Sunday, October 30

Nothing doing at Goodison Park for jaded Irons

Everton 2 West Ham 0

Watched this one in the Whittington Stone with Matt and Lisa over a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. One great save from Adrian in the first half and a couple of efforts at goal from Payet and Lanzini as West Ham made a good start, plus an Obiang chance over the bar when he should have scored. But the second half was a big disappointment. Not sure what Reid was doing for the first goal, as his failure to win the ball allowed Bolasie to cross to the unmarked Lukaku, who is contractually obliged to score against us. Winston had initially given the ball away and Adrian could only parry Coleman shot, followed by fatal hesitation from Reid and Cresswell allowing Bolasie to beat them to the loose ball. Everton's second saw West Ham again lose possession in a sloppy fashion and Kouyate wasn't tight enough to goalscorer Barkley. 

We had our moments. Noble had a great effort tipped away at 1-0, sub Ayew was thwarted by a good tackle and Antonio failed to capitalise when through after Williams' mistake. A comfortable win for Everton in the end though and we're still in trouble. Subs Zaza and Feghouli made West Ham worse and as Matt pointed out, we are ten games in without a striker who has scored. Yes, the side looked tired after their efforts on Wednesday, but we could have got something from this if the performance level of the whole side hadn't dropped. Stoke now becomes a six-pointer.


mj said...

Similar performance to earlier in the season. Every game will be massive if we're adrift in the bottom pack

Pete May said...

Very disappointing after four games unbeaten… and we've lost at Chelsea, Man City and Everton whereas we won at all four last season.

matt said...

West Brom is the fourth game we won last season (3-0) and lost this time. Stoke so important because the next 3 league games are Spurs away, Man U away, Arsenal home and Liverpool away, with a League Cup game at Man U as well. How many points will we have after 16 league games?

Pete May said...

Yep, we have to repeat the form of the Chelsea game and actually beat some of the big teams like we did last season.