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West Ham   1 - 1   Everton

Seamus Coleman strikes
Seamus Coleman capitalised on some slack West Ham defending to score

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Upton Park

West Ham United remain in the Premier League relegation zone after they were held to a draw by Everton at Upton Park.

Avram Grant's side hoped to build on their Boxing Day win at Fulham and took an early lead when Everton defender Tony Hibbert turned into his own net for the second successive season at West Ham.

David Moyes's side responded in spirited fashion and fully deserved the equaliser that came from Irish youngster Seamus Coleman three minutes before the interval when he converted Tim Cahill's cross.

Both sides then had opportunities to claim three points as West Ham substitute Carlton Cole wasted a glorious opportunity and Hammers keeper Robert Green saved well from Cahill and Marouane Fellaini late on.

Grant hopes to strengthen midfield

Grant will ultimately be satisfied with a point against an Everton team coming into the game off the back of an outstanding win at Manchester City and who were also rested after their Boxing Day game against Birmingham City at Goodison Park was the victim of the big freeze.

West Ham's boss has now completed the three games that were believed to be crucial in deciding his future and has hauled in five points - which he will hope is enough for him to be entrusted with the task of freshening up his squad in January.

Everton boss Moyes will once again curse his side's desperate lack of cutting edge as they failed to turn the majority of possession to goals. And his lack of faith in his strike force was betrayed by the decision to play Cahill up front and leave Yakubu, Jermaine Beckford and Louis Saha on the bench at the start.

Cole's reward for his match-winning two-goal performance at Craven Cottage was relegation to the bench while Everton suffered a blow when England defender Phil Jagielka was ruled out with a thigh injury suffered at Eastlands.

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Everton settled more quickly and Sylvain Distin was let down by poor control when presented with a good early chance, his first touch making his angle too tight before he shot across the face of goal.

It was West Ham who took the lead after 16 minutes in scrappy circumstances. Everton keeper Tim Howard could only push out James Tomkins' header as captain Phil Neville appeared to obscure his view and when Kovac turned the ball back in Hibbert unwittingly diverted the ball into his own net.

West Ham enjoyed a brief period of superiority, but Everton's composed approach play deserved a reward and it came with an equaliser three minutes before the interval.

Mikel Arteta, back after a three-game ban, found Cahill in space on the left and his accurate cross to the far post was met by the unmarked Coleman, who had no trouble beating Green with an accomplished finish.

Scott Parker, as ever, was the architect of most of West Ham's good work and he almost restored their lead immediately with a delicate chip that caught Howard off his line but drifted just over the top.

Moyes blames lack of finish

West Ham, who lost Herita Ilunga to injury in the first half, made another change after 56 minutes when striker Cole was introduced in place of Frederic Piquionne.

Everton made a change of their own just after the hour when Yakubu, a summer transfer target for West Ham, replaced Jack Rodwell as Moyes opted for a move positive approach.

West Ham then created the best opportunity of the second half when Freddie Sears picked out Cole at the far post, but the sure touch he showed at Fulham deserted him and he directed a tame finish off target with only Howard to beat.

Everton's shortage of goals has been their Achilles heel this season as they have developed an over-reliance on Cahill. The Australian almost did the trick again with 11 minutes left with a close-range effort that brought Green to his knees to save.

Green followed this up with a reaction save from the giant figure of Fellaini as the Belgian directed Leighton Baines' corner towards goal.

It was the final opportunity of the game as both managers were forced to settle for a share of the points.

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-1 Everton FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Hibbert (og) 16
  • Coleman 42

West Ham

Substitutes

Everton

Substitutes

Ref: H WebbAtt: 33,422
WEST HAM
EVERTON

Possession

  • West Ham 49%
  • Everton 51%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 2
  • Everton 5

