Steven Pienaar back with a bang.

It took Everton just 8 minutes to take the lead as Osman squared the ball to Mirallas, who drove a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Hull looked a threat from corners and the unmarked Abdoulaye Faye came close twice, but it was substitute Yannick Sagbo who got the equaliser as our guests began to impose themselves on the game. Pressing us high up the pitch, they did well to cut out our passing and looked to be winning the physical battle.

Aluko came close before the break, having a drive deflected over by Distin and a header blocked on the line by Baines. Everton certainly had something to think about going into half time.

Second half was a big improvement and we controlled possession much better. That said, Hull still fancied themselves and a Jake Livermore effort soon glanced wide.

Pienaar was introduced for Osman and in 10 seconds he had scored the winner, turning in a low Mirallas cross. The South African couldn’t have wished for a better first touch following his 4 week lay off with a hamstring injury.

Hull continued to threaten from corners, but the miss of the game fell to Arouna Kone who did all but score from 6 yards out.

Everton 2-1 Hull City.

Goals: Mirallas 8, Sagbo 30, Pienaar 57

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