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October 19, 2013
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 38828
G. Barry 8'
S. Pienaar 57'
Y. Sagbo 30'
That's all folks! Thanks for joining me for this match. See you all soon.
FULL TIME EVERTON 2-1 HULL Steven Pienaar with the winner here at Goodison, to end Hull's four-match unbeaten run in the league. Hull can hold their heads high after coming back from a goal down in the first half, through the impressive Sagbo. Mirallas had scored the game's opener. Steve Bruce, though, has food for thought with one, perhaps, two of his first eleven out with injuries - Graham and Rosenior.
90' + 3'
Yellow CardLeighton Baines
90' + 3'
Into the last minute of added time and Everton can begin to look at the prospect of facing Aston Villa next week.
90' + 1'
Yellow CardTom Huddlestone
90' + 1'
Tom Huddlestone is booked for a horrible challenge on Kone. The Tigers' midfielder dragged his studs down the 29-year-old's leg.
Four minutes of added time....
Brady gives away a foul on Barry, and Everton regain possession. Not long to go now for the Toffees. Hull seem short of attacking nous right now.
Coleman surges through the opposing half but can't get a final ball or shot away and is swamped by Hull defenders. He's got pace with the ball at his feet.
Kone's afternoon goes from bad to worse when his through ball to Naismith goes straight out of play.
Naismith could have had possibly the same impact as Pienaar coming on there. He was in the box with enough space to get his shot away but instead of pulling the trigger, he turned and played the ball out to the left flank. Nine minutes to go...
Steven Naismith is to come on for Ross Barkley. This is Everton's final substition. Let's hope no one goes down injured.
OFF THE POST! Everton cut through the Hull defence with a couple of great passes and Barkley passes out to Coleman, who is a man over on the right. He squares the ball to Kone at the back post and the Ivorian takes a great first touch which enables him to pick out his spot, but his effort cannons back off the post.
Sagbo is given the ball wide on the left by Livermore who has a bright second half. But Sagbo cross is too heavy and Howard easily catches the ball.
Aluko has been subbed for Quinn. The forward had a brilliant first half, but didn't have the same threat going forward in the second period.
Jagielka is now the latest to limp off. He, however, does not look as troubled as Graham and Rosenior, much to the relief of his manager who is slightly short of defensive cover on the bench.
Kone breaks into the Hull box and squares the ball to Barkley. The youngster, though, decides a back heel is the best way to get the ball to Mirallas who is unmarked. Hull easily clear.
If Everton win today they will be unbeaten in 13 games at Goodison Park.
George Boyd has replaced Rosenior who never managed to run off his injury. The former Fulham man could also be heading to the treatment table.
A Hull corner by Huddlestone is headed away, but only as far as Faye who tries an acrobatic effort on goal but fails to connect. You don't see that often from a centre-half!
A wonderful Ross Barkley through ball nearly plays Everton in, but the ball is cleared up by Hull. Brilliant foresight there from the Everton starlet.
Foul on Curtis Davies by Romelu Lukaku. It's a nudge in the back this time by the forward.
EVERTON GOAL! Steven Pienaar has put Everton ahead. He had only been on the pitch for a matter of moments, but the South African has hit his first league goal of the season. He broke into the box and volleyed home Mirallas's cross. What an inspired substitution by Roberto Martinez.
Jake Livermore has a glorious chance inside the Toffees' box. Sagbo plays the ball back to the Tottenham loanee but his shot goes wide. He should have done better.
Yellow CardLeon Osman
Liam Rosenior has got his foot caught in the turf. The heavy rain over the interval has caused him to twist something. Steve Bruce may have to make his second change of the afternoon because of injury. The full back is merely a passenger for the visitors at the moment.
On the edge of the Hull area, Lukaku tries to get the ball onto his favoured left-foot but he is tackled by Faye, and the ball is cleared.
Distin breaks into the Hull half and plays the ball to Osman who is tackled immediately. Hull's pressing game is causing Everton problems, that coupled with the hosts' slight fatigue will give Hull hope.
Everton did look jaded towards the end of that first period. Phil Jagielka made some unusual errors with the ball at his feet. Very uncharateristic.
The second-half is underway...
HALF-TIME EVERTON 1-1 HULL - One apiece at the break and neither side derserve to be in front in all honesty. A good start from Everton saw Hull concede their first goal in 235 minutes of Premier League football. Mirallas was the goal scorer but Hull supporters will question whether Barry got a touch on the ball as the shot came through. He did seem to make an attempt to flick the ball when in an offside position. Hull sub Sagbo pulled his side level on the half-hour mark with a smart finish.
45' + 6'
WHAT A CLEARANCE! Baines gets a vital header to the ball to stop Sagbo from adding the finishing touch to Faye's nod back across goal following a corner from the far side. It proves to be the last action of the half as the referee blows his whistle.
