Mar 18, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​Goodison Park
Attendance: 39,248
Hull City
Calvert-Lewin (9'), Valencia (78'), Lukaku (91', 94')
Williams (63'), Barry (79')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Ronald Koeman: 'Everyone loves Romelu Lukaku'

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring the opening goal in his side's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on September 30, 2016
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Everton boss Ronald Koeman claims that "everyone loves" Romelu Lukaku after he scored a late brace against Hull City on Saturday.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has praised Romelu Lukaku after the in-form striker scored a late brace in a 4-0 demolition of Hull City on Saturday.

The Belgian striker, who is said to be in a contract dispute with the Toffees, took his Premier League tally for the season to 21 as the struggling Tigers were put to the sword at Goodison Park.

Speaking about the game, Koeman told BBC Sport: "It's great of course, you like to be confident at home. We have had a great run at home. But the final result didn't reflect what happened on the pitch.

"The fans love Rom and everyone loves Rom. Yes, you may be able to hold him back for 85 minutes but then he was focused to the last second. We killed the game perfectly.

"You need to have hope in life! Of course we like to keep best players and we will do the maximum to keep these players but the final decision will be with the player himself."

The result on Merseyside, combined with Arsenal's 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, puts the sixth-placed Toffees level on points with the fifth-placed Gunners.

Romelu Lukaku gets fantasy points galore, especially as captain, after scoring the opening goal in his side's Premier League clash with West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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