Hull 3-2 Everton

Hull held off an Everton fightback to earn a win which moves them level with their struggling opponents.
Stephen Hunt powered in a shot for the home side after Jozy Altidore's effort had been parried by keeper Tim Howard. 
Andy Dawson's free-kick and a Dean Marney shot added to the lead but Hull's Kamil Zayatte sliced a clearance into his own goal to give Everton hope. 
Zayatte conceded a penalty which Louis Saha converted for the visitors but the Tigers clung on for victory. 
Everton must have been on the end of a verbal bashing from manager David Moyes at half-time as they came out a different side after the break. 
However, their efforts came too late to rescue a dire opening half as the home side were resolute enough to earn three points and leave the Toffees with only one win in 10 games.
Hull had gone into the match without Jimmy Bullard as boss Phil Brown decided to rest his star man so that the midfield playmaker could recover from a minor knock to his knee. 
Bullard has had a major impact for the Tigers since his recovery from a lengthy spell out injured but Brown was taking the longer term view when leaving him out and the home side initially made light of his absence.
Hull City boss Phil Brown:
"I think it was a deserved win, even though Everton scored two goals in the second half. People might have been nervous at 3-2 but I wasn't unduly worried, I thought we still had a grip on the game. 
"Defensively, we were very good in the first half. The second half was a different ball game and an own goal unhinges you to a certain extent. 
"But we stuck at the task and thoroughly deserved the victory. 
"Jimmy Bullard's in a new area of his rehabilitation. It was just a precautionary resting and fortunately it has worked for everybody. 
"It now gives me a bit of a headache for Saturday, but they are the kind of headaches you want."