Carabao Cup
Everton 4 West Ham United 1

Wednesday, 30th September 2020
by Chris Wilkerson

West Ham’s 2020 Carabao Cup run came to an end this evening as Everton picked off West Ham for a comfortable 4-1 win at Goodison.

With Carlo Ancelotti putting out close to a full-strength Everton side, this second string League Cup side found the step up in quality of opposition one step too far. Everton were punished too, losing three first team players to injury.

The Hammers went in with big changes again, this time Declan Rice forced back into defence to ensure Ogbonna was given a rest. The Carabao Cup front three remained in situ, but may not have been able to ask for a less dynamic supporting cast. With Noble, Snodgrass, Cresswell and Johnson pushing up to support attacks, Everton were rarely threatened by speed.

The first half was less than scintillating. There was plenty of pretty yet ineffective football, and even more West Ham crosses. 14 in the first 45, of which only two were successful, did nothing but tire out Cresswell?EUR(TM)s left boot.

With that in mind, Everton?EUR(TM)s opening goal was as simple as you like. A chip over the defence by Michael Keane was run onto by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

He was a step faster than Rice, galloping ahead of him and into the area, managing to scuff his shot beyond Randolph and put his side into the lead.

They should have soon scored another, Richarlison with far too much space as he drove from wide and into the area. He took the shot early, just as he entered the area, almost toe-poking the ball with his left and nearly catching Randolph out. The Irishman did well to save having gone the other direction originally. Moments later, the Brazilian did score, but it was rightly ruled offside.

It had started to become a really one-sided game, so it was a relief to see the front three and Lanzini livening up as the half went on.

The Argentine, without a goal in his last 28 appearances, had come close to connecting with a Yarmolenko pass when close to goal and headed just wide from a Cresswell cross.

But neither was Oickford particularly threatened, with moves often failing once they made it to the left. Those 14 crosses really underlined the efforts and failures of the half.

However, as the second half started, a bad cross was pivotal.

Johnson overhit his ball into the box, but Anderson retrieved it and laid to the edge of the box for Snodgrass.

The Scot curled it across Pickford and into the back of the net to make it 1-1 just 30 seconds into the second half.

It gave the Irons a chance back into the game, but it was a short lived joy. Everton woke up to the second half and got a grip of the game, with Randolph forced into a good save not long before he was beaten once more.

This time it was Richarlison, the forward again able to dribble in off the left and towards goal. This time he shot from outside, given the time to do so, and as Rice jumped out to block the shot, it only deflected off his back and past a despairing Randolph.

Lanzini again had half chances, Haller forced a good save from an acrobatic effort but really it was lacking inspiration. A slow and stodgy midfield never really competed with the dynamism Everton had.

With time drifting on, only a single goal in it, again no substitutes were forthcoming to try and change the game. It has been a bad habit of Moyes?EUR(TM)s management here at every point, the inability to use his bench for anything but defensive reinforcements.

That blind spot was punished before the end, a reasonably tight 2-1 turned to an embarrassing 4-1 as Everton ended the game.

They both fell to the in-form Englishman Calvert-Lewin.

Iwobi curled one to the far post which beat Randolph and hit the inside of the post, Calvert-Lewin moving to tap in the rebound as the West Ham defenders only turned to watch.

With yet still no substitutes moved, he had his hat-trick six minutes later. This time the movement and passing around the area was too good, Sigurdsson slipping Calvert-Lewin one-on-one before the defence knew the ball had moved. The striker slotted it home to give his side an easy win.

4-1 it ended, and the little Carabao Cup adventure was over for another year. Now Moyes has to find a way to keep these players happy, seemingly uninterested in giving the expensive and highly paid forwards much in the way of minutes in the games he takes seriously.

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Player Ratings

Darren Randolph
Not really tested, harsh to criticise him for the goal from such close range.


Ben Johnson
Stayed reasonably defensive throughout and showed restraint.


Harrison Ashby
Barely tested defensively, got up and down the flank all game before being forced off. Deserved to score in the first half.


Aji Alese
Barely tested defensively, got up and down the flank all game before being forced off. Deserved to score in the first half.


Fabian Balbuena
Another not really tested, a couple hesitations were a worry but Hull offered nothing to bother him.


Jack Wilshere
A relatively quiet and neat performance. Looked to enjoy playing with Lanzini in particular. He basically did all that was needed and was disciplined enough to sit deep.


Robert Snodgrass
Wasteful on a few occasions, but his goal was lovely. Otherwise he was similar to Wilshere, neat and tidy but with the freedom to roam forward more.


Manuel Lanzini
Much maligned these days, Lanzini was involved in almost everything going forward and linked with Haller, Yarmolenko and Anderson really well. Wasteful in the final third when shooting, but always looked dangerous and made things happen. Deserved a goal.


Andriy Yarmolenko
He found it far too easy and at times it looked like he knew it, a little casual but when you score two and create two, who can complain?


Felipe Anderson
Started to create and play lovely football as West Ham dominated, with some passing that deserved better from those he found. Good to see him get an assist and look so happy when the team scored.


Sebastien Haller
Two good goals, worked hard and ran the channels, linked well with the players making runs off him. That final part is important, it?EUR(TM)s what he needs and the likes of Lanzini and Yarmolenko make sure to get near, link well and move off him.



Substitutes

Emmanuel Longelo
(Replaced Ashby, 67) Caught cold for the Hull goal seconds after he came on, but got into things and got forward down the left to support attacks.


David Martin
Did not play.


Nathan Trott
Did not play.


Conor Coventry
Did not play.


Jarrod Bowen
Did not play.


Xande Silva
Did not play.


n/a
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Darren Randolph, Ben Johnson, Harrison Ashby, Aji Alese, Fabian Balbuena, Jack Wilshere, Robert Snodgrass, Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Sebastien Haller.

Goals: Robert Snodgrass 18 Sebastien Haller 45 Andriy Yarmolenko 56 Sebastien Haller 91 Andriy Yarmolenko 92          .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Everton: Long, Coyle, Jones, McLoughlin, Fleming, Batty, Smallwood (Honeyman 17), Scott (Wilks 61), Jones, Mayer (Lewis-Potter 61), Magennis.

Subs not used: Ingram, Burke, Emmanuel, Samuelsen.

Goals: Wilks (70).

Booked: #17 (55), Honeyman (62), Fleming (65).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Simon Hooper.

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Andriy Yarmolenko.