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"The only predictable thing at Upton Park is you get an entertaining game"
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Saturday, 26 February, 2000, 18:15 GMT
Barmby treble smashes Hammers

Nicky Barmby: Ecstatic about his hat-trick
West Ham 0-4 Everton

Nicky Barmby topped off a stylish Everton display with a hat-trick as the Merseysiders demolished West Ham 4-0 at Upton Park.

There was no sign of internal divisions in the side over the controversial decision to leave out skipper Don Hutchison, who on Friday branded his new contract with Everton "a disgrace".

Match facts
8 mins: Barmby put away his first
64 mins: The Everton striker makes it two
67 mins: Barmby seals his hat-trick
71 mins: Moore scores the fourth
The visitors clearly did not miss their Scotland international as they put the disappointment of their FA Cup exit last week behind them with a ruthless display of attacking football.

The rout was finished by Joe-Max Moore, who slotted home Everton's fourth with 20 minutes to go.

The Hammers can only blame part of their poor performance on the absence of influential Paolo di Canio, out injured, and suspended midfielder Frank Lampard.

Reserve keeper Sasa Ilic - in for Shaka Hislop - will want to forget his return to the Premiership as quickly as possible, having spent most of Saturday afternoon picking the ball out of his own net.

Barmby scored his first after just eight minutes as he capitalised on a miscued clearance punch by Ilic to slam in a shot from 12 yards.

West Ham replied with sustained pressure that resulted in a string of inconclusive corners, with Paolo Wanchope narrowly missing from a Marc Keller effort.

Joe Cole
Joe Cole: Struggled in midfield
Everton almost made it two on 28 minutes after another Barmby run ended in a smart save by Ilic.

The Hammers badly missed the invention of di Canio up front and the visitors took maximum advantage, flooding in defenders to stifle the home side's frequent, but feeble attacks.

The match stuttered inconclusively into the interval, but Everton came out firing in the second half with John Collins again narrowly failing to extend his side's lead with a strike that slammed into the crossbar.

In the end, the home side succumbed to the more fluid and intelligent play of their opponents. Barmby snatched his second on 64 minutes after being fed into the box by Kevin Campbell.

He sealed the hat-trick three minutes later when Mark Pembridge sent in a speculative cross from the corner flag, which Barmby skimmed off the ground into the top of the net.

The striker then fed Moore on 71 minutes to seal a humiliating day for the Upton Park faithful.


West Ham: Ilic, Stimac, Ferdinand, S. Pearce, Sinclair, Lomas, Moncur, Cole, Keller, Wanchope, Kitson.
Subs: Feuer, Foe, Margas, Charles, Minto.

Everton: Myhre, Xavier, Weir, Gough, Unsworth, Barmby, Pembridge, Collins, Ball, Campbell, Moore.
Subs: Simonsen, Watson, Dunne, Cadamarteri, Ward.

Referee: P Alcock (Halstead)
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