Two things happened at the KCOM stadium last night. Hull were unlucky not to win the game and Everton, thanks to their manager did well to earn a draw. Despite having the better of the play Everton were still quite lucky to go in at halftime level thanks to Hull’s keeper David Marshall punching into his own net from an added time Kevin Mirallas corner. The now ever popular 4-3-2-1 which has worked well for the Toffees of late, didn’t quite click into gear against a resilient 3-5-2 Hull City side in the first half.
Everton’s set up in the first half
Barry and Gueye playing in there normal defensive roles were almost over run by the five in midfield from Hull and in turn Everton’s attacking threat never amounted to much at all. Coleman and Baines got up and down the flanks as they always do but were kept busy by El Mohamady, Robertson, Snodgrass going the other way.
In the 2nd half Koeman had to change the set up slightly by bringing on lively midfielder Tom Davies after Snodgrass had curled in a wonderful free kick, Koeman changed the system to a three at the back with either Coleman or Baines dropping in when needed and putting Davies as the extra man in midfield. This allowed more attacking impetus and allowed Valencia, Davies, Mirallas and Barkley to really get in and around Romelu Lukaku.
Everton after the introduction of Tom Davies in the 66th minute.
After the change in formation, Everton were a more attacking threat and eventually scraped a draw with a Ross Barkley header after Leighton Baines provided a pin point cross. Koeman should look at using the system more as it plays to Everton’s strengths and should they start games in this way they surely wouldn’t be having to play catch up in matches. With Morgan Schneiderlin possibly on his way into Goodison as another defensive midfielder, Everton need more attacking options.