The Hull manager, Phil Brown, remained defiant after his side slumped to another demoralising defeat last night. The Tigers, who are 19th in the Premier League after a poor start to the season, were crushed 4-0 by Everton in the Carling Cup.
The third-round tie at the KC Stadium was effectively ended in the opening 24 minutes as Yakubu, Jo and Dan Gosling all struck before Leon Osman added fourth in the second half.
Discontent is growing among supporters and the pressure on Brown is increasing, with a relegation battle looking likely even at this early stage of the campaign.
But Brown said: "We have got a big job to do. Everybody is expecting us to go out of this division because of the second-season syndrome. It is about rolling the sleeves up now and fighting even harder. Hopefully, whatever team I pick on Saturday will respond.
"Nobody likes being in the bottom three, but we have a long-term plan. We have a long way to go. The Premier League is obviously the priority. It always has been and always will be."
Everton's own dismal start to the season – three defeats in four Premier League games – now seems forgotten after an outstanding week. The Toffees have scored 11 goals without reply in impressive performances against AEK Athens, Blackburn and now Hull.
Hull City Duke, Mendy, Zayatte, Cooper, Halmosi, Barmby (Kilbane, 65), Boateng (Marney, h-t), Featherstone (McShane, h-t), Cairney, Ghilas, Vennegoor of Hesselink. Substitutes not used: Warner, Fagan, Geovanni, Cousin.
Everton Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines (Neill, 62), Osman, Gosling, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov (Agard, 84), Jo, Yakubu (Fellaini, h-t). Substitutes not used: Nash, Saha, Cahill, Duffy.
Referee: S Bennett (Kent).