Koeman: Everton Must Hold On To Lukaku

Calvert-Lewin went close to a second before Lukaku looked to have responded perfectly to his critics when he found the net, only for a late offside flag to deny the former Chelsea man his 20th league goal of the season.

Hull remain in the relegation zone and Marco Silva's team are three points from safety with nine games left to beat the drop.

Having already teed-up Enner Valencia's strike, Lukaku took advantage of slack Hull defending to move two clear of Tottenham's Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot on 21.

"If you are afraid to play at home that is the worst thing you can have as a football player", said Koeman.

"The results, they have brought confidence to the team and the fans have confidence in the team".

"It's always very hard to always take the best decision".

"We kept the momentum".

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The Toffees started the second half strongly and were almost 2-0 up when Lukaku forced Eldin Jakupovic into a decent save, tipping the ball around the post.

"If we keep our concentration in games it is hard to beat Everton - but it is even more hard to beat Everton at Goodison Park".

Romelu Lukaku claims his desire to play in the Champions League soccer and Everton's failure to attract top-class players has convinced him not to sign a new contract with the English Premier League club.

The manager was upset by the 23-year-old's words but insists he has not noticed a difference in his attitude in training.

Everton then suffered a blow midway through the half when Morgan Schneiderlin pulled up with an injury and had to be replaced by Gareth Barry.

News that Lukaku wants to quit comes as even more of a shock to the club, given just a fortnight earlier, the player's agent, Mino Raiola, said a new five-year, £130,000-a-week deal, was "99.9 per cent" certain.

  • Tabitha Byrd