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Steven Pienaar's delightful finish - just 10 seconds after coming on as a second half substitute - proved to be the winner as Everton returned to winning ways thanks to a 2-1 success against Hull at Goodison Park. With perfect timing, the South Africa international on his return from injury, cushioned Kevin Mirallas' low cross into the far corner with his first touch to seal all three points. It took the just eight minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock as Mirallas opened the scoring in controversial fashion. His speculative shot from the edge of the area travelled through a couple of legs before deceiving goalkeeper Allan McGregor at his near post for his first top flight goal of the season. However, Gareth Barry looked have got the slightest of touches on the ball whilst standing in an offside position when Mirallas struck his shot. The visitors deservedly restored parity though on the half hour mark as substitute Yannick Sagbo swept the ball past Tim Howard after great work down the right by the impressive Sone Aluko. Pienaar's winner just before the hour mark ended the Tigers' four-match unbeaten run as the Toffees moved up to fifth spot in the Premier League standings.
Leighton Baines is shown a yellow card for simulation in the box.
A mixture of sun and rain now. We're just missing the rainbow on Merseyside as the home side happily keep possession for these final few minutes. Hull look a beaten team!
There will be FOUR added minutes of stoppage time at Goodison Park as rain pours down again.
Steven Pienaar's delivery is cleared and then Robbie Brady hands Everton a soft free-kick on halfway.
Coleman gets away from George Boyd and now Leighton Baines runs into Ahmed Elmohamady.
With the clock ticking down, Hull are throwing players forward in attack. Seamus Coleman earns his side a free-kick to calm the situation.
Hull's next fixture is against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, so it's not going to get any easier for them.
Kevin Mirallas picks out Seamus Coleman but Curtis Davies is in the way again. What a game the former West Brom and Aston Villa man has had today. He'll be unlucky to finish on the losing side if things stay this way.
Ross Barkley, who has had a quiet afternoon, is replaced by Steven Naismith for the final few minutes.
Suddenly the game has become very stretched at Goodison Park.
OFF THE POST!! Ross Barkley sets up substitute Arouna Kone in the box. He cuts inside before curling his shot against the far post, but in all honesty he just have buried the chance.
Hull are suddenly coming on strong, but Jake Livermore's attempted cross is plucked out of the air by Tim Howard.
No side has currently gone longer without losing at home in the Premier League than Everton (12 games - W9 D3).
Stephen Quinn comes on for Sone Aluko as Steve Bruce makes his final change of the afternoon.
I'm not 100 per cent sure Yannick Sagbo was shown a card after that challenge, but play continues.
Phil Jagielka is in need of some medical attention, but is soon back on his feet.
Yannick Sagbo crunches into Phil Jagielka with his studs showing. That was a reckless challenge!
And Everton make a change as Romelu Lukaku, who has struggled this afternoon, is replaced by Arouna Kone.
George Boyd replaces Liam Rosenior for Hull which means a slight change in formation.
A free header by Abdoulaye Faye is cleared behind for another corner and then Curtis Davies sends his flicked header wide. A couple of decent chances!
The visitors are confident in possession and win another corner, where there is a threat.
Hull struggle to clear their lines, but they eventually break through Yannick Sagbo.
The Tigers have kept possession well since Everton took the lead again and we're going through another low.
What must Everton boss Roberto Martinez be thinking after making that change? Genius tactics from the Spaniard and Hull are stunned.
What an introduction as the South African scores just 10 seconds after coming on. He cushions Kevin Mirallas' low cross beyond Allan McGregor with his right-foot and into the far corner. A quite magnificent finish!
GOAL!!! STEVEN PIENAAR
Steven Pienaar comes on for Leon Osman for Everton.
SO CLOSE!! Jake Livermore fires inches wide after a great touch by Yannick Sagbo.
Leon Osman is shown a yellow card for hacking down Maynor Figueroa.
Rosenior is trying to run off his injury and gives his boss Steve Bruce the thumbs up.
Liam Rosenior clutches his right hamstring and looks to be in serious trouble.
Curtis Davies makes another important interception as Everton push for a second goal early in this second half.
Curtis Davies throws himself at the ball to block an attempt from Ross Barkley.
Hull City have not won at Goodison Park in 61 years - since August 1952 in the old Second Division. They are giving a good showing so far this afternoon and are looking to leapfrog their opponents with a win here.
There was a torrential downpour during the break and that will give the surface a bit of zip.
No changes at the break then as Everton get the second period underway.
Everton are now 4/5 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Hull City 6/1 and the draw 13/8. The Toffees to win 3-1 is now a 13/2 shot while Hull to win by the same scoreline is a 50/1 gamble. Romelu Lukaku to score the next goal is 9/2. Well worth a flutter in my book! Right-click here SKYBET and open in a new tab to place your bets on this match while keeping an eye on the action with me.
