West Ham slump to Everton defeat as Lukaku strikes yet again
PUBLISHED: 15:26 30 October 2016
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The Hammers run of three wins came to an end as they were well beaten at Goodison Park
Everton 2 West Ham United 0
West Ham’s fine run of form came to an end at Goodison Park as two second-half goals gave Everton the Premier League points.
And inevitably one of those goals came from Blues striker Romelu Lukaku who made it nine goals in nine games against the Hammers by nodding them in front soon after half time.
West Ham had their best moments in the opening 20 minutes, but paid the price for not taking their chances as Everton made it 2-0 through Ross Barkley 10 minutes from time, this time Lukaku the provider.
Manager Slaven Bilic made just one change to the team that had played so well to dump Chelsea out of the EFL Cup on Wednesday, bringing in Adrian, playing his 100th Premier League game, for cup keeper Darren Randolph, who could count himself unlucky after he put in another exemplary display.
Both sets of fans began a minute’s applause to commemorate the death of former boss Howard Kendall last year, but in that minute West Ham almost spoilt things when Dimitri Payet put a cross into the area for Michail Antonio, who just failed to connect properly.
Payet was at again a couple of minutes later, putting in Pedro Obiang for a shot that he spooned over the bar, before having a go himself a minute late only for Joel Robles to save with his legs.
On the quarter hour, Edimilson Fernandes looked to score a second goal, only to see his shot blocked to give Lukaku a break away which ended with Winston Reid slipping and Gareth Barry curling a shot inches over the bar.
But it was the Hammers who looked the better side and they should have scored on 22 minutes when Payet slipped a clever pass into Manuel Lanzini only for his shot to go across the face of goal.
Everton slowly began to work their way into this game and they looked like opening the scoring when the ball fell for Ross Barkley in the box only for Adrian to make a superb save.
Kevin Mirallas forced the West Ham keeper to tip over the bar and he was also called into action as the corner flashed across the goal as the Toffees made things sticky for the Hammers.
Right on half time, Payet danced into the box, but despite a clever turn he could not quite get a shot in as the half finished goalless.
But it took just five minutes for Everton to open the scoring after the restart. Seamus Coleman’s drilled shot was palmed away by Adrian, but the ball was pulled back into the middle where Lukaku was on hand to nod the ball into the empty net.
The goal was Lukaku’s ninth in as many games against West Ham and it shook the Hammers as Barkley almost made it two soon after with an effort that flew just wide.
Andre Ayew replaced Obiang as West Ham looked to hit back and it was Antonio who went close as he robbed his marker on the left wing, cut into the box, only for Robles to save well at a tight angle.
Antonio then set up Ayew for an effort which was blocked for a corner, while Mark Noble saw his long-ranger palmed away as West Ham threw everything at their opponents to try and emulate last season’s come from behind win at Goodison.
But it was not to be this time round as the Toffees made it 2-0. Lukaku stole down the right and when he delivered a cross, the excellent Barkley was waiting unmarked at the far post to slide it into the net.
In truth, Everton could have added more goals before the end, while to add insult to injury, the excellent Reid was also booked making it five for the season and he will miss the home clash with Stoke City next Saturday.
West Ham: Adrian; Reid, Kouyate, Ogbonna; Fernandes (Zaza, 71), Noble, Obiang (Ayew, 60), Cresswell; Lanzini (Feghouli, 78), Payet; Antonio.
Unused subs: Randolph, Nordtveit, Collins, Fletcher.
Booked: Obiang, Reid, Antonio.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.