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Everton 4-0 Hull City: Toffees tatter 10-man Tigers

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  • Calvert-Lewin makes memory
  • Toffees win second in a row
  • Lukaku bags stoppage brace
  • Hull remains 18th

Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s first Premier League goal gave Everton a lead it wouldn’t sacrifice, as the Toffees beat Hull City 4-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku added his Premier League-leading 20th and 21st goals in stoppage time, and Enner Valencia scored Everton’s other marker to push the Toffees above Manchester United and into sixth (though United has played three less matches).

Hull remains in the drop zone, three points behind Swansea City.

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Barkley played Tom Davies in with a gorgeous through ball that Davies cut back for Calvert-Lewin to finish for a ninth-minute opener. The 20-year-old arrived from Sheffield United in August and debuted in December.

Lukaku had a goal pulled back for offside in the 24th minute as the Toffees worked to make the result academic.

Tom Huddlestone made Hull City’s chances even slimmer when he slid into Idrissa Gueye in the 73rd minute to earn a straight red.

Lukaku assisted Valencia within five minutes of the sending off to make it 2-0, and added his 20th of the season with a stoppage time finish.

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Hull City 1-1 Burnley: Keane makes amends with equalizer

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  • Keane concedes PK…
  • …then finds equalizer
  • Barnes sees red late

Michael Keane was at the center of it all as Burnley and Hull City broken open a snoozer with a pair of late goals in a 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

Keane handled a ball that allowed Tom Huddlestone to score a penalty for Hull, answering back with a composed goal within minutes for the Clarets.

Ashley Barnes was sent off in the second minute of stoppage time, giving Hull two minutes with a man advantage.

Hull remains 19th despite the point thanks to Crystal Palace’s defeat of Middlesbrough, while Burnley moves into 11th with 31 points.

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Dieumerci Mbokani headed just wide in the 14th minute as the hosts looked to go ahead.

The first half found the Clarets a shade off, often through adventurous ideas that found no receiver.

Hull found an intriguing free kick in the 35th minute that came to nothing, and Tigers keeper Eldin Jakupovic was needed at the other end when Ben Mee headed a ball off the post.

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The second half started brightly for Hull, which was still without finish as Mbokani again provided a threat.

And Kamil Grosicki had Tom Heaton diving in the 61st minute after Mbokani spied him to the left, but the Polish midfielder missed the far post.

Keane conceded a penalty with a clear handball in the 72nd minute, and Huddlestone wasted no time in firing a low shot left. Heaton got a piece of it, but the ball defied his hand and swung around the side netting to make it 1-0.

The same man leveled the score, chesting down Robbie Brady‘s beautiful corner and snapping it behind Jakupovic.

Manchester United on to EFL Cup final despite loss to Hull City

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Manchester United saw its 17-match unbeaten run snapped, but it didn’t much matter as Paul Pogba‘s 66th-minute goal sent the Red Devils to Wembley for the EFL Cup final with a 3-2 aggregate win over Hull City.

United fell 2-1 in the second leg at the KCOM Stadium, but Pogba’s follow-up strike which equalized the score at 1-1 put United through after a 2-0 win in the first leg. Hull City’s Oumar Niasse, who just arrived on loan from Everton 13 days prior, was bright in the match and scored the winner for the Tigers, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from elimination.

Jose Mourinho began the match with clear defensive tactics to protect the lead on the road, but Hull broke through 35 minutes in when referee Jon Moss penalized Marcos Rojo for a pair of fouls in the box on a corner, having tugged the shirt of Harry Maguire and also pushed/tripped Niasse. Tom Huddlestone powerfully buried the spot-kick into the lower left-hand corner, and put Hull up 1-0.

Following the goal, Manchester United switched to a more attacking intent, and Pogba put them back level after the hour mark as he came streaking into the box and pounced on a loose ball. Jose Mourinho was angered during the match when Chris Smalling appeared to be fouled by Huddlestone in the box with 20 minutes to go, but the referee ignored the calls for a Manchester United penalty.

With Hull fighting for their Cup lives down the stretch, they grabbed the match victory to end United’s unbeaten run with the Niasse goal five minutes from full time, but it was too little too late to earn a spot in the final at Wembley Stadium. They will take on Southampton in the EFL Cup final on February 26th.

Forty transfer targets for Premier League clubs in the summer window

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The summer’s transfer window has already seen plenty of names, both big and small, change clubs.

From James Milner and Danny Ings heading to Liverpool to Spurs’ acquisition of Toby Alderweireld, the window didn’t wait long to allow movement. Really, it didn’t wait at all considering how many of these deals were in the news well before July 1.

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Here at PST, we’ve decided to compile a list of the names that have been or will be bandied about before the window slams shut on Sept. 1.

A caveat, though: Some of these names have been through the ringer countless times, while others are “off the market”. That doesn’t mean they won’t move, though, as the summer moves ahead.

And no, before you even ask, No. 1 doesn’t mean we want that player more than the others. Not at all.

