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Everton   2 - 2   West Ham

Everton's Marouane Fellaini celebrates his goal
Fellaini's late strike secured a point for Everton at Goodison Park

By Kevin Darling

Marouane Fellaini's injury-time strike rescued a point for Everton and kept 10-man West Ham bottom of the table.

Jonathan Spector put the Hammers ahead with a composed finish from Luis Boa Morte's cutback, before Diniyar Bilyaletdinov blasted in to level.

Frederic Piquionne responded with a towering header from Wayne Bridge's cross but was then sent off after his over-exuberant goal celebration.

And Fellaini took full advantage, firing in with a low shot on the turn.

The Belgian's late strike capped a breathless finish to a game that the Toffees twice clawed back from West Ham's grasp, with the final three goals coming in the last 13 minutes.

Under-pressure Hammers boss Avram Grant will consider this two points dropped after seeing his side regain the lead with six minutes left, but the Israeli can take huge consolation from a West Ham display that was remarkably assured given the off-field distractions at the club in the past week.

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Last Saturday, Martin O'Neill was reportedly being lined up as new manager but the club announced on Tuesday that Grant would be retained.

The visitors looked comfortable for large periods of the game against unimaginative opponents, but were once again left to rue their defensive frailties against a team they have now not beaten in their last eight meetings.

The Hammers caved in late on after Piquionne was shown a red card in the most unusual of circumstances - the Frenchman receiving a second caution for celebrating his goal with the jubilant Hammers fans, just minutes after he had received a first booking.

The pre-match focus was on how Grant's side would respond to the events of a turbulent week.

He was boosted by the return of midfield duo Scott Parker and Mark Noble, and the pair almost combined to give the visitors an early lead but Noble spooned his team-mate's through-ball over the bar from a good position.

A spell of Everton pressure followed with the best chance falling to Jermaine Beckford, who was denied by a fine James Tomkins tackle when bearing down on goal.

Too many draws frustrate Moyes

The home fans then screamed for a penalty when Seamus Coleman fell under a hefty, but fair, challenge from Tomkins.

The Hammers weathered the storm, including a hail of Everton set-pieces dealt with manfully by the impressive Tomkins, and hit back with a goal conjured by a moment of magic from Noble.

The midfielder slotted a perfectly weighted ball into the left channel for Boa Morte, who took a heavy first touch but recovered to pick out Spector - the American supplying a smart finish from 12 yards for his first Premier League goal.

The Hammers were millimetres away from doubling their lead when Spector, revelling in his new midfield role, crossed for Piquionne, who headed down and against the inside of the post.

Moments later, the rampant visitors had the ball in the Toffees' net for a second time but Boa Morte strayed just offside before converting Piquionne's pass from close range.

The Toffees struggled to muster a response in the second half, with the crowd and manager David Moyes becoming increasingly restless as the Hammers comfortably absorbed the hosts' attempts to attack.

The confident visitors looked to nick a second on the break, with Spector firing an effort just over and Zavon Hines sending an acrobatic volley wide, before the match exploded into life in its final stages.

Everton had been sending a barrage of hopeful high balls into the Hammers' box and the visitors' defence finally relented after 77 minutes.

Piquionne red a joke - Grant

Phil Neville's lofted pass was knocked down by Fellaini and Piquionne's attempt to head clear went only as far as Bilyaletdinov, who smashed his shot past Robert Green from the edge of the box.

The Toffees should have then taken the lead when Green parried a sizzling Louis Saha strike straight to Coleman, but the Irishman sent his effort woefully over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Minutes later, the Hammers were back in front when Piquionne rose highest in the box to power Bridge's cross past Tim Howard and spark joyous scenes in the away end, culminating in the goalscorer's dismissal.

After heading in, the striker slid to his knees, then jumped a hoarding and ran to the away section where he was enveloped by visiting supporters. Referee Peter Walton wasted little time in issuing a second yellow card.

The Hammers, on the brink of lifting themselves out of the relegation zone, desperately attempted to play out the remainder of the match but they were undone by another high ball into the box - this time from Leon Osman - two minutes into added time.

Jack Rodwell got a flick-on and the ball fell favourably for Fellaini, who managed to shrug off the despairing challenges of Matthew Upson and Spector with an excellent turn before firing past Green from 10 yards to salvage a point.


Everton manager David Moyes: "It wasn't great but we got a point. It didn't look as if we were going to get any near the end.

"When we got back to 1-1 I thought we would go on and get the second goal but unfortunately they got a second.

"When you go 2-1 down at home you go for it anyway but when we saw the sending off it gave us a chance to attempt to throw the kitchen sink.

"Thankfully, we got the equaliser and when it went to 2-2 I actually thought we could have used the last couple of minutes better than we did to try to get the winner."

