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Goodison Park (ATT 38,286) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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  1. 90+3

    FT: It's all over at Goodison Park and Everton are 1-0 winners as second-half substitute Romelu Lukaku converted Leighton Baines' low cross. The Toffees were good value for their lead and climb to sixth in the Premier League. 1-0.

  2. 90+2

    Pienaar skips away from a few challenges before winning a corner off Collins. Baines is in no hurry to take.

  3. 90+1

    We are into a minimum of three minutes stoppage time at Goodison Park and it's Everton doing all of the attacking. They look to be in control.

  4. 90

    Downing's delivery is wasteful and Howard can easily collect it from the air when West Ham had men forward in the box.

  5. 89

    Leighton Baines goes into the book after tugging on Andy Carroll's arm before tripping the big striker. Free-kick to West Ham in a decent crossing position. Noble and Downing eye it.

  6. 88

    Barkley is involved for the first time and he skips away from Noble before firing a left-footed effort well wide. He's claiming a corner but a goalkick is awarded.

  7. 87

    Reid steers Baines corner behind and Everton can go again. Lukaku is in there but Nolan can eventually hoof up field to clear West Ham's lines.

  8. 86

    McGeady wins a corner off McCartney down the right and Baines comes across to take. They're still pressing for another.

  9. 85

    Everton make their final change as Steven Naismith leaves the field to a standing ovation as Ross Barkley takes his place.

  10. 84

    Barry plays in Lukaku on the edge of the area. With his back to goal and closely tracked by Collins, he does well to turn before blazing over the bar.

  11. 82

    It seemed as though it just wasn't Everton's day in front of goal but Lukaku finished with aplomb there. Baines did well down the left to pick him out and the striker made no mistake, guiding it low past the helpless Adrian.

  12. 81

    GOAL! Romelu Lukaku breaks the deadlock to give Everton the lead, firing home from Baines' cut-back. 1-0.

  13. 80

    West Ham make their final change of the day as Winston Reid replaces Guy Demel who has had a strong afternoon.

  14. 79

    Collins hits it long towards Tomkins who has climbed above Baines, only to head harmlessly wide of Howard's goal.

  15. 78

    Carroll wins a free-kick on the half way line after tussling with Barry. The home fans are not impressed but Collins will launch this long.

  16. 76

    Those long balls forward are causing Everton a few problems, especially with Nolan pushed forward. He takes it down again in the box but finds himself outnumbered and the hosts clear.

  17. 75

    There's a good chance for West Ham as Nolan cushions the long ball to tee-up the arriving Carroll. On the half-volley, he lashes the strike high and wide and is visibly frustrated that he didn't hit the target there.

  18. 74

    A long ball looks for the run of Lukaku but Collins just manages to get his to it and Adrian gratefully collects before launching it long.

  19. 73

    McGeady enters the field and replaces the impressive Deulofeu for Everton.

  20. 72

    Carroll does excellently to take the ball down from the air with his chest before waiting for support. He gets it through Noble who storms onto it before blazes over the bar.

  21. 71

    Everton are preparing a change with Aiden McGeady receiving instructions from Martinez.

  22. 70

    Lukaku has caused a few problems since his arrival and he storms down the left before delivering a low ball across goal which Tomkins is fortunate not to steer into his own net with his sliced clearance.

  23. 69

    CHANCE! It's an inch-perfect delivery from Baines who picks out Distin on the edge of the six-yard box. The defender is it full stretch and somehow manages to steer it well away, showing exactly why he is better suited at the other end.

  24. 68

    Pienaar's cross is commandingly headed clear by Collins before the South African is dragged to the ground by Demel and West Ham are awarded a free-kick. Baines will take this from the left with men in the box.

  25. 67

    Andy Carroll has suffered a dislocated finger but that's nothing compared to some of his recent injury woes. The physio pops it back in place and he's fine to carry on.

  26. 66

    West Ham make their second change of the afternoon as Matt Jarvis is replaces by Mohamed Diame.

  27. 65

    Pienaar is again frustrated as Demel cuts out his cross. Groans from the home crowd are audible as another well-worked Everton move comes to nothing.

