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West Ham United v Everton Live Commentary, 09/05/2021

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0 - 1
WHU
EVE
D. Calvert-Lewin (24)
London Stadium

Commentary

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Everton look to build on their momentum away at Aston Villa on Thursday, while West Ham aim to respond at Brighton next weekend.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of the game as Everton moved to within five points of West Ham United with victory at the London Stadium. It is the Toffees' fifth win in London this season; the first time they have achieved that during a Premier League campaign. As for the Hammers, they miss out on the chance to close the gap on fourth-place Leicester City, and remain five points adrift with three games to go.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: WEST HAM UNITED 0-1 EVERTON
90' + 3' We are into the final 60 seconds of stoppage-time. Everton are almost there.
90' + 1' As we enter the first of four additional minutes, a cross is only cleared as far as Coufal. But the full-back blazes his first-time attempt wildly high and is never troubling Pickford.
89' Bowen looks to get the Hammers moving with a good early ball into the box. Antonio is lurking but Digne is quickly on the scene to clear.
87' West Ham trying to make something happen as the clock ticks down at the London Stadium. However, they just cannot find a way through this stubborn Everton defence.
F. Delph
G. Sigurðsson
Everton
85' A conservative change for Everton sees Sigurdsson make way for Fabian Delph.
84' OFF THE POST! Almost an immediate impact by King! The former Bournemouth man is picked out brilliantly by Calvert-Lewin at the far post, but heads against the upright despite a tremendous leap above the West Ham defence.
J. King
Richarlison
Everton
84' Richarlison is given a well-earned rest as he is replaced by Joshua King.
81' We are into the final 10 minutes and Everton remain in front. Can West Ham find a response in these closing stages?
79' Soucek gets on the end of Coufal's cross into the area, but is unable to direct his header towards goal and Pickford watches it behind.
Allan
Yellow Card
Everton
77' Allan goes into the book for a rash challenge on Bowen.
76' GREAT TACKLE! Everton embark on a quickfire counter with Allan sending Calvert-Lewin on his way. The England international then does well to pick out the onrushing Coleman, but Lingard makes up vital ground and his block takes the sting out of the shot.
J. Lingard
Yellow Card
West Ham United
75' Lingard takes his protests a little too far and has his name taken by the referee.
A. Yarmolenko
S. Benrahma
West Ham United
73' A positive change by Moyes, who introduces Andriy Yarmolenko in favour of Benrahma.
T. Souček
Yellow Card
West Ham United
72' Soucek goes into the book for a rash challenge on Richarlison.
70' West Ham have won 17 games this season; their most in a single Premier League campaign. However, they must come from behind in order to make it 18 here.
68' We are into the final quarter of the game at the London Stadium. Everton still a goal to the good, but must maintain their concentration levels here.
66' Can Antonio make a difference for West Ham? The striker is aiming to become the fifth player to score 10 goals in successive Premier League seasons for the Hammers. The other players to achieve the feat are Tony Cottee, Frederic Kanoute, Carlton Cole and Marko Arnautovic.
64' Everton have beaten West Ham 11 times away from home in the Premier League; more than against any other side. They are just over 25 minutes away from making it 12 here.
M. Holgate
Y. Mina
Everton
62' A change for Everton with Mason Holgate replacing Mina.
61' OFF THE POST! The woodwork denies the Hammers! A lovely move by the hosts culminates in Fornals neatly threading the ball through for the onrushing Coufal, whose low drive cannons back off the post. Bowen looks for the rebound, but cannot turn the ball home.
R. Fredericks
A. Cresswell
West Ham United
59' Cresswell limps off for West Ham to be replaced by Ryan Fredericks.
58' Cresswell is struggling for the hosts. The left-back picked up a knock not so long ago, and is limping around the field. There is activity on the bench and his game looks like it could be over.
56' West Ham are certainly playing with a lot more urgency since the restart. Indeed, they have enjoyed 72 per cent of the possession, and will hope the equaliser is not too far away.
54' Fair to say Lingard has made quite an impact since his loan switch from Old Trafford. The midfielder has scored nine goals in 12 appearances to force his way into Gareth Southgate's plans ahead of the European Championship next month.
52' West Ham with the opportunity to get the ball in the box as they are awarded a free-kick in a good position. Lingard whips the ball in, but Everton deal with it easily.
50' It has been a positive start to the second half by the hosts, who have enjoyed plenty of possession. But the Everton defence continues to stand firm.
48' The Hammers have a chance to close the gap on fourth-place Leicester to just two points with victory today. But, they must come from behind in order to that.
46' West Ham get the ball rolling once more.
West Ham have looked dangerous going forward so far, but must look to be more clinical upon the resumption of this contest.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin's well-taken goal separates the sides at half-time at the London Stadium. Everton's strike may have been against the run of play, but they have defended brilliantly so far and are definitely deserving of their lead.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: WEST HAM UNITED 0-1 EVERTON
45' We are going to have two additional minutes at the end of this first half.
J. Bowen
M. Lanzini
West Ham United
43' Lanzini picks up a knock and is unable to continue in this game. Jarrod Bowen comes on in his place.
41' Benrahma is still searching for his first West Ham goal since moving from Brentford at the start of the season. The Algerian's quality and ability to perform in the Premier League is evident, but that goal would certainly settle him down.
