Hull City forced Everton to extra time in an incredible third round of the FA Cup on Saturday night, but eventually fell to a 3-2 loss despite scoring first.
The 19th championship hosts got off to a light start in the process and took a lead in the first minute from a familiar path of injury for Everton when Tyler Smith nodded in a solid situation.
City were much the better side in a gloomy opening quarter that reflected Everton’s terrible pre-match form, but failed to extend their lead.
Demarai Gray, Everton’s savior so often this season, gave a stark reminder of which club was actually in the Premier League. By combing with Anthony Gordon after 20 minutes, an intricate one-two went past a bunch of orange jerseys in a packed penalty area, which gave Gray a well-taken equalizer much towards the course of the game.
Like their hosts, Everton were strengthened by their goal.
In a rare sustained attack, Gordon was once again crucial as he slid Jonjoe Kenny into the box. Kenny picked out Andre Gomes as steam into the penalty area to go through Nathan Baxter in the 31st minute.
Gray tormented City’s tiring back line all the time. As an architect and epicenter for a plethora of chances in the second half, the dynamic winger was wasteful while Hull’s threat diminished at the same time.
Still, this roller coaster got another loop thrown in by Ryan Longman’s lavish shot that wound its way into the top corner and leveled the match after 70 minutes.
Everton – for once – had to lament a lack of VAR at MKM Stadium. Jacob Greaves escaped a couple of handball incidents that had more than a scent of a penalty on either side of the break and Everton’s second goal.
City’s Keane Lewis-Potter hit a sizzling shot from the base of Asmir Begovic’s post in the final stages but could not prevent the match from ticking into extra time.
Andros Townsend’s swinging shot confused Baxter from one side, pushing Everton back in the lead nine minutes into an unwanted half-hour that was struck in regular time.
However, the hole could not be dampened. Or rather, Everton could not stop Hull. Begovic’s reflexes prevented Tom Eaves from reaching the top during the second half of extra time, as toffees remained uneven until the end.
Everton captain Seamus Coleman (left) messes with Tom Eaves / LINDSEY PARNABY / GettyImages
Asmir Begovic (GK) – 8/10 – Handled the extra physicality that Hull posed impressively before he on his own (literally) beat Everton into the next round.
Seamus Coleman (CB) – 5/10 – Hull’s high center forward Tom Eaves, uncomfortably shoehorned into a back three, unsurprisingly squeezed onto the natural outer hill, causing him a number of problems.
Michael Keane (CB) – 6/10 – Was repeatedly forced to sweep behind when Hull hit hay with passes behind his flanking midfielders.
Ben Godfrey (CB) – 5/10 – Definitely more impressive on his sporadic upswing forward in ball possession compared to his off-ball duties.
George Honeyman (right) protects the ball from Andre Gomes / LINDSEY PARNABY / GettyImages
Jonjoe Kenny (RWB) – 6/10 – Delivered a perfectly weighted cross for Gomes to put the charcoal ahead.
Allan (CM) – 5/10 – On his 31st birthday, Allan had no easy night as Hull became the latest team to surpass Everton’s strictly selected two – man midfield.
Andre Gomes (CM) – 7/10 – Provided a rare injection of verticality for his goal, and grew in confidence and flair especially after the break.
Vitaliy Mykolenko (LWB) – 4/10 – After enduring one of the worst starts of a possible debut (the hope of the first zero was extinguished in 43 seconds), Everton’s arrival in January showed some expected rust on his first competitive appearance in almost a month.
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Anthony Gordon (RW) – 8/10 – Gordon continued his impressive individual form as he competed with his opposing winger for the compliments of Everton’s most threatening players.
Salomon Rondon (ST) – 6/10 – Peppered a typically stubborn performance with a plethora of flicks, even though he lacked the clinical lead with a view to goals himself.
Demarai Gray (LW) – 7/10 – He displayed his short-legged equalizer with a bold control that is a by-product of the confidence that flows through Everton’s game-changer. May very well have added to his figure.
Andros Townsend (RW) – 6/10 – An anonymous half hour after his introduction gave the replacement a delayed but decisive effect.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 6/10 – Provided a much needed extra body in midfield after Hull had scored twice.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin (CM) – N / A
Lewis Dobbin (LW) – N / A
Cenk Tosun (ST) – N / A
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