It has to be said that the scoreline really does not reflect the game. One shockingly bad decision by the referee turned the game on its head and gave Everton all the ammunition they needed to end Hull’s hopes of vital away points.
In a game where Everton were looking to gain their 7th straight home win, it was Hull who started the game brightly, producing a nice passing game, but it all amounted to nothing when the defence was unlocked by a precision cross, leading to the first of what would end up being a glut of goals. Marco Silva must be questioning his defence, as the ball passed two of the three centre-backs and straight to Calvert-Lewin to slot home past a helpless Eldin Jakupovic.
With the first goal going to the home team, the first half appeared over, finishing at 1-0, with no real efforts on goal by Hull for the duration of the half. In fact Hull did not manage a single shot on target the entire game, which is telling of exactly how much Everton loanee Oumar Niasse was missed by the visitors.
The nearest Hull got to a vital goal was caused a rare lapse of concentration by an Everton defender. Sam Clucas made a charging run from near half-way as the Evertonion didn’t know what to do with the ball and his back to all but the goalkeeper. Unfortunately for Clucas, and Hull, his shot bounced on the top of the net. Clucas deserves the plaudits for his performance in a very weak Hull showing.
On the 73rd minute the flow of the game changed when, inexplicably, referee Paul Tierney gave a straight red for what was simply a badly timed tackle. Tom Huddlestone’s foot went no higher than the ball, but as the ball was moved away from the tackle he caught the player’s leg. Normally this would be a yellow card and a stern telling off from the ref, but, in what can only be assumed as trying to make a name for himself, Tierney gave Huddlestone his marching orders.
Huddlestone’s influence on the game was clear to see as, only 5 minutes later, Everton bagged their 2nd of the game. The tide had truly changed and Hull suffered an almost un-ending onslaught of attempts to extend their lead, which eventually came in the first minute of four added. Want-away forward Romelu Lukaku made it 3-0 with a fierce strike that gave Eldin Jakupovic no chance.
With the game looking to finish at 3-0, Lukaku once again slotted home after a defensive lapse let him in on goal.