EVERTON v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SUNDAY 12 MAY 2013
REFEREE: PHIL DOWD
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Final score - Everton 2-0 West Ham United
93 mins - A final cross from Baines is headed down by Fellaini, but Reid is there to clear. Carroll tries to pick out Carlton Cole's run, but the final whistle is blown before anything can happen. That's it. Nolan had a couple of chances before half-time and Joe Cole and Andy Carroll went close late on, but the Toffees were worthy winners, with the first Mirallas goal in particular being very impressive. Everton are not finishing sixth for nothing. They are a quality outfit. Anyway, we move on to the final game of the season at home to Reading next Sunday. It's Show Your Colours day at the Boleyn Ground, so make sure you don your best claret and blue attire as 2012/13 comes to a close. Thanks for joining us.
92 mins - West Ham win their first corner! Joe Cole takes but the ball eludes everyone and Everton can clear. Another change as Mirallas is replaced by Bryan Oviedo. Standing ovation for the Belgian. Or it may just be that Oviedo is a fan favourite...
91 mins - Into three minutes of added time. The PA man tells everyone to stay off the pitch at full-time. I would have thought the West Ham players cannot wait to get off it.
89 mins - Osman gets a round of applause as he is replaced by Tony Hibbert. Hibbert hasn't played since 1 December.
89 mins - Elsewhere, Liverpool are 3-1 up at Fulham and Daniel Sturridge has a hat-trick. Sunderland and Southampton are now drawing 1-1 but there have been no further goals elsewhere.
87 mins - As the West Ham fans chastise Moyes for not waving at them, first Demel gets beyond his man and works Howard at the near post. Moments later, the Jarvis cross from the left finds the head of Carroll, whose downward header hits the outside of the post and bounces away for a goal kick. As they did at Manchester City, West Ham finishing strongly after falling 2-0 down...
85 mins - Baines lifts the free-kick beyond the far post and Fellaini cannot control his volleyed cross back across the six-yard box. Goal kick.
84 mins - Sunderland have been as low as 17th and as high as eleventh in the table since half-time. On the pitch, Collins is perhaps a little fortunate not to be sent-off as he clips Pienaar 25 yards from goal. If he hadn't been booked, he could have been shown a yellow for that challenge.
83 mins - That sums up West Ham's day. Good interplay down the left involving O'Brien, Jarvis and Noble ends with O'Brien getting free into the box. He has space to get a shot on goal, but leans back and slides the ball well over the crossbar.
82 mins - Another fab save from Jaaskelainen. Baines gets forward again and crosses low. Osman has held his run and meets the ball well. Jaaskelainen goes down low to his right and holds on.
81 mins - Collins is booked for fouling Pienaar on halfway, stopping a promising Everton attack.
80 mins - Some good build-up as Noble finds Carroll. He runs into the left channel before crossing low. Jarvis dummies and Joe Cole has time and space to check and curl a low left-footer that Howard parries. The ball just eludes Carlton Cole as he follows up and Everton's clean sheet remains intact.
78 mins - Coleman again gets to the byline before winning a corner off fellow countryman O'Brien. Baines to take. Collins heads clear.
77 mins - Jarvis crosses from the left touchline but it's just too high for Carlton Cole and Howard collects. Fair play to the Claret and Blue Army - they are singing away in the stand opposite. They never stop!
75 mins - Everton are a very good side, make no mistake about that, but Big Sam won't be too pleased with this. He has spoken about improving the away record next season and he is right on that count. Nobody has scored less goals on their travels than the Hammers' eleven this season.
73 mins - Anichebe is replaced by Jelavic.
72 mins - Jarvis gets forward down the left but his right-foot cross is too strong and bounces away for a goal kick. Jelavic will be on shortly for Everton. Before he arrives, Baines is encouraged to shoot from 30 yards, but drags his effort low and wide.
71 mins - Coleman creates another great chance. He clips the cross to the near post, where Anichebe has to glance his header to surely score. Instead, he nods the ball straight out for a goal kick. Jeers, laughter and then applause from the home fans.
69 mins - Another chance for Osman. Coleman gets past Jarvis and to the byline with a strong run before cutting the ball back for the No21, whose first-time shot is somehow deflected wide by Collins. The corner is headed clear. Everton well on top.
68 mins - Jaaskelainen makes a fantastic save to keep it at 2-0. Pienaar gets on the ball in the box and pokes the square pass for Osman. He is on his own ten yards out with the goal gaping, but the Finn dives to his left to push the ball around the post. The corner is wasted.