45' + 4'
Aluko has been a shining light for Hull this half. He sees his shot loop over Howard and out for a corner on the stroke of half-time. From the resulting corner the Nigerian striker heads over from close range. That was his best chance of the half, especially from a standing position.
Four minutes of added time to be played.
James McCarthy slides in on Elmohamady and the Egyptian is going to need the physio. We've already had Graham go off the pitch and straight to hospital with what looks to be a serious knee injury. The midfielder, thankfully, hobbles back onto the pitch.
Two minutes from the break and one of the smallest players on the pitch is tasked with heading a deep cross on goal. Leon Osman, though, can't get enough on the ball under the close attention of the Hull defence and McGregor collects.
Mirallas fires just over from the edge of the box. There was far more venom in this effort compared to his opening goal. Hull keeper McGregor is not troubled and he can watch the Belgian's effort go over the bar.
Ironic cheers coming from the Everton faithful every time Hull pass the ball along the deck.
Everton sweep the ball out wide to Leighton Baines but his cross is easily cleared by Faye. Everton are a completely different side in attack. They look much more assured compared to Jagielka and Distin at the back.
Everton free-kick taken by Distin who decides to chip the ball into the Tigers' box but it is easily cleared.
We're ten minutes from the break and Everton must reassert themselves all over again. Hull have got their tails up.
Hull have got themselves level at Goodison. Sagbo reacted brilliantly there to open up his body and smash the ball into the top corner. The assist came from Aluko who moments ago was laid out on the pitch after Barry's challenge. Wonderful response from Hull.
Yellow CardGareth Barry
Danny Graham has gone to hospital after going off injured earlier in the first half.
Substitute Sagbo seemed to have run the ball out of play wide on the right there. The loose ball resulted in some heavy tackles from both sides. Gareth Barry gets a yellow card for his rash challenge on Aluko.
Everton nearly make it two when Leon Osman flashes a shot into the area and the Lukaku flings himself at the ball. However, the forward just fails to get anything on it. Great start by Everton but Hull are getting more of a foothold in the game.
Distin gifts Hull a corner when he whacks the ball back to Howards and the American mishits the ball out of play as he tries to clear.
Hull manage to break out of their own half and they probe down the left flank. The visitors are awarded a corner which Huddlestone whips in towards the back post. Unmarked, Faye meets but fails to keep his effort down and Howard watches it sail over his bar.
Barkley picks up the ball in a central area and spins to face goal. Davies steps out of defence to face him up but the England youngster shifts it past with a quick touch to his left. He then thumps a low effort at goal but he fires it straight down the middle at the keeper.
Bruce will be disappointed to have lost Graham so early on in the game. Hopefuly Sagbo will be able to fill the former Swansea and Sunderland striker's boots.
We have had a slight break in play here at Goodison. Danny Graham has limped off with an injury to be replaced by Sagbo. The ailing forward has failed to score for Hull since joining the club and now he faces a spell on the sidelines. Harsh.
Everton appear to be building on the momentum of that opening goal. They are forcing Hull back into their own half and the Tigers seem short of ideas on how to alleviate the pressure.
Barry could have been offiside in the build up to Mirallas' opener looking at the replay from the goal.
Hull have been difficult to beat this season but they must hold onto possession if they want to get anything from today's game.
Figueroa gives the ball away inside his own half and Lukaku is played in by his midfield. However, the Belgian beast is denied by McGregor. Sloppy from Hull.
Ross Barkley may not have played in either qualifying match during the international break but he pulls up and holds his ankle inside the first minute. But Everton fans can relax because he seems to be okay to carry on with the game. Phew!
Hull get the game started...
Finally, the Tigers' bench: Bruce, Meyler, McShane, Boyd, Sagbo, Harper, Quinn.
Hull: McGregor, Rosenior, Davies, Faye, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Aluko, Graham.
Hull make one alteration, too. Robbie Brady, who has recovered from hernia surgery, comes into the side at the expense of Stephen Quinn.
Subs: Robles, Jelavic, Kone, Deulofeu, Naismith, Pienaar, Stones.
Here is how Everton line-up: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku.
Everton's Gareth Barry returns from suspension, with Steven Naismith dropping to the bench as Roberto Martinez makes one change to the team beaten 3-1 at Manchester City before the international break. Darron Gibson could be out for the season after doing his cruciate knee ligament when on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
Right now for some team news...
Everton, meanwhile, have netted 14 goals in their five previous home league games against the Tigers, at an average of almost three goals per game. Romelu Lukaku will certainly be hoping to add to his tally of five goals so far for Everton this season. What was Jose Mourinho doing letting him go out on loan from Chelsea?
Despite Steve Bruce's side being on a four-match unbeaten run, the Tigers have historically not fared well at Goodison Park. Their last win came way back in August 1952, when both sides were in Division Two.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League fixture that sees two teams who are flying high in the top half of the table - Everton against Hull.
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