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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct, 25, 2008

Surprise package Hull City go joint top

Hull City's incredible season shows no sign of letting up as they thrashed West Brom 3-0 at The Hawthorns to go joint top of the Premier League.

Kamil Zayatte got in some vital tackles and blocks in the first half as the home side pressed but it was he who opened the scoring at the other end, heading home a free-kick just after half time.

Geovanni made it two after good work from Marlon King in the 62nd minute and the striker made it 3-0 just four minutes later to seal an amazing start to life in the top flight for the Tigers.

They are now on 20 points, level with Chelsea and Liverpool, who play each other tomorrow.

Manchester United missed the opportunity to break into the top three of the Premier League when they failed to turn their domination into goals in a 1-1 draw at Everton.

Darren Fletcher opened the scoring for the Red Devils who threatened to run riot in the first half before Marouane Fellaini got his second Toffees goal after the break as the hosts were transformed.

Wayne Rooney missed the opportunity to score his 100th domestic goal on his return to Goodison Park. He was substituted by Sir Alex Ferguson after reacting to taunts by the home fans by kissing the United badge on his shirt.

Fletcher scored the opener in the 22nd minute when he collected a pass from Ryan Giggs on the edge of the area. His first touch took him past Joleon Lescott and he calmly slotted the ball across the keeper Tim Howard for his third goal of the season.

United were dominant and Howard produced a couple of vital saves. Defender Nemanja Vidic got in front of his marker and glanced a header the keeper did well to reach before he tipped Giggs' shot around the post.

The hosts showed far more at the start of the second half and it was Neville who laid on the equaliser for the Toffees in the 64th minute - the defender's cross headed in by Fellaini who rose above Vidic.

Everton nearly went ahead two minutes later when Ayegbeni Yakubu took advantage of a Ferdinand mis-kick and curled a shot which was touched by Edwin van der Sar on to the post.

Joseph Yobo twice thwarted Ronaldo with last-ditch challenges before the Portuguese shot a yard wide after finding himself unmarked inside the area with four minutes to go.

A stunning free-kick by Kieran Richardson saw Sunderland triumph 2-1 in the Tyne-Wear derby to leave Newcastle in the relegation zone.

Djibril Cisse put the Black Cats ahead with his third goal for the club - he intercepted Malbranque's shot which was going across goal and sidefooted the ball in at full stretch.

The Toon hit back when an unmarked Shola Ameobi headed in a Geremi free-kick from close range.

However, Ameobi missed a simple chance to put the Magpies ahead in the second half when he miskicked with a clear sight of goal and the ball sailed over.

Nicky Butt was then booked after cynically bringing down El-Hadji Diouf just outside the box. From the resulting free-kick Richardson hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner giving Shay Given no chance.

Barton then made his appearance with six minutes to go with the Sunderland fans affording the most hostile of receptions. The final whistle saw a few fans spilling on to the pitch with trouble threatening to break out between the rival supporters.

Blackburn substitute Benni McCarthy's headed equaliser in the third minute of injury-time salvaged a 1-1 home drawat home to Middlesbrough in the tea-time fixture.

Afonso Alves scored the opener in the 74th minute after out-pacing veteran centre-back Andre Ooijer and turning to fire past goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

However, McCarthy rose highest at a late corner to head in at the near post, although the main talking point of the match was Tuncay Sanli's wrongly disallowed overhead kick in the first half.

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