67 mins - With the Hammers struggling here, let's have a quick look at the latest elsewhere. Earlier, Spurs won 2-1 at Stoke to go fourth. Liverpool are winning by the same scoreline at Fulham and Newcastle are doing likewise at QPR. Norwich are 3-0 up at home to West Brom.
64 mins - A final change from Big Sam as Noble replaces O'Neil. Noble is going to have to do something special here if West Ham are to get anything. They have hardly threatened since half-time.
62 mins - It could so easily be 3-0 as Baines passes inside for Osman, who has time and space to turn and shoot powerfully across the face of goal. Jaaskelainen parries well. West Ham clear.
60 mins - GOAL! Mirallas doubles his lead at the end of a quick counter. Howard catches Jarvis's left-wing cross and bowls the ball out quickly to Gibson on halfway. The midfielder turns and sends Mirallas away behind Demel, who is caught thr wrong side. Mirallas cuts in front of Demel and shoots right-footed. The ball clips Collins' boot and loops high into the top left-hand corner.
59 mins - Moments later, a chance for Mirallas, but he slices his shot well wide.
58 mins - Anichebe loves to feel his defender, so to speak, and hold the ball up with his back to goal. He does so again against Collins, before feeding Pienaar. He slides he ball right for Gibson, who drives his shot high into the Gwladys Street End.
55 mins - Joe Cole on for Collison, so Collison is not wide right any longer. Cole gets a warm welcome, as he might expect as a former Liverpool player.
54 mins - West Ham now 4-4-2 with Cole and Carroll up front and Collison wide right.
53 mins - Close for Everton again as Baines curls a superb cross beyond the far post for Osman. The angle is against him and he volleys across the face of goal and out for a goal kick. The game is following a similar pattern to the first half.
51 mins - Anichebe collects and backs into Reid. The defender does well to force the striker away from goal. He lays the ball off to Mirallas, who screws his shot wide. Moments later, a Coleman shot is blocked by Collins and Mirallas is offside.
49 mins - The second half has started in a rather under-stated way. Cole turns on the left, holds off his man and tries to release Jarvis. He could go clear but the ball just will not run for him. He checks and finds Carroll, who plays inside for Nolan, but Gibson reacts quicker to poke the ball away.
46 mins - We're off and running again here on Merseyside.
A half-time change from Big Sam, who brings on Carlton Cole for Diame. The No21 was not at his best in the opening 45 minutes, I must admit. So, Cole and Carroll up front together.
Half-time score - Everton 1-0 West Ham United
47 mins - That's half-time. Join us again in 15 minutes for the second period. West Ham are still in the game after Mirallas' inch-perfect sixth-minute opener. Everton have carried the greater threat, but at 1-0 the game is still very much alive.
45 mins - We're going to have one added minute. It's been a slightly subdued 45 minutes after the lightning start from Everton. They could have extended their advantage, but Nolan could have levelled for the Hammers.
43 mins - West Ham have a chance to get a decent ball in as Collison's cross hits a defender on the arm a few yards outside the box. Baines is complaining, but West Ham have a dangerous free-kick. Well, it was dangerous until O'Neil overhit the delivery out for a throw on the near side.
40 mins - More good build-up from Everton. The cross to the far post is headed back into the danger zone by Pienaar. Nolan is wrong-footed initially but manages to recover in time to block Gibson's powerful low shot. Diame can lead the counter, but his errant pass is easily picked off by Fellaini.
38 mins - Fellaini gets in behind and chests the ball down before his shot is blocked behind for a corner by Collins. Demel thinks Fellaini was offside and tells Mr Dowd in no uncertain terms and is booked for his troubles. The corner is curled to the far post by Mirallas and headed wide by Distin.
37 mins - Everton attack down their right after Coleman robs Jarvis. It is Coleman who then races forward and feeds Mirallas, whose cross is acrobatically cleared by Reid for a throw.
34 mins - West Ham win a free-kick as Carroll is fouled. It's taken short to Jarvis, whose clipped cross to the far post is headed away but only as far as Demel, who wins a throw. When the cross comes in from the right, the ball drops to Nolan and he hooks a shot a few yards wide of the far post with his right foot. Chances coming for the visitors, despite Everton's early domination.
33 mins - Everton have another half-chance. Anichebe collects the pass from Mirallas on the edge of the box and tries to turn Collins. The Welshman sticks to the striker and blocks his left-foot shot.
