Football: Pienaar strikes to preserve Everton home record

Everton's Steven Pienaar celebrates in the rain after scoring his side's second goal against Hull City during their Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, Saturday Oct 19, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Everton's Steven Pienaar celebrates in the rain after scoring his side's second goal against Hull City during their Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, Saturday Oct 19, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Veteran South African Steven Pienaar scored with his first touch to secure Everton a 2-1 win over Hull in their Premier League clash on Saturday.

The 31-year-old's goal - just after he came on as a second-half substitute - extended Everton's unbeaten Premier League home record in 2013 to 13 games and brought to an end Hull's four-match unbeaten run.

The hosts had got off to a cracking start with Belgian international Kevin Mirallas putting them 1-0 up after just eight minutes.

However, Hull goalkeeper, former Rangers stopper Allan McGregor, will not wish to see the replay as he let the gentle long range effort go by, thinking it was going wide.

It was the first goal Hull had conceded in almost four hours of Premier League play.

The visitors suffered another blow just after the quarter-of-an hour mark as Danny Graham's wretched year continued, with the former Swansea star - who has failed to find the net in 16 matches - being stretchered off after falling awkwardly in a tussle for the ball with Gareth Barry.

Hull drew level though on the half hour mark as Ivory Coast international Yannick Sagbo scored his first goal in the Premier League, turning in Sone Aluko's cross.

Hull tried to stifle Everton's more expansive tactics in the second-half which worked for a while but eventually the home crowd were rewarded with a deserved second from Pienaar, who was set up by Mirallas.

Everton should have extended their lead shortly before the final whistle as Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone was presented with an open goal, only to hit the crossbar.