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  • Date: Sun 04 April 2010
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 37,451
Everton

Everton

Bilyaletdinov (24)

Yakubu (85)

2 - 2
West Ham United

West Ham United

Da Costa (60)

Ilan (87)

Everton vs West Ham United

Team Lineups

Everton

Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Johnny Heitinga
Phil Jagielka
Sylvain Distin
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Ayegbeni Yakubu, 65)
Tim Cahill
Phil Neville
Steven Pienaar
Leon Osman (Jack Rodwell, 83)
Louis Saha

West Ham United

Robert Green
Matthew Upson
Jonathan Spector
Manuel Da Costa
Scott Parker
Radoslav Kovac
Mark Noble
Julien Faubert
Junior Stanislas (Danny Gabbidon, 90)
Ahmed Hossam Mido (Araujo Dall'lgna Ilan, 78)
Carlton Cole

Match Report
Brazilian striker Ilan grabbed a last-gasp equaliser to help West Ham secure a dramatic 2-2 draw at Everton and breathe new life into their Premier League survival battle. With relegation rivals Hull, Burnley and Wigan all losing over the Easter weekend, the stage was set for the Hammers to boost their hopes of avoiding the drop on Merseyside. Manuel Da Costa equalised Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's first-half header on the hour mark only for substitute Yakubu to put Everton ahead again with five minutes to go. But sub Ilan flashed home Julien Faubert's cross to end West Ham's run of six successive defeats and relieve some pressure on under-fire boss Gianfranco Zola. Without a win in their last 15 games, West Ham's hopes of ending that run at Goodison Park suffered a huge dent when Jonathan Spector's poor defensive header was punished heavily by Bilyaletdinov. Spector headed Leighton Baines' cross straight up in the air and Tim Cahill nodded the ball back across the six-yard box for the diminutive Russian to put the Toffees in front on 24 minutes. January signing Mido should have levelled for Zola's Hammers six minutes before break after Sylvain Distin felled leading scorer Carlton Cole in the box. But the Egypt international's weak penalty was tipped around the post by Tim Howard, diving low to his right as Everton lead at the break. The Hammers flew out of the traps in the second half and almost got back on level terms when Mark Noble clipped the ball over Howard, only to see it rebound back off the crossbar. But Everton failed to heed the warning and within 30 seconds Da Costa bundled home Noble's corner to score his second goal for the club and drag the visitors level. Boss David Moyes responded by throwing on Yakubu and it was the Nigerian who looked to have won it for Everton by heading home Baines' cross, before Ilan snatched a dramatic second equaliser.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The referee blows the whistle for full time and West Ham pick up a valuable point away from home

90

West Ham are defending like their lives depend on it as Everton pile on the pressure in the dying minutes

90
Substitution
 

Stanislas comes off for Danny Gabbidon

89

Both teams are pressing for a winner now after a thrilling few minutes in this game

86
Goal
 

Ilan's diving header from a stunning cross pulls West Ham equal

84
Goal
 

Brilliant build-up play from Everton leads to a decent headed goal from Yakubu. Baines provided the cross for that goal

82
Substitution
 

Osman is replaced by Jack Rodwell

82

Jagielka's instinctive overhead kick goes over the bar from a corner

81

West Ham have a great chance of getting something from this game; Everton are failing to keep possession effectively and the away side are closing them down well whenever they try to string together a run of passes

79

Cole shoots but his attempt is saved easily by Howard

77
Substitution
 

Mido leaves the pitch to be replaced by Araujo Dall'lgna Ilan

76

From the corner, the referee blows the whistle for a foul and Everton take the free kick

75

Parker is fouled by Yakubu in the West Ham box and the away team can break forward through Noble. Their attack leads to a corner

73

Pienaar takes a free kick from a central position but West Ham clear the ball without too much difficulty

71

Saha is still complaining about that challenge in the box and the more you look at it, the more it looks like a penalty

69

Saha goes down in the box under a challenge from Da Costa and it should probably be a penalty but Howard Webb shakes his head

69
Yellow Card
 

Noble is booked for a late challenge

67

Cole should be OK to continue and play resumes with an effort sent well wide by Heitinga

66

Cole is caught by Yakubu in what seems to be an accidental coming together but that looks painful

64
Substitution
 

Bilyaletdinov is replaced by Ayegbeni Yakubu

64

Cole drags a shot just wide after being set free by Stanislas down the middle with a beauty of a pass

62

Parker challenges Osman brilliantly and wins the ball back for his team. West Ham look hungry for more now