31 mins - Every close to an equaliser for West Ham. O'Brien marauds forward down the left before cutting inside and flicking a pass to Nolan with the outside of his right foot. Nolan collects and lets fly with a low left-foot shot that Howard does well to keep out diving low to his left. The Toffees scramble the ball to safety.
29 mins - The away fans are teasing the home faithful about a perceived lack of atmosphere. I must say, it has rather quietened down since the opening five or so minutes.
27 mins - West Ham get the ball up to the edge of the Everton box. Fellaini's clearing header is not great and Diame is able to swing a leg and get a shot away. It dribbles miles wide.
25 mins - Everton come very close to a second. Mirallas runs across the face of the penalty area and eludes three challenges before shooting low. He doesn't quite get hold of it, but the shot turns into a perfect through ball for Anichebe, who turns and smacks a shot that hits Jaaskelainen. Great save. Jaaskelainen felt that. It hit him on, erm, the inner thigh.
24 mins - A cross comes over from the right but Distin is there to clear powerfully to halfway. O'Brien gets there first and tries to ping a ball wide right for Jarvis. Again, the ball flies out for a throw.
22 mins - Everton win their third corner as Anichebe's shot on the turn deflects wide off Collins. Mirallas takes the inswinger and Collins himself heads clear.
21 mins - It's not happening for West Ham at the moment. O'Neil wins a crunching tackle on the edge of his own penalty area and the Hammers can break. The counter stalls a bit on halfway and O'Neil collects from Demel before driving a crossfield pass out for a throw.
19 mins - The drizzle continues to fall as Howard drives a low goal kick down the middle of the pitch. It almost benefits Mirallas as the ball pings around before Fellaini tries the through ball. The Belgian is flagged offside as he races clear. Collins lofts the free-kick downfield and it clears Carroll and bounces up before hitting Collison on the hand.
17 mins - Fair play to them, the travelling West Ham fans are enjoying themselves with a good old sing-song in the rain over in the Bullens Road Stand.
15 mins - It is Everton again threatening. Some neat interplay sees Coleman released into space on the right. He gets to the edge of the penalty area before clipping a cross to the far post, where Demel rises high to head clear.
12 mins - The Everton fans are singing a derogatory song about Manchester United. It's in jest, however. Jarvis crosses from the left and the ball drops to Collison, but he cannot control on the edge of the box. Everton break and Osman slips past Reid. The defence drop off and Osman shoots left-footed, but it's close enough for Jaaskelainen to get behind and gather at the second attempt.
10 mins - Dowd allows play to go on despite a late tackle by O'Brien. Everton continue to build and come in from the right through Osman. The ball is played into the feet of Anichebe, who turns and slides a shot a yard wide of the far post.
9 mins - The slick playing surface is making for a really high-tempo game. Everton are playing the better, but Carroll has half a chance to play in Nolan, but his turn sees him lose the ball to Distin on halfway.
8 mins - Everton are right up for this. Coleman's right-wing cross is headed out only as far as Gibson, whose first-time shot from 25 yards dips and lands on top of the net.
6 mins - GOAL! Everton lead and it's a good goal. The home side attack down the left. Baines plays the ball inside for Fellaini, who plays the ball on one more for Pienaar. He slides the pass left for Mirallas and the Belgian makes no mistake with a calm side-footed finish from 18 yards.
5 mins - O'Brien brings down Mirallas. Jagielka's free-kick is a bit short and Carroll controls on his chest on the edge of the box before bringing the ball away and trying to loft a through ball for Nolan. The ball skips off the turf and through to Howard.
4 mins - Close! Mirallas curls in the left-wing corner and Fellaini holds off his man to head back across goal. Distin loses the attention of Collins and volleys on the stretch, but the ball flies a couple of yards wide. He maybe should have hit the target there, should Distin.
3 mins - Mirallas breaks into the space vacated by O'Brien and crosses low. Collins clears behind for a corner. It is initially cleared by Diame with his head, but when Everton come again they win another corner off O'Neil.
2 mins - Carroll gets a jeer on his first touch. He is, of course, a Liverpool player by ownership. The big man ignores the boos and links the play well before an interception from Jagielka stops O'Brien getting through, of all people.
3pm - Everton kick-off shooting towards the Park End stand to my right. An early cross comes in from Mirallas on the right, but West Ham deal with it and O'Neil can clear.
2.59pm - We have had a change in the referee. It's now Phil Dowd.
