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Hull 2 – 2 Everton

Robert Snodgrass scored his sixth league goal of the season


Ross Barkley headed in a late equalizer for Everton against Hull, whose point was enough to move them off the bottom of the Premier League table.

 

The home side had taken the lead after just six minutes through captain Michael Dawson, who was unmarked inside the box and smashed in his third league goal of the season.

In response, Seamus Coleman headed against the post, before the Toffees levelled on the stroke of half-time as goalkeeper David Marshall punched the ball into his own from Kevin Mirallas’s corner.

Marshall brilliantly tipped Romelu Lukaku’s drive on to the crossbar in the second half, before Robert Snodgrass curled a free-kick into the top corner, having struck the bar from a similar situation just minutes before.

Relive Hull 2-2 Everton as it happened

Hull remain in trouble
Manager Mike Phelan will feel the game was a missed opportunity to give Hull a lift towards their target of Premier League safety. The draw moves them up one place to 19th, but they are still three points away from moving out of the relegation zone.

Hull twice took the lead but their defensive vulnerabilities came to the fore in the closing stages as Barkley was allowed a free header for his goal.

It means the East Yorkshire side have now conceded 41 goals this season, a joint-league high alongside fellow strugglers Swansea.

They have also failed to keep a clean sheet at the KCOM Stadium this term and have collected just one win from their last 17 games.

With the January transfer window about to open, Phelan will be looking to bring in reinforcements, while also hoping to hold on the impressive Snodgrass.

Ageing Everton falter in defence
Ronald Koeman’s side continued to show the inconsistency that has been a factor of their season.

They had won two out of their three matches before this game – yet before that, had picked up just one victory from 10 fixtures.

Like opponents Hull, they displayed defensive issues once again – Koeman’s team have managed only four clean sheets in 19 Premier League matches under his leadership.

A centre-back will be on the list of priorities for the manager as Phil Jagielka, 34, looked to struggle at times.

The 35-year-old Gareth Barry – who came close with a drive in the first half – lasted 65 minutes, and it remains to be seen whether a transfer window move for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin materialises.

Everton could have won it late on but substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed wide from a couple of yards out and the point leaves them in seventh, six points adrift of sixth-placed United, who host Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Man of the match – Robert Snodgrass (Hull)

The best player on the pitch provided a moment of brilliance with a superb free-kick. He provided 12 crosses for his team-mates, more than any other player.


Source: BBC

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