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 9
  • Everton 8

Corners

  • West Ham 4
  • Everton 7

Fouls

  • West Ham 12
  • Everton 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:36 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:57 Tony Hibbert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Scott Parker from right channel.
  • 90:00+2:40 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mikel Arteta.
  • 89:05 Substitution Jermaine Beckford on for Steven Pienaar.
  • 88:30 Corner from the left by-line taken by Leighton Baines, Header by Tim Cahill from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 84:53 Foul by Carlton Cole on Sylvain Distin, free kick awarded. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 84:53 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Zavon Hines coming on for Victor Obinna.
  • 82:22 Shot from inside the six-yard box by Ayegbeni Yakubu goes wide right of the goal. The official flags Tim Cahill offside. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:14 Shot on goal by Steven Pienaar from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 80:39 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
  • 79:45 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
  • 72:53 Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. Victor Obinna has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 72:22 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on James Tomkins. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 71:24 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Parker, James Tomkins has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
  • 70:01 Unfair challenge on James Tomkins by Ayegbeni Yakubu results in a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:27 Effort from deep inside the area by Carlton Cole misses to the right of the goal.
  • 64:22 Steven Pienaar fouled by Radoslav Kovac, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
  • 64:22 Booking Radoslav Kovac goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:36 Handball by Marouane Fellaini. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 62:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu by Julien Faubert. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
  • 61:48 Shot from just outside the box by Marouane Fellaini misses to the left of the target.
  • 61:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Freddie Sears. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 61:08 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu comes on in place of Jack Rodwell.
  • 59:51 Corner taken right-footed by Scott Parker, Close range header by James Tomkins goes over the bar.
  • 57:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Victor Obinna. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
  • 55:34 Substitution Frederic Piquionne goes off and Carlton Cole comes on.
  • 55:18 Jack Rodwell has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 54:58 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in.
  • 54:23 Seamus Coleman fouled by Jonathan Spector, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mikel Arteta.
  • 52:16 Phil Neville gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte. Free kick crossed right-footed by Scott Parker, Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 50:59 Effort on goal by Steven Pienaar from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 50:24 Tony Hibbert fouled by Frederic Piquionne, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Hibbert takes the direct free kick.
  • 49:31 Victor Obinna fouled by Steven Pienaar, the ref awards a free kick. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
  • 48:06 Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Fellaini. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 46:26 Tim Cahill challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:13 Victor Obinna produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:05 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:59 Shot by Seamus Coleman from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 44:29 Scott Parker produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 42:07 Outswinging corner taken by Victor Obinna from the right by-line, Header by Matthew Upson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 41:06 Tim Cahill provided the assist for the goal.
  • 41:06 GOAL - Seamus ColemanWest Ham 1 - 1 Everton Goal scored by Seamus Coleman from close range low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 1-1 Everton.
  • 39:52 Seamus Coleman is penalised for a handball. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 38:43 Corner from the left by-line taken by Leighton Baines, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Cahill on Matthew Upson. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Radoslav Kovac by Marouane Fellaini. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.
  • 34:26 Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
  • 33:42 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Spector coming on for Herita Ilunga.
  • 32:25 The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines.
  • 30:18 Radoslav Kovac concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
  • 27:19 Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 26:34 The referee blows for offside against Scott Parker. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:18 Unfair challenge on Freddie Sears by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
  • 24:38 Jack Rodwell challenges James Tomkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Victor Obinna produces a cross, Matthew Upson has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
  • 22:16 Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Obinna. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
  • 21:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Howard by Frederic Piquionne. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:46 Victor Obinna produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • Correction - 15:04 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Sylvain Distin takes a shot. Freddie Sears gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Sylvain Distin produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • Correction - 15:04 GOAL - Tony HibbertWest Ham 1 - 0 Everton Tony Hibbert puts the ball into his own goal from 35+ yards. West Ham 1-0 Everton.
  • 15:04 Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Sylvain Distin takes a shot. Freddie Sears gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Shot from inside the area by Sylvain Distin clears the bar.
  • 15:04 GOAL - Tony HibbertWest Ham 0 - 1 Everton Tony Hibbert finds the back of the net with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Everton.
  • 15:02 Radoslav Kovac takes a shot. Blocked by Tony Hibbert.
  • Correction - 14:41 Corner taken right-footed by Scott Parker from the left by-line, James Tomkins takes a shot. Phil Neville gets a block in.
  • 14:41 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Parker from the left by-line, James Tomkins takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Neville.
  • 13:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
  • 10:06 Frederic Piquionne challenges Tony Hibbert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Tim Cahill. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 6:43 Frederic Piquionne concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
  • 5:31 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, clearance made by Luis Boa Morte.
  • 4:05 The official flags Steven Pienaar offside. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:38 Jack Rodwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Boa Morte. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 18 22 38
2 Man City 20 16 38
3 Arsenal 18 17 35
4 Tottenham 19 6 33
5 Chelsea 18 17 31
6 Bolton 19 7 29
7 Sunderland 20 -1 27
8 Blackpool 17 -3 25
9 Blackburn 20 -5 25
10 Stoke 19 -1 24
11 Liverpool 17 -1 22
12 Everton 19 -1 22
13 Newcastle 19 -3 22
14 West Brom 19 -9 22
15 Aston Villa 19 -14 20
16 Birmingham 18 -3 19
17 Fulham 19 -4 19
18 Wigan 18 -14 19
19 West Ham 20 -13 17
20 Wolves 18 -13 15

see also
Tuesday's football as it happened
28 Dec 10 |  Football
Tuesday's football photos
28 Dec 10 |  Football
Grant keen to strengthen Hammers
28 Dec 10 |  Premier League


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