KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 16, 2016
Tim Howard went out a winner in his final game for Everton, while Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin also wrapped up their seasons in England.
Everton 3 - 0 Norwich City
Howard ended his 10-year stay at Goodison Park with a shutout win over the Canaries in what can only be described as a disappointing season for the Toffees.
The long-awaited firing of Roberto Martinez after winning one game in their previous 10 allowed interim coach David Unsworth to bring some of Everton's younger players into the lineup to lift some of the gloom of a season that had so much promise early on.
The home side opened the scoring in the 19th minute when James McCarthy's effort from 20 yards out beat Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.
Leighton Baines made it 2-0 when scored from the penalty spot after Romelu Lukaku was brought down in the area by Robbie Brady.
Kevin Mirallas scored Everton's third goal on the day when a cross from debutant Jonjoe Kenny was deflected by a Norwich defender, allowing the Belgian to tap it in from close range.
Everton wrap up their season in 11th place with 47 points.
However, the day belonged to Howard, who said the next Toffees coach would be "sitting on a goldmine" of talented players as the team will look to improve on their performance in the 2016-17 season.
The 37-year-old, who received a guard of honor from his teammates after the game expressed his thanks to the supporters and Everton.
"You guys have given me the privilege and honor to play for this amazing club. Since 2006 it's become my life. I'm leaving tomorrow but this will always be my home," he said.
Howard ends his career at Everton having played 414 games (352 in the Premier League) for the team.
DeAndre Yedlin started and played 76 minutes as his loan to Sunderland ended with a 2-2 tie at Watford. The Black Cats, who already staved off relegation with their midweek win several days prior, finished the season in 17th place with 39 points.
Geoff Cameron started and played 80 minutes as Stoke City earned a 2-1 win over West Ham United. The Potters finished the season in ninth place with 51 points.
Brad Guzan watched from the bench in what could be his final time at relegated Aston Villa as they lost 4-0 to Arsenal. The Villans finished at the bottom of the standings with a measly 17 points.