeping from Howard, who rushes out to meet an inviting through ball for Aluko and punches it away to safety after some good play by the Tigers.
The game's gone a little flat in the last 15 minutes, but I guess what do you expect. Most of these players are probably thinking about their summer holiday.
Everton win a corner, Baines curls it in toward the six yard area and McCarthy meets it with a fimr header but McGregor gets both hands to it and keeps hold of the ball.
SHOT! Good cross into the Everton box is only half cleared to Figueroa who hits it first time half volley low and hard, it's on target but right down the throat of Howard who saves it comfortably.
CHANCE! Good ball into the box by Livermore and Jelavic stretches to poke it past Howard but the American is quick off his line and beats the Croatian to it. Hull have definitely improved as the half has gone.
STAT ATTACK: The Tigers have already achieved their highest points tally in a single Premier League season (37).
Hul win a free kick after McCarthy trips Quinn in a dangerous position on the edge of the area. Jelavic looks like the man to take it. He does but it's a poor effort, straight into the wall and Everton can breathe a sigh of relief.
That was McCarthy's first goal for Eveton. If he could add more goals to his game, what a player he could be. Everton have been excellent so far this afternoon, they want to finish on a high and Hull at the moment don't look able to cope with them.
CHANCE! Baines finds himself in plenty of space to deliver a cross and he does perfectly for Lukaku who slides to reach it but can't quite get there and Hull survive. So close to another goal.
Jagielka slips when on the ball and gives it away to Quinn who nips it off him only for the Eveton skipper to trip him and receive a yellow card for his troubles. The free kick is taken early and Livermore has time to shoot from 25 yards out but he rushes his effort and it goes wide.
Yellow Card Phil Jagielka
Great play by Coleman, he advances into the Hull box and gets another low cross into the near post but Bruce deals with it and gets it out to safety. It's been a lively game but lacking that little bit of quality so far.
CLOSE! Naismith drifts in from the left and tries to curl one into the far post but it just drags wide. Very, very close to doubling his sides lead.
Hull now having their best period of the match with some good possession only for Aluko to miss place a pass, giving the initiative back to Everton.
Barry fouls Aluko from behind and Hull now have a free kick. It's been quite a stop, start match so far. Everton have been dominate but only good in patches.
Here come Everton again, this time Naismith is charging down the middle, plays it wide to McGeady who is tripped by Davies and the Toffees have another free kick.
Everton are dominating this game. They lead and have had 72 per cent of possession so far. Hull do not look like a side going into a cup final on any kind of form.
How can Hull respond? Well they have a free kick near the halfway line which Huddlestone will take. He floats it in toward the far post but it's over hit and goes out for a goal kick.
Assist Steven Naismith
Goal James McCarthy
GOAL! Everton lead and it's out of nothing, McCarthy plays it into Lukaku's feet who hold sit up and squares it to Naismith, the Scot looks up and slips it through for the onrushing midfielder who buries it past McGregor.
Figueroatries to find the run of Jelavic in behind Jagielka but Distin reads it and cuts it out. Baines brings it our for his side as Everton look to dominate these early exchanges. Neither side have yet to create anything meaningful yet.
Jelavic a little late on Barry near the halfway line and Everton are awarded a free kick. Coleman slips McGeady in down the right who gets past his marker to deliver a ball into the box but Bruce deals with it calmly.
STAT ATTACK: Everton's 69 point tally is their best in a single Premier League season, beating their previous highest of 65 in 2007-08. A win in this game will give them their best total since winning the title in 1986-87 (86).
Everton hold onto the ball well in the opening few minutes, Jagielka and Distin are able to spray the ball from left to right as both sides ease themselves into the game.
We're underway, Everton kick off for the final time this season.
The players are out on the pitch, we'll be underway shortly.
FORM WOES FOR THE TIGERS: Hull have lost three of their last four league matches - only bottom-of-the-table Cardiff have worse current home form. The Tigers have lost four of their last six league matches at the KC Stadium.
Everton fans will also have to wave goodbye, for now, to Gareth Barry, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu as their loan deals come to an end. Martinez would love to sign them all, I'm sure, with Lukaku scoring 17 goals for the Toffees this season and Barry becoming their Mr. Reliable in midfield.
Martinez has also made a few changes to his side with young England starlets Ross Barkley and John Stones left out of the squad entirely. I'm sure Roy Hodgson will be grateful to the Everton manager for resting some of his young players before the World Cup squad announcement? Maybe Roy has had a word and they're both going to Brazil?
So Steve Bruce has rung the changes before the cup final. He has made six changes to his side, with Allan McGregor, Tom Huddlestone, Paul McShane, Jake Livermore, Nikica Jelavic and Sone Aluko all returning. They're on a bad un of form at the moment so they'll be hoping for a confidence boost before the final.
SUBSTITUTES: Robles, Hibbert, Deulofeu, Pienaar, Traore, Alcaraz, McAleny
EVERTON: Howard, Baines, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, McGeady, Naismith, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Osman
SUBSTITUTES: Harper, Rosenior, Koren, Fryatt, Boyd, Sagbo, Long
HULL: McGregor, Figueroa, Bruce, Davies, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Jelavic, Aluko, Elmohamady, Quinn
Before we go any further, let's have a look at how both sides are lining up, starting with the home side.
Everton, with Roberto Martinez in charge, have improved on the foundations laid by David Moyes and pushed Arsenal all the way for the last top four spot. A terrific season has had many highlights and they'll be desperate to finish it off in style today at the KC.
So here we are, after 37 rounds of Premier League action, we enter the final day of another scintillating top flight season. Hull can be mightily pleased with their return to the top flight. Not only will they be back next season to do it all over again, they have an FA Cup Final to look forward to next weekend too.
Hello and welcome to this afternoon's LIVE play-by-play commentary of the Premier League as Hull City host Everton here at the KC Stadium. My name is Greg Taylor and I'll be guiding you through all the action.
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