40. Glen Johnson, unattached
39. Stewart Downing, West Ham United
38. Nathan Dyer, Swansea City
37. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Anderlecht
36. Steven Fletcher, Sunderland
35. Abel Hernandez, Hull City
34. Ahmed Elmohamady, Hull City
33. Tom Huddlestone, Hull City
32. Matty Phillips, QPR

— The first batch ends with four players from relegated clubs. Hull has said Elmohamady is for sale, and Hernandez might not fetch a good return considering his tough season after being the Tigers’ record fee. Phillips’ crosses are a legit force.
31. Mario Balotelli, Liverpool
30. Michu, Swansea City
source: Getty Images29. Andros Townshend, Tottenham Hotspur
28. Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United

— Here’s a quartet of calculated risks. Surely Balotelli and Michu are better than their recent performances, and might be had for a song. The other two, Townsend and Janzuaj, may be overvalued and costly risks. Newcastle is said to have been quoted for $22 million for the mercurial Townsend.
27. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain
26. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur
25. Adrien Rabiot, Paris Saint-Germain
24. Nicolas Otamendi, Valencia
23. Ayoze Perez, Newcastle United
22. Ross Barkley, Everton
21. Bruno Martins Indi, Porto
20. Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan
19. Nicolas Gaitan, Benfica
18. Kevin De Bruyne, Wolfsburg
17. Karim Benzema, Real Madrid

— Most of the names are debatably for sale, and would come at a huge price.

16. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Manchester United
15. Georginio Wijnaldum, PSV Eindhoven
14. Seamus Coleman, Everton
13. Jordy Clasie, Feyenoord
12. Davy Klaassen, Ajax
11. William Carvalho, Sporting CPsource: Getty Images
10. Arturo Vidal, Juventus
9. Edin Dzeko, Manchester City
8. Aymeric Laporte, Athletic Bilbao
7. Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon
6. Charlie Austin, Queens Park Rangers
5. Christian Benteke, Aston Villa
4. Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton
3. Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid
2. Paul Pogba, Juventus
1. Raheem Sterling, Liverpool

Hull City 1-0 Liverpool: Dawson header gives Hull City room to breathe

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The Tigers staved off Liverpool’s Champions League gasp as captain Michael Dawson’s first goal for his new club gave the home side a vital boost in the fight for Premier League survival at the KC Stadium.

Dawson nodded home a cross midway through the first half to propel Hull City four points above the relegation zone, leaving QPR, Burnley, Sunderland, Leicester City, and Aston Villa in their wake. Liverpool, meanwhile, owned over 70% of the possession and still couldn’t muster many clear-cut chances.

Liverpool fans were few and far between thanks to a ticket price protest, but on the field things shot off right away with both sides producing promising and free-flowing attacks. Mario Balotelli had a few early-minute spats with Tom Huddlestone, but it was Hull who would have the opening chance in the sixth minute, a point-blank header from Dame N’Doye directed straight at Simon Mignolet who kept it out.

Liverpool pushed forward, and Philippe Coutinho looked an engine in the attack. On a corner in the 19th minute, Coutinho latched onto a low driven corner and powered a shot on net that was well-saved Steve Harper. Balotelli had a chance minutes later and like only he could, hit a surprisingly powerful backheel that was unlucky to go straight at Harper.

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Hull down the other end forced a frantic double-save from Mignolet as the game continued to produce chances. With Hull on a spell of possession, they would take the lead after the half-hour mark. A cleared corner came out to Ahmed Elmohamady, and his cross met the head of Dawson who buried it into the corner past Mignolet for the lead.

Liverpool had a golden opportunity minutes later, but Jordan Henderson drove a great look right at Harper on 41 minutes. The Hull keeper stone-walled Henderson yet again after the break with the Liverpool midfielder unleashing a dangerous volley at the far post that forced a diving save. Brendan Rodgers brought on Rickie Lambert for Balotelli as the Italian seemed to fade, and Harper made a third off Henderson’s foot with 20 minutes to go.

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As Hull looked to kill off the game, Martin Skrtel came dangerously close to an own goal with 16 minutes to go looking to clear a Robbie Brady cross, but he headed it just wide and ended the threat. Needing a pair of goals to keep their Champions League hopes alive, Liverpool had little to offer a galvanized Hull side in the final quarter of an hour. Coutinho worked a ball to Raheem Sterling in the box with 8 minutes left but the youngster had only a weak shot to pick out.

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Liverpool’s failure to score effectively ends the Reds’ charge towards a Champions League spot, leaving them five points clear of the top four and unable to capitalize on two straight losses by Manchester United above them. Hull, meanwhile, earn themselves some breathing room at the bottom of the table with 34 points and owning a better goal differential than any of the five clubs below them.

LINEUPS:

Hull City: Harper, Dawson, Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Brady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Quinn (Ramirez 84′), Aluko, N’Doye (Rosenior 89′).

Goals: Dawson 37′

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren (Markovic 76′), Johnson, Allen, Henderson, Ibe (Lallana 65′), Sterling, Coutinho, Balotelli (Lambert 65′).