West Ham United 1-2 Everton FT

Barclays Premier League
West Ham United v Everton
Boleyn Ground
Sunday 8 November 2009
Referee: Alan Wiley

Full time. Alan Wiley brings the game to a close and it is Everton who will leave with the points. West Ham were much the better team and will feel very hard done by not to have got anything from the game today. With the international break now upon us, there is a two-week break before their next match away at Hull City.

91 min - Diamanti feeds Parker, he crosses and first Hines and then Stanislas cannot quite get a touch on it.

90 min - First minute of stoppage time gone, four more to go.

89 min - Zola is out at the edge of his technical area showing his players some encouragement. The news that there will be five extra minutes should also be a boost to the players in claret and blue.

88 min - Just two minutes to go now and Diamanti tries his luck again from all of 40 yards. That was probably the worst of his shots so far but it has got to the stage where they need to try anything now.

85 min - Everton win a lucky corner by Da Costa is there with an immense header away. West Ham need to do something fast if they are to get anything from this game.

82 min - Diamanti tries his luck again from just outside the area with the outside of his boot but Howard watches it wide.

78 min - Diamanti - who else - takes it and forces Howard into a diving save down to his left. The Italian has only been on the pitch 20 minutes but deserves a goal for his efforts.

77 min - Hines has looked lively over the past five minutes and he is tugged down by Yobo as he looks to get on another ball forward. Mr Wiley's opts for a yellow rather than a red and West Ham have a free-kick from 30 yards.

76 min - Hines misses another chance seconds later after some more brilliance from Diamanti. The England Under-21 international had been put through by the Italian's pass. Lucas Neill makes his Boleyn Ground comeback as he comes on for Gosling.

75 min - A great chance is passed up by Hines as Parker plays him in. He tries to find the bottom corner but puts his effort wide.

72 min - More brilliant play from the Italian as he tricks his way past two challenges before trying an audacious curler from the edge of the area.

70 min - It is all one-way traffic here and Diamanti has made a big difference. He has just sprayed a delicious ball out to Stanislas, whose cross was just a little too firm.

66 min - Well that goal has given everyone a lift and the fans have found their voices again. John Heitinga is booked for a tackle on Parker.

65 min - GOAL! But the Hammers hit back straight away. Diamanti's chipped ball is perfect for Stanislas and his touch loops it over Howard. The ball bounces slowly towards the goal and Hibbert can only smash it into the roof of his own net on the line. A lifeline for West Ham.

63 min GOAL! But sadly they do not get their reward as Everton double their lead. Yakubu feeds Gosling and after his initial shot is saved by Green, he smashes is past the England goalkeeper at the second attempt.

63 min - The home support are giving it their all to try and get their team back into the game.

62 min - So close! After Parker's shot is blocked the ball falls to Stanislas and his shot from 25 yards is inches wide. I'll be honest, I thought it had gone in.

60 min - Parker has been a real driving force and once again it is he who nearly makes something happen for the Hammers. He tries a deft cross from the corner of the penalty area. It evades everyone but still has Howard scrambling across his goal.

57 min - Diamanti comes on with Jimenez making way. Everton follow suit by swapping Saha for Yakubu.

56 min - A great ball forward from Da Costa comes close to giving Jimenez a chance but he cannot quite get it under control.

54 min - That could change as Alessandro Diamanti is being readied on the touchline.

52 min - Like the first half, West Ham have started really brightly but once again they cannot find that killer final pass.

49 min - Fellaini follows him into the book for barging into Behrami.

48 min - Hibbert is booked for a strong tackle on Hines.

47 min - Stanislas is involved straight away. He wins a corner and takes it short and once the ball is played back to him his left footed cross is headed inches wide by Jimenez.

46 min - We are underway in the second half and Junior Stanislas is on for Collison.

Half-time - That was to be the last action of the first period and the players and the 32,466 other people inside the Boleyn Ground today will head off for their half-time refreshments.

45 min - It is cleared as far as Spector and just as he is head back in he is tripped. Jack Rodwell disagrees with Alan Wiley's decision and is booked. Jimenez tees up Manuel Da Costa for the free-kick but his shot is sliced high and wide. 

45 min - Two more minutes of added time at the end of the first half. More good work from Parker wins a corner.

43 min - Everton win a corner after Spector tackles Gosling. The flag-kick makes its way all the way to Saha but his header is three yards wide of the target.

