HULL CITY 3 [Hunt 9, Dawson 20, Marney 28] – EVERTON 2 [Zayatte (og) 49, Saha (p) 65].
Gate: 24,685. Ref: Martin Atkinson.
When you’re down fortune deserts you, and so it was last night with the Tigers three up inside half an hour. Dollops of luck and comedy were liberally spread around the KC with Zayette and Yobo competing for the title of master of ceremonies. All three of Hull’s strikes would, on another night, have been safely dealt with. However we do not want to gloss over the cold truth that Everton’s first half performance, was poor, let’s just hope it proves to be the nadir of the season. The first goal came on 9 minutes, following a deflected Yobo header and mix up between Distin and Baines before Hunt finally put it away. Dawson scored the second on 20 minutes direct from a free-kick, which should never have been awarded, and Marney scored courtesy of a Tim Cahill deflection on 28 minutes. Half time saw Moyes withdraw the ineffective Yakubu and beef up midfield with Gosling and it wasn’t long before the Blues were back in it. Johnny Heitinga flashed in a low cross which Zayette miskicked comically into his own net. Would Everton now take this game by the scruff of the neck? Unfortunately not. After much ineffective huffing and puffing Saha was brought down by that man Zayette again for a clear penalty which he slotted home for his eighth league goal of the season. Despite Hull looking nervy towards the end Everton created little and on the night got what they deserved, nothing. Before we start reaching for the pills let’s just remind ourselves who was missing last night: Suspended – Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov; Injured – Jageilka, Arteta, Neville, Vaughan, Anichebe and Osman, virtually a complete team.
Everton (4-4-2): Howard; Neill, Yobo, Distin, Baines; Cahill ©, Rodwell, Heitinga, Pienaar; Saha, Yakubu
Subs: Nash, Hibbert, Jo, Gosling, Coleman, Duffy, Baxter
Hull City (4-4-2): Duke; McShane, Gardner ©, Zayatte, Dawson; Garcia, Marney, Boateng, Hunt; Geovanni, Altidore
Subs: Myhill, Barmby, Kilbane, Mouyokolo, Ghilas, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Cairney