WEST HAM UNITED v EVERTON
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2013
REFEREE: LEE MASON
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Final score - West Ham United 2-3 Everton
98: The final whistle is blown. That's two home defeats on the trot for the Hammers, who were leading as we entered the final ten minutes of normal time. Two magnificent free-kicks from Leighton Baines levelled things twice for the Toffees after goals from Morrison and Noble - from the spot - had twice put West Ham in front. Noble's sending-off before the second Baines free-kick was controversial, as he appeared to get a toe to the ball before catching Ross Barkley. The winner was all about Belgium as Mirallas crossed and Lukaku bravely stooped to head into the bottom corner. It's a sickener for the Hammers, it really is. We'll have exclusive reaction to today's game on West Ham TV, social media and whufc.com soon. Thanks for joining us.
97: Lukaku wins a corner and that's probably that as his well-struck shot hits Reid and flies into the advertising board in front of the Everton fans.
96: Everton have a golden chance to clinch it as Morrison is caught in possession. Mirallas runs in behind and crosses for Lukaku, but Reid just about gets back in to toe the ball away. I'm afraid West Ham don't look like getting down the other end and scoring, though.
94: Time is running out as Morrison checks and curls a free-kick that Howard catches. Oviedo is then caught offside. Jaaskelainen launches long, Reid challenges and then fouls Jagielka.
93: Winston Reid is voted West Ham's Man of the Match, but I'm not sure he'll take too much pleasure in winning that award unless the Hammers can nick a late equaliser.
91: We're going to have SEVEN added minutes. Lukaku has a chance to wrap it up when he races away from Collins and into the box, but Reid gets back and makes a superb sliding challenge. With ten men, it's going to be tough for West Ham to fashion a chance here.
88: Reid finds Rat, who makes ten yards down the left and crosses. Vaz Te gets in front of his marker and heads wide. Goal kick. O'Brien and Lukaku are back on. The Everton fans are singing the name of their new hero.
87: O'Brien needs treatment for a head wound suffered in that challenge with Lukaku. In fact, both players need treatment as they trudge to the touchline. It's 9v10 for now.
85: Goal! No, West Ham cannot hold on. Everton have the lead through Lukaku's downward header. It's a brave effort as he's hurt as he nods in Mirallas's cross, but West Ham were at sixes and sevens in their own penalty area. Three points has turned into none in the space of three minutes.
83: Goal! Baines does it again. It's a beauty into the top left-hand corner and hits the inside of the post on its way in. West Ham have ten men and now they don't have the lead. Can they hold on for a draw? Giving free-kicks away outside the box is costing West Ham so dearly so far this season. All three goals conceded here have come from direct set pieces at the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand end of the stadium. Unbelievable.
81: Noble is sent-off! Lukaku passes the ball into Barkley, who is running one on one at Collins. Noble tracks back and it looks like he gets a bit on the ball, but also a bit of Barkley. Baines will fancy this again...
80: Lukaku has a thump from 25 yards with his left foot, but it flies over the top. Before the goal kick, Nolan is replaced by Matt Taylor. I believe the skipper has hurt his knee, as he spoke to Big Sam in the aftermath of the Hammers' second goal.
78: Brilliant skill from Morrison again takes him away from his man in midfield. He finds Diame wide left, who cuts inside and fizzes a shot wide of the near post. The crowd are back into this again and give it the 'Oooooh!'. Goal kick. Can the Hammers hold on? Can they get a third?
76: GOAL! Was there ever any doubt? Howard dives right, Noble sidefoots low to the goalkeeper's left and West Ham lead again!
75: Penalty to West Ham! Petric again does superbly to run in behind, control on his chest and then keep the ball in under pressure from Distin. He then finds Nolan inside the box, who is tripped by substitute McCarthy. Mr Mason points to the spot!
74: Good hold-up play from Petric after the Croatian had intercepted a clearance. The No30 does well to maintain possession before finding Morrison, who goes down but nothing is given.
72: Ricardo Vaz Te is on for Jarvis. He's going to play wide on the right, with Diame going across to the left.
71: Baines' cross hits a diving O'Brien and Jaaskelainen sprawls to his right to push the ball around the near post for a corner. It's headed out and there is panic again as West Ham try to clear their lines. The ball is worked back to Barkley, who makes half a yard before firing high and into the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand.
70: Jarvis latches onto a loose ball and checks before crossing right-footed. Petric heads down and the ball hits a defender and rolls out for a corner, despite Howard's efforts. Noble takes a decent corner towards the penalty spot, from where Diame heads wide.