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Hull City are holding Everton 1-1 at the break in an entertaining Premier League encounter at Goodison Park. It took the just eight minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock as Kevin Mirallas opened the scoring in slightly controversial fashion. His speculative shot from the edge of the area travelled through a couple of legs before deceiving goalkeeper Allan McGregor at his near post for his first top flight goal of the season. It was also the first time Hull conceded a goal in the Premier League after three hours and 55 minutes of action. Tigers' boss Steve Bruce may not be too happy when he watches the incident again though because Gareth Barry looked have got the slightest of touches on the ball in an offside position when Mirallas struck his shot. Barry was lucky not to have seen red when he went over the top of the ball with his studs showing on Sone Aluko. The visitors deservedly restored parity on the half hour mark when substitute Yannick Sagbo swept the ball past Tim Howard after great work down the right by the impressive Aluko.
CHANCE!! Abdoulaye Faye's header back across goal is met by Sone Aluko, but Leighton Baines gets an important touch to send it behind for a corner and that comes to nothing.
Ahmed Elmohamady is struggling as he hobbles off the field. Steve Bruce will not want to lose him now.
There will be a minimum of FOUR added minutes at the end of this half.
Phil Jagielka causes havoc in the City box, but his header bounces back off Romelu Lukaku and he's unable to put the rebound away.
Leighton Baines' delicious low cross is turned behind by Maynor Figueroa.
Lukaku hasn't been at his best today though Andrew. His Belgian team-mate Kevin Mirallas has looked very lively as he crashes a shot high over the crossbar.
Andrew Williams emails in to say: "That Lukaku's one frightening man isn't he? I reckon he'll score 18 and set up 8."
There is more uncertaintly by Sylvain Distin in the heart of the Toffees defence just as Yannick Sagbo stopped his run.
Referee Neil Swarbrick hands Everton a free-kick on halfway after a high boot by Tom Huddlestone.
Role reveral as Ross Barkley's firm strike is superbly cleared by by busy Curtis Davies.
Curtis Davies hacks down Ross Barkley for a free-kick but Leighton Baines' ball into the box is cleared.
Everton are stunned after conceeding that goal, but on the balance of play, Hull deserve to be level in this game.
Yannick Sagbo scores his first goal in seven attempts for Hull, sweeping the ball past goalkeeper Tim Howard after great work down the right by Sone Aluko. He celebrated in style with a jig of delight in front of the visiting fans who immediately set off a couple of flares in delight.
GOAL!!! YANNICK SAGBO
BAD TACKLE! Gareth Barry is booked for a late challenge on Sone Aluko. The midfielder went over the top of the ball with his studs and that could easily have been a straight red. Lucky boy!
Ahmed Elmohamady's cross causes all sorts of defensive worries, but Everton do eventually manage to clear their lines.
Hull are growing into the game and are starting to put sufficient pressure on the home side.
Leon Osman's speculative shot from distance is very nearly turned home by Romelu Lukaku, who was lurking in the box.
GOOD CHANCE!! Hull centre-back Abdoulaye Faye climbs above Gareth Barry from an inswinging corner, but can only direct his header down and over the crossbar.
Suddenly the pace has picked up again as Sylvain Distin's backpass is sliced behind for a corner by Tim Howard.
Ross Barkley tests Allan McGregor with a stingling drive while at the other end Abdoulaye Faye's free header flies high over the crossbar from a Hull corner.
I wouldn't be happy if I was a Hull City Tigers fan right now, but on the balance of play Everton do just about deserve to be ahead.
Going back to the goal and Steve Bruce may have a moan when he sees the incident again because Gareth Barry looked to be in an offside position when Kevin Mirallas struck his shot. And the on loan Manchester City man may have got the slightest of touches on the ball too with his right foot.
The hosts win a free-kick down the right but Leighton Baines' inswinging delivery is well handled by Allan McGregor.
That is the worst possible start for Hull boss Steve Bruce.
Danny Graham has gone 24 games without a goal and he's replaced by Yannick Sagbo.
It was such an innocuous challenge, but it looks as though the striker is going to be replaced.
Danny Graham is receiving some medical attention after taking one in the knee from Gareth Barry.
That was also the first time Hull have conceded a goal in the Premier League in three hours and 55 minutes of action.
The perfect start for Everton who are yet to lose in 2013 at Goodison Park and have taken 25 points from the last 27 available.
Kevin Mirallas opens the scoring with a speculative shot from the edge of the area which travels through a couple of legs before deceiving goalkeeper Allan McGregor at his near post. That's his first goal in the Premier League this season!
GOAL!!! KEVIN MIRALLAS
Kevin Mirallas combines with Leon Osman before winning his side a corner.
The Toffees have started with a sense of serious intent as they keep good possession.