38 min - Everton have Leighton Baines down on the far side and he is being tended to by their physio. When play resumes Franco is brought down in full flight by Fellaini 25 yards out. Jimenez takes the set piece but a deflection in the wall sees is sail safely through to Howard.

34 min - The home side have not let their heads drop though and continue to have more of the ball. They just need to have a bit more luck in the final third if they are to get back into the game before half time.

33 min - The goal has silenced the home support somewhat and most of the noise is coming from the away section of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand.

28 min - GOAL! Everton take the lead. Tim Cahill rolls the ball along the floor to Louis Saha, who beats Green with a low left-footed shot from the edge of the area.

25 min - Great play from Franco. Although he lost the ball to begin with, he battled hard to out-muscle Tony Hibbert and force him into giving away a free-kick. Jimenez takes it but Yobo heads it clear.

23 min - Parker is having a blinding match so far and another strong run forward takes him past two players. He then tries to play in Hines but his ball is a little heavy and Joseph Yobo comes across to clear.

20 min - First decent shot of the match as Scott Parker forces his way through on the left and curls a shot straight at Howard.

18 min - Turkey U17s have taken the lead in Nigeria - if it stays like that, Turkey will play either Italy or Switzerland.

15 min - It has taken a little while for us to finally decide but West Ham are playing the usual 4-4-2 diamond formation with Jimenez behind Hines and Guille Franco.

13 min - It must be getting a bit colder as Zola is wearing the new bench coat today for the first time.

10 min - Dan Gosling is down and Collison sportingly puts the ball out of play. The Everton No19 is soon back to his feet and the visitors return the ball to Green.

8 min - Great chance for the home side, who look really up for this today. Parker sprays a pass out to the right to find the feet of Julien Faubert. His cross is almost perfect but Franco cannot quite get a good enough contact on it to force the ball home.

4 min - Behrami and Jimenez should be easy to spot today with their bright blonde barnets.

3 min - Early touch for Green on his 100th consecutive Premier League start. The West Ham No1 came racing off his line to pick up a stray ball in the area.

2 min - Early attack from the hosts there as Jimenez slips a ball in for Hines to chase. His touch is a little heavy and the ball slides through to Howard.

1 min - Everton get us going and they will be attacking the Bobby Moore Stand in the first half.

3pm - We are just about to start the minute's silence at the Boleyn Ground.

2.59pm - Ludo Miklosko is out on the pich again warming up Robert Green. This is his second game back following an injury to his back.

2.57pm - Deniz Mehmet is also in action today for Turkey at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Their quarter-final with Columbia kicks-off at the same time as the match here so we will keep you updated on how he is getting on.

2.55pm - 'Bubbles' has just started playing and the teams are making their way out.

2.45pm - The first set of soldiers have formed a guard of honour around the edge of the pitch as the players make their way back to the dressing rooms. We have just seen some pictures of Sir Trevor Brooking at the unveiling of a plaque earlier outside the front of the ground in memory of the 'West Ham pals' - a group of West Ham fan soldiers from the World War One. We will have a minute's silence before kick-off to honour them and all of the other members of the armed forces from around the world.

2.35pm - It's a chilly afternoon here at the Boleyn Ground. As we head deeper into November, it appears winter is finally starting to bite. Both sets of players are trying to keep warm with a spot of keep-ball.

Gianfranco Zola has made three changes, two of them enforced, to the eleven that started Wednesday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Aston Villa.

Hamstring-injury victims Herita Ilunga and Carlton Cole are replaced by Jonathan Spector and midweek match-winner Zavon Hines, while Luis Jimenez comes in for Mark Noble. It is the Chilean's first start since the 2-2 draw with Fulham on 4 October.

Robert Green makes his 100th straight league start for the Hammers - a run stretching back to the visit of Watford on 10 February 2007.

West Ham are seeking their first victory over Everton since winning 1-0 at the Boleyn Ground in April 2007. However, today's visitors have not won in seven matches in all competitions, a run stretching back to a UEFA Europa League success against Belarusian side BATE Borisov on 1 October.

The Toffees have former West Ham defender and captain Lucas Neill among their substitutes.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Da Costa, Upson, Spector, Behrami, Jimenez (Diamanti 57), Parker, Collison (Stanislas 46), Franco, Hines
Subs: Kurucz, Daprela, Tomkins, Kovac, Noble

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Heitinga, Gosling (Neill 76), Rodwell, Fellaini, Cahill, Saha (Yakubu 57)
Subs: Nash, Wallace, Jo, Agard, Baxter