68: Noble is booked for pulling back Mirallas after the Belgian had slipped past Rat wide on the left. Moments earlier, Lukaku had flashed a shot wide from a low right-wing cross.
66: Will Big Sam make a further change to spice things up? Everton look the more likely to go on and win this game at present. West Ham need to have a sustained period on the front foot, which they haven't enjoyed since half-time. Barkley has been impressive since the break and the watching England boss Roy Hodgson is sure to be interested in the young midfielder's progress.
63: Petric is on for Maiga. Can he forge himself a debut to remember? Everton have been on top since half-time and they probably deserve that equaliser.
62: Goal! Baines curls it into the top left-hand corner. That's some strike. Yet again, West Ham pay for giving away a free-kick outside their penalty area. It's a great strike.
61: Collins slides in on Barkley and is booked. This is right in Baines' wheelhouse. In fact, it's in almost exactly the same position Jemaine Pennant bent one in three weeks ago. Everyone is on edge.
60: Panic stations! Everton are in on goal through Barkley but Rat and then Reid hold up the England midfielder. He keeps possession and West Ham have at least three chances to clear their lines through O'Brien, Collins and then Morrison. Finally, the cross comes in from the left and it's just too high for Barkley, I think.
58: Petric has been called back and will be on soon. Before then, Oviedo brings down Diame. That could easily be a booking, but isn't. Maybe Barkley has told Mr Mason he wants to be the only Everton player to see yellow this season?
57: Big Sam is properly into this today. Noble is flagged for handball but the Gaffer reckons the No16 controlled on his chest. He points angrily at his chest and then berates every official within shouting distance. Love the passion!
56: Nolan wins the ball back on halfway before being set free down the left by Jarvis. It's like the Play-Off final all over again, but this time the cross is cut out and doesn't lead to a second goal for the Hammers! Maiga is momentarily ahead of his markers, but Jagielka gets back in and intercepts.
53: You can see the quality in Lukaku, dropping deep to link up the play. He is massive. Anyway, this time it is Barkley leading the attack. He turns away from Noble and space opens up 30 yards out, but the left-foot shot is high and well wide.
52: Oviedo is on now following a foul by Maiga on Distin.
51: Osman is going to have to be replaced. Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo will be on shortly, That's all three subs used by Martinez.
50: Everton have come out firing and their fans are raising the volume inside the Boleyn Ground. West Ham need to get control of the game back again. For now, the game has stopped as Osman needs the physio on. I think it's his right ankle.
47: Lukaku shows just why he is so highly rated straight away, turning away from Collins and playing a ball through to Mirallas. Jaaskelainen is out to the edge of his penalty area but doesn't get there. He does force Mirallas wide, though, so when the Belgian does get his shot away, Rat and Collins are there to clear the ball away.
46: West Ham get the game back underway. Mirallas has gone to the right to go up against Rat, with Osman going wide left. McCarthy is in the middle with Barry.
Two changes from Everton at the break. Lukaku is on for Jelavic and McCarthy replaces Naismith.
Half-time score - West Ham United 1-0 Everton
During the half-time break, the London Amps amputee football team have a kickabout on the hallowed turf. Watching these lads in action is something to behold. The four players out there have crutches after having had one leg amputated. Their skill level is superb, with keepy ups, volleys and shots flying in from outside the penalty area. For more information about the London Amps and the campaign to make amputee football a Paralympic Sport, please click here.
47: That's half-time. West Ham lead through Morrison's deflected strike just after the half-hour mark. Mirallas fired an early warning shot across West Ham's bows, but Jaaskelainen was equal to that one. The Hammers have certainly produced a better performance today than they did against Stoke in their last home outing. Join us again in 15 minutes to see if Big Sam's men can hold on to their lead, or even extend it.
46: We're going to have one added minute.
45: Barkley catches Morrison on the ankle with a late challenge. Replays show it is a bit of a naughty one. Yellow card for Barkley. He's the only Everton player to have been booked in the league this season and that's three yellow cards in five appearances now. The free-kick is headed down dangerously by Reid but Howard is there to gather.
44: Baines looks to have got the beating of Diame, but the Senegal man gets back in superbly to win the tackle. It's a corner, though. Baines takes and Collins dives in bravely to head clear at the near post. He is fouled by Barry. Great defending by Ginge.
