West Ham 2-0 Everton: Jarrod Bowen scores twice in HUGE Hammers win

West Ham 2-0 Everton: Jarrod Bowen scores twice in the first half to hand David Moyes’ side a HUGE win against Everton in relegation battle with the Toffees as pressure continues to mount on Frank Lampard

  • Relive all the action as West Ham record 2-0 win over relegation rivals Everton  

It was five minutes after half time when the West Ham fans in the lower tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand felt safe enough to turn to the Everton supporters in the next section of the London Stadium and serenade them. ‘You’re going to cry in a minute,’ they sang. The Everton fans stared back at them blankly, desultorily. Cry? And the rest. Cry and scream and howl and curse and grieve for what is happening at their club and what may yet be to come.

What Everton would give to be the kind of ‘happy flowers club’ that Pep Guardiola called Manchester City so disparagingly last week. Everton do not have a single happy flower, not a single splash of colour. Dragged deeper into trouble by this 2-0 defeat to their relegation rivals, stuck firmly in the bottom three, they are a grand old team choked by thistles and nestles, lost in the undergrowth of their self-loathing.

They deserved nothing out of this game and they got nothing. At the end of a match dubbed El Sackico because both managers’ jobs were in jeopardy, it is to be hoped that the result spares David Moyes the axe at West Ham because he is a fine manager who has done a good job and who will oversee a recovery if he is allowed to remain.

Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring on 34 minutes in a tense encounter in east London with Everton

Bowen then grabbed his second of the match seven minutes later to make it 2-0 at the London Stadium

Bowen’s goals ensured that the Hammers recorded back to back home wins over Everton for the first time since 1986

But the defeat will almost certainly spell the end for the Everton manager, Frank Lampard. This was the unhappiest of returns to the club where he began his playing career. He has now presided over 11 defeats in his last 14 matches and although the underlying problems at the club are not his fault, his position is seen as untenable.

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS

West Ham (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Zouma, Aguerd, Ogbonna; Coufal, Rice, Lucas Paquetá (Soucek 71′), Emerson (Johnson 80′); Bowen, Benrahma (Downes 80′); Antonio (Ings 71′)

Substitutes: Cresswell, Fornals, Lanzini, Aréola, Kehrer

Goal: Bowen 34′, 41′ 

Yellow card: Paqueta 

Manager: David Moyes

Everton (3-4-2-1): Pickford; Mina, Coady, Tarkowski; Coleman (Davies 45′), Onana, Gueye, Mykolenko (McNeil 45′); Iwobi, Gray; Calvert-Lewin

Substitutes: Holgate, Gordon, Begovic, Maupay, Vinagre, Simms, Price

Yellow card: Tarkowski 67′ 

Manager: Frank Lampard 

Referee: Stuart Attwell 

Stadium: London Stadium

It was a sign of the dysfunction that has overwhelmed Everton that the members of their board can attend a match in London without fears for their safety but have been warned the dangers are too great for them to watch their club at Goodison Park. It was another sign of their dysfunction that when their owner, Farhad Moshiri, took his place in the directors’ box this afternoon, it was the first time he had seen Everton play live since October 2021.

The suspicion was that he had only come so that he could sack Lampard in person, although he, chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale and non-executive director Graeme Sharp, all targets of the fans’ ire, had departed ten minutes before the end. Only Bill Kenwright, the chairman who loves the club to his core but has been vilified more than anyone, remained in his seat watching another grim setback unfold in front of him.

The outlook for Everton is bleak