Everton 2 West Ham United 0
Sunday, 30th October 2016
by Staff Writer
West Ham's four game unbeaten run came to and end at Goodison Park this afternoon - as Romelu Lukaku continued his amazing goalscoring run against United.Although the Hammers travelled to Merseyside with high hopes foillowing improved form of late, they were well-beaten this afternoon as goals from Lukaku - who has now scored in all eight outings against the Hammers in a blue shirt - and Ross Barkle gave Everton a comfortable 2-0 win.
And the defeat plunged West Ham back into the relation mire - with Slaven Bilic's side dropping back to 16th in the table, just three points above the drop zone.
Despite being the better of the two sides ahead of the break, West Ham - whose best chance of the half fell to Angelo Ogbonna after he was sent cl;ear by a clever Dimi Payet pass - were unable to break the deadlock.
Meanwhile the hosts, favourites going into the game barely threatened Adrian with only Barkley going close.
However it was a different story after the break and the Toffees needed just five minutes to break the deadlock, when Lukalu grabbed his eighth goal in eight games against the Hammers after turning Yannick Bolasie's centre over the line.
The Hammers, confidence dented having fallen behind were always second best throughout the half and the hosts secured all three points when Barkley doubled their advantage 14 minutes from time., following a good delivery from goalscorer Lukaku.
Whilst the Hammers failed to trouble the scoresheet, going home without a goal from the first time since losing 3-0 at home to Southampton last month, they still enjoyed a number of chances, creating 13 shots at goal overall to Everton's 17 (all of which came before Simone Zaza's arrival as a 70th-minute substitute).
However the team's awful start to the season - when they suffered five defeats in their opening six games - has left them right on the cusp of the relegation zone with a quarter fo the season already played.
West Ham Utd: Adrian; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna; Fernandes (Zaza 70), Obiang (Ayew 60), Noble, Cresswell, Lanzini (Feghouli 77), Payet, Antonio.
Subs not used: Randolph, Nordtveit, Collins, Fletcher.
Bookings: Obiang, Reid, Antonio.
Everton: Joel; Coleman, Funes Mori, Williams, Oviedo; Gueye, Barry, Barkley (Lennon 88); Bolasie (Jagielka 82), Lukaku, Mirallas (Cleverley 71).
Subs not used: Hewelt, Deulofeu, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate.
Booked: Gueye, Oviedo.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
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Player RatingsDarren Randolph
Rarely called into action but more than capable when asked to do so. A nice easy start to the season for one of the RoI's Euro 16 heroes.
Looked accomplished at full back tonight, as he had very little defending to do. Sterner tests will follow for Antonio, as will the inevitable qeustions regarding his suitability for the role.
Sam endured a torried time in the first leg so it was pleasing to see him put in a solid performance tonight in an unfamiliar position.
Calm, assured and willing to put the boot in when required - just what you want from a centre half.
Another youngster to shine on the big night. The Ox was an able partner to the more experienced Reid but also capable of turning defence into attack with some delightful flighted dellveries.
Another player making his debut, the Norwegian had a fairly quiet first half but came alive in the second. He also showed some lovely footwork as the game reached its closing stages; another impressive start.
A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.
Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.
The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.
An impressive start for the winger, who may well have taken the Man of the Match award were it not for Kouyate's two-goal haul. He ran at Domzale's defence all night and was finally rewarded with a goal that sealed the win.
Whilst you can certainly question the ability, there can be no doubt that Valencia gave 100 per cent for West Ham tonight - the sort of attitude his former striker partner would do well to take note of.
Long linked with a move away from the club but given a positive reception upon his introduction by the crowd. Another who seems determined to work through his difficulties.
A nice little two-minute caneo to introduce him to the West Ham family.
See above, just for half the time...
Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Match FactsWest Ham United: Darren Randolph, Michail Antonio, Sam Byram, Winston Reid, Reece Oxford, Havard Nordtveit, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Andy Carroll, Sofiane Feghouli, Enner Valencia.
Goals: Cheikhou Kouyate 8 Cheikhou Kouyate 22 Sofiane Feghouli 81 .
Booked: Michail Antonio Sofiane Feghouli Enner Valencia .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Everton: Marava, Brachi, Dobrovoljc, Horic, Balkovec, Morel, Horvat, Majer, Crnic, Alvir, Mance.
Subs not used: Milic, Vetrih, Repas, Blazic.
Booked: Crnic, Balkovec, Horic.
Sent off: None.
Referee: Bobby Madley.
Man of the Match: Cheikhou Kouyate.