41: Noble to O'Brien, who tries to play in the rampaging Diame. His first touch takes him inside Baines, but Distin is there to put the ball out for a corner. The delivery from Noble is headed down and Nolan tries to turn it in, but the shot is blocked out for a throw on the near side. Rat hurls it over and the ball is flicked on, but Nolan cannot reach it. Howard collects.
39: Morrison heads the free-kick behind for a corner. The ball is worked back to taker Mirallas, who wins another corner off Jarvis. The second corner is a strange one that curls all the way through and out of the penalty area. The danger is not over though and Everton work the ball patiently before the Barkley cross is high and caught by Jaaskelainen. And breathe...!
38: Morrison goes into the book at the end of a frantic period of play. The free-kick was cleared and Rat loses out to Barkley on halfway. Thankfully, O'Brien has tracked back and wins the ball. He then slips and can only prod it as far as Naismith, who is fouled late by a sliding Morrison. Fair decision.
35: A period of Everton pressure ends when Reid is shoved in the back by Naismith. It goes without saying that West Ham need to maintain their concentration and discipline. It's imperative that we get to half-time with the lead intact. Noble being fouled near the Everton penalty area will help...
34: It's irrelevant now, but West Ham had gone 315 minutes without scoring before Morrison's effort.
31: GOAL! The Hammers lead through a deflected strike from Morrison! Diame wins the ball back in midfield and feeds it left to Jarvis. The decoy run from Diame allows Jarvis to cut inside past Coleman and he then slides the square pass to Morrison, who takes a touch and shoots. The ball flicks off the midriff of Jagielka and past the stranded Howard, who had gone the other way. In fact, the ball may have taken two deflections, but it definitely came off Jagielka last.
30: Talking of tough and uncompromising, Collins trips Barkley and is perhaps lucky to escape further punishment.
28: We have a break in play as O'Brien has the physio on after an aerial clash with Baines. The Irishman is a tough one, though. He'll be fine to continue. O'Brien is so calm in possession. I like many other Hammers, have been extremely impressed with him since he joined the Club two years ago. He is tough and uncompromising when he needs to be, but he has a bit with the ball at his feet, that's for sure.
26: Reports that Everton have become a more patient team under Martinez are certainly on the mark, but West Ham are not letting them settle. The home side are working hard to close down the space afforded to their visitors and so far the tactic is proving effective. Now, it's about turning the possession West Ham are winning back into meaningful chances and, above all, goals.
23: Jarvis takes the corner to the near post and Osman heads behind for another one. This one is to the far post and clips Collins' head on the way through and out for a goal kick.
22: Morrison leaves Barry in his wake with a lovely first touch before beating Osman and being brought down by the Everton No21. Brilliant feet from Rav. Collins lifts the free-kick into the box and it comes off an Everton head and behind for another corner.
18: Maiga is down now and may have hurt his knee. It appears after 30 seconds or so that he is OK to continue, though. No need for the physio and Collins returns the ball to Everton at the re-start.
17: Maiga has a sighter from about 30 yards, but his left-foot effort flies high over the top. Maiga raises his hands in frustration. He has a cannon of a left foot. Let's hope we see more evidence of that this afternoon.
16: Mirallas has the ball in a dangerous area again, but Jaaskelainen is there. First, the Belgian's cross hits a head and falls back to him on the byline. He volleys in a second cross that turns into a shot at the near post, but the Finn is able to collect low down.
12: Superb hustle from Nolan, who closes down Howard and forces the American to clear high into touch. Moments later, Noble goes on a solo run through the midfield before being brought down by Osman. Chance for the No16 to deliver... It is not a good one, though, and the ball bounces through to Howard. Disappointing.
10: Good from West Ham as Morrison breaks beyond the midfield, but he is crowded out as he gets to the edge of the box. Encouraging signs from West Ham, who have Everton on the back foot at present. This is much more like it.
8: Maiga does well in the air again and a pass from Nolan sees Jarvis race away down the left. He gets away from Jagielka but the next touch is too strong and Distin gets in and puts the ball out for a corner. Noble's delivery causes some havoc and after some head tennis involving both teams and a Reid cross, the ball is finally cleared.
6: Maiga does well to win the flick-on from Jaaskelainen's goal kick. Diame anticipates and gets onto the loose ball, but wildly slashes at it and slices high into the stand. Moments later, he loses the ball and Everton break. Mirallas cuts inside O'Brien and shoots for the far corner. Jaaskelainen is there again, just like last week, and parries the ball aside. Naismith just cannot stretch to head in the rebound.
