Everton 4 Hull City 0 Match Report
A catastrophic four nil defeat at Goodison
leaves City in a desperate position in the Premier League relegation battle. Curtis Davies was recalled, leaving Grosicki on the bench, as the Tigers sought their first win at Goodison since nineteen fifty two.
It started well enough, with a penalty shout for the Tigers as early as the second minute, a pull on Markovic ignored by the officials. City went behind in the ninth minute, as Sheffield United signing Dominic Calvert-Lewin tapped into an empty net, following good work by Barkley and Davies. City had a half chance fired over by Markovic, but Everton looked much the more dangerous side. Jakupovic kept City in the game with a couple of fine saves. Clucas had a golden opportunity to score in the thirty seventh minute, but hoisted his effort over the bar.
One nil at halftime, and although City were still in the game, it was hard to see where the goals were going to come from.
In the second half, it was all Everton. Lukaku had a couple of great chances, one brilliantly saved by Jakupovic,and Robertson fired into the side netting when it was easier to score. On the seventy third minute, it all went wrong for the Tigers. Huddlestone’s challenge on Gueye was adjudged a straight red, and that was that. City never recovered their composure, and substitute Valencia added a second on seventy eight minutes. Game over. Lukaku got his twentieth goal of the season, using his strength to hold off Robertson, and added another deep into added time. Four nil the final score, and what a disastrous defeat. Palace winning left City three points from safety , with just nine games to go.It’s beginning to look like City’s dismal away form is going to drag them down to the Championship.
Davies for Grosicki? For me, a negative move, when positivity is needed. We look a poor side with one attacker. Surely time to be more adventurous and play two upfront?. Most damning statistic? Shots on target. Nil. A probable three match ban for Huddlestone. By the time he returns, it may be too late. Two home games to come, and we must win them both. Worrying times.
By David Osgerby