Everton beat Hull City 4-0, but the game was a lot closer than that for a long period of time. Dominic Calvert-Lewin had put the Blues ahead in just his second start for his first senior goal after just a handful of minutes. The Blues looked in control and were cruising until a calf injury took Morgan Schneiderlin out of the game, and the Tigers slowed clawed back.
Hull pushed up one of their three-man backline and caused the Toffees undue headaches in the middle, and they were the better side for the beginning of the second half.
However, a rash challenge from Tom Huddlestone was harshly punished by referee Paul Tierney with a straight red card, and their ascendancy was lost. Koeman had changed formations to a similar three-man defence to counter, but after taking the man advantage he threw on the fresh legs of Enner Valencia to kill off the game.
Valencia immediately delivered, playing an excellent give and go with Romelu Lukaku to seal the win. Lukaku however was not done, and showed the immense hunger for goals he plays with.
The fourth official had indicated there would be four minutes of time added on, and Lukaku plundered a quick brace in that time, before enjoying the crowd’s adulation with a similarly enthusiastic celebration.
Highlights courtesy of Full Matches and Shows