  28. 64

    McCarthy's strike is blocked by an excellent sliding challenge from Tomkins after Lukaku had teed him up. Everton continue to press that West Ham goal with two strikers now up top.

  29. 63

    Deulofeu plays the corner short and exchanges passes with Barry before working himself into a shooting position. He attempts to curl it into the far post but it's inches wide.

  30. 62

    Lukaku causes a few problems down the left and forces a corner out of Demel which Deulofeu will take.

  31. 61

    Stones does well to challenge Jarvis down the left and Everton are able to end that West Ham move. This has really opened up since the break and both sides appear to fancy their chances of claiming all three points here.

  32. 60

    The corner looks for Lukaku but the ball is adjudged to have gone out as the delivery came in and West Ham are given a goalkick.

  33. 59

    Everton make the substitution before the corner is taken as Lukaku replaces Osman.

  34. 58

    Deulofeu looks to play in Pienaar with a smart flick. Tomkins does well to get ahead of him and guide it behind for an Everton corner.

  35. 57

    Romelu Lukaku is preparing to come on for Everton, much to the delight of the home crowd. He will give the Everton defence plenty to think about.

  36. 56

    Stones slips in the area as Nolan cuts inside. He attempts to curl one towards the far post and a the slightest of touches from Barry deflects it inches wide for a corner. West Ham are having a decent spell of pressure.

  37. 55

    Tim Howard is forced into action as he tips Carroll's strike over the bar. It was a poor touch from Stones which teed up the England man and he drilled it towards goal from outside the box. It was straight down the middle so fairly comfortable for Howard but still a save that needed making. West Ham corner.

  38. 54

    Osman strides forward with intent as things open up for him. He looks to release it but a combination of Demel and Noble do well to snuff it out.

  39. 53

    Downing's cross is too heavy and it goes all the way behind for a goalkick. Getting balls into the box certainly seems to be the instruction for the Hammers.

  40. 52

    Pienaar is involved again, this time miscuing his effort way over the bar after Deulofeu teed him up well. Good start to this second half for the hosts.

  41. 51

    Deulofeu's cross is headed clear by Carroll but Everton keep the move alive. Pienaar works his way into the area after Barry had played him in. He goes down under the close watch of Downing but Jonathan Moss waves it away.

  42. 50

    Everton have a free-kick in a good crossing position on the left after Demel backed into Baines. Deulofeu looks as though he will take it.

  43. 49

    Baines whips a low ball towards Osman who has surged forward to the edge of the box. He just finds himself crowded out and the ball is cleared back to Adrian who hoofs clear.

  44. 48

    What a start to this second half. At the other end, West Ham get another cross away and Nolan almost pounces on the loose ball but it comes to nothing and Everton clear.

  45. 47

    CHANCE! Everton hit the woodwork through Pienaar who met Baines' cut-back to slam the post before Deulofeu can't quite capitalise on the rebound and Adrian smothers it.

  46. 46

    West Ham mount an immediate attack down their left and Howard plucks Taylor's deep cross out of the air.

  47. 45

    West Ham get the second half underway at Goodison Park.

  48. 45+1

    HT: The referee signals for half-time and it's all square at Goodison Park. Everton have had the better of the play but they have been frustrated in front of goal and West Ham have gradually worked their way back into this. 0-0.

  49. 45

    Noble dummies and it's Downing who crosses towards Demel at the back post. He brings it down but Baines guides it behind for a corner.

  50. 44

    Stones is slightly late on Downing and West Ham have a free-kick on their left which Noble stands over. They have plenty of men forward.

  51. 43

    The hosts have played some very attractive attacking football this half but their end product has been lacking every time. Martinez does have the likes of Lukaku and Mirallas on the bench so it could be interesting to see if he makes any half-time changes.

  52. 42

    Everton attack at the other end and Osman's volley is blocked on the edge of the area before McCartney gets in ahead of Coleman to clear for a throw-in.

  53. 41

    West Ham have men forward and Noble delivers towards the back post. Nolan climbs well to meet it but heads harmlessly wide.

  54. 40

    Baines concedes a free-kick in a decent crossing position for West Ham after just blocking off Downing. He knew what he was doing there to cut off the move. Noble to deliver.

