2014/15 was a disappointing campaign for Everton, especially after last season's fifth-place Premier League finish and securing European competition for the first time in five years. The final Sunday at Goodison Park ended in similarly disappointing fashion, as the Blues fell 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur.
The first half was dominated by Spurs, and they went into the break with a deserved lead. The North Londoners controlled possession, and had a number of chances at Tim Howard's goal. Harry Kane opened the scoring in the 24th minute when he headed in Eric Dier's superb cross. Kevin Mirallas' two barely-off-target shots were they bright spot of a lethargic opening 45 minutes for the Blues.
Muhamed Besic replaced Ross Barkley at the start of the second half after Barkley failed to impress and gave the ball away dangerously twice in the first half. Everton were lucky to not be down by two or three goals when play stopped, and Besic made an immediate impact after coming on for the Toffees.
Though Everton looked better in the second half, it wasn't enough to get the equalizer. Manager Roberto Martinez provided six-year veteran Sylvain Distin with a curtain call when he substituted the Frenchman for Brendan Galloway in the 84th minute.
Everton finish 11th on the Premier League table for 2014/15. Follow @RBMersey and follow along here for all your offseason news and analysis.