Everton vs. West Ham United  2 - 0

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Allardyce laments poor display

12 May 2013 21:00

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has admitted his side were fortunate to escape with a 2-0 loss at Everton on Sunday.

In David Moyes' last home match in charge, the Goodison Park outfit were rampant and won thanks to a double from Belgian Kevin Mirallas.

Everton striker Victor Anichebe also had a host of chances to score, while Leon Osman also went close on several occasions.

Allardyce said his only player to emerge from the match with any credit was goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, with the veteran Finnish stopper making a string of terrific saves to prevent embarrassment for his team.

"The way we played today, I have to say, we were lucky to get away with a 2-0 (defeat)," Allardyce said.

"There was only one player who has been outstanding for us today, and that was Jussi Jaaskelainen, who made some absolutely outstanding saves."

Allardyce said his players struggled to cope with the atmosphere and emotion around the game, and he praised Everton's work off the ball throughout the contest.

"I warned the players before the game what it was going to be like and it was exactly that. We simply couldn't cope with it today," he said.

"I think it is always difficult coming here. But this occasion makes it even more difficult. We saw that not just with the performance of Everton players with the ball, it was the performance of the Everton players when they didn't have the ball.

"They gave us no time on the ball whatsoever. As soon as they lost it, they ran us down, they shut us down, they squeezed us and pressed us, and we couldn't get anything going because of the energy they showed not just in possession, but also out of possession."

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Moyes delighted after Goodison farewell

12 May 2013 20:27

Everton manager David Moyes said he was "gobsmacked" with the reception he received at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Moyes – who will replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in the off-season – saw his last home match in charge of Everton end in a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham.

Belgian Kevin Mirallas scored a double for the victors, as a capacity crowd on Merseyside gave Moyes a fitting tribute before, during and after the match.

"I'm really fortunate that I've had a reception like I did today," Moyes said.

"(I was) really emotional from when I came in. All the stewards were standing, clapping me when I walked in. I didn't know what to do.

"I'm gobsmacked and very thankful and humble for what the people of Everton have shown me today."

Moyes admitted he was unsure of how Everton's supporters would react to the news that he was leaving the club after 11 years, and added that he was delighted with his team's performance as they played a lacklustre West Ham outfit off the park.

"You just don't know what reaction (you will get)," he said.

"I'm a football supporter and if I'd been on the terracing today, I'd have clapped the manager. I might not have liked what he is doing but I'd certainly have applauded.

"I think more importantly for me was how well Everton played today. I thought the team played like a top team today. And I don't mean a team in fifth or sixth, I mean a top team. I think we'd have been a match for any side today.

"The players were terrific and the level of professionalism today, just to make sure it couldn't get caught up in anything, was a credit. Whoever comes in here next will enjoy that because they are a really good, good bunch of players."

Moyes also said that he would do everything he can to assist Everton chairman Bill Kenwright in picking the club's next manager, if asked.

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Premier League: Everton 2 West Ham 0

12 May 2013 17:57

Everton gave outgoing manager David Moyes the perfect Goodison Park farewell with a convincing 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.

A pair of goals from Kevin Mirallas gave Everton their sixth home Premier League win in succession, as Moyes' side ensured they would finish above local rivals Liverpool for the second season in a row, a feat that had not been achieved since 1937.

Moyes – who will leave Merseyside to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in the off-season – used his notes in the official programme to thank the Everton supporters, and he was afforded a terrific reception by the packed crowd prior to kick-off.

But once the whistle blew, it was just how Moyes would have wanted it: Everton were straight down to business.

They started full of energy and played with freedom, as Leon Osman pulled the strings in a terrific midfield display.

Defender Sylvain Distin poked the ball just wide in the fourth minute and two minutes later the first goal came, as Mirallas finished a superb team move with aplomb.

Leighton Baines created the passage of play, beating a man before passing to Marouane Fellaini, and his quick ball movement found Steven Pienaar, who in turn released Mirallas, with the Belgian side-footing past West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from 18 yards.

Darron Gibson hit a volley just over in the aftermath, while Victor Anichebe and Osman also had attempts on goal against a lacklustre West Ham side.

Anichebe was a constant threat, having a shot deflected wide before Jaaskelainen made a great block with his legs to deny the Nigerian in the 25th minute.

West Ham enjoyed a brief spell of pressure just after the half-hour mark, with captain Kevin Nolan having two attempts on goal – one of which required a smart save from Tim Howard – while a series of blocks kept Everton at bay.

