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West Ham 2-3 Everton: Allardyce Rues Red Card Decision

Published August 2, 2014 by gossipzoo

Sam Allardyce was proud of his team’s performance and less than happy with the referee’s performance as his West Ham side lost in the final minutes to Everton 3-2.

Mark Noble was given a controversial red card and Allardyce felt that, along with Romelu Lukaku’s half time introduction, was the difference.

“Up until the sending off, I thought the players were great,” said Allardyce. “After losing your last home game you want a response from your players and I think we got that. Everton a great side and we matched them. I’m really disappointed that we lost.”

“Lukaku was a huge difference. Everton played off him and we found that more difficult but our defensive qualities shone through as we restricted them up until Baines scored the first goal.”

The late defeat was even more bittersweet as Lukau had been a summer transfer target for the Irons.

“I had been talking to Jose (Mourinho) all summer about Lukaku, it was no, no, no, no, no, then there was a quick switch and everton got in there before us or West brom. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.”

The red card for Noble certainly had an effect o the game, but Big Sam was watchful with his words.

“I’ve got to be careful what I say, we all have. We get fined and the last thing I want is the FA getting any of my money that I work really hard for. If we want referees to get better then they have to get criticised like we all do in this game.”

“I’ve had a look at (the challenge). It’s easy for me to say Mark Noble has played the ball but he did because I have seen it on the laptop. The ref sees it where he is but he has to be certain because it’s a sending off. If Noble had not been booked before then Baines might still score but it’s still 2-2 with eleven men.”

Leighton Baines stepped up to score his second free kick of the game from Noble’s foul.

“How often do you see that? Not very often. That’s three in two home games for us, Pennant did the same thing for Stoke. You expect three in the whole season and (Baines) has put two in one game.”

While Allardyce could take some respite from a good display in general from his defence, that late blow was ultimately very difficult to take. While Everton jump into the top four, West Ham slip to 14th with five points from five games.

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Everton Transfer News: James McCarthy Bid ‘No Way Near’ Says Wigan Chairman

Published July 4, 2014 by gossipzoo

James McCarthy

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has added to Everton’s transfer deadline day woes by announcing that their bid for in-demand midfielder James McCarthy was nowhere near their valuation for the player.

While it is unknown precisely how much the Toffees bid for the player, Whelan was disappointed with both the valuation and the method of payment Everton were hoping to utilise.

Whelan’s response make it clear that Wigan were expecting a large amount paid in full for their Irish international, yet former manager Roberto Martinez offered a lower bid paid in installments over four years.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Whelan was adamant that his club will not sell McCarthy for such a small amount paid in fractions. He said:

“Everton are not matching what we are looking for. We asked for a certain price from Everton for James McCarthy, and they have not come near it.

“We have to be fair with the player, and our football club. They said they were going to pay us over four years.”

Having seen key midfielder Marouane Fellaini hand in a transfer request and and a deal for Porto’s Fernando – believed to be the Belgian’s first-choice replacement – fall through, this transfer deadline day appears to be going from bad to worse for Martinez’s men.

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Everton Transfer News: Predicting Roberto Martinez’s 5 August Signings

Published May 23, 2014 by gossipzoo

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New Everton manager Roberto Martinez faces a stern task as he prepares to step into the shoes of the departed David Moyes this season.

The former Wigan boss has an army of critics to prove wrong and a terrace full of fans to win over as he begins in his new role at Goodison Park.

The Spaniard has already made four summer signings having brought in three of his former players from the DW – Arouna Kone, Joel Robles and Antolin Alcaraz – along with Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu on loan.

But these purchases haven’t pleased everyone with Dan Ripley of the Daily Mail claiming the signings make the Toffee’s “look more like relegated Latics than top four hopefuls”.

A harsh assertion perhaps but then maybe he has a point.

Martinez has much to prove at Goodison Park.

Yes, he won the FA Cup in May, but he also got Wigan relegated.

By bringing in three players who were part of that doomed squad, are Everton really headed in the right direction?

Perhaps if Martinez made a few more signings this summer, his critics would be a lot less scornful in their analysis of the Merseyside outfit’s chances this season.

Here, we try to Predict Roberto Martinez’s 5 August Signings.

