Saturday 10 December 2016

Everton v West Ham - story of the match

Published 30/10/2016 | 16:16

Romelu Lukaku netted the opener for Everton
Romelu Lukaku netted the opener for Everton

Everton returned to winning ways as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley secured them a 2-0 victory over West Ham at Goodison Park.

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Lukaku kept up his remarkable scoring record against the Hammers by heading the Toffees in front in the 50th minute. The Belgium striker has a goal a game in appearances for Everton against West Ham - a run that which has now extended to nine matches.

Lukaku then combined with Barkley in the 76th minute, with the latter firing in at the far post to wrap up a first win in five Premier League games for sixth-placed Everton.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Seeing @RomeluLukaku9 score for Everton really makes you realise how important it is to y'no, have a striker..." - Comedian, TV host and West Ham fan, James Corden.

STAR MAN

Ross Barkley. A very encouraging performance from the England midfielder, capped by a goal that came from a move he started himself.

DATA POINT

The breakdown for Lukaku's incredible record for Everton against West Ham is nine outings since September 2013 - seven in the Premier League, two in the FA Cup - with one goal scored on each occasion. His effort this time around was his seventh league goal of the season.

IN WITH THE CROWD

This was Everton's first home game since the one-year anniversary of Howard Kendall's death, and the club and fans showed their appreciation for one of the Toffees' finest players and their most successful manager.

Highlights of Kendall's time with the Merseyside outfit were shown on the stadium big screen ahead of kick-off, prompting a warm round of applause around the ground.

And there was a similar response when his image appeared again as the game reached four minutes - the same number as that which Kendall wore while part of the team.

RATINGS

Everton

Joel Robles 7 (out of 10)

Seamus Coleman 7

Ashley Williams 6

Ramiro Funes Mori 6

Bryan Oviedo 6

Idrissa Gueye 6

Gareth Barry 6

Kevin Mirallas 5

Ross Barkley 8

Yannick Bolasie 7

Romelu Lukaku 8

Substitutes

Tom Cleverley (on for Mirallas, 72) 6

Phil Jagielka (on for Bolasie, 83) 6

Aaron Lennon (on for Barkley, 88) 6

West Ham

Adrian 7

Cheikhou Kouyate 6

Winston Reid 6

Angelo Ogbonna 6

Edimilson Fernandes 6

Pedro Obiang 6

Mark Noble 6

Aaron Cresswell 6

Manuel Lanzini 6

Dimitri Payet 7

Michail Antonio 6

Substitutes

Andrew Ayew (on for Obiang, 60) 6

Simone Zaza (on for Fernandes, 71) 6

Sofiane Feghouli (on for Lanzini, 78) 6

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