4: Collins is forced to turn and run by a through ball for Mirallas, but he has the pace and strength to hold off the Belgian and poke the ball back for Jaaskelainen, who clears into the East Stand for a throw. A cross comes in from the left moments later from Baines, but Reid can allow it to roll away for a goal kick.
3: Diame is playing wide right again, with Morrison in the middle of midfield with Nolan and Noble. It nearly resulted in goals for both at Southampton, so can the tactical switch by Big Sam work today?
2: Diame beats one man but not the second as he is brought down right on the halfway line. First chance for Collins to put the ball in the mixer. He does, Maiga goes to ground and the ball bounces into the hands of Howard.
3pm - Barkley and Mirallas get us off and running. It's 4-2-3-1 as expected from Everton, with Barry and Osman in front of the back four and Jelavic on his own up top.
2.58pm - The two captains are called together by referee Lee Mason. Everton will kick-off shooting towards the Bobby Moore Stand.
2.55pm - Here come the two teams. Everton's away kit is a very interesting blue and white number. I've not seen that design before. Blue sleeves and chest, a thin blue line and white down the bottom. West Ham have got their smart adidas home kit on and it looks fantastic as always. As for some of the lads' flourescent boots, I'm not sure I can say the same about them!
2.52pm - Dean Ashton is presented to the crowd. The striker gets a great reception from the home fans, as you would expect. I remember seeing Deano in action for Crewe Alexandra as a teenager and you could see then what a fantastic player he was going to be. Ashton, of course, went on to play for Norwich City, West Ham and England before his career was sadly cut short by an ankle injury.
2.50pm - You can download and print out today's official teamsheet by clicking here.
2.35pm - The two squads are out on the pitch warming up on what is a cloudy but dry day in east London. It's warmed up a bit from recent days, too. So, Razvan 'Roland' Rat gets his first league start since Shakhtar Donetsk's 4-0 home win over Metalurg in the Ukrainian Premier League on 23 May. Since then, of course, the multi-lingual left-back has appeared for his country in a number of important FIFA World Cup qualifiers and also started the 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Cheltenham Town here in August. It's certainly going to be a big test for the 32-year-old on his full league debut, with Everton's Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith a major threat down the Toffees' right flank.
2.10pm - The teams have been confirmed and there are few surprises. However, Guy Demel has been sidelined with an injury suffered in training, with Joey O'Brien switching to right-back and Razvan Rat being handed his full Barclays Premier League debut at left-back. That's the only change from Big Sam. Everton are unchanged from their win over Chelsea last weekend, with Romelu Lukaku among the substitutes.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Rat, Collins, Reid, Noble, Morrison, Nolan (c), Diame, Jarvis, Maiga
Subs: Adrian, Tomkins, McCartney, Taylor, Collison, Vaz Te, Petric
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka (c), Distin, Barry, Osman, Naismith, Barkley, Mirallas, Jelavic
Subs: Robles, Stones, Heitinga, Oviedo, Deulofeu, McCarthy, Lukaku
Good afternoon and welcome to the Boleyn Ground as West Ham United return to Barclays Premier League action with the visit of Everton.
West Ham secured a solid away point at Southampton last time out, recording their third clean sheet in four league matches in the process. On the flip side, the Hammers failed to score for the third league game in succession.
Sam Allardyce's side will be eager to return to winning ways on home turf, having lost at the Boleyn for the first time in seven matches in going down to a 1-0 defeat by Stoke City three weeks ago.
Everton, who are unbeaten from their first four Barclays Premier League matches of the new season, arrive with a new manager in Roberto Martinez who secured his first three point-haul last weekend. Steven Naismith's goal proved enough to sink Chelsea at Goodison Park.
West Ham will hope recent history plays no part in today's proceedings. The Hammers have not beaten Everton in the last eleven meetings between the two clubs, having last tasted victory over the Toffees when Bobby Zamora scored the only goal of the game during the 'Great Escape' on 21 April 2007.
Team news-wise, Big Sam will be without a number of important players, with England internationals Andy Carroll (foot), Stewart Downing (dead leg) and Joe Cole (hamstring) all out, as are France midfielder Alou Diarra (knee) and Northern Irish left-back George McCartney (knee).
Martinez could hand a debut to on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, but Paraguayan defender Antolin Alcaraz (groin), South African winger Steven Pienaar (knee) and Irish midfielder Darron Gibson (knee) are all struggling to be fit.
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