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Hull 2-2 Everton

By Ian Westbrook

Leon Osman
Leon Osman scored his second of the season to rescue a point for Everton

Everton earned a deserved point after a superb second half comeback at Hull.

Hull's goals both came from Dean Marney corners with Michael Turner heading the first and the second flying in off Everton's Phil Neville and Tim Howard.

Hull deserved their lead but Everton battled back and Tim Cahill gave them hope when his shot bounced down off the bar and over the line.

And Leon Osman secured the draw when he scored from close range from Yakubu's cross after good work by Louis Saha.

The point denied Hull the chance to retain fifth place in the table but was well-earned after the proverbial game of two halves.

Interview: Phil Brown

Hull had the better of the first half and Bernard Mendy had two early chances - one saved by Howard and the other flying wide.

Mikel Arteta and Osman had half-chances at the other end before the Tigers took the lead in the 18th minute.

Turner rose highest at the far post to power a header from Marney's left-wing corner into the roof of the net despite the best efforts of Marouane Fellaini.

Everton almost immediately equalised but Yakubu's fierce volley from the edge of the area was beaten away by Boaz Myhill.

606: DEBATE
However Hull looked the more dangerous side and Marlon King curled a free-kick just past the far post from the edge of the area.

Everton were finding it hard to break down the home defence and were restricted to half-chances as the hosts ended the first half in control.

David Moyes changed things round at half-time - bringing on Saha for his debut and Joleon Lescott, who had been dropped to the bench, for Segundo Castillo and Leighton Baines.

And Saha almost made an immediate impact as he and Yakubu pounced on the ball from a corner but keeper Myhill bravely blocked.

That save proved crucial two minutes later as Hull doubled their lead from another left-wing Marney corner.

Michael Turner scores
Michael Turner scored his first goal in the Premier League to put Hull in front

The ball was delivered into the six-yard box and flew into the net for an own goal off a combination of the back of Neville's head and Howard's hand.

The goal seemed to ignite Everton and the visitors finally came into the game.

On the hour mark Saha had another chance as he burst into the area only to be denied by a smart save from Myhill.

Fellow substitute Lescott drove over soon afterwards and Everton's improvement was rewarded when Cahill pulled one back in the 73rd minute.

The ball pinged around the penalty area with Hull failing to clear and the midfielder's shot bounced down off the bar and over the line with the linesman awarding the goal.

Interview: David Moyes

The Toffees continued to attack and Hull again failed to get the ball away at a corner before it bounced into the grateful arms of Myhill.

However Myhill was powerless to stop the 78th minute equaliser as Osman poked the ball home from close range after Yakubu exchanged passes with Saha before crossing from the left-hand side of the penalty area.

Then Saha could only find the side-netting from a tight angle after Myhill dropped a centre.

The point maintained Everton's unbeaten away record and continued Hull's good start to their first season in the top flight.


Hull manager Phil Brown:
"In the first half we played some of our best football of the season but to be fair without Lescott and Saha, Everton weren't as potent a threat as they were in the second half when they looked a totally different team.

"Beforehand we probably would have taken a draw but when you are 2-0 up after 65 or 70 minutes you are looking to close out the game.

"I've seen their first goal on video and it is not conclusive but it has to be the linesman's decision and he flagged for it going over the line.

"We now have eight points from five games and if we continue in that mode we will be all right."

Everton manager David Moyes:
"I was disappointed we were two goals down but I don't think we should have got into that situation and credit to Hull for that.

"I thought that even in the first half we had more of the ball but didn't do anything with it but the introduction of Louis Saha made the difference.

"Saha is a very talented player and if we can keep him fit and out on the pitch he will be a big player for us.

"I have to credit the players who showed a lot of character to come back but people who have been very reliable for us have become unreliable. We must put an end to the goals and we are conceding from set-pieces."


Hull: Myhill, McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson, Mendy (Garcia 77), Ashbee, Marney, Halmosi, Cousin (Folan 69), King (Boateng 81).
Subs Not Used: Duke, Geovanni, Hughes, Ricketts.

Goals: Turner 18, Neville 50 og.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Yobo, Baines (Lescott 46), Osman, Fellaini, Arteta, Castillo (Saha 46), Cahill,Yakubu (Vaughan 87).
Subs Not Used: Nash, Nuno Valente, Rodwell, Baxter.

Booked: Fellaini.

Goals: Cahill 73, Osman 78.

Att: 24,845

Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).


BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Everton's Mikel Arteta on 7.17 (on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.




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