59
Goal
 

Da Costa scores an extremely scruffy goal from close range from a corner

58

Noble floats an attempt towards goal and it rebounds off the crossbar. That was a great effort

58

The ball falls to Mido just a few yards out but his first touch is poor and he fails to get a shot of any kind away

56

Mark Noble's free kick from Cahill's foul floats over the head of everyone in the box and the ball goes out for a goal kick

55
Yellow Card
 

Cahill brings down Parker as he looks to surge forward and the Everton man picks up a booking for that challenge

53

Everton are trying to raise the tempo of their play but West Ham are still very much in this game as it stands

51

Phil Jagielka makes a stunning block to deny Mido a shot at goal. Mido was flagged offside in the end but still a great challenge

50

Parker and Cole enjoy some neat build-up play just outside the box but there is no end product for West Ham once again

48

Mido fires a fierce ball across the box but there is nobody there to meet it for the away side

47

Saha breaks down the left for Everton and skips past the challenge of a couple of West Ham players before Da Costa manages to clear

Second half
 

The second half is underway, with neither side deciding to make a change at half time

Half time
 

The referee blows the whistle for half time

44

Green comes to collect the ball from a corner but fumbles with it and Everton nearly win the ball back in the box before the West Ham goalkeeper makes amends for his error and collects the ball

42
Yellow Card
 

Mido goes in late on Pienaar and is rightly booked for that challenge. His afternoon is going from bad to worse

42

Saha's shot from inside the box is blocked well by Manuel Da Costa

40

Bilyaletdinov is set free on the right by Cahill. He drifts into a central position and sends a shot just over the bar. That was another decent attempt from Everton

39

That could be a big moment in this game as Everton are back on top now and look hungry for another goal. Mido looks gutted

36

Mido steps up to take the penalty but it's a weak effort and Tim Howard makes a good save down to his right

35
Yellow Card
 

Distin is booked for that challenge

35
Penalty
 

West Ham have a penalty after Sylvain Distin and Cole clash in the box

34

Cahill's low shot from distance lacks real pace but misses the target by just a foot or two. Green looked confident letting the ball drift wide but perhaps the attempt was closer than he initially judged it to be

33

It has been all Everton in the last few minutes and David Moyes will be looking for his team to add a second goal before half time

30

Cahill tries to chip a cheeky cross across the box but a West Ham player gets a head on the ball and clears

28

Robert Green comes out to claim a cross under good pressure from Cahill. That was an important take from the West Ham goalkeeper

26

Everton break forward through Baines again but his cross is cleared by Julien Faubert. West Ham need to be careful not to let the floodgates open now

23
Goal
 

Baines' cross is headed up in the air by a West Ham player and the ball falls back down to Cahill, who heads it back to Bilyaletdinov and the striker gets his head on the ball and sends it into the back of the net

20

West Ham allow Baines far too much space on the left and he finds Steven Pienaar with ease but Pienaar's cross in towards Saha is cleared

17

From Parker's foul, Everton win another free kick. This time, Saha is the man to take it but he thrashes at the ball and sends an effort wide of the target

16
Yellow Card
 

Parker is booked for a crunching challenge on Cahill

14

Ahmed Hossam Mido seems to be struggling with a back injury and may have to be replaced if he fails to shrug it off

13

Everton have a free kick in a dangerous central position. Baines is the man to take it but he clatters the ball straight into the wall

12

Cole looks OK to continue and play resumes

11

Cole is down injured and holding his knee after a collision with Johnny Heitinga

9

Parker's shot from distance goes just over the bar. Decent effort from the West Ham man

8

Stanislas breaks down the right and aims a cross in towards Cole in the middle of the box but Everton clear for a corner

7

Baines' cross is headed clear of danger but Everton win the ball back and mount another attack before Matthew Upson breaks up play with a late tackle

6

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has picked up a knock but should be OK to continue

5

Louis Saha bombs forward for Everton and finds Tim Cahill, who picks out Leighton Baines. Baines' cross is too deep for Cahill to get on the end of but Everton keep possession well

3

Junior Stanislas tries to pick out Carlton Cole but the striker's play seems to be affected a little by nerves and he's flagged offside. Poor play from Cole there

2

Leon Osman is put under pressure by Scott Parker in midfield and West Ham can break forward. Parker will need to do more of that today if West Ham want to get anything from this game

Kickoff
 

Referee Howard Webb gets the game underway

Awaiting Kickoff
 

West Ham have been all but written off ahead of this clash with Everton but the away side will be desperate to secure a result here to move further away from the relegation zone

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Everton face West Ham at 4pm on Sunday, April 4th.