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Everton v West Ham United Live Commentary, 10/30/16

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R. Lukaku (50)
R. Barkley (76)
Goodison Park


Well, that’s all from me for now. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!
As for West Ham, the defeat ends their good run of form, and they stay in 16th place, and they will now have to look to return to form against Stoke City next week.
That win is a first in five attempts for Ronald Koeman’s men and it moves them a point behind of fifth-placed Chelsea, who play at in-form Southampton later. It was a poor display from Everton in the first-half, but they were much the better side after the interval, and deservedly took the points.
FULL TIME! However, fortunately for Everton, Taylor’s poor decision matters little, as goals from Romelu Lukaku - his seventh in seven league games against West Ham - and Ross Barkley has returned the hosts to winning ways!
NO PENALTY! That’s a bizarre decision by Anthony Taylor, who turns down a blatant penalty after Gueye was brought down in the area by Ogbonna. A really poor call from the referee.
CHANCE! Brilliant play from Lukaku, who holds up the ball before feeding Cleverley with a neat throuhball, but the former Manchester United man’s effort is stopped by Adrian.
We’re into the second of four minutes stoppage time at Goodison…
M. Antonio
Yellow Card
West Ham United
A booking now for Antonio, as he scythes own Barry with a reckless challenge.
SAVE! That’s a great stop by Adrian, who denies Lukaku netting on the volley at the end of a fantastic team-move.
A. Lennon
R. Barkley
A third and final substitution now for Everton, as Ross Barkley - fantastic throughout today - makes way for Aaron Lennon.
Oviedo makes a fantastic run down the left, and is well found by Barkley, but the Costa Rican cannot find the midfielder with his attempted return pass.
Just over five minutes to go now, and West Ham are still being held at bay at Goodison, with Everton looking a danger on the break.
P. Jagielka
Y. Bolasie
A defensive change now for Everton, as Phil Jagielka is brought on - Yannick Bolasie making way. It will almost certainly mean that the hosts will switch to a five-at-the-back system.
Another half-chance for Everton, as Barkley picks up space down the left, but his shot is blocked wide by Kouyate.
Clumsy from Zaza, as he halts a West Ham attack with a rash tackle on Gueye.
S. Feghouli
M. Lanzini
West Ham United
A final change now for the visitors, as Sofiane Feghouli comes on. Manuel Lanzini is the man to make way.
R. Lukaku
It was a fantastic move from Barkley and Lukaku, with the latter’s cross inch-perfect for the midfielder, who still did well to keep his effort on target.
R. Barkley
GOOOOAALLLLL!!! BARKLEY HAS HIS GOAL! That’s a second for Everton, and finally, Ross Barkley has his confidence back. The 22-year-old was at the heart of this counter-attack, turning brilliantly out of danger before feeding Lukaku with a fantastic cross-field pass. The Belgian waits for his teammate to catch up, before picking him out at the far post, and Everton’s number eight duly slots home on the volley.
B. Oviedo
Yellow Card
Another free-kick in a really dangerous area now for West Ham, as Oviedo picks up a booking for a foul on Antonio down on the right…
STAT - Lukaku’s goal has taken him into a very select club for Everton, with the Belgian now having become only the third player to reach 50 in the Premier League. Duncan Ferguson and Tim Cahill are the others to hit that tally.
T. Cleverley
Kevin Mirallas
West Ham’s change is swiftly followed by one from Koeman, who introduces Tom Cleverley in place of Kevin Mirallas.
S. Zaza
E. Fernandes
West Ham United
A second change now for West Ham, as Simone Zaza comes on. He replaces Edmilson Fernandes.
Almost! Everton counter from the resulting corner - Barkley playing Mirallas into space. The winger puts in a fantastic cross, but Lukaku had just failed to make up the ground. Moments later, Robles has to make a terrific save to deny Noble.
Brilliant from Oviedo, who gets across to cover for the hapless Funes Mori, making a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Ayew a certain goal.
W. Reid
Yellow Card
West Ham United
A booking now for Reid, who will now miss West Ham’s next fixture after he deliberately handled the ball.
CHANCE! Dreadful play from two of Everton’s most experienced players, as Barry concedes possession before, despite initially getting between Antonio and the ball, Williams then gives possession away. However, Robles was alert to the danger, and rushes out to make a good save.
Another rather soft free-kick is given West Ham’s way, and Payet will not have another opportunity to put Everton’s defence under pressure. His delivery is superb, but Barry manages go head it out of play.
STAT - West Ham haven’t won back-to-back league games against Everton since March 1973.
A. Ayew
Pedro Obiang
West Ham United
A first change of the game now, as Andre Ayew comes on for his first league appearance since the first game of the season. The Ghanaian - who netted at Goodison for Swansea City last term - replaces Pedro Obiang.
