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Hull City’s Nikica Jelavic deepens the blues of his old side Everton

A new year but the same old story for Roberto Martínez’s Everton, whose defensive woes leave them susceptible to being dragged into a Premier League relegation fight. A fourth consecutive defeat – and seventh in nine across all competitions – mean they are now just four points above the bottom three.

Hull drew to within two points of Martínez’s side after capitalising on indecision at the back from their opponents. First-half goals from Ahmed Elmohamady and the former Everton forward Nikica Jelavic settled the contest well before the visitors lost Antolín Alcaraz to a second booking late on. With fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea and a Merseyside derby on the horizon, the pressure will soon go up a notch.

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