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2 vs 3
Played
September 21, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 34952‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Ham 2-3 Everton

A thrilling second half was settled by Romelu Lukaku's header but the star man was Leighton Baines, who twice hauled the Toffees level with a pair of splendid free kicks

By Jay Jaffa at Upton Park

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    7
    0
    3.00

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Kept up his fine form, turning Mirallas's effort away from goal in the early stages, but could do nothing about all three Everton goals. Two super Baines strikes had him stranded and Lukaku's close-range header could not be kept out.

  • Winston Reid
    9
    1
    3.50

    Winston Reid

    Had Jelavic in his pocket, bullying the Everton striker until he was subbed at half-time. Had a tougher task up against Lukaku and it showed as he lost him for Everton's winner. That said, he put in a couple of magnificent blocks and continues to add to his growing reputation.

  • R. Raţ
    6
    0
    2.50

    R. Raţ

    Started at left-back and did reasonably well up against Naismith, though his passing could do with some work. Played a bit within himself.

  • Joey O'Brien
    3
    0
    2.50

    Joey O'Brien

    Did what was asked of him, by and large, although Mirallas occasionally escaped his attentions. Was troubled when Baines joined the attack but reasonably dependable.

  • James Collins
    5
    0
    3.00

    James Collins

    Won everything tossed into the West Ham box. Was sharp and always in the right position. Forms a reliable partnership with Reid but guilty of a poor tackle on Barkley before Baines's first goal.

  • Kevin Nolan
    7
    0
    3.00

    Kevin Nolan

    When he is not scoring, it is hard to work out what Nolan brings to the team. That was until he arrived late in the box to collect Petric's pass and draw a foul from Jagielka. Did a job before coming off with 10 minutes to go.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    4
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Jarvis

    Raced in behind Jagielka early on but a heavy touch allowed Distin to mop up. Always gave Coleman something to think about and was a threat - making it even more surprising that he was subbed for Vaz Te.

  • Ravel Morrison
    7
    1
    3.00

    Ravel Morrison

    Scored the opener with a deflected strike from range before picking up a booking with a late challenge on Naismith. Flitted in and out of the game. Clearly a good player but yet to define his role in this team.

  • Mark Noble
    4
    0
    3.00

    Mark Noble

    What a mixed day for the Englishman. Tackled and passed well and was as cool as ever from the penalty spot, sliding his effort past Howard with consummate ease. Received what looked a harsh second yellow card immediately after and West Ham collapsed.

  • Mohamed Diame
    3
    0
    2.50

    Mohamed Diame

    Embarked on a couple of booming runs from midfield in the first period but left his shooting boots at home, as a couple of wayward efforts would show. Did not impose himself enough on the game.

  • Modibo Maiga
    2
    8
    1.50

    Modibo Maiga Flop of the Match

    Still without a goal since December of last year, he has reached the stage where controlling the ball and passing is applauded. Ushered off the pitch under a cloud after Everton's equaliser as he was replaced by Petric.

Substitutions

  • Matthew Taylor
    2
    3

    Matthew Taylor

    Came on late for Nolan.

  • Ricardo Vaz Te
    5
    1
    2.50

    Ricardo Vaz Te

    On for Jarvis and played from the right but needed to show far more than he did.

  • Mladen Petric
    14
    0
    3.00

    Mladen Petric

    Came on for the disappointing Maiga just after Everton's goal and ran well to help win the penalty. Looks short of match fitness but is an intelligent player.

  • Tim Howard
    7
    1
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    Had to be strong in his penalty box up against a physical side and did well when called upon. Had no chance with Morrison's deflected strike before being sent the wrong way with a well-placed penalty.

  • Leighton Baines
    52
    2
    4.50

    Leighton Baines Top of the Match

    Two stunning free kicks hauled his team back into the game twice and, for good measure, he stuck one in each corner. Joined the attack much better in the second 45 minutes and linked well with the midfield. A reminder of his class.

  • Phil Jagielka
    7
    2
    2.50

    Phil Jagielka

    Was skinned for pace by Jarvis when caught too high up the field but defended well in his box. Unfortunate to see his block deflect Morrison's shot past him for West Ham's opener but rallied and formed a solid barrier with Distin.

  • Sylvain Distin
    8
    0
    3.50

    Sylvain Distin

    Covered his partner well early on and dealt with almost everything thrown at him. Commanding display, the best of the Everton back four.

  • Gareth Barry
    18
    1
    3.50

    Gareth Barry

    Knitted everything together nicely in midfield and looks very much at home in Everton colours. Passed exceptionally well - vital in Martinez's system.

  • Ross Barkley
    16
    3
    3.50

    Ross Barkley

    As the most advanced of the midfield three, he was expected to get forward in support and did so when possible. A loose touch denied him a clear run in on goal in the first half but was a threat throughout. Won the free kick that led to the equaliser and impressed with his pace and dribbling on the break. His shooting was a bit wild, however.

  • Leon Osman
    5
    0
    3.00

    Leon Osman

    Attempted to link play and was neat and tidy in possession. Kept the ball well but did not probe enough. That said, far from the problem in a flat first half. Went off injured just after half-time.

  • Seamus Coleman
    5
    0
    2.50

    Seamus Coleman

    Tried to get forward but often had Jarvis pushing him back. Should have been tighter to the winger for the opening goal and was troubled in behind.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    13
    6
    1.50

    Nikica Jelavic

    Never look likely to take a shot, let alone break his goalscoring drought. Taken off at half-time after an anonymous display.

  • Kevin Mirallas
    18
    0
    3.50

    Kevin Mirallas

    Had the game's first clear chance as he jinked in from the left and fired at the far post before switching to the right wing in the second period. There he combined well with Lukaku on the break and found the target man with a pinpoint cross for the winner.

  • Steven Naismith
    2
    6
    2.00

    Steven Naismith

    Came within inches from opening the scoring as he rushed in on Mirallas' sparried effort but otherwise struggled to get into the game. Subbed at half-time.

Substitutions

  • Bryan Oviedo
    5
    0
    3.00

    Bryan Oviedo

    Came on for the injured Osman just after the break and looked comfortable on the left. Gave O'Brien something to think about and was not afraid to bomb on.

  • James McCarthy
    10
    1
    2.50

    James McCarthy

    On as a half-time substitute for Naismith and slotted alongside Barry very capably. Helped nullify the Diame and Morrison threat but conceded a penalty with a trip on Nolan.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    55
    1
    3.50

    Romelu Lukaku

    Replaced Jelavic and gave the West Ham defence serious problems. Whether he is receiving the ball with his back to goal or running at the opposition, he causes trouble. Pressed the defence deeper and did superbly getting on the end of Mirallas's cross, even if it did lead to a whack on the head. Great impact.

Results
 
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15 0