Tim Howard plays his final game before departing for Colorado Rapids in July
Last game of the season with Martinez finally gone, David Unsworth in charge of team matters, ably assisted by Joe Royle. Youngsters Kieran Dowell and Tom Davies were rewarded with their first Premier League starts while Barkley and Cleverley were dropped to the bench. Captain Phil Jagielka made a surprise return after recovering from a hamstring injury and Tim Howard made his farewell appearance in front of a much happier Goodison Park crowd enjoying the bright sunshine.
Relegated Norwich City kicked off but as soon as Baines intercepted the ball, it was delivered long to Lukaku who had an early and welcome chance to fire in on ex-Blue John Ruddy.
Norwich responded and a tricky ball in from Redmond put Jagielka under pressure, Howard fumbling it behind. Olsson was injured and replaced after just 10 minutes for the visitors, Brady on in his place.
Barry did well to feed Lukaku again who made space and tried to place it past Ruddy but the keeper was down well, however, Lukaku got another bite of the cherry but it was saved again.
The Blues warmed to the new regime with some excellent interchanges between Davies and Dowell, who added a spirit of youthful adventure that had Lukaku looking a little rusty and hesitant in comparison. But the Blues still looked very vulnerable at the back.
The breakthrough came with a nice move full of forward intent, started at the back by McCarthy who gave Dowell the opportunity to run at the visitors and then smash his loose pass superbly into the top corner. Great goal.
Much brighter stuff from the Blues, with Pennington scooping an early ball up for Lukaku to chase and almost control, winning a corner that was strangely played short before the cross came in.
Pennington was the next player unable to continue, another youngster, JonJoe Kenny coming off the bench for his debut. Lukaku played in Mirallas for a great run on goal and fierce shot that tried to beat Ruddy inside the near post but smacked into the side netting.
Norwich applied pressure down the Everton right, testing young Kenny who had had some nice early touches, Redmond getting inside him to unleash a strong shot just over the bar.
Norwich had a strong spell were they pushed the Blues back on Howard's goal, Naismith trying to place a shot against his old teammates, the ball popping up off Baines's ankle onto Davies's arm but not given. Jerome did well to set up Jarvis who squandered a wonderful chance, blasted over.
Everton finally got out amnd Mirallas was challenged on the edge of the area, Baines putting the free kick wastefully straight into the wall. The Blues pressed and Lukaku switched play, Davies working the ball well and it getting played in perfectly for Lukaku who was impeded and collapsed rather theatrically. Penalty given... NOT taken by Lukaku. Baines delivered the spot-kick with aplomb as of old, and Everton 2-0 up at the break.
It didn't take long for Everton to go further ahead after the break, a determined turnover won by Dowell who again strode forward with purpose and intent, options left and right; he chose right where McCarthy paused as Kenny overlapped then placed a dangerous cross that bobbled through the crowd to Mirallas on his own at the far post where he had a simple task to convert before a Goodison crowd finally being treated to a display of proper football after months of laboured sideways and backwards possession football.
Baines went down with a painful clash of heads, but it was McCarthy who made way for Aaron Lennon. The Blues youngsters were chasing every ball and trying all sorts of quick passes. It looked raw and unpolished at times but the intent and potential was clearly evident. Baines was sharing set-piece duties with Davis, and it was the senior man who tried to beat ruddy from 35 yards with a curler that bent the wrong way, well away from goal.
It was revealing to see so many balls being played in to Lukaku, who was full of energy but the shockingly bad habits he had picked up under Martinez were all too evident, letting the ball bounce, messing up his first touch, being offside, not being in the right place in the penalty area...
At the other end, Norwich had some good spells, Brady firing in low, and Howard saving well at the near post. Jerome headed just over with pressure from Stones behind him. Kieran Dowell was given a tremendous round of applause when Unsworth decide to bring on Ross Barkley for the last 20+ minutes.
JonJoe Kenny was doing a great job to contain Brady down the right. Barkley looked to have worked an opportunity with Lennon but it didn't come off. He then went on a great run, seemingly losing the ball and going down but the jumping up and firing in on Ruddy, and effort much appreciated.
Lukaku played a great ball for Baines but Pinto caught him late and for the free-kick, Baines slipped and fell down, much to the amusement of the crowd. Lennon was largely disappointing in that the things he tried looked good but the end product, be it a cross or a shot, just did not deliver.
It became something of a training match as the last minutes of the season ticked away and Goodison bade farewell to Tim Howard. Leon Osman, who may also leave in the summer, did not get on the field this time, while Hibbert, also assumed to have played his last match for the Blues, could only participate in the Lap of Appreciation that wrapped things up at the end.
Everton: Howard, Pennington (30' Kenny), Stones, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy (53' Lennon), Barry, Mirallas, Dowell (69' Barkley), Davies, Lukaku. Subs not Used: Robles, Cleverley, Osman, Connolly.
Norwich City: Ruddy, Ivo Pinto, Martin, Bennett (50' Bassong), Olsson (10' Brady), Redmond, O'Neil, Dorrans, Jarvis (72' Hoolahan), Naismith, Jerome. Subs not Used: Whittaker, Rudd, Andreu, Odjidja-Ofoe.
Referee: Lee Mason
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