Premier League round-up: Everton and Hull claim points

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Everton logo
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Middlesbrough logoMiddlesbrough
Yakubu 65
Gary O'Neil 8

Everton fell further off the pace in the race for spots in next season's UEFA Cup after a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at Goodison Park.

Boro were dangerous on the break throughout and took an 8th minute lead on the counter-attack as Stewart Downing sent a sideways pass to Gary O'Neil, who was left in enough time and space on the right to take one touch before fired a low shot past Tim Howard and in off the post.

Yakubu should have leveled just five minutes later when he got clear of Boro defender Emanuel Pogatetz, but goalkeeper Ross Turnbull made a smart block with his left hand.

Turnbull then saw Joleon Lescott's left-wing cross came back off the post and Tim Cahill sent his header wide as the home side continued to press for an equaliser.

And it finally came midway through the second half as Mikel Arteta fired a free-kick from deep on the left and Yakubu turned the ball past Turnbull with an attempted back-header which actually came off his back.

Hull City logo
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Manchester City logoMan City
Daniel Cousin 14
Stephen Ireland 37
Geovanni 61
Stephen Ireland 45

Hull City and Manchester City ended their losing slides with a 2-2 draw in an entertaining match at the KC Stadium.

The home side began brightly and forced City into gifting them the opener when Tal Ben Haim left his back pass short and Daniel Cousin capitalised to slot the ball home.

City keeper Joe Hart was injured himself in the process and replaced by Kasper Schmeichel.

The visitors equalised in the 37th minute from the second horrific defensive error of the match as Kamil Zayette played the ball back across his own goal and into the path of Stephen Ireland, who shot into the empty net.

Ireland made it 2-1 eight minutes later when he curled the ball home beyond Boaz Myhill from the edge of the area.

Hull got themselves back into the match when former City man Geovanni fired a 61st-minute free-kick that deflected off Vincent Kompany in the wall and flew past Schmeichel.

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