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West Ham United 1-2 Everton

By Matt DavisBBC Sport
Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku maintained his record of always scoring against West Ham for Everton
  • Lukaku scores sixth goal in six games against West Ham
  • West Ham won two of last 15 Premier League games
  • Everton's four yellow cards dent Europa League hopes

Romelu Lukaku scored an injury-time winner as Everton beat West Ham at Upton Park.

Stewart Downing had given the Hammers the lead before Leon Osman equalised for the visitors with an acrobatic finish.

But Lukaku got his 20th goal of the season heading home Aiden McGeady's pinpoint cross on 93 minutes.

Four yellow cards put a dent in Everton's hopes to qualify for the Europa League via fair pay.

Martinez delighted with last-gasp win

Lukaku's winner means he has now scored for Everton every time he has played against West Ham, with four goals against the Hammers this season.

Both sides had started the match leading the race to qualify for Europe through their positions in the Fair Play table. West Ham's only consolation from the match is that they are now in pole position, with the qualifying stages starting on 2 July.

The visitors moved into the top half of the table at the Hammers' expense.

Everton also gave a Premier League debut to 19-year-old Brendan Galloway, who deputised at left-back for Leighton Baines who is recovering from ankle surgery.

Allardyce frustrated by referee decision

West Ham felt they should have had a penalty for a handball early in the first half when Aaron Cresswell's cross struck Seamus Coleman.

But referee Kevin Friend judged the ball had hit the defender's chest.

It wasn't until Downing's goal on 62 minutes that the game burst into life.

The England midfielder exchanged passes with Alex Song before placing a clinical left-foot shot inside Adrian's far post for his sixth Premier League goal of the season.

But the lead lasted just six minutes as Lukaku found Osman in the centre of the box. With his back to goal, he took one touch before volleying home.

Adrian produced a fine one-handed save to deny Lukaku on 86 minutes before the Belgian grabbed the winner, his sixth in six games against the Hammers.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"He (Lukaku) has a big game mentality in terms of always being switched on, waiting for the moment to give us the three points.

"You don't start the beginning of the season hoping to finish top of the fair play table.

"To get into Europe or not is something that is not in our hands. If it comes our way we'll embrace it."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"I'd have sooner had four bookings today and won 2-1, rather than have one booking and lose 2-1, believe you me.

"It was a blatant handball. It's a big problem for me when they (the referees) miss such easy decisions."

"I'm frustrated with the team and the result. I'm not worried about my position.

"I don't think I need to prove what I can do as a manager."

Seamus Coleman
Coleman's yellow was one of four for Everton which dented their qualification for Europe via fair play hopes

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forBurkeat 14'minutes
  • 2ReidBooked at 26mins
  • 3Cresswell
  • 16Noble
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 30Song
  • 11Downing
  • 24ColeSubstituted forde Carvalhoat 70'minutes
  • 31E Valencia

Substitutes

  • 7Jarvis
  • 12de Carvalho
  • 17O'Brien
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 32Burke
  • 36Lee

Everton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23ColemanBooked at 33mins
  • 26Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 32GallowayBooked at 90mins
  • 18BarryBooked at 45mins
  • 16McCarthyBooked at 74mins
  • 25LennonSubstituted forMcGeadyat 78'minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forMirallasat 70'minutes
  • 21Osman
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Koné
  • 11Mirallas
  • 14Naismith
  • 17Besic
  • 29Garbutt
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
34,977

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away21
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 1, Everton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Everton 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

  4. Post update

    Enner Valencia (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! West Ham United 1, Everton 2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Enner Valencia (West Ham United).

  8. Booking

    Brendan Galloway (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Galloway (Everton).

  10. Post update

    Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Winston Reid.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Stones (Everton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Adrián.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

  18. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Leon Osman.

  19. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Brendan Galloway.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross following a corner.

As It Stood

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5Liverpool37188115142962
6Tottenham37187125753461
7Southampton371861354312360
8Swansea36168124444056
9Stoke37149144244-251
10Everton371211144849-147
11West Ham371211144445-147
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13West Brom361011153447-1341
14Leicester37108194154-1338
15Aston Villa37108193156-2538
16Sunderland36716133050-2037
17Newcastle3799193863-2536
18Hull37810193351-1834
19Burnley37612192753-2630
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