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 2-2 West Ham FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Bilyaletdinov 77
  • Fellaini 90+1
  • Spector 26
  • Piquionne 84

Everton

Substitutes

West Ham

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 34,179
EVERTON
WEST HAM

Possession

  • Everton 58%
  • West Ham 42%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 6
  • West Ham 6

Attempts off target

  • Everton 5
  • West Ham 8

Corners

  • Everton 12
  • West Ham 2

Fouls

  • Everton 9
  • West Ham 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:49 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+4:16 Unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Jack Rodwell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 90:00+3:39 Effort from just outside the area by Mark Noble goes over the target.
  • 90:00+2:53 Shot from just outside the box by Mikel Arteta misses to the right of the goal.
  • 90:00+2:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by Jack Rodwell. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:57 Assist on the goal came from Jack Rodwell.
  • 90:00+0:57 GOAL - Marouane FellainiEverton 2 - 2 West Ham Marouane Fellaini grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-2 West Ham.
  • 90:00+0:35 Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:18 Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 89:32 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Winston Reid coming on for Freddie Sears.
  • 85:04 Substitution Jack Rodwell on for Phil Neville.
  • 84:44 Sent off The referee sends off Frederic Piquionne for second bookable offence.
  • 83:55 The assist for the goal came from Wayne Bridge.
  • 83:55 GOAL - Frederic PiquionneEverton 1 - 2 West Ham Frederic Piquionne grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Everton 1-2 West Ham.
  • 83:12 Wayne Bridge takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
  • 82:42 Seamus Coleman produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
  • 82:27 Louis Saha takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
  • 81:50 Booking Frederic Piquionne goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 80:27 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Freddie Sears coming on for Zavon Hines.
  • 79:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Osman on Jonathan Spector. Mark Noble has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 77:59 Seamus Coleman has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 76:21 The assist for the goal came from Marouane Fellaini.
  • 76:21 GOAL - Diniyar BilyaletdinovEverton 1 - 1 West Ham Goal scored by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 West Ham.
  • 75:36 Corner taken by Leighton Baines, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
  • 74:39 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line to the near post, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
  • 74:10 Mark Noble takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • 73:17 Zavon Hines concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 72:02 Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line played to the near post, Wayne Bridge makes a clearance.
  • 68:54 The official flags Marouane Fellaini offside. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:50 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov replaces Victor Anichebe.
  • 67:35 Shot from deep inside the area by Zavon Hines clears the bar.
  • 64:11 Scott Parker takes a short corner.
  • 63:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Frederic Piquionne. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 62:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Julien Faubert. Leon Osman takes the direct free kick.
  • 62:34 Scott Parker takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 62:15 The assistant referee signals for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Free kick taken by Phil Neville.
  • 61:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Seamus Coleman on Luis Boa Morte. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:39 Zavon Hines concedes a free kick for a foul on Sylvain Distin. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 58:54 Mikel Arteta takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Wayne Bridge manages to make a clearance.
  • 57:03 Shot on goal by Jonathan Spector from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 55:35 Foul by Scott Parker on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Marouane Fellaini goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 49:49 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta played to the near post, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.
  • 49:08 Jonathan Spector gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Anichebe. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:46 Frederic Piquionne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:47 Leighton Baines takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Louis Saha joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Beckford.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:51 The match has reached half-time.
  • 43:29 Zavon Hines fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Bridge takes the free kick.
  • 42:26 Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.
  • 41:27 Marouane Fellaini challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 41:27 Booking Marouane Fellaini receives a yellow card.
  • 40:25 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Boa Morte. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:42 Header by Frederic Piquionne from inside the area strikes the post.
  • 36:59 Zavon Hines is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
  • 35:38 Zavon Hines fouled by Phil Neville, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.
  • 32:38 Frederic Piquionne concedes a free kick for a foul on Sylvain Distin. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 30:59 Foul by Scott Parker on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
  • 30:59 Booking Scott Parker goes into the book.
  • 28:19 Unfair challenge on Victor Anichebe by Zavon Hines results in a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 27:57 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • 25:49 Assist on the goal came from Luis Boa Morte.
  • 25:49 GOAL - Jonathan SpectorEverton 0 - 1 West Ham Jonathan Spector finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Everton 0-1 West Ham.
  • 24:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Wayne Bridge. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.
  • 23:22 Sylvain Distin takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
  • 22:39 Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, clearance by James Tomkins.
  • 22:06 Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner.
  • 21:36 Zavon Hines concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, Frederic Piquionne manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:42 Jermaine Beckford fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
  • 18:48 Effort on goal by Marouane Fellaini from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 18:10 Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 17:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Beckford on Robert Green. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:30 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leighton Baines, clearance by Luis Boa Morte.
  • 13:37 Shot from deep inside the area by Frederic Piquionne goes over the bar.
  • 11:23 Zavon Hines is ruled offside. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:47 Handball decision goes against Luis Boa Morte. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
  • 8:58 Zavon Hines is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
  • 8:39 Jermaine Beckford is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
  • 7:00 Shot on goal by Mark Noble from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 6:16 Mark Noble fouled by Leon Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.
  • 5:20 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 3:53 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
  • 2:09 Frederic Piquionne is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Marouane Fellaini.
  • 0:51 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta, save made by Robert Green.
  • 0:10 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford by James Tomkins results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 22 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 22 29 48
2 Arsenal 23 26 46
3 Man City 24 17 45
4 Chelsea 22 19 38
5 Tottenham 23 6 38
6 Sunderland 24 4 37
7 Newcastle 23 3 30
8 Bolton 23 3 30
9 Stoke 23 0 30
10 Liverpool 23 -1 29
11 Blackpool 22 -6 28
12 Blackburn 23 -8 28
13 Everton 23 -2 27
14 Fulham 23 0 26
15 West Brom 22 -12 25
16 Aston Villa 23 -14 25
17 Birmingham 22 -10 23
18 Wigan 23 -18 22
19 Wolves 23 -17 21
20 West Ham 24 -19 21

see also
Grant fury at Piquionne dismissal
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Saturday's football as it happened
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Saturday's football photos
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Grant to stay as West Ham manager
18 Jan 11 |  West Ham


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