Iron show their mettle but Fellaini rescues a fortunate point for Everton

By on January 22, 2011 - 45 views

Our resident Everton correspondent reports on the Blues last-gasp draw with West Ham United at Goodison Park…

A fortunate Everton twice came from behind to rescue a point against Avram Grant’s West Ham today at Goodison Park.

The Toffees faced a West Ham side who before the game had managed just four league victories all season, with only one coming away from home.

However, it was the Hammers who came closest to snatching victory as they produced a performance showing their mettle and willingness to work hard.

It was they who nearly opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the game as Mark Noble found himself free in the area following Scott Parker’s through ball, only to blast over from just inside the 18-yard box.

Ten minutes later, following a drab spell of play, Jermaine Beckford spurned an opportunity to open the scoring when he dithered on the ball inside the area, allowing the impressive James Tomkins to put in an important challenge.

Beckford would go on to regret his hesitance as shortly after West Ham took the lead through Jonathan Spector in the 26th minute.

Luis Boa Morte found himself in behind the Everton defence and advancing on goal, but despite a heavy first touch, he composed himself to clip the ball back to the onrushing Jonathan Spector who gleefully side footed home and gave to visitors a precious lead.

The rampant Hammers went agonisingly close to adding another in the 38th minute as Frederic Piquionne- so dominant in the air throughout the half- nodded Spector’s inviting cross onto the inside of Tim Howard’s far post before seeing it roll along the goal line and narrowly away to safety.

The travelling contingent were celebrating what they thought was a second goal in the 41st minute as Boa Morte side footed through Howard’s legs from Piquionne’s cross, only to be correctly ruled out for offside.

The home support vented their fury unreasonably at referee Peter Walton who correctly awarded West Ham a free kick. That being said, the Evertonians’ real gripe was with the players who were performing woefully. Jermaine Beckford and Victor Anichebe in particular were offering no threat up front with poor movement and poor work rate, and Seamus Coleman, being shackled well by new loan signing Wayne Bridge, was having one of his most ineffective games in a blue shirt.

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My name's Sam Mackie, i'm 16 and from the Wirral. Currently doing my A-Levels (English Language, Spanish, Psychology and Economics) and looking at possibly entering the field of journalism/broadcasting in later life. As you'd expect, i'm an avid Evertonian. For the last 3 years I have travelled away to most matches and this season I got a season ticket in the Lower Gwladys Street.

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