  55. 39

    Play is halted as Carroll receives treatment on his ankle after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge with McCarthy. Carroll retakes to the field but it's worrying for West Ham nonetheless.

  56. 38

    Deulofeu is causing even more problems for the West Ham defence as he jinxes away from three before firing inches wide of Adrian's goal.

  57. 37

    Deulofeu does well again down the right and whips a ball into the danger zone, only for Adrian to pounce and smother it. The youngster has looked very lively for Everton.

  58. 36

    Baines' corner is a good one and Distin rises to glance a header wide when he was unmarked.

  59. 35

    Things are opening up though for Everton and Downing is forced to get back ahead of Baines to steer it behind for a corner which the full-back will take from the left.

  60. 34

    West Ham have been far more positive in these last 10 minutes or so. After being penned back in the opening stages, they're now starting to attack with genuine intent and are looking to cross at every opportunity.

  61. 33

    A few step overs see Deulofeu skip past McCartney down the right. He gets a cross away but Tomkins is there to cut it out and clear for a corner.

  62. 32

    Hearing that the substitution for West Ham was purely tactical and that Carlton Cole stormed straight down the tunnel in frustration as Carroll replaced him after just 28 minutes.

  63. 31

    Carroll is involved for the first time as he tees up Taylor just outside of the box. He doesn't have too many options and lines up a shot, only to blaze it well over the bar.

  64. 30

    James Tomkins is the first to enter the book for a challenge on McCarthy. That seemed a bit harsh and his captain, Nolan, certainly thinks so.

  65. 29

    Howard is forced into action to thwart Nolan who was sliding in at his near post after a speculative ball into the area from Taylor. Brave goalkeeping from Howard. Everton eventually clear.

  66. 28

    Andy Carroll replaces Carlton Cole in a straight swap up front. Cole looks a bit bemused with that decision.

  67. 27

    West Ham are preparing to bring on Andy Carroll. Cole doesn't appear to be carrying an injury so this is an interesting one. It suggests that Allardyce fancies this after what he's seen so far.

  68. 26

    Howard plucks a Nolan cross from the air as West Ham attempt to kick-start a rare attack.

  69. 24

    Everton are playing some really good stuff, particularly through Baines and Pienaar down the left, but you just get the feeling that they're trying to walk it in. The Goodison Park crowd is becoming quite frustrated.

  70. 23

    Baines is getting into all of the right positions and he again finds himself inside the area. He cuts it across towards Deulofeu who can't quite get in front of his man to divert it towards goal and West Ham clear.

  71. 22

    Tomkins clears from Baines' corner but Everton continue to attack. Deulofeu is caught in possession and West Ham almost break, only for Cole to mis-control the loose ball.

  72. 21

    CHANCE! Adrian is forced into action for the first time this afternoon as he palms away Naismith's fierce strike from a tight angle. Everton corner which Baines will deliver from the left.

  73. 20

    Howard is there to claim a long ball on the edge of his area under pressure from Cole. Everton look to get things going again through Baines but the move comes to nothing.

  74. 19

    Distin easily clears Demel's cross but West Ham are starting to get out of their own half now. This could work in Everton's favour though if things start to open up with both Baines and Coleman pushed well forward.

  75. 17

    Nolan is incensed with the referee. Following a tangle with Barry after a long=ball forward, he believes that West Ham should have a free-kick on the edge of the box but his protests are waved away.

  76. 16

    Demel slides in to clear for a throw-in with Baines looking to get into a crossing position. Both the West Ham wingers, Jarvis and Downing, are operating almost as secondary full-backs. West Ham are sitting deep and it's working for them so far.

  77. 15

    Real chances on goal have been few-and-far between so far but Everton are the ones who have had the better of the play. They've had 85% of possession in these opening 15 minutes, they're just yet to test Adrian.

  78. 14

    McCarthy is back on his feet and play resumes. Tomkins cuts out Deulofeu's cross but Everton continue with their attacking game as Pienaar drags one well wide from range.

  79. 13

    McCarthy is currently down and receiving treatment for Everton after a strong 50/50 challenge with Taylor. He seems to be in some pain but it looks as though he will be okay to continue.

