Hull 0 Everton 4
Everton were barely extended as they cruised into the fourth round of the Carling Cup with an emphatic defeat of under-strength Hull tonight.
The tie was effectively settled in the opening 24 minutes as the Toffees powered ahead at the KC Stadium with goals from Ayegbeni Yakubu, Jo and Dan Gosling.
David Moyes’ men, finding their form after a poor start to the season, then eased off but took their goal tally to 11 in three games as Leon Osman added a fourth after 57 minutes.
Hull offered little although Kamel Ghilas, one of their better performers on a lacklustre night, hit the post in the search for a late consolation.
Moyes fielded a strong side and will have been especially pleased to see Yakubu on the scoresheet on his first start for 10 months.
The Nigerian was stepping up his comeback from a snapped Achilles and looked strong before being withdrawn after 45 minutes.
He needed just 10 minutes to make his mark as a Hull side showing nine changes from the side beaten by Birmingham at the weekend were swept aside.
The opener came after Everton were gifted possession in midfield by Bernard Mendy and moments later were threatening on the edge of the box.
Jo was eventually crowded out by the Hull defence but Diniyar Bilyaletdinov was on hand and worked the ball out to the onrushing Yakubu.
The former Middlesbrough man confidently strode forward and clipped over Matt Duke for his first goal since last November.
It was the first meaningful attack from either side with Hull’s only offering to that point a mis-hit cross from Ghilas that drifted over the bar.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 20th minute as Bilyaletdinov floated in a free-kick and Jo rose highest to head home.
Everton were threatening to run riot as they added a third through Gosling in the 24th minute.
Yakubu was the provider, turning well and playing the youngster into wide open space on the right.
With makeshift left-back Peter Halmosi caught out of position, Gosling powered forward and fired emphatically past Duke from the corner of the area.
Everton eased back and at least allowed Hull some possession before the break.
Their best efforts were a deflected Tom Cairney shot and a header wide by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink from the resulting corner on the stroke of half-time.
Hull brought on Paul McShane and Dean Marney to add stability at the interval and began the second period with more urgency.
Mendy weaved his way into the area and had a shot blocked before Ghilas blasted over when given a sight of goal.
Ghilas then robbed Tony Hibbert to set up Vennegoor of Hesselink but Sylvain Distin produced a timely challenge.
Everton’s superiority was not threatened and the visitors stepped up a gear to add a fourth after Osman was tripped on the edge of the area by Nick Barmby.
John Heitinga hit the free-kick into the wall but Hull could not clear and Osman seized on the rebound to score.
Everton then took the opportunity to bring on new signing Lucas Neill for his debut just after the hour.
Marney hit the target for Hull from 30 yards but Tim Howard was not extended.
Cairney also tried his luck from distance in search of a consolation but his powerful shot caught Heitinga in the face.
A nice run by Cairney then set up Ghilas but the Algerian struck the post and Halmosi shot at Howard from the rebound.
McShane then had a better opportunity after being played in by Ghilas but Howard saved and the Irishman then scooped the ball over.