English Premiership

Everton begin post-Martinez with a win

Leighton Baines (AFP)
Leighton Baines (AFP)

Liverpool - Everton claimed a rare home win as they beat relegated Norwich City 3-0 on the final day of the Premier League season in their first match since Roberto Martinez was sacked as manager.

Caretaker coaches Joe Royle and David Unsworth named an experimental side, and James McCarthy lashed them into the lead after good work by Keiran Dowell.

Leighton Baines doubled the advantage from the penalty spot shortly before half-time, and Kevin Mirallas swept home just after the restart to end the game as a contest.

Everton still end the season with their lowest points tally at Goodison Park for a league campaign since three points have been awarded for a win, but there was a glimpse of the future with several youngsters involved.

Alex Neil's Norwich made an immediate return to the Championship when Everton lost 3-0 at Sunderland in midweek, and they looked like a second-tier outfit on Sunday.

Unsworth, who won the 1995 FA Cup under Royle as a player, made four changes to Martinez's side that was beaten at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

Midfielders Dowell and Tom Davies, 17, were given their full Premier League debuts, while defender Jonjoe Kenny came off the bench early on for the injured Matthew Pennington.

The Toffees forged ahead in the 19th minute with a fantastic goal from McCarthy, as the Irish international hammered home from 20 yards after a slaloming run by Dowell.

Mirallas then passed up a great opportunity to make it two, while Matt Jarvis spooned Norwich's best chance at the other end over the top.

Romelu Lukaku was hauled down inside the area by Robbie Brady, and left-back Baines stepped up to score his second goal of the season on the stroke of half-time.

The third goal would have delighted the Gwladys Street faithful, with Davies and Dowell part of a flowing move that ended with Belgian forward Mirallas tapping in Kenny's cross from close range.

The 18-year-old Dowell was given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Ross Barkley, who was denied a fourth by Canaries keeper John Ruddy.

It was a lifeless display from Norwich with which to sign off from a campaign that sees them finish second-bottom, while Everton end up in 11th place.

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