  80. 11

    That was pretty impressive from the young Barcelona loanee as Everton were almost caught out there. Counter attacking certainly looks to be West Ham's plan at the minute and they showed then that they do have pace on the break.

  81. 10

    Baines' corner is easily cleared and West Ham can break quickly. Downing strides forward and looks to square it across goal towards Jarvis, only for Deulofeu, who has made up incredible ground to get back, to hook it away for a corner.

  82. 9

    Everton are dominating this and they currently have West Ham camped inside their own area. Coleman sits a cross towards the back post where Baines is arriving with intent but Jarvis has covered well and he guides it behind for a corner.

  83. 8

    Deulofeu tries to create an opening on the edge of the West Ham area before Adrian is there to shore things up, hoofing the loose ball clear.

  84. 7

    West Ham have their first glimpse of goal but it's from some distance as Cole picks up Distin's clearance before firing wide with an ambitious effort. Howard watches it go behind.

  85. 6

    McCarthy exchanges passes with Osman in the middle before Barry takes over. He drives forward before lashing a left-footed strike well wide of Adrian's goal.

  86. 5

    Everton continue to press and Naismith heads wide again after Barry's delivery from the left. It was a tough one for the Scottish striker who had his back to goal. Very bright start for Martinez' side.

  87. 4

    Everton enjoy another good move down the left as Baines whips an inviting ball across goal which Osman flicks on. Naismith can't quite react quick enough and he glances wide. A good connection on that and the hosts would be 1-0 up.

  88. 3

    Pienaar is flagged up after catching Tomkins late and West Ham have a free-kick deep inside their own half which Adrian will pump forward.

  89. 2

    The hosts are controlling possession in the opening minutes. They try to mount an attack down the left where Baines is in a good position, he plays it inside to Naismith on the edge of the area, but his touch is too heavy and the move breaks down. Positive start for them.

  90. 1

    Everton get us underway at Goodison Park.

  91. Right then, the teams are making their way out of the tunnel and kick-off is just a matter of minutes away. Everton are in their traditional blue and white home kit while West Ham run out in their reverse strip of white shirt and light blue shorts.

  92. There's just over 10 minutes remaining until kick-off at Goodison Park which means there's plenty of time to get any final thoughts and score predictions sent in. Either Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919 or email and I'll do my very best to get them posted!

  93. If you're fancying a flutter this afternoon, our friends over at Sky Bet have it covered. An Everton win seems to be popular among those emailing in and that is priced at 4/9, but a West Ham win at 6/1 seems very generous considering their good form. There's been a couple of shouts for Everton to win 2-1 and that also looks good at 7/1.

  94. The Hammers have enjoyed a resurgence of late, winning their last four Premier League outings and climbing to 10th in the table as a result. After fears of relegation in the first half of the season, Sam Allardyce's side now look comfortable as they sit seven points above the drop zone.

  95. Everton have won just once in their last five league games and are looking to pick up their first three points in exactly a month. The Toffees occupy seventh in the league, although a win today would see them overtake Manchester United in sixth.

  96. Sam Allardyce has gone with the same 11 that were 3-1 winners against Southampton last weekend and who can blame him? Carlton Cole continues up front with Andy Carroll starting on the bench once again.

  97. So there are the teams and Roberto Martinez has made two changes from the side that lost 1-0 at Chelsea last weekend, with John Stones and Gerard Deulofeu coming in for Phil Jagielka and Kevin Mirallas.

  98. As always, if you have any thoughts or score predictions ahead of today's game, then feel free to send them in. Either Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919 or email and a selection will be posted as we build up to kick-off.

  99. West Ham subs v Everton: Reid, Armero, Carroll, Diame, Jaaskelainen, J.Cole, Nocerino.

  100. Everton subs v West Ham: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Mirallas, Lukaku, Barkley, Browning.

  101. West Ham XI v Everton: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Taylor, Jarvis, C.Cole, Downing.

  102. Everton XI v West Ham: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Pienaar, Deulofeu, Osman, Naismith.

  103. Hello and welcome to the live and interactive commentary as Everton host West Ham at Goodison Park. It was a 3-2 thriller when the two sides met earlier in the season and this promises to be equally as enthralling. Team news will be here very shortly...

  104. Kick-off is at 1500 GMT...



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