Hull City gave Everton everything they had, but Roberto Martinez’s side had just a bit more quality than their visitors from Yorkshire on the day and claimed a 2-1 victory through goals from Kevin Mirallas and Steven Pienaar, whose name I can never manage to spell right. Mirallas got the home side off to a hot start after just 8 minutes as he fired low into the net of Allan McGregor, who surely must have been put off by his defenders as the shot was both slow and within diving distance. Lucky, for him, his side had a response in them as 1st-half substitute Yannick Sagbo blasted a shot past Tim Howard square on the half-hour mark to level the match. Sagbo had come on 14 minutes earlier for an injured Danny Graham and made the move count by turning in a ball from Sone Aluko to score past the American Howard.
The winner came on 57 minutes though as Steven Pienaar (nailed it) played the role of super-sub by scoring approximately 10 seconds after coming on to guide the Toffees to victory. Pienaar had replaced Leon Osman in the dying moments of the 56th minute before racing onto the pitch and eventually latching onto a Kevin Mirallas cross and steering it past McGregor to unleash a big release of air all around Goodison and thwart a spirited effort by the Tigers.
Everton: at Aston Villa
Hull City: at Tottenham Hotspur