Here we go again then, trying to pick out the positives from a largely disappointing result. In reality this is a game Everton should have won easily. Hull were bottom of the table going in to the game and struggling to score goals. The fact that they managed to score two past us is testament to how poor we have looked at the back more often than not.
The first goal of the game came from a corner which founds its way to the back post, where Barry had fallen asleep and allowed Dawson to beat him to volley in neatly. The goal had looked like it was coming after the Blues again got off to a very slow and poor start. After the opening goal we started to play a little creating a few half changes for Mirallas, Barry and Lukaku.
The Blues broke back on the stroke of half time through an own goal by ‘keeper Marshall, who pushed into his own net unchallenged by a Blue shirt. This should have been that spark that led to Everton pushing on and winning the game comfortably. Yea, right.
Hull came out in the second half like they had started the first, dominating early possession and chances. Hull went ahead again on 65 minutes when poor referee Jon Moss gave a free kick for the softest of challenges by Leighton Baines. Trying to win the ball Leighton placed his hand on the back of the Hull player attacking who’s legs somehow crumpled under the immense force. Robert Snodgrass scored direct from the free kick despite Robles getting a string hand to it. Snodgrass had just minutes earlier hit the bar with a free kick on the other side of the goal so the warning signs were there.
Koeman decided to shuffle his deck bringing Tom Davies on in midfield for the lacklustre Barry. The energy and directness of Davies play was exactly what we needed at that time, and Everton eventually got their equaliser after a great cross from the left by Leighton Baines was met by the head of Ross Barkley who headed the ball down and to the ‘keepers left and in to the net. Again this should have been the point that Everton pushed on and won the game. Yea.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin could and probably should have won the game late on after a cross from Coleman was met perfectly inside the near post, however the youngster could only fire his header wide. The game ended in a draw that will do little to help either team.
Robles – 6 Probably should have done better with the free kick but had little else to do.
Coleman – 6 Almost set up the winning goal with a great cross.
Baines – 6 Set up Barkley for the final goal.
Jagielka – 5 Was again below par, not looking good for him at the moment.
Williams – 5 Not at his best.
Barry – 5 Below par again and off the pace. Was at fault for first goal.
Guaye – 5 In my opinion his worst game for Everton. Pulled out of challenges, maybe one eye on AFCON?
Barkley – 7 My man of the match. Looked sharp and hungry and scored with a good header.
Mirallas – 6 Worked hard and tried to make the breakthrough just not working for him though.
Valencia – 5 Works hard, he’s just not good enough though.
Lukaku – 6 Worked hard, created some half chances for himself.
Subs: Davies – 6, Mori – 5, Calvert-Lewin – 6.
Not the best game for many of the players however an away draw and transfer window opening should give some optimism going forward.