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Crystal Palace vs Everton – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Published January 17, 2014 by gossipzoo

Venue: Selhurst Park Referee: Craig Pawson Date: 9th of November

The Eagles are viewed as the Premier League whipping boys this season. With how newly-promoted compatriots Cardiff & Hull City have performed early on this campaign, Palace won’t want to be the only side going straight back down in the Championship. However, with their main striker Marouna Chamakh making just two shots in the 10 games he’s featured in, it certainly highlights what a difficult task the side has to stay in the division.

On the flipside, Everton are pushing for the Europa League places in the league, and finally look to have settled under manager Roberto Martinez. Striker Romelu Lukaku has been to thank for their bright start, as the Belgian striker has five goals in as many league starts for the Toffees this season.

Team News

Crystal Palace have a number of absentees. Adlene Guedioura and Johnathan Williams are out of action, while Patrick McCarthy, Glenn Murray, and Jack Hunt are yet to kick a ball for the Eagles this season.

Everton have Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone, and Antolin Alcaraz unavailable. Romelu Lukaku is doubtful but could start, while Johhny Heitinga is likely to miss out.

Recent Form

Palace’s recent 2-0 defeat to West Brom was the Eagles’ seventh consecutive league defeat. The side haven’t won since August, and have only scored twice in their last seven outings.

Everton are boasting good form of late. The Toffees are three games unbeaten, winning two – in which time they’ve only conceded one goal. Also the Merseyside outfit have lost just once all season.

Likely Lineup

  • Crystal Palace (4-5-1) – GK: Julian Speroni, DL: Dean Moxey, DC: Damien Delaney & Daniel Gabbidon, DR: Joel Ward, ML: Jerome Thomas, MC: Barry Bannan, Miles Jedinak & Kagisho Dikgacoi, MR: Jason Puncheon, ST: Marouane Chamakh
  • Everton (4-2-3-1) – GK: Tim Howard, DL: Leighton Baines, DC: Sylvain Distin & Phil Jagielka, DR: Seamus Coleman, MC: Gareth Barry & James McCarthy, AML: Steven Pienaar, AMC: Ross Barkley, AMR: Kevin Mirallas, ST: Romelu Lukaku

source – bbc football

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Everton 3-2 Newcastle – Romelu Lukaku Sinks Hard-Fought Magpies

Published November 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

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A Man of the match performance from Romelu Lukaku helped Everton overcome Newcastle United at Goodison Park.

The Chelsea loanee -making his home debut for Everton- had a hand in all three of their goals while Loic Remy added to an earlier Yohan Cabaye strike to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.

Lukaku followed on from his goal scoring substitute appearance against West Ham with his first goal at Goodison just five minutes in, slotting home a Kevin Mirallas cross from close range. He turned provider 20 minutes later with a perfectly weighted pass which Ross Barkley ran on to before rolling the ball past Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal to double the home sides advantage.

The Belgian forward netted his second goal of the evening in the 38th minute after a long Tim Howard kick evaded the Newcastle defence leaving Lukaku with the simple task of tapping in.

Newcastle’s first chance of the game came deep in first half stoppage time, Hatem Ben Arfa forcing Howard to palm away at full stretch.

Manager Alan Pardew shuffled the visitors pack at half time, introducing Yohan Cabaye and Mike Williamson in place of Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. And it was Newcastle who started the second half livelier, Yoan Gouffran going through one on one with Howard only to see his dinked effort come back off the post.

Pardew’s substitutions paid off in the 50th minute when Gouffran squared the ball to Cabaye who fired an unstoppable effort past Howard from 25 yards out.

Lukaku had the chance to seal his hat-trick 20 minutes from time after a quick counter attack saw him with the ball on the edge of Newcastle’s area, only to scoop his effort over the bar.

Everton finished the game with a flutter as substitute Gerard Deulofeu went through on goal only to see Krul standing tall to deny him at the near post. But it was Newcastle who had the last laugh, Loic Remy netting his third goal in two league games to give the away side a fighting chance at the death.

Everton held on though and head in to Saturday’s trip to Manchester City hoping to keep their fine form going, while Newcastle head to Cardiff needing the points to steer clear of the bottom three.

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West Ham 2-3 Everton: Lukaku Gets Debut Winner To Keep Toffees Unbeaten Run Going

Published November 16, 2013 by gossipzoo

Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to grab an 85th minute winner for Everton, extending their unbeaten start to the season. It was heartbreak for West Ham and Mark Noble at Upton Park, as the Irons captain scored from the spot to give his side the lead for the second time, only to get sent off soon after.

