12 Mar 2017

Everton close in on top four

7:03 am on 12 March 2017

Everton closed to within five points of the English Premier League top-four with a convincing 3-0 win over a lacklustre West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park.

Romelu Lukaku of Everton.

Romelu Lukaku of Everton. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Goals shortly before halftime from Kevin Mirallas and Morgan Schneiderlin -- his first for the club -- put Everton in control and West Brom's response was negligible.

Romelu Lukaku headed Everton's third late on to take his league tally for the season to 19, level with Harry Kane at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.

Everton, whose only defeat in 10 league games was last week's 3-2 reverse at Tottenham Hotspur, remain in seventh spot with 47 points from 28 games. Fourth-placed Liverpool, who host Burnley tomorrow, have 52.

Oumar Niasse proved Hull City's hero as he netted a superb double in the 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers Swansea City that gave a serious shot in the arm to the Tigers in their fight against relegation.

Hull were still left in the bottom three but their victory saw them leapfrog Middlesbrough into 18th place and move to within three points of Swansea.

Joshua King scored a hat-trick and missed a penalty as Bournemouth beat West Ham United 3-2 to ease six points away from relegation danger.