HULL held off an Everton fightback to continue their recent resurgence with a remarkable win at the KC Stadium tonight.
The struggling Tigers raced into a 3-0 lead with goals from Stephen Hunt, Andy Dawson and Dean Marney inside the opening half hour.
Two Kamil Zayatte errors, an own goal and conceding a penalty which Louis Saha converted, gave Everton hope but Hull held on.
Everton pulled a goal back early in the second half in an incident reminiscent of Zayatte's fluffed clearance in the opening minutes of the game.
This time John Heitinga crossed and after Boateng missed the chance to clear, Zayatte flung his right boot at the ball only to slice it badly and see it loop into his own goal.
Hull almost caught Everton on the break in search of a fourth as Hunt and then Geovanni surged forward but the Brazilian was unable to pick out Altidore.
Everton made the most of that reprieve to launch a long ball forward and claim a crucial penalty.