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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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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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