Romelu Lukaku scored in his final loan appearance for Everton as the Toffees beat Hull to finish the season with their best points tally for 27 years.

Lukaku slotted home just after half-time, with James McCarthy having earlier fired the visitors ahead with his first goal for the club.

FA Cup final a huge distraction - Bruce

The Tigers, evidently with one eye on next weekend's FA Cup final, rarely tested away goalkeeper Tim Howard.

But in finishing 16th, Steve Bruce's side have achieved their aim of safety.

In truth, events on the pitch had little effect on the aura of satisfaction radiating around the stadium, as both sets of fans basked in the achievement of excellent Premier League campaigns.

Toffees boss Robert Martinez, whose side had already surpassed the highest points tally achieved by his predecessor David Moyes, went one better to secure Everton's biggest total - 72 - since they won the title in 1986-87.

The away fans took added pleasure from events conspiring against their rivals Liverpool, with goals scored by newly crowned champions Manchester City received as enthusiastically as those by Everton.

For the Tigers, there is still one monumental match remaining this season - and the distraction of next Saturday's final against Arsenal at Wembley contributed to a low-key league finale at the KC Stadium.

Year to remember

Hull City and Everton both achieved their best ever Premier League points tallies this season, as well as qualifying for the Europa League.

Bruce was boosted by the return of Alan McGregor ahead of next week's showpiece, but the goalkeeper failed to get a strong enough hand behind McCarthy's 10th-minute strike from the left of the box, Steven Naismith having supplied the assist with a threaded pass.

The next goal cheered by the Everton fans was scored 120 miles away at Anfield, from where news was filtering through that Liverpool had conceded to Newcastle in their ultimately doomed bid to win the title.

Everton had chances to score more themselves, with Naismith and Lukaku failing to hit the target when presented with a sight of goal.

The Belgium striker was involved at the other end when a free-kick from former Everton man Nikica Jelavic hit his arm, but referee Howard Webb waved away Hull's appeals for a penalty.

Martinez reflects on 'remarkable' season

Lukaku, whose future is uncertain with his loan deal from Chelsea now expired, showed what Everton would miss without him when he notched his 16th goal of the season 48 seconds into the second half, shrugging off Paul McShane before finishing calmly.

It effectively ended this contest but it did little to dampen Hull's sense of achievement at arguably the club's finest ever season - and it could get even better at Wembley next weekend.

Hull boss Steve Bruce: "We've got to the Cup final, everybody's talking about one thing, and it looked like that today.

"It's been a huge distraction, but thankfully now it's upon us.

"Everton were too good for us. We've sort of limped over the line, which is always disappointing, but overall this season we've done fantastically well."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "It's been a demanding campaign but the players maintained their standards and made sure we finished strongly. It's been a remarkable season. The Europa League is the step we need to see how far we can go as a football club.

"Ross Barkley and John Stones just needed a rest. There is always the opportunity of representing the senior side but if not there is the Under-21s and the Toulon Tournament.

"In one way or the other they are going to be busy and that is one of the reasons we had to look after them, to make sure they didn't go into the summer with the risk of an injury."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 06 Davies
  • 04 Bruce
  • 15 McShane (Rosenior - 63' )
  • 14 Livermore
  • 29 Quinn
  • 18 Jelavic (Fryatt - 54' )
  • 24 Aluko (Koren - 73' )
  • 08 Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 02 Rosenior
  • 10 Koren
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 17 Boyd
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 21 Long
  • 22 Harper

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman
  • 03 Baines
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 06 Jagielka Booked
  • 15 Distin
  • 07 McGeady (Deulofeu - 69' )
  • 18 Barry
  • 17 Lukaku (Traoré - 90' )
  • 14 Naismith
  • 21 Osman (Pienaar - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 02 Hibbert
  • 10 Deulofeu
  • 22 Pienaar
  • 28 Traoré
  • 32 Alcaraz
  • 35 McAleny
Ref: Howard Webb
Att: 24,848

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

3 4

Corners

6 4

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hull City 0, Everton 2.

90:00 +2:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Everton 2.

90:00 +1:40

Lacina Traoré (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:40

Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull City).

89:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Lacina Traoré replaces Romelu Lukaku.

87:33

Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

87:33

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:53

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Tim Howard.

85:50

Attempt saved. Robert Koren (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

84:01

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

83:36

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by James McCarthy.

83:35

Attempt blocked. Robert Koren (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

82:05

Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

81:35

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Gareth Barry.

80:03

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Steven Naismith.

79:13

Attempt missed. Alex Bruce (Hull City) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

78:44

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by James McCarthy.

78:41

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

77:29

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

76:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Steven Pienaar replaces Leon Osman.

76:24

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:24

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

72:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robert Koren replaces Sone Aluko.

71:42

Attempt saved. Liam Rosenior (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

70:34

Offside, Everton. Phil Jagielka tries a through ball, but Gerard Deulofeu is caught offside.

68:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Aiden McGeady.

67:30

Offside, Hull City. Alex Bruce tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.

67:27

Attempt blocked. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:14

Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James McCarthy.

62:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Liam Rosenior replaces Paul McShane.

60:50

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

58:32

Offside, Everton. Leighton Baines tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

57:40

Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Osman.

57:02

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:02

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

53:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Matty Fryatt replaces Nikica Jelavic.

45:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 0, Everton 2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leon Osman with a through ball.

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 0, Everton 1.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 0, Everton 1.

44:08

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

42:00

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McCarthy with a cross.

37:51

Attempt missed. James McCarthy (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

37:29

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

35:54

Aiden McGeady (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:54

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

34:35

Attempt saved. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:37

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:37

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

31:45

Foul by Phil Jagielka (Everton).

31:45

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:03

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

30:24

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

29:35

Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

29:31

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:26

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

28:26

Stephen Quinn (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:08

Hand ball by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

25:14

Attempt missed. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

24:38

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Stephen Quinn.

23:26

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

22:40 Booking

Booking Phil Jagielka (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:37

Foul by Phil Jagielka (Everton).

22:37

Stephen Quinn (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:54

Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

20:42

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

15:34

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

15:34

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:31

Aiden McGeady (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:31

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

12:52

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

10:59

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

10:59

Stephen Quinn (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 0, Everton 1. James McCarthy (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Naismith with a through ball.

3:41

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:41

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Hull City).

2:15

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

2:15

Paul McShane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:47

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:47

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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