Premier League - Arteta stars as Everton crush Hull

Eurosport - Sun, 07 Mar 18:29:00 2010

Mikel Arteta grabbed a brace as Everton cruised to a 5-1 victory against Hull at Goodison Park.

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The Spaniard converted Yakubu's cross to give the hosts the lead, and after the Nigerian's penalty was saved by Boaz Myhill, Tom Cairney's superb strike levelled proceedings.

Arteta restored the Toffees' lead 12 minutes before the break and was involved after the restart when Richard Garcia headed his cross into his own net for 3-1.

Substitute Landon Donovan added a fourth with eight minutes remaining and after the American set up fellow sub Jack Rodwell in the 88th minute, the youngster completed the rout.

Hull were boosted before kick off by the return of Jimmy Bullard, and Richard Garcia had an early chance for the Tigers, but Howard raced off his line to block.

Arteta then had two sighters which finished either side of Myhill's post, and Yakubu came within a whisker of giving the Toffees the lead on 13 minutes.

George Boateng's mistake let in Leon Osman and after the midfielder played the Nigerian through, his shot came back off the woodwork with Boaz Myhill beaten.

But Everton were not to be denied and when Yakubu turned supplier with a far post cross, Arteta arrived to fire past Myhill.

Yakubu had a golden chance to double the advantage from the spot after Kamil Zayatte was harshly judged to have brought down the Nigerian, but Myhill dived to his left to keep the score 1-0 and Hull levelled three minutes later.

The Everton defence failed to deal with a free kick and as the ball fell to Cairney on the edge of the box, he let fly with an unstoppable shot that flew past Howard.

Parity lasted for just seven minutes as the hosts scored from the move of the match.

Victor Anichebe drove down the Tigers' left flank and when Steven Pienaar had the presence of mind to back heel his cutback into the path of the onrushing Arteta, the Spaniard stroked the ball past Myhill to put Everton ahead.

Arteta continued the second half as he ended the first as his cross under the bar was missed by Myhill and the luckless Garcia could barely react before heading the ball into his own net.

Desperate Hull defending then denied both Anichebe and Rodwell, before Yakubu fired over the bar following a good interchange with Donovan.

The American showed his teammate how to finish when he blasted home Leighton Baines' cross from the edge of the six-yard box and Donovan had the final word in what may be his final appearance for Everton, when he set up Rodwell for a clinical finish from 12 yards

Ian Hare / Eurosport

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