Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Football : Hull 0 - 4 Everton


Everton punished Hull for fielding a weakened side as the Merseysiders emphatically beat their hosts in the Carling Cup third round.
Yakubu latched on to a Diniyar Bilyaletdinov pass and curled in a shot to put Everton in front.
Jo nodded in a Bilyaletdinov free-kick and Dan Gosling powered in a shot as Hull went 3-0 down after 24 minutes.
Leon Osman tapped in Everton's fourth from close range after Johnny Heitinga's free-kick came off the wall.
Everton's comfortable victory puts them into the last 16 and saw Tigers boss Phil Brown pay the price for making nine changes from the side that lost to Birmingham last Saturday.
Brown's priority clearly lies in the Premier League but the manner of the loss will do little to help Hull's confidence with a game away against Liverpool awaiting them this weekend.
Yakubu was making his first start for Everton since rupturing his Achilles in November 2008 and celebrated by scoring with the first meaningful attack of the match.
Bilyaletdinov played the Nigerian striker in for his goal and the Russian midfielder was again the provider when Brazilian Jo headed in his set piece for Everton's second.
Hull's defence was again breached when Yakubu found Gosling in acres of space on the right and the midfielder ran on goal before driving a shot past keeper Matt Duke.
The home side had a deflected Tom Cairney shot and a header wide by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink to show for their efforts.
But Everton were clearly in control and Osman compounded Hull's misery by pouncing after Heitinga's free-kick was not cleared.
Hull boss Phil Brown:"It is about rolling the sleeves up now and fighting even harder.
"We have a massive game on Saturday (at Liverpool) - nobody expects us to get anything - and then it a massive October for us.
"The Premier League is obviously the priority. It always has been and always will be."
Everton assistant manager Steve Round:"I think the early goals made a difference, they knocked the stuffing out of Hull a bit.
"They had a young team trying to get to grip with the game and I think that might have knocked the wind out of their sails a little bit.
"Once we got the goals we took control of the game and it was just a matter of seeing it through."

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