Hull City have been knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup after a 3-2 defeat against Premier League side Everton.
Andros Townsend’s finish in the first half of extra-time saw the Toffees progress through to the fourth round of the prestigious competition.
Grant McCann made three changes to his starting XI that faced Blackpool in the Sky Bet Championship on New Year’s Day. Tom Eaves, Tyler Smith and Randell Williams all came in for Josh Magennis, Callum Elder and Ryan Longman, with the latter of those three on the substitutes' bench. There were also recalls to the bench for Matt Ingram, George Moncur and Tom Huddlestone, while academy duo Josh Hinds and Jevon Mills were also named among the substitutes.
It was the perfect start for the Tigers as they took the lead within the opening minute. Tyler Smith evaded his marker as he headed home George Honeyman’s free-kick delivery from close range.
It was almost two moments later, but Eaves’ header was pushed over the bar by Asmir Begović. The two would face each other again as Begović blocked Eaves’ effort at his near post.
Keane Lewis-Potter, who was making his 100th appearance for the Tigers, was next to take aim, but his shot flew over the bar.
The Toffees equalised in the 21st minute as Demarai Gray placed his effort into the bottom corner to finish off a slick passing move.
The visitors gained momentum from the equaliser as they started to craft opportunities. Anthony Gordon hit the post, while Nathan Baxter produced two stunning saves to deny Gray and Michael Keane.
Everton, however, wouldn’t be denied a third time as André Gomes headed in Jonjoe Kenny’s precise cross.
The Tigers came roaring back as Greg Docherty tested Begović in the Everton goal, before Sean McLoughlin saw his volley blocked from the resulting corner.
In the second half, Baxter was forced to parry Gordon’s fierce drive while Gray saw his left-footed attempt blocked by McLoughlin. From the resulting corner, Vitaliy Mykolenko volleyed over from inside the Tigers’ penalty area.
McCann made a triple substitution just past the hour mark, as Huddlestone, Moncur and Longman all came onto the pitch. The latter of the three almost caught Begović out as his lofted cross-shot looped over the crossbar.
The three substitutes would combine in the 71st minute to find the equaliser. Huddlestone won the ball high up the pitch to play through Moncur, who in turn teed up Longman to curl a spectacular first-time effort into the top corner.
Longman almost turned provider just minutes later as his backheel found Lewis-Potter in space, as the forward struck his effort over the bar, while at the other end, Gray was inches away to restoring Everton’s lead with a curling effort. Baxter then pushed away Townsend’s corner delivery, before Lewis-Potter hit the woodwork with a powerful drive.
Abdoulaye Doucouré thought he had won it for Everton late on in the regular 90 minutes, but his header went over the bar as the fixture headed to extra-time.
In the first half of extra-time, Gray saw his shot blocked by Jacob Greaves, before Everton retook the lead through Townsend’s swerving strike from range, with his right-footed attempt finding the top corner.
The Tigers pushed for an equaliser in the second period of extra-time as Begović produced a stunning save from point-blank range to deny Eaves, before Hinds could only poke the rebound narrowly wide. Baxter was called upon one more time in injury time, as he pushed away Allan’s attempt.
Hull City (3-4-1-2): Nathan Baxter; Di’Shon Bernard, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Randell Williams (Ryan Longman 63’), Greg Docherty (George Moncur 63’), Richie Smallwood (C) (Tom Huddlestone 63’), Keane Lewis-Potter; George Honeyman; Tom Eaves, Tyler Smith (Josh Hinds 109’).
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, Andy Cannon, Matt Smith, Brandon Fleming, Jevon Mills.
Everton (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begović; Séamus Coleman (C), Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Vitaliy Mykolenko; Allan, André Gomes (Jean-Phillipe Gbamin 88’); Jonjoe Kenny (Abdoulaye Doucouré 74’), Anthony Gordon (Andros Townsend 65’), Demarai Gray (Lewis Dobbin 105’); Salomón Rondón (Cenk Tosun 117’).
Subs Not Used: Jordan Pickford, Nathan Patterson, Mason Holgate, Tyler Onyango.