James Collins made two last-ditch challenges to deny Anichebe and Fellaini, while Nolan lunged at a Mirallas strike to keep the margin to one goal at half-time.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce introduced striker Carlton Cole at the break, in place of midfielder Mohamed Diame, but it did little to stem Everton's flow.

Mirallas had two chances early in the second half, while Seamus Coleman also went close, as Everton continued to excite.

West Ham could have no arguments when Everton finally got the all-important second goal and it was no surprise that Mirallas was the scorer.

He latched onto a smart Gibson pass, switched the ball from his left foot to his right, and hit a 20-yard effort that beat Jaaskelainen, via a deflection off Collins.

Moyes clenched his fists in joy at the goal, and his smile might have grown wider if Osman had converted a golden chance in the 68th minute, but after a Pienaar cut-back, his effort was superbly saved by Jaaskelainen.

Everton really should have scored a third goal, but Anichebe headed wide while Osman was again denied by Jaaskelainen late on.

West Ham fired two late warning shots, with substitute Joe Cole's left-footed effort requiring Howard to make a good save, while Andy Carroll headed a Matt Jarvis cross onto the post with three minutes to go.

Everton, though, were more than deserving of a two-goal win as Moyes finished with a record of 113 wins from his 213 matches in charge at Goodison Park.

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Moyes makes emotional final Goodison Park appearance as Everton boss

12 May 2013 17:10

David Moyes is hopeful that Everton fans will acknowledge the progress made under his stewardship as he prepares to leave Goodison Park.

Moyes used his programme notes for his final home game in charge of the club, Sunday's Premier League clash with West Ham, to reflect on his whirlwind departure from Merseyside.

The 50–year-old Scot was swiftly announced on Thursday as Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United, bringing an end to his 11-year spell in charge of Everton.

In that time Moyes has guided the club into the UEFA Champions League for the first time, rebuilt and remoulded the side numerous times following high-profile players departures and consistently challenged for a top-six place in the Premier League.

There is no doubt that Moyes has worked wonders at Everton and he admitted he leaves for Old Trafford with a heavy heart.

"I hope that most Evertonians would see we have moved the club into the higher reaches of the Premier League more often than they had previously," he wrote.

"Over the years we've had brilliant players come through the door but more importantly I think I have had great men and I would never have been given any opportunity to succeed at Everton if it wasn't for the help that I have received from all the players who have worked under me.

"I have brought nearly all the current players to Everton in my time and I do feel disappointed to be leaving them.

"They are all very much a part of what I have been trying to achieve at Everton and they have all bought into it. I have spoken to them and explained my situation, which they fully understand.

"It goes without saying my only interest is that we try to win the last two games of the season."

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Premier League Preview: Everton v West Ham

10 May 2013 11:37

David Moyes will take charge of Everton for the last time at Goodison Park on Sunday against West Ham.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Moyes will not extend his deal with the Merseyside club and instead take over from Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when the season comes to an end.

A goalless draw at rivals Liverpool on Sunday sees Everton almost certain to finish sixth in the league, a result that would see them top the Anfield outfit for the second season in a row.

That represents success on the blue half of Merseyside and a win against West Ham will confirm their superiority.

Everton have lost just one of their last eight matches, although scoring goals has been a problem in recent weeks, with the club having netted once in four games.

Whether Moyes' impending move to Manchester will provide a distraction is unknown, as is the transfer speculation placed on the likes of Everton stars Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, who could be set to follow their manager to Old Trafford.

West Ham will enter this match in good form themselves and they also played their part in a 0-0 stalemate last weekend.

That result came against Newcastle United as Sam Allardyce's side – who have lost just one of their last seven – sit 10th in the table, two points above the 11th-placed Stoke City.

A top-half finish would be a terrific result for West Ham in their first season back in the Premier League and a result at Goodison Park would go a long way to confirming that.

Neither side have a player who has been particularly prolific in front of goal this season, with Fellaini (11 goals) the only man from either side to have scored double figures in the current league campaign.

Everton midfielder Phil Neville (knee) is a chance to return for the match but West Ham are without defender George McCartney, who has a knee injury of his own.

West Ham will have to reverse recent history if they are to win, with the club failing to triumph in their last five meetings at Goodison Park.

The last two clashes at the same ground have ended in 2-2 draws, and Allardyce's side have not beaten Everton since Bobby Zamora's strike gave them a 1-0 victory in April 2007.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25