EARLY CHANCE!! Romelu Lukaku - four goals in three games for Everton - brushes aside Curtis Davies before seeing his left-foot shot saved by the legs of Allan McGregor.
Tom Huddlestone's corner is headed over the crossbar by Curtis Davies, although he was slightly off balance as he rose to meet the ball.
Ross Barkley was hobbling around early on while Danny Graham works hard down the flank to earn his side an early corner kick at a packed Goodison Park.
The hosts have a 4-2-3-1 system while Hull look to have set up in a 4-4-2 formation.
Hull, wearing their home colours, get the game underway at Goodison Park. Everton are in their traditional blue shirts, white shorts and socks.
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Meanwhile, Monica Rimmer in sunny Chester says: "Despite last weeks loss, I'm hoping for a decent performance today and with Barry back I'm sure he'll play a part! I'm going for a 3-1 victory to the Blues! Goals coming from Baines, Lukaku and Mirallas. Come on boys!!"
Stewart MacLaren from a warm & windy Torrevieja in Spain emails in to say: "Everton will beat Hull City 3-1 this Afternoon at Goodison Park with good goals from Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku."
Everton are 4/9 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Hull City 13/2 and the draw 100/30. Loanee Romelu Lukaku will be popular in the goal scorer market once again as he has fired in four goals in three games for his temporary employers and is 4/5 to score anytime. The best chance of a goal for Steve Bruce's team, however, lies with Sone Aluko, who has netted just once this season. In 2010, Everton romped to a 5-1 victory over Hull - it's 50/1 for a replica scoreline this time out. The Toffees can boast a mean defence of their own, having kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight games at Goodison Park, so I'm going for a comfortable 3-0 win, which is a 9/1 shout. Well worth a flutter in my book! Right-click here SKYBET and open in a new tab to place your bets on this match while keeping an eye on the action with me.
EVERTON TEAM NEWS: On-loan Everton midfielder Gareth Barry is restored to the starting line-up as manager Roberto Martinez makes just one change. Having missed the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City prior to the international break due to ineligibility Barry replaces Steven Naismith.
HULL TEAM NEWS: Hull make one change from the goalless draw with Aston Villa with the fit-again Robbie Brady replacing Stephen Quinn.
EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku.
SUBSTITUTES: Robles, Jelavic, Kone, Deulofeu, Naismith, Pienaar, Stones.
HULL CITY: McGregor, Rosenior, Davies, Faye, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Aluko, Graham.
SUBSTITUTES: Bruce, Meyler, McShane, Boyd, Sagbo, Harper, Quinn.
REFEREE: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).
Here come the teams...
Bernie Cranny is first to email in this afternoon: "I think Everton will win 3-1, midfield and attack coming together. Hull will find it hard at fortress Goodison NSNO."
Can the Premier League's surprise package continue their fine form at fortress Goodison Park this afternoon? Will Hull upset the odds again, having already won at Newcastle and troubled Manchester City on the road. Get in touch Tigers fans and send in your views to me ahead of the game. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.
EARLY HULL TEAM NEWS: Top-scorer Robbie Brady is set for a swift return to the squad having missed only one match since undergoing a hernia operation. Brady has recovered well over the international break and Tigers manager Steve Bruce is hopeful he can play some part today. "It's just over two weeks since the operation. To be playing in two and a half weeks shows what they can do, he's pain free and running around like a two-year-old so let's hope he stays like that," he said. Ahmed Elmohamady, Gedo and Maynor Figueroa all had long journeys back from international duty and will be assessed for match fitness, while Robert Koren (fractured foot) and James Chester (hamstring) are still out.
Toffees' boss Roberto Martinez has praised his full-back Leighton Baines following his outstanding performances for England during their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. "You can look throughout world football and you won't find many footballers as complete as Leighton," said the Spaniard. "You have outstanding attackers but they find it difficult to defend or you've got outstanding defenders who find it difficult to get into in the final third. Then you've got players who are good at both but don't have the dynamism, the energy or the stamina to get up and down. Leighton covers everything." So Everton fans, do you think Baines should now get the permanent nod ahead of Ashley Cole in the Three Lions' team and are you glad he stayed on Merseyside rather than join Manchester United in the summer? Email Raz...that's me! at email@example.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.
EARLY EVERTON TEAM NEWS: Midfielder Darron Gibson has been ruled out for several months after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament on international duty. Steven Pienaar is still a week away from full recovery from a hamstring injury and will not be considered for the visit of Hull. Defender Antolin Alcaraz is making good progress from a hernia problem but is still at least three weeks away from joining the squad while on-loan midfielder Gareth Barry returns after being ineligible to face Manchester City before the break.
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Hello and welcome to our live minute-by-minute text commentary of this Premier League clash between Everton and Hull City at Goodison Park.