Leighton Baines scored two free kicks from near identical positions as the Toffees kept up their unbeaten record against the Hammers, with this result making it twelve consecutive games without defeat against their London opponents. Ravel Morrison’s deflected drive had given West Ham the lead.

The first significant chance had come after just five minutes when an Everton counter led to Jussi Jaaskelainen saving a Kevin Mirallas shot.

On 31 minutes, the ball went out to Matt Jarvis on the left. The England winger cut inside, ghosted past two men and laid the ball to Ravel Morrison.

The youngster was central, twenty yards out, and hit a shot that took a deflection off Phil Jagielka, wrong footing Tim Howard.

Romelu Lukaku made his Everton debut, coming on at half time for Nicola Jelavic. James McCarthy also came on, for Steven Naismith.

The Chelsea loanee nearly made an instant impact, turning away cutely from James Collins and playing in compatriot Mirallas but his cross was well defended by Reuben Reid.

Lukaku was causing problems for West Ham as Everton took a stranglehold on possession and launched a constant assault on the Hammers penalty area. That pressure eventually led to Collins picking up a booking for fouling Barclay just after the hour mark, and from the free kick Baines struck the equaliser. While a nice hit, it was on Jaaskelainen’s side.

West Ham then won their penalty when Kevin Nolan was fouled by McCarthy, after good work from another sub Mladen Petric. Noble sent Howard the wrong way.

Noble went from hero to villain when he fouled Barclay with ten minutes to play, picking up his second yellow. More bad news came for the Irons when Baines stepped up again to strike, this time going for the opposite corner with an unstoppable goal off the post.

Barely two minutes later, Lukaku sealed a fine debut with the goal that gave Everton the lead for the first time in the game, bravely heading in a cross from eight yards out.

Ricardo Vaz Te came closest to an equaliser but his header went wide, while a fine Reid tackle managed to stop Lukaku with the goal firmly in his sights in injury time.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Collins, Reid, Rat, Morrison, Noble, Nolan (Taylor), Diame, Jarvis (Vaz Te), Maiga,

Subs: Adrian, McCartney, Tomkins, Collinson, Vaz Te, Taylor, Petric

Booked: Morrison, Collins, Noble

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Barry, Barkley, Osman (Oviedo), Naismith (McCarthy), Mirallas, Jelavic (Lukaku)

Subs: Robles, Stones, Heitinga, Oviedo, Delofeu, McCarthy, Lukaku

Booked: Barclay

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Man Utd vs Everton: Team News, Match Preview & Line-Ups

Published April 13, 2013 by gossipzoo

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  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Date: Sunday 10th February
  • Kick-Off: 4pm

Team News

Manchester United once more miraculously welcome back two players deemed unfit for England duty this week, with Phil Jones and Michael Carrick both shaking off their problems to be fit, while Ashley Young is also available after a five-match absence. He has recovered from a knee injury to boost United’s wide options.

Everton manager David Moyes still has some questions marks over the fitness of midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but he is optimistic the Belgian will be available at Old Trafford. He scored the winner on the opening game of the season, but he has had a hip injury that kept him out of his own country’s international friendly in midweek.

Phil Jagielka is also expected to be involved despite missing England’s 2-1 victory against Brazil, but defenders Seamus Coleman and Tony Hibbert are both still out.

Match Preview

While their noisy neighbours struggle for form, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are currently on the way to their best Premier League season ever: United’s 62-point haul is their best ever return after 25 games so far. But the season didn’t start quite so well, with a 1-0 defeat to today’s opposition Everton at Goodison Park, and while United are above revenge – according to Sir Alex at least – they will no doubt be looking to wipe that off the board with a victory at Old Trafford against David Moyes’ men.

Moyes himself has been attracting interest from Chelsea and Man City (according to the Sunday Mirror) after an impressive season with Everton that sees them knocking on the door of Champions League qualification. He will be hoping he can emulate the result from the opening game of the season, or at least the 4-4 draw from last year – albeit without quite so much pressure.

Likely Line-Ups

Man Utd: Lindegaard; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Buttner; Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Nani; Welbeck, Hernandez.

Everton: Howard; Jagielka, distin, Heitinga, Baines; Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar; Fellaini; Anichebe.

Referee: Mark Halsey

Source: The Telegraph

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