Friday 07 March 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Mikel Arteta scored twice as Everton hit five against Hull City to secure their sixth straight home win in the Barclays Premier League - equalling a club record.
The goals, including Arteta's first since returning from an injury lay-off, helped the Toffees climb two places to eighth in the table and earned him praise from manager David Moyes.
He said: "Mikel did some fantastic stuff, he got into the box and he’s improving all the time. When he’s on form we’re a really good team."
By contrast the defeat was Hull's third in a row and left them in the relegation zone.
Arteta volleyed Everton ahead in the 17th minute after a deep cross from Yakubu, who then had a penalty saved by Boaz Myhill.
Five minutes later Hull City were level as Tom Cairney slammed the ball home from the edge of the area for his first Barclays Premier League goal.
However, the Toffees quickly restored their lead when Victor Anichebe and Steven Pienaar set up Arteta to sweep the ball home from inside the penalty area.
Arteta had a hand in the hosts' third goal in the 51st minute as his cross evaded Myhill only for Hull's Richard Garcia to head the ball into his own net.
Yakubu missed a great chance to make it four after a cross by substitute Landon Donovan, who did extend the lead in the 82nd minute from a Leighton Baines cross.
Donovan then set up fellow substitute Jack Rodwell to sweep in the fifth late on.
"I thought we were competitive in the first half but in the second we certainly weren't," Hull manager Phil Brown said. "We left our game in the changing room for whatever reason."
Everton just missed on a European place at the end of the season after finishing eighth - two points behind city rivals Liverpool.
Hull City only won one of their last 10 matches and suffered relegation in 19th place to end a two-year stay in the top-flight.