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Barkley equaliser gets point for Everton

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016

England midfielder Ross Barkley has headed a late leveller to salvage a 2-2 draw for Everton at Hull City in the English Premier League.

Barkley scored in the 84th minute from left back Leighton Baines' cross after Robert Snodgrass had put Hull ahead with a superb free kick into the top corner 19 minutes earlier.

Defender Michael Dawson had given Hull an early lead when he scored from Curtis Davies' flicked pass in the sixth minute but an own goal by home keeper David Marshall at a corner gifted Everton an equaliser on the stroke of halftime.

Hull, who had lost five of their previous seven matches, climbed to second from bottom in the table with 13 points from 19 matches. Everton are seventh with 27 points, 19 shy of leaders Chelsea.

"I think it's a terrific point," Hull manager Mike Phelan said, despite the disappointment of not picking up all three points.

"The goal we conceded at the end of the first half changes your whole way of thinking.

"We produced a battling performance and I'm pleased with the players. We are in a battle for the rest of the season but we're up for it."

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was pleased with his side's effort.

"Twice we showed great character and a good reaction," Koeman said.

"We fought for everything. We had the better chances to win the game. You like to win every game, but sometimes you have to be happy with one point."

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