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Everton v QPR

Patient Everton slayed relegation fodder QPR at Goodison Park.

Goals either side of half-time from Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe saw off Harry Redknapp's side, who are now staring demotion to the Championship in the face.

The match-up had been billed as a tough test against a side battling for Premier League survival but in reality the Loftus Road outfit looked every inch a side who fully expected to be playing in a different league next season.

After a period of silence to commemorate the impending 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy play was underway and Everton probed from the off.

Victor Anichebe scores against QPRAnichebe celebrates his goal

Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini were back from suspension for the Blues and they helped take a stranglehold on the game.

With the exception of Junior Hoilett's early curler it was one-way traffic, with the home side enjoying plenty of possession down the flanks.

One foray down the right saw Seamus Coleman pulled down as he made for the byline just inside the box - but ref Lee Mason was not impressed.

It was the opposite flank which provided the next chance as Leighton Baines' teasing cross just evaded Anichebe's head.

Hillsborough - Minute's silence against QPRA minute's silence before the game

There were 26 minutes on the clock before the first shot on target, with Loic Remy bringing a solid save from Tim Howard.

That was a rare QPR opportunity and Everton really should have been ahead shortly afterwards. Baines picked out Gibson with a short free-kick but Sylvain Distin somehow contrived to turn the Irishman's mis-hit effort wide.

But midfield general Gibson had better luck five minutes before the break when he lined up another long range effort which found the net via a significant touch off visiting skipper Hill.

Should the goal be attributed to Gibson it would be only his second ever Blues goal, coming more than 14 months after his first.

Gibson rifles in the opening goal

Howard routinely fielded an effort from Remy shortly after the break.

And it was inches away from being two moments later as brilliant footwork from Mirallas saw him leave Nedum Onouha for dead and tee up Anichebe who curled an effort onto the post and along the goaline before QPR cleared.

Still Everton pressed for a second goal and Distin's 51st minute header was clawed away by a leaping Julio Cesar.

Then, on 56 minutes, another towering back-post header from the Frenchman resulted in Everton's second goal.

Coleman skips away from Ji-Sung Park

His effort was heading towards goal but Anichebe took no chances and produced a clever flick with his back to goal to double the Blues' lead.

It could have been 3-0 on 65 minutes had Steven Pienaar chosen to shoot rather than pass to Mirallas when seemingly through on goal.

Howard saved from Onuoha and Gibson threatened again late on as Everton comfortably closed out the game.

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