Payer’s free-kick is a poor one but Bolasie - and then Funes Mori - both fail to clear Everton’s lines, and West Ham end up with a corner down the right, but Robles is fouled when coming out to collect Payet’s cross.
Silly from Bolasie, who recklessly concedes passion with an unnecessary attempt at a flick. Koeman isn’t happy, and it has allowed West Ham to drive forward, with Oviedo then bringing down Antonio right on the edge of the area.
SO CLOSE! That’s really unlucky for Barkley, whose dipping strike drops a yard over the crossbar. He has been instrumental for Everton so far, but is just lacking the form to get his reward for a fine display.
Pedro Obiang
Yellow Card
West Ham United
A first booking now for West Ham, as Barkley lures Obiang into making a clumsy foul on the half-way line.
t had been a sluggish start to the second-half, but now Everton have taken the lead the game has sparked into life. The hosts are doing the pressing at the moment, but you can be sure of a reaction from West Ham sooner rather than later.
Y. Bolasie
Coleman’s strike was a tough one to deal with for Adrian, but Bolasie reacted brilliantly to get to the ball first, and his first-time cross to Lukaku was perfect.
R. Lukaku
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! LUKAKU PUTS EVERTON AHEAD! What a moment for the Belgian, who has, of course, netted against the Hammers - his 50th Premier League goal for Everton. But the credit has to go to Bolasie who, after Adrian had spilled Coleman’s shot, managed to scoop the ball onto the head of Lukaku, who simply headed home.
Payet is incredibly fortunate to escape a booking now, as he clearly scythes down Funes Mori with no intent to play the ball. Everton get it forward quickly from the free-kick, and Oviedo’s attempted cross is deflected out for a corner, but Mirallas’s cross does not trouble Adrian.
Welcome back! No changes from either side at the interval, as West Ham get proceedings up and running in the second half.
While there are plenty of positives for both sides to take from that first half, West Ham will be disappointed not to have made more from their early domination. Everton have grown into the game, though, and so far a draw is probably about fair.
HALF-TIME! Some action right before the whistle now, as Coleman does brilliantly to prevent Payet’s effort reaching the target before, at the other end, Reid intervenes to deny Barkley putting Mirallas through. An entertaining game so far, but no goals as of yet!
There’ll be just one minute of added time at the end of the first half.
More good goalkeeping from Adrian, who comes out confidently to gather in Bolasie’s wicked cross, with Lukaku lurking in the six-yard box.
Another well-worked move from Everton, though it breaks down when Barkley goes down on the cusp of West Ham’s area. No foul is awarded, and the visitors do counter, but Antonio is flagged offside.
STAT - Koeman would be only the third Everton manager in the Premier League to remain unbeaten in his opening five home games (Mike Walker and Roberto Martinez also achieved this) should he avoid defeat in this game.
CHANCE! That’s a good opportunity for Funes Mori, who meets Mirallas’s corner, but the Argentina defender cannot find the target.
This is much better now from Everton, as Bolasie regains possession on the half-way line and the hosts are able to counter, with the wingers’ cross deflected out by Reid.
Another terrific stop from Adrian, who has to react instinctively to tip over Mirallas’s cross-cum-shot.
Close! Everton win a corner, and Mirallas’s delivery is a good one, but Kouyate makes a fine block. The rebound falls back out wide, and Mirallas again whips in a decent cross, but Funes Mori is unable to connect with his attempted header.
Payet rattles the resulting free-kick straight into the wall and Everton - who have been going back into the game - escape unscathed.
I. Gueye
Yellow Card
A real heart-in-the-mouth moment for Gueye, as he concedes possession 25 yards out from goal. He is forced into bringing down Obiang, and duly picks up a booking, meaning he will be missing against Chelsea next week.
Some indecision from Anthony Taylor, who originally decides that Gueye’s challenge on Antonio was no worthy of a free-kick, before electing to award the foul. Fortunately for Everton, it comes to nothing.
WHAT A SAVE! Brilliant from Adrian, who has kept the score level with a magnificent stop from Barkley’s powerful effort - Oviedo having picked out the England midfielder in the area.
A corner now to Everton, as Kouyate makes a vital block from Lukaku’s effort after he had been played through by Barkley. Mirallas whips in the set-piece, but Adrian - making his 100th West Ham appearance - catches it easily.
What a mistake from Coleman, who slips up deep in Everton’s territory. Lanzini capitalises on the loose ball, proceeding to drive into the area, but his shot slides well wide.
A spell of sustained pressure, finally, from the hosts, as West Ham fail to clear their lines on numerous occasions. Gueye’s cross-cum-shot finds Lukaku on the edge of the six-yard box, but the striker’s first touch just gets away from him.
Great defending from Coleman, who manages to shake off the challenge of Antonio. However, West Ham are finding plenty of space in all areas of the pitch, and Everton must click into gear.
