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28th Dec, 2016 | 5:33pm

Koeman issues Everton warning ahead of Hull clash

By Dominic Toner

Ronald Koeman has warned his Everton players ahead of the upcoming Premier League match against Hull.

The Toffees travel to Hull on Friday as big favourites and will be expected to turnover Mike Phelan’s side, who are currently bottom of the league table.

Everton will be full of confidence following their impressive 2-0 away victory against Leicester on Monday, with Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku scoring the goals.

The Merseyside club moved up to seventh in the table as a result and will be desperate to strengthen their place on the position.

Everton manager Koeman has explained that Hull are a decent side and played some good stuff in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

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“It’s a tough one because maybe everyone is expecting an easy win, but it isn’t,” Koeman said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “They played (Man) City at home and after 70 minutes it was still 0-0, it was a fault for a penalty that opened the game

“Until that time they showed real quality and they were not a bad team.”

Hull looked set to earn a fantastic point in their last game against Man City, but Andrew Robertson’s foul allowed Yaya Toure to break the deadlock in the 72th minute.

The relegation threatened side were then blown away by Kelechi Iheanacho and a Curtis Davies own goal, but have shown signs of improvement recently.

They suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat away to West Ham in December and were extremely unfortunate to lose that game.

Everton will be searching for some consistency in the league against Hull and have not recorded back-to-back victories since September over Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

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