WORLD CLASS: Romelu Lukaku gives his shirt to a fan before thanking the Gwladys Street fans.

By Dave Downie

Joel Robles: 6 

Very quiet afternoon for the Spaniard, although he was almost called into action due to a mistake from Ashley Williams. A couple of good catches and decent distribution.

Leighton Baines: 6

Some nice link-ups with Calvert-Lewin on the left hand side in the fist half and stuck to his defensive duties throughout.

Ashley Williams: 6

Largely solid apart from a calamitous moment in the first half where he failed to deal with what should have been a simple headed back-pass to Joel Robles from which Hull probably should have levelled the game.

Phil Jagielka: 8 

Perfect captain’s performance from the skipper. Dealt with literally everything that came his way both aerially and with his feet. Delighted to see him looking himself leading the back-line.

Seamus Coleman: 7

Had his hands full at times with the impressive Andrew Robertson on Hull’s left hand side but came out on top in that encounter. He was equally as troublesome for the Tigers’ full-back when driving forward.

Idrissa Gueye: 8

A performance that we’re used to from undoubtedly the find of the season. Won everything in midfield and continues to impress when involved with anything in an attacking sense by backing up the play with his passing.

Morgan Schneiderlin: 6

Unfortunate to limp off with an injury but was his usual assured self in the heart of midfield.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 7

Performed his task on the left hand side very well in a role he probably wouldn’t personally prefer. Outstanding movement and a neat finish for his debut goal. Promising signs from the youngster.

Tom Davies: 7

Looked much more comfortable in the unique role which Ronald Koeman has asked of him. Pressed superbly with limitless energy and provided a fantastic assist for the opening goal following a clever run.

Ross Barkley: 9

Head and shoulders above anyone who got near him. Passing selection, dribbling and pressing were all superb. His standard performance is now higher than it ever has been and his decision making is vastly improved. This Ross Barkley is the real deal.

Romelu Lukaku: 8

Cut a frustrated figure in the first half with very little coming his way. Work rate and effort, which were surely under the microscope given the week that was, were as good as they’ve been in recent weeks. Saw more of the ball in the second half and looked to have petrified Hull’s stubborn resistance when he was allowed to run at them. Two clinical finishes and huge appreciation of the Goodison faithful. Time to rip up the contract he rejected and start talking his language.

SUBS:

Gareth Barry: 6

Slowed the game down a little when he came on but was as composed as ever in possession. Standard Gareth Barry preformance.

Enner Valencia: 7

Difficult to appreciate how difficult his role at the club is with such limited game time, but scored a beautifully created goal with a great touch and finish. Food for thought for Ronald Koeman if he’s looking to play a second striker.

Ramiro Funes Mori: 5

Nearly scored with his first touch, gave the ball away with his second. Mori in a nutshell.

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