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Everton 5 Hull 1: It's happy daze for Moyes as Arteta sparks a goal rush
Published : 08 Mar 2010 08:05:42
David Moyes was not sure how many goals Everton had scored at Goodison Park yesterday, but he was certain Mikel Arteta is gradually inching his way back to his imperious best. If Hull manager Phil Brown was left dazed by Everton's attacking onslaught, he was not the only one, as Goodison counterpart Moyes reflected on his side's biggest win of the season. He said: 'We played some really good football, and to score six was terrific. Was it six or five? Six, aye. One of the radio boys mentioned5-1 in a question, and I was wonderingwhether to correct him. Back in the groove: Mikel Arteta picks his spot to sidefoot home his second goal for Everton 'It was five? Oh, I'm glad I didn't say anythingto him, then!' Marvelling at Arteta's most convincingperformance since returningafter a year-long absence through injury just over a month ago, Moyes added: 'He still isn't completely back to where he was, but that was much more like him. 'Two goals and some fantastic stuff all over the park. It just showed how much we've missed him.' Down in the dumps: Phil Brown Beaming Arteta said: 'I'm just so happy after being out so long, and, to make it even more special, my eight-month old son Gabriel was watching me for the first time.' In contrast, Yakubu's sure touch was nowhere to be seen, as he dragged an unchallenged 13th-minute shot against a post and squandered a penalty, harshly awarded for a challenge by Kamil Zayatte 15 minutes later. Ambling casually towards the spot in what scarcely constituted a run-up, the striker's intentions were easily read by Boaz Myhill, who dived to his right to save. If Yakubu's finishing left somethingto be desired, he did contributein a creative sense with a deep 17th-minute cross that sailed beyond Victor Anichebe but was met by a stretching sidefoot volley from Arteta for the midfielder's first goal in a year. Hull levelled in spectacularstyle in the 32nd minute, as Tom Cairney met a half-cleared Jimmy Bullard free-kick with avolley that arrowed into the net. Yet Everton tore Hull apart with their second goal in the 39th minute. Steven Pienaar might have sensed a shooting opportunity after controlling Anichebe's low cross but, realising his path to goal was blocked, cleverly back-heeled for the onrushing Arteta to sidefoot beyond Myhill. Off target: Yakabu missed a penalty for the Blues There was a familiar swagger about Arteta's midfield prompting that suggested it may be close at hand. He even believed, albeit briefly, that he had scored a hat-trick, as Everton went further ahead in the 51st minute. Retrieving the ball after a near-miss by substitute Jack Rodwell, Arteta chipped a cross that floated beyond the backtracking Myhill and was headed in by Garcia, behind him. As Arteta wheeled away to take the acclaim, it was announced as an own goal. MATCH STATSEverton (4-5-1): Howard 6; Neville 7, Jagielka 7, Distin 6, Baines 7; Anichebe 5 (Donovan 70min, 7),Osman 6 (Rodwell 44, 7), Heitinga 7, Arteta 8, Pienaar 7 (Gosling 85); Yakubu 5.Hull (4-5-1): Myhill 7; McShane 5, Mouyokolo 6, Zayatte 6, Kilbane 6; Garcia 5, Cairney 6, Boateng 6, Bullard 7 (Altidore 62, 6), Barmby 7 (Geovanni 60, 6); Zaki 5 (Vennegoor of Hesselink 69, 6). Booked: Garcia. Man of the match: Mikel Arteta.Referee: Lee Mason. While Yakubu continued to suffer, blazing over from the edge of the six-yard area, there was no let-up for toiling Hull as Everton piled on the misery with two further goals. Substitute Landon Donovan inspired chants of 'USA' and 'Sign him up' after scoring the fourth and making the fifth, in what was almost certainly his last home appearance. The American drilled an angled drive past Myhill in the 82nd minute, after Leighton Baines's cross eluded everyone in the area, and he was unselfish four minutes later, teeing up Rodwell for the final goal. 'I was very disappointed with the way we went under near the end, and I made that clear in the changingroom afterwards,' said Brown. 'Goal difference could be vital, and collapsing like that is not what's required.' Everton boss Moyes backs Jagielka for England place in South Africa Why Premier League bosses are going crazy for the inside-out wingersOur duty of care: How can football avoid another injury like Ramsey's?