Tuesday 25 July 2017

Everton v Hull: Story of the match

Romelu Lukaku, left, remained popular with the Everton fans
Romelu Lukaku, left, remained popular with the Everton fans

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku ended the week how he had started it - in the headlines - with two goals in the 4-0 win over 10-man Hull.

On Tuesday the Belgium international told the club he would not be signing a new £140,000-a-week contract to make him the highest-paid player in their history as he questioned whether they had the ability to reach the Champions League.

His double, both in added time, may not have been the decisive factor in putting the Toffees level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal but it at least showed his professionalism cannot be called into question.

The platform had been laid by a first goal for 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin, in only his sixth Premier League appearance, and another from Enner Valencia after Tom Huddlestone's red card set the stage for Lukaku to register his 20th and 21st league goals of the season, the first time an Everton player has reached 20 since Gary Lineker in 1985-1986.

TWEETS OF THE MATCH

"Lukaku scores and becomes the first player to notch 20 league goals for Everton for 31 years.

"Lukaku makes it 21 and he's on his way to be the first Everton player to score 30 league goals for 31 years." - Lineker himself acknowledges Lukaku's achievement. ( https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/843142304185667584, https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/843142989186842624)

STAR MAN: Ross Barkley.

Lukaku may have scored twice but Barkley's performance was more consistent and sustained.

DATA POINT

Calvert-Lewin's maiden goal in only his sixth Premier League appearance means Everton have now had 15 different goalscorers in the league this season, more than any other side.

IN WITH THE CROWD

After a controversial week Lukaku's name was chanted to the rafters at Goodison Park even before his two late goals and the Belgian responded by throwing his shirt into the crowd at the end.

PLAYER RATINGS

Everton

Joel Robles: 6

Seamus Coleman: 6

Ashley Williams: 5

Phil Jagielka: 6

Leighton Baines: 6

Idrissa Gana Gueye: 6

Morgan Schneiderlin: 6

Tom Davies: 7

Ross Barkley: 7

Romelu Lukaku: 7

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 7

Substitutes

Gareth Barry (on for Schneiderlin, 30): 4

Enner Valencia (on for Davies, 77): 7

Ramiro Funes Mori (on for Calvert-Lewin, 56): 6

Hull

Eldin Jakupovic: 6

Omar Elabdellaoui: 5

Harry Maguire: 7

Andrea Ranocchia: 5

Curtis Davies: 6

Andrew Robertson: 6

Tom Huddlestone: 5

Alfred N'Diaye: 6

Sam Clucas: 7

Lazar Markovic: 5

Abel Hernandez: 4

Substitutes

Kamil Grosicki (on for Davies, 64): 6

Adama Diomande (on for Hernandez, 82): 5

Ahmed Elmohamady (on for Markovic, 86): 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Liverpool v Everton (Premier League, Saturday April 1)

Hull v West Ham (Premier League, Saturday April 1)

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