16:53 18th March 2017
Hull City suffered another miserable away day as they were thrashed 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave the home side an early lead before the Tigers collapsed late on after Tom Huddlestone was shown a straight red card. Enner Valencia doubled the home side’s lead before Romelu Lukaku scored twice in added time to put a gloss on things for the Toffees.
Marco Silva made one change to his starting eleven as Curtis Davies came into the side, with Kamil Grosicki dropping to the bench. Josh Tymon took the place of the ineligible Oumar Niasse amongst the substitutes.
The change in personnel meant a change in shape as Silva went with a back three consisting of Davies, Harry Maguire and Andrea Ranocchia. Andy Robertson and Omar Elabdellaoui operated as wing-backs with a midfield three of Alfred N’Diaye, Huddlestone and Sam Clucas. Lazar Markovic supported Abel Hernandez in attack.
On a wet and windy afternoon, it was the Tigers who threatened in attack first when Markovic knocked a deep Robertson cross back for Hernandez, who saw his low shot from inside the box blocked.
However it was Everton who took an early lead. Tom Davies managed to beat the offside trap down the right to latch onto Ross Barkley’s pass and when he crossed low to the far post, youngster Calvert-Lewin was there to apply a first-time finish.
Eldin Jakupovic made a save at his near post soon after to keep out a low drive from Seamus Coleman before the Tigers had the chance to equalise. A Clucas pass set Markovic away through the middle, but a poor first touch allowed the home defence to recover and clear.
An attack down the right then brought another chance for the visitors. Again it fell to Markovic, but he sliced a shot high and wide from the edge of the box.
The next real chance fell to the Tigers, too. Clucas took advantage of some hesitant play from Ashley Williams and nip in to lob a bouncing ball over goalkeeper Joel Robles, but his effort just wouldn’t dip in time as it landed on the roof of the net and Everton breathed a sigh of relief as they took their lead into half time.
Plenty of possession came the way of the visitors early in the second half and Silva’s men were neat and tidy with it, but without ever really having the attacking thrust that was necessary.
For the home side, Lukaku sent a powerful shot just over the bar at the end of a swift counter-attack that had started from a decent looking Elabdellaoui cross being cleared.
Maguire then produced a brilliant tackle to halt Barkley’s dangerous burst into the box before Jakupovic made a good save to deny Lukaku.
Williams was booked for Everton after blocking off Markovic before Silva made his first change of the afternoon with Grosicki coming on for Davies as the Tigers reverted to four at the back.
Robertson found the side-netting when he met a deep cross from Elabdellaoui, but hopes of a recovery from the away side were dealt a huge blow when Huddlestone was shown a straight red card for a 73rd-minute challenge on Gueye.
Everton soon made the most of their one-man advantage as they doubled their lead 12 minutes from time. Substitute Valencia played a delightful one-two with Lukaku before finding the bottom corner from close range.
Adama Diomande and Ahmed Elmohamady were introduced from the bench but it made little difference as Everton added a third goal as the game ticked over into added time, Lukaku escaping the attention of the visiting defence for the first time to latch onto Valencia’s through ball and apply a neat finish from inside the box.
And that wasn’t the end of the scoring. In the last of four minutes added time, an awful back-pass from Elabdellaoui presented Lukaku with the chance to round Jakupovic and tap into an empty net to round off another miserable away day.
Everton: Joel Robles, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Seamus Coleman, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin (Gareth Barry 30), Tom Davies (Enner Valencia 76), Ross Barkley, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ramiro Funes Mori 56), Romelu Lukaku.
Subs Not Used: Maarten Stekelenburg, Aaron Lennon, Mason Holgate, Ademola Lookman.
Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Andy Robertson, Harry Maguire, Curtis Davies (Kamil Grosicki 64), Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez (Adama Diomande 82), Alfred N’Diaye, Sam Clucas, Andrea Ranocchia, Omar Elabdellaoui, Lazar Markovic (Ahmed Elmohamady 86).
Subs Not Used: David Marshall, David Meyler, Shaun Maloney, Josh Tymon.
Referee: Mr P. Tierney.