2.56pm - The Z-Cars theme starts to play and the two teams emerge from the tunnel. The atmosphere inside Goodison is absolutely electric. No sign of David Moyes yet... Here he comes, to loud applause from all corners.
2.55pm - Of course, the photographers are there to catch a shot of David Moyes, who manages Everton for the final time at Goodison today. An emotional day for him and for the injured Toffees captain Phil Neville, who is retiring at the season's end.
2.50pm - It's drizzling here at Goodison Park as the two squads make their way back to their respective dressing rooms to make their final preparations. A group of press photographers have gathered at the tunnel entrance. They must be excited about Sam's new contract...
2.30pm - I'm sure a lot of you have seen it, but a couple of former Hammers have just enjoyed a fine few minutes at Watford. Ex-West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola's Hornets have reached the Championship Play-Off final after one-time Hammers loanee Manuel Almunia saved a 96th-minute penalty before Watford raced up the other end to secure a 3-2 aggregate victory through Troy Deeney's goal. An amazing finish to the game. Zola and Almunia will try to emulate West Ham when they go to Wembley for the final on Monday 27 May.
2.20pm - David Moyes is, of course, managing Everton at home for the final time today. Moyes has faced Sam Allardyce 20 times as a manager - Big Sam during his time with Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham and Moyes during his time with the Toffees and, before that, Preston North End. Moyes has won nine, Big Sam six and there have been five draws.
2.05pm - The team news is in! One change from Big Sam from the West Ham side that drew 0-0 at home with Newcastle United, with Jack Collison replacing Ricardo Vaz Te, who drops to the bench. Everton are unchanged from the side that started last weekend's goalless Merseyside derby draw at Liverpool.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Distin, Jagielka (c), Mirallas, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Anichebe
Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Barkley, Naismith, Oviedo, Jelavic
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Collins, Reid, O'Neil, Diame, Nolan (c), Collison, Jarvis, Carroll
Subs: Henderson, Pogatetz, Taylor, Noble, J.Cole, Vaz Te, C.Cole
1.55pm - Do you fancy reading some previews of today's game from Hammers players past and present? If so, click here to hear from three current stars and here to hear from Alvin Martin.
1.50pm - You can view some exclusive images from Goodison Park on our official Facebook page by clicking on the link above. We will have the confirmed team line-ups in about ten minutes. If you want to put yourself in with a chance of winning a signed Hammers teamsheet, follow us on twitter @whufc_official and guess our team using the hashtag #WHULINEUP
1.15pm - Some fantastic news to start your afternoon! Manager Sam Allardyce has signed a new contract with West Ham United. To read the full story, click here.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goodison Park for what promises to be an eventful Barclays Premier League fixture between Everton and West Ham United.
Strangely, however, the biggest events of the day will come off the pitch, with the Toffees marking manager David Moyes' final home game after eleven years in charge. Moyes, of course, is leaving Merseyside this summer to take up the not inconsiderable position of Manchester United manager.
Everton will therefore, you would expect, want to end a fantastic season with a home victory over the Hammers. A win for the home side would also guarantee a top-five finish and that Everton will end the campaign above city rivals Liverpool in the standings.
Everton have been outstanding at home this season, winning eleven, drawing six and losing just one of their 18 home Barclays Premier League fixtures. Everton's sole home defeat of the season came at the hands of Chelsea (1-2) on 30 December 2012.
However, Big Sam's side will be a tough nut to crack, as West Ham have lost just two of their previous nine Barclays Premier League fixtures.
The east London side will hope to pick up at least a point as they continue their challenge for a top-ten finish. The Hammers will kick-off in tenth position and, with a home fixture with already-relegated Reading to look forward to next Sunday, four points could be enough to secure tenth place.
Team news-wise, Everton will be without soon-to-retire captain Phil Neville, while West Ham will have to make so without centre-back James Tomkins (ankle) and George McCartney (knee).
West Ham and Everton have met 125 previously in competitive fixtures. The Hammers have had the worst of things over the years, winning 36 to Everton's 62, with 27 draws. In the league, Everton have recorded 56 victories to the Hammers' 32.
The Hammers have not won on any of their last five visits to Goodison Park. West Ham's most-recent success at Everton came on 14 December 2005, when Bobby Zamora and a David Weir own-goal secured a 2-1 Premier League victory. However, the Hammers' two most-recent visits have both ended in 2-2 Premier League draws.
We will have the confirmed team news at just after 2pm, with the line-ups published first on the Club's official twitter feed.