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By Steve Blowers, at Upton Park
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Premier League: West Ham United 2 Everton 3
Ten-man West Ham were cruelly subjected to a second successive home defeat at Upton Park, where Everton twice came from behind to snatch a late, late win.
Ravel Morrison gave Sam Allardyce’s side an interval lead with his first-ever Premier League goal before Leighton Baines levelled on 62 minutes, but after Mark Noble restored the lead with a penalty with just a quarter-hour remaining, the Hammers came well and truly unstuck against the Toffees.
For Noble was then harshly dismissed for a second yellow card and, after Baines conjured up a second scintillating free-kick, substitute Romelu Lukaku headed an 85th-minute winner for the Merseysiders.
An opening day win over Cardiff City plus two goalless draws on their travels had seen the Hammers kick-off in 11th spot kick, one point and two places below the unbeaten visitors.
Following last Sunday’s Southampton stalemate, Big Sam made just one enforced change to his side as Razvan Rat came in for the injured Guy Demel, while emergency striker signing Mladen Petric was named on the bench.
Despite finding the net twice in that first game of the campaign, the absence of Andy Carroll meant that goals had been hard to come by and, having notched a subsequent trio of blanks, Mohammed Diame did not inspire too much hope for a turnaround, when he blazed high into the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand, with just five minutes on the clock.
After a hat-trick of draws, Roberto Martinez had finally secured his first victory as Everton boss last Saturday and, following the win over Chelsea he, quite predictably, fielded an unchanged eleven.
And having scored the goal that beat the Blues, Steven Naismith almost broke the deadlock again, when Kevin Mirallas unleashed an angled screamer that Jussi Jaaskelainen did well to parry but the in-rushing Scotsman just could not get anything on the ball.
With lone-striker Modibo Maiga blazing an ambitious 25-yarder high and wide it was in midfield, where the Hammers clearly needed to find their attacking impetus.
Sure enough, on the half-hour mark, Diame won possession on halfway and strode purposely forward before finding Matt Jarvis, who weaved along the 18-yard line before squaring to Morrison and his low shot took a deflection off Sylvain Distin to wrong-foot Tim Howard.
Having also netted against Cheltenham Town in the Capital One Cup, Morrison then followed up his second goal of the season with his second booking of the campaign for over-enthusiastically felling Naismith, while helping to tidy up after an Everton break, that saw Joey O’Brien expertly rob Ross Barkley to preserve the Hammers lead going into the break.
Martinez made a double-switch for the restart as Lukaku and James McCarthy came on for Naismith and the anonymous Nikica Jelavic and, shortly afterwards, Bryan Oviedo stepped from the bench to replace the laid-up Leon Osman.
With Everton trying to claw themselves back into the contest Barkley, who had been booked for tripping Morrison just before the interval, launched an effort into his own fans.
Shortly afterwards, the powerful 19-year-old, then embarked on a steam-rolling run that led to a goalmouth scramble, which climaxed in Baines sending over a deep cross that was just an inch too high for Mirallas.
Certainly, the new-look Toffees were a different side to that which had departed at the break and, on the hour, another Barkley burst saw him felled by the consequently cautioned James Collins, whose agony was quickly compounded by Baines.
Placing the ball 25 yards from goal, the 19-times capped England left-back arrowed the subsequent free-kick over the Hammers wall, beyond the groping right-palm of the diving Jaaskelainen and under the left-hand angle to level.
Allardyce responded by pitching Petric into the fray and, after Noble was booked for tugging back Mirallas, Ricardo Vaz Te came on for Jarvis.
While Petric may be lacking match-fitness, he still has the strength of an ox as he proved when he won possession in the Everton area and laid back to Kevin Nolan with a quarter-hour left.
Twisting and turning, the Hammers skipper was tripped by McCarthy and, with referee Lee Mason instantly pointing to the spot, Noble expertly sent the resultant spot-kick into the bottom right-hand corner as Howard dived in the opposite direction.
Having regained the advantage, West Ham looked all set for a valuable victory but Everton had other ideas and the game was turned on its head in five frantic minutes.
With Nolan (knee) hobbling away to be replaced by Matt Taylor, Noble took the captain’s armband, but he had barely had chance to pull it up on to his sleeve, when he was adjudged to have tripped the breaking Barkley, even though he vehemently insisted that he had got his toe to the ball and subsequent TV replays seemed to support his case.
But a second yellow card saw him directed to the tunnel and, as he trudged to the dressing room, this time that man Baines sent a second 25-yard free kick over the defensive wall and in-off the opposite right-hand upright to level.
That was heartbreaking enough for West Ham and the claret and blue fans amongst the crowd of 34,952, but worse followed on 85 minutes, when Mirallas crossed from the right and the brave Lukaku clashed heads with the bloodied O’Brien to nod home a painful winner from eight yards.
HAMMERS: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Rat, Collins, Reid, Morrison, Jarvis (Vaz Te 72), Noble, Diame, Nolan (Taylor 80), Maiga (Petric 63). Unused subs: Adrian, McCartney, Tomkins, Collison.
TOFFEES: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Naismith (McCarthy h/t) Mirallas, Barry, Osman (Oviedo 52), Barkley, Jelavic (Lukaku h/t). Unused subs: Robles, Heitinga, Deulofeu, Stones.
Bookings: Morrison (37), Barkley (45), Collins (61), Noble (67).
Sent-Off: Noble (81)
Referee: Lee Mason