39' CHANCE! Benrahma is completely unmarked as he ghosts in at the far post to meet Fornals' delicious cross. However, he is unable to keep his header down with only Pickford to beat.
36' A chance for Richarlison, who is denied by Fabianski from a tight angle. The Brazilian looks to pounce on the rebound, but the goalkeeper does well to thwart him once more.
34' Moyes boasts an impressive record against Ancelotti in the Premier League; winning three and drawing three of their six previous meetings. In fact, he has only faced Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert more often without losing in the English top-flight.
32' Sigurdsson involved again as Everton go in search of a second goal. He whips in an inviting corner, which is met by Mina. But with Calvert-Lewin in his eyeline, the Colombian can only direct his volley wide of the target.
30' Of course, it is a case of friends reunited for Sigurdsson and Fabianski today. Indeed, the pair spent three years together at Swansea City; helping the club record their best Premier League finish of eighth in 2015.
28' Good effort! Everton are awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal and Sigurdsson stands over the ball. The Icelandic playmaker whips in a delicious delivery towards the top corner, but Fabianski gets across well to turn it behind.
26' The Hammers appeal for a penalty as Antonio goes down in the box, but the referee is quick to dismiss any possibility.
25' West Ham look to respond immediately and Lingard picks out Benrahma at the far post. However, Coleman is quickly across to deflect his effort behind for a corner.
B. Godfrey
Assist
Everton
24' Godfrey was the provider as he demonstrated tremendous vision with a brilliant through ball for Calvert-Lewin to run onto.
D. Calvert-Lewin
Goal
Everton
24' CALVERT-LEWIN!!! 1-0 EVERTON! The Toffees lead on the road again! It's goal number 16 of the season for Calvert-Lewin, who races onto Godfrey's terrific through ball, before holding his nerve under pressure from Dawson and slotting past Fabianski.
22' Lingard and Antonio link up again with the former looking to get a shot away from outside the area, but Mina is well-placed to block his attempt.
20' Almost! Good vision by Lingard sees him pick out Antonio on the left. The Manchester United loanee continues his surging run into the box and is whiskers away from connecting with the return ball, but Everton manage to scramble clear.
18' Davies fortunate not to go into the book after catching Diop with a late challenge in the centre of the pitch. The referee gives the Everton midfielder the benefit of the doubt on this occasion.
17' West Ham have definitely been favourable opposition for Everton during the Premier League era. In fact with 26, the Toffees have won more games against the Hammers than any other side in the division.
15' Once more, Digne has plenty of space to cross from the left. But yet again, Dawson is there to head the danger clear for West Ham.
13' A good switch of play finds Digne in space on the right. The former Paris Saint-Germain full-back delivers an inviting cross, but Dawson is well-placed to clear.
11' Speaking of Everton's success on the road, victory today would mark the first time that they have won five top-flight matches in London during a single season.
9' Incredibly, 10 of Everton's 15 Premier League victories this season have come away from Goodison. Therefore, despite one win in their last seven, the Toffees will be feeling confident of taking maximum points here.
7' Everton apply the pressure with a succession of set-pieces. However, the Hammers stand firm and the threat eventually fizzles out when Calvert-Lewin can only direct Sigurdsson's corner behind for a goal kick.
5' Having prevailed 1-0 at Goodison Park in January, West Ham are today aiming to complete their first league double over Everton since the 1972-73 season.
3' West Ham look to build some early pressure down the right as Coufal combines with Fornals. But Keane is quickly across to stop the Hammers midfielder in his tracks.
1' Referee Stuart Attwell blows his whistle and Everton get us underway at the London Stadium.
The teams are out and kick-off is moments away.
Everton have lost just once in their last 12 Premier League games away at West Ham; failing to score just once during that span.
As for Everton, Carlo Ancelotti makes three changes from the defeat by Aston Villa. Yerry Mina and Michael Keane are recalled in defence, while Tom Davies is also back in the starting 11. Mason Holgate, Andre Gomes and Alex Iwobi drop to the bench alongside Abdoulaye Doucoure, who is back after eight games out with a fractured bone in his foot. A calf injury renders James Rodriguez unavailable, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is a long-term absentee.
Facing his former employers, David Moyes names an unchanged West Ham side from last weekend's win at Burnley. Michail Antonio leads the attack and is aiming to reach double figures for the season second running. Angelo Ogbonna has shaken off an injury to take a place on the bench, but the game is too soon for Declan Rice, who returned to training this week.
SUBS: Robin Olsen, Mason Holgate, Niels Nkounkou, Fabian Delph, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes, Bernard, Alex Iwobi, Joshua King.
EVERTON: Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Tom Davies, Allan, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
SUBS: Darren Randolph, Ryan Fredericks, Ben Johnson, Angelo Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena, Conor Coventry, Jarrod Bowen, Andriy Yarmolenko, Mipo Odubeko.
WEST HAM UNITED: Lukasz Fabianski, Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Aaron Cresswell, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini, Jesse Lingard, Said Benrahma, Michail Antonio.
It promises to be an intriguing battle between two sides well in the hunt for European football next season. Fifth-place West Ham can close the gap on the top four with victory over eighth-place Everton, who are just six points behind the Hammers.
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