West Ham United 1-1 Everton

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Updated: November 11, 2015
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Brian Jeeves reporting from Upton Park
 
Manuel Lanzini’s brilliant first half goal lit up a competitive, but otherwise scruffy, Barclays Premier League encounter as West Ham United and Everton shared the spoils at Upton Park.
 
The Hammers were keen for a return to winning ways after a disappointing setback at Watford seven days previous. Nevertheless, Everton, fresh from a 6-2 thrashing of Sunderland, have proved to be somewhat of a bogey side to the East Londoner’s. Indeed, West Ham had won just one of the previous 17 league meetings with the Toffees.
 
West Ham went close to opening the scoring when Victor Moses fired Dimitri Payet’s centre past Everton keeper Tim Howard but into the side netting. THe visitors responded, with Romelu Lukaku a whisker away from adding to his haul of goals against the Hammers, this after Adrian seemingly misjudged the flight of Arouna Kone’s cross.
 
But it was the Hammers who had made the sharper start. Howard was forced into an unorthodox save to keep out Carl Jenkinson, while Aaron Cresswell’s follow up attempt was just the wrong side of an upright. Everton countered. Adrian was called upon to divert Gerard Deulofeu’s cross-shot with his feet. But West Ham already looked the more likely, and when tricky Argentine Manuel Lanzini found some space 20-yards from goal, he beat Howard with a simple exquisite right-footed finish high into the net.
 
West Ham were seemingly controlling the contest, however just before the break the Toffees restored parity, and it was a familiar foe who did the damage. Lukaku burst clear before rounding Adrian to score his 7th goal in as many games against the Hammers, this after England hopeful Ross Barkley had picked him out with a terrific defence splitting pass.
 
The goal clearly dented the home side as it was Everton who returned for the second period with a spring in their step. Barkley’s dead ball effort did very little to trouble Adrian, while the home side concerns grew further when playmaker Payet limped off with what appeared to be  an ankle injury, to be replaced by the returning Enner Valencia.
 
An uneasy atmosphere had taken hold of the Upton Park faithful as West Ham struggled to regain any form of momentum. Howard had to scramble from his goal to thwart both Noble and Valencia, while Lanzini’s toil almost paid dividends, as the American keeper finger-tipped his stinging low drive behind. Valencia hadn’t long been on the field when an innocuous challenge from Seamus Coleman resulted in the Ecuadorian being stretchered off, Mauro Zarate this time the replacement.
 
Their misfortune seemed to galvanise the Hammers who probed with a little more purpose. Andy Carroll nodded Moses’ flag-kick inches over, while Jenkinson warmed the palms of Howard after breaking from deep. Meanwhile Everton almost snatched it late on when Lukaku stabbed Brendan Galloway’s cross agonisingly wide.
Speaking after the game, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said:
“It was a good game. I’m really happy with the way we played, especially after the way we played at Watford and especially in front of our own fans against a big club and a good football team. On one hand we are never happy when we don’t win, especially at home. We are always looking to win a game, but I can’t be unhappy with the way we played. It was a good game of football, they (Everton) deserved a point, they deserved something from the game, definitely. We were a little bit closer to winning, but you can’t say that it’s not a fair result.
Bilic continued: “We conceded a good goal but also, with two minutes to go in the first half, kind of cheap”.
 
On the injuries to Payet and Valencia, Bilic said:
“I don’t know yet, I’ve been in football long enough to know not to listen to those first opinions. Almost all the time they are totally different and the realistic situation is after the scan. “We have to wait for the scans for both of them, Poyet and Valencia, both ankles. I think the first one (Payet) was a bad challenge to be fair. The second one was an ‘English challenge’ ball and everything. It doesn’t look good to be fair. But as I say, I’m hoping and i’m optimistic, i hope they are going to be ok for the Spurs game”.
 
Everton chief Roberto Martinez stated:
“I think West Ham started better than us in the first half. I thought the first 20 minutes we were coming to terms. We put a lot of emphasis into wanting to be solid. Our performance against Sunderland was exciting to watch on the ball. We had the right mindset to be tested today defensively.
Martinez was delighted with the response from his side after they’d fallen behind, saying: ”For the first 15-20 minutes we were coming to terms, that’s when we conceded the goal, which is disappointing from our point of view. It was a great finish from Lanzini, but he’s got a lot of space, too much space, on the edge of the box. From that point on I thought we came really strong. Looking at our second half performance, we kept West Ham really quiet, we nullified them. The disappointment is that we couldn’t find that little bit of magic that we had with Gerard Deulofeu for the goal”.
 
West Ham United now look forward to a mouthwatering London derby with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday November 22, kick-off 4pm.
 
 West Ham United: Adrian, Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell, James Tomkins, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andy Carroll (Nikica Jelavic), Carl Jenkinson, Mark Noble (Capt), Victor Moses, Dimitri Payet (Enner Valencia) (Mauro Zarate),  Maunel Lanzini.
 
West Ham United substitutes not used: Darren Randolph, Mauro Zarate,  Angelo Ogbonna, Michail Antonio, Josh Cullen.
 
Everton: Tim Howard, John Stones, Arouna Kone (Kevin Mirallas),  Romelu Lukaku, James McCarthy, Gareth Barry (Capt), Gerard Deulofeu (Aaron Lennon), Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Furnes Mori, Brendan Galloway.
 
Everton substitutes not used: Joel Robles, Darron Gibson, Steven Naismith, Leon Osman, Mason Holgate.
 
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: David Bryan and Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson.
 
Attendance: 34,977

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