STAT - Ronald Koeman’s first Premier League win came against West Ham in August 2014, while manager of Southampton. His side need to be more aggresive at the moment, though, as Everton are conceding plenty of territory.
CLOSE! End-to-end stuff at Goodison, as Lukaku bursts clear and kick-starts a swift counter for the hosts. The Belgian’s cross evades Mirallas, but Barry manages to lay it off to Bolasie. The former Crystal Palace winger connects with his strike, though Noble is on hand to make the block - Barry curling his effort just wide on the rebound.
Another opportunity for West Ham from the resulting corner, as Antonio heads wide after latching onto Payet’s cross. The ball had already gone out, however.
CHANCE! West Ham should be ahead at Goodison, as they carve Everton open - Lanzini slipping a neat ball into the path of Obiang, who blazes over from close-range. Moments later, Robles is forced into parrying Payet’s effort wide.
Promising from Everton, as Gueye bursts down the right and tees up Lukaku, who in turn finds Barkley. Gueye continues his run, getting on the end of Barkley’s pass, but his cut-back doesn’t find Everton’s striker and the move breaks down.
West Ham have seen plenty of the ball so far, and Everton have been restricted to the odd counter-attack. The hosts have not yet come under any serious threat, but will have to start upping the tempo soon.
Everton are almost shifting to a traditional 4-4-2 system when they are out of possession at the moment, and that has allowed Mirallas to press high and latch onto a loose pass from Adrian. However, the Belgian cannot pick out his compatriot Lukaku with his eventual cross.
During that moment of applause, West Ham did go close to opening the scoring - Coleman managing to deny Antonio what would have been an easy tap-in from Payet’s cross.
A hugely touching moment now at Goodison, as the entire ground rises to their feet and applauds in honour of the late Howard Kendall as the fourth-minute mark passes. Kendall wore the No.4 shirt during his time as a player. There will be more moments of applause to come throughout the game to honour Kendall's other achievements.
A lively start, with West Ham retaining the ball well for a spell, but Everton see out any danger with some solid defensive play. The hosts' issue this season has not been defending, though, but rather the amount of creativity up top.
STAT - Romelu Lukaku has been in fine form this term, and he has found the net eight times in 10 games against West Ham in all competitions, netting in his last six league appearances against the Hammers.
KICK-OFF! We are underway at Goodison, as Everton, donning their typical blue and white home strip, get the game up and running.
We’re close to kick-off now at Goodison, but first, there will be a moment of silence - in memory of those who have fallen in service of Britain’s armed forces, though also to mark the passing of Everton legend Howard Kendall, who passed away in October 2015.
In the corresponding fixture last term, Everton - then under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez - squandered a two-goal advantage to lose 3-2, with last-gasp goals from Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet sealing a win for Bilic on his return to Goodison.
Just the one alteration from Bilic, who drafts in first-choice goalkeeper Adrian in place of Darren Randolph. While Michail Antonio starts in a central strikers role, Edmilson Fernandes, who netted against Chelsea in midweek, again features out on the right. Andre Ayew, meanwhile, is back on the bench after recovering from an injury picked up on the opening weekend.
TEAM NEWS - West Ham substitutes: Randolph, Nordtveit, Feghouli, Zaza, Collins, Ayew, Fletcher.
TEAM NEWS - West Ham (3-4-3): Adrian; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna; Fernandes, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell; Lanzini, Antonio, Payet.
Two changes then from Koeman, and both are somewhat surprising. Despite an error against Burnley last time out, Maarten Stekelenburg has been in fine form for Everton, but the Dutch goalkeeper is not in the squad today due to injury. Joel Robles is his replacement while, in defence, club-captain Phil Jagielka has dropped out, with Ramiro Funes Mori coming in.
TEAM NEWS - Everton substitutes: Hewelt, Jagielka, Holgate, Lennon, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Calvert-Lewin.
TEAM NEWS - Everton (4-2-3-1): Robles; Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Oviedo; Gueye, Barry; Bolasie, Barkley, Mirallas; Lukaku.
The team news is in now from Goodison Park…
West Ham’s victory over Chelsea was somewhat marred by yet more trouble among supporters at London Stadium, with the possibility of the club having to soon play home games behind closed doors being raised as a solution. However, there has been no such issues on the road for the Hammers, and Bilic will be hoping that they can extend their four-match unbeaten run today.
On the other hand, West Ham - five points and 10 places behind Everton in the standings - have finally clicked into gear this term following their dismal start, with Slaven Bilic’s side having won their last four fixtures, including the 2-1 triumph over London neighbours Chelsea in the EFL Cup last time out, which has handed the Hammers a quarter-final tie against Manchester United.
After a fantastic start to Ronald Koeman’s tenure, Everton’s form has slumped somewhat in recent weeks, and the Merseysiders are now without a win in their last four league fixtures, having suffered their second defeat of the season in last weekend’s 2-1 reverse at Burnley.
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