Writer: Matt Wilson
Date:Sunday October 20 2013
Hull City left Goodison Park still searching for their first win in Everton since 1952 but after a narrow 2-1 loss, with their heads held high after another promising performance against strong Premier League opposition.
Steve Bruce made just one change to the side which had drawn 0-0 with Aston Villa a fortnight before, top scorer Robbie Brady returning following surgery to cure a hernia injury. Stephen Quinn was the unfortunate player to lose his place, dropping to the substitute`s bench.
In a damp Merseyside, City were boosted by a substantial travelling support, much owed to City`s offer of free travel which saw 28 coaches depart for Goodison Park in order to fill the away end. City, kicking-off, were attacking in the direction of the City support but the first chances of note came at the far end.
Romelu Lukaku, who has terrorised defences since joining on loan from Chelsea, was able to shrug off the challenge of Curtis Davies but saw his low shot pushed away by McGregor at his near post. It didn`t take Everton too much longer to take the lead, the first goal of the afternoon arriving after eight minutes. A corner from Leighton Baines was cleared by Ahmed Elmohamady but only back to Baines. The England left-back exchanged passed with Osman before the midfielder fed Mirallas on the edge of the area. His low shot appeared to clip Gareth Barry and went in off the inside of the post, McGregor not diving for the Belgian`s effort.
Highlights later showed Barry to be offside and within McGregor`s focus, perhaps explaining why the Scot did not make the save.
Barry would be involved in further contentious moments, first challenging Danny Graham and catching the striker above his knee. Graham was forced off and replaced with Yannick Sagbo whilst Barry escaped punishment. However, had Barry been booked, his over the ball challenge minutes later on Sone Aluko would surely have resulted in a red card, the on loan Manchester City midfielder picking up a yellow card on this occasion.
City`s main threat was from corners and in particular via Abdoulaye Faye. Twice, the Senegalese defender headed over from good positions whilst later in the half, his header to Aluko saw Baines manage to clear the bill over the bar from the Everton goal line.
City`s attempts to find an equaliser eventually came to fruition with some neat build up play. Elmohamady fed Aluko down City`s right and his step-over took him past Leighton Baines. Aluko cut the ball back to the edge of the six yard box and Yannick Sagbo struck powerfully first-time past Tim Howard, his first goal for City since arriving from Evian in the Summer.
Everton started the second half strongly and although dominating possession, the hosts created few significant opportunities. In fact, the best chance of the half first came to City as Jake Livermore struck a first-time effort from just inside the area wide of Tim Howard`s goal.
The Tottenham midfielder should have found the net for his first Premier League goal and the miss was soon rued as Everton took the lead. Romelu Lukaku won a header against Curtis Davies, the ball latched onto by Ross Barkley. He fed Mirallas who returned a cross first time for Pienaar who finished with aplomb first-time, his first touch having been introduced as a substitute just fifteen seconds earlier.
City struggled to create any chances of real note after Everton took the lead but continued to look dangerous in attack from corners via the height of Abdoulaye Faye and Curtis Davies.
Everton could have added to their lead but Kone twice missed opportunities. The first saw the former Wigan Athletic striker evade Abdoulaye Faye but saw his effort strike the post with the goal gaping whilst a minute later, the same player saw his low powerful effort palmed away by Allan McGregor.
What did we learn?
City again gave a good account of themselves against a side which will be competing for a place in Europe at the end of the season. Everton have also maintained their unbeaten league form in 2012 but City did not look fearful against better opposition and on another day, could have certainly taken a point from a difficult venue.
Next week against Tottenham Hotspur won`t be any easier but favourable home games on the horizon will give Steve Bruce the opportunity to acquire more points.
Date:Sunday October 20 2013
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|Hull City||0||-||1||Crystal Palace|
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|12. Hull City||15||5||3||7||-6||18|
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