Everton faced off against Hull City at the MKM Arena earlier today as they looked to secure a win on their travels. The Toffees made a sloppy start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the first minute when Tyler Smith scored with a good header for the home team. However, Demarai Gray equalised for the Merseyside outfit in the 21st minute before Andre Gomes completed the turnaround for Everton just ten minutes later when he scored with a solid header. Rafael Benitez’s men went into the half-time break 2-1 up on the scoreline.
Ryan Longman scored with a brilliant strike in the 71st minute to make it 2-2 for Hull which took the match to extra-time. Andros Townsend ended up scoring the winning goal for Everton in the 99th minute as the Toffees survived a cup scare and narrowly won the game after extra-time by a 3-2 margin.
Let’s take a look at how each Everton player performed during the match against Hull City.
GK: Asmir Begovic – 7/10
The Toffees custodian made a few important saves at the back but won’t be happy after conceding two goals in normal time.
CB: Seamus Coleman – 7/10
Coleman made a few solid tackles to make life difficult for the opposition and cleared the danger when required.
CB: Michael Keane – 7/10
He earned possession back a few times inside his half and was afraid to put his foot through the ball when the opposition were on the front foot. He even created two good chances in the final third.
CB: Ben Godfrey – 7/10
Godfrey made a few crucial clearances at the back and engineered a couple of inviting opportunities for his teammates to score.
RM: Jonjoe Kenny – 7/10
He was solid when defending inside his half and ended the game with an assist to his name.
CM: Allan – 6.5/10
Allan got stuck in with a couple of tackles and was lively on the ball.
CM: Andre Gomes – 8/10
The Portuguese talent did his best to protect his backline and made a few exciting runs with the ball. He got his name on the scoresheet just after the half-hour mark with a good header.
LM: Vitaliy Mykolenko – 7.5/10
He performed his defensive duties quite well and managed to fashion a couple of decent openings for his teammates up top.
RW: Anthony Gordon – 7.5/10
Gordon was a real handful for the opposition defenders and was unfortunate not to score this evening. However, he has got an assist to show for his efforts.
ST: Salomon Rondon – 7.5/10
He made several meaningful openings for others around him but didn’t get too many opportunities to score himself.
LW: Demarai Gray – 7/10
Gray scored the all-important equaliser for Everton but was guilty of missing some good chances to score.
RW: Andros Townsend – 7.5/10
He came on to score the winning goal in injury-time.
CM: Abdoulaye Doucoure – 6/10
Doucoure added some energy to Benitez’s midfield.
CM: Jean-Philippe Gbamin – 7/10
He created a couple of decent chances in the final third and finished the game with an assist to his name.
ST: Lewis Dobbin – 6/10
The 19-year-old hardly got a sniff at goal.
ST: Cenk Tosun – N/A
He didn’t get enough minutes to warrant a rating.