Everton 3 Norwich City 0

Norwich City slumped to a 3-0 Premier League defeat to Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Ima

Norwich City slumped to a 3-0 Premier League defeat to Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Relegated Norwich City slumped to a tame 3-0 Premier League exit at Everton on Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park.

The Toffees eased to a routine victory against Alex Neil's side, who finished in 19th place on 34 points to join Newcastle United and Aston Villa in the Championship next season.

James McCarthy opening the scoring with a thumping first-half hit before Leighton Baines struck from the spot and Kevin Mirallas completed the victory three minutes after the interval.

Neil made two changes from the side that beat Watford 4-2 at Carrow Road on Wednesday. Matt Jarvis replaced Wes Hoolahan and frontman Cameron Jerome was included up top with loanees Dieumerci Mbokani and Patrick Bamford both missing from the matchday squad. Vadis Odjidja was joined on the substitutes' bench by Tony Andreu.

Everton's interim coaching duo Joy Royle and David Unsworth gave starts to teenagers Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell with Ross Barkley and Tom Cleverley on the bench. England international Phil Jagielka returned from a hamstring injury to partner John Stones. Experienced keeper Tim Howard made a rare start in his final appearance for the Toffees.


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Former Evertonian John Ruddy was pressed into service inside the opening seconds to drop on Lukaku's mis-hit shot from the angle of the six-yard box.

Nathan Redmond and Ivo Pinto combined down the Norwich right to offer the first threat from the visitors but Howard bundled the ball behind at his near post with Jerome in close attendance.

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Before the corner could be taken Swedish international Martin Olsson dropped to the turf before departing following treatment to what appeared a muscle injury. Olsson clearly wanted to take no chances ahead of Sweden's Euro 2016 involvement this summer and was replaced by another French-bound City player,

Robbie Brady.

Ruddy twice denied Lukaku in the space of seconds after the Belgian powerhouse was too strong for Ryan Bennett.

The open feel to proceedings in the Merseyside sunshine continued when Jerome was found in the right channel but Stones came across to block the striker's effort.

Jerome then pulled away from the England hopeful but could only direct Pinto's deep cross at Howard who triggered a swift counter that ended with McCarthy thumping a superb 20-yard strike past the flailing Ruddy.

Lukaku headed over at the near post in the aftermath as Everton continued to carry the greater attacking menace.

Everton were forced into an early injury change themselves with Matthew Pennington was taken off with what appeared a suspected hamstring problem for another of Everton's teenage crew, Jonjoe Kenny.

Lukaku remained the one class act on show when he drifted across the pitch before clipping a ball inside Pinto for on-rushing Mirallas but his fellow Belgian international rifled a shot into the side netting.

Norwich roused themselves to create their best opening of the half in the 41st minute when Jerome set the ball back for Jarvis who hooked well wide with a first time shot. The away fans responded with an ironic burst of 'that's why we're going down'.

Baines flicked a free kick into the Norwich wall but the Everton left-back made no mistake from the penalty spot a minute from the interval when he sent Ruddy the wrong way after Brady was adjudged to have manhandled Lukaku.

Seb Bassong underwent a rigorous warm-up during the interval but before his arrival Norwich were 3-0 down, when Mirallas swept home unmarked at the back post after Kenny's cross had beaten a posse of City defenders at the near post.

Pinto tried to reply with a couple of forays down the right that ended with Jarvis testing Howard who saved smartly with his legs at his near post. Jerome attacked the resulting corner but glanced a near post header over.

Brady was at full stretch to cut out Dowell's cross destined for Lukaku, who departed to warm applause from the home fans for England international Barkley. Hoolahan replaced Jarvis in Norwich's final change of the afternoon.

Bassong rose highest but headed Redmond's corner over in the 77th minute. Baines' slip as he stepped up to take a free kick triggered gentle derision from the home fans before Bassong rose in front of Lukaku to head clear.

• Everton: Howard, Pennington (Kenny 29), Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Barry, McCarthy (Lennon 53), Davies, Dowell (Barkley 69), Mirallas, Lukaku. Subs (not used): Joel, Cleverley, Osman, Connolly.

• Goals: McCarthy (19), Baines (44), Mirallas (48)

• Norwich City: Ruddy, Pinto, Martin, Bennett (Bassong 50), Olsson (Brady 10), Redmond, Dorrans, O'Neil, Jarvis (Hoolahan 71), Naismith, Jerome. Subs (not used): Rudd, Whittaker, Andreu, Odjidja.

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 2 minutes

• Referee: Lee Mason (Lancs)

• Attendance: 36,691

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