Tuesday, May 19

Mersey beat

Everton 3 West Ham 1

Everton away has an end of season feel to it. By the second half it's more interesting listening to the Hull and Newcastle dogfights on Sky Sports News. Kovac puts us ahead with an unexpected rocket from outside the box — where has he been hiding that ability?
But the game turns on the moment Tomkins concedes a penalty by tripping Cahill and the centre back is somewhat harshly sent off. Saha scores despite Green enticing him to shoot to his left by standing closer to his left post.
The unmarked Yobo fires Everton ahead from a corner after the break, but Hammers come back. Sub Carlton Cole plays a tremendous ball through to Boa Morte who shoots tamely at Howard.
The game's over when Piennar tricks Spector to send over an inviting cross for Saha to tap home his second. There's still time for Robert Green to make absolutely fantastic one-handed save late on to prevent Saha getting his hat-trick.
We've single-handedly resurrected the career of Luis Saha, who has now scored four in two games against us.
Our European dream is over, but really with Di Michele and Tristan up front it was never going to happen and hey, we've been spared 19 games to win the Europa League. Collison has returned, Carlton's played a half and next week we can officially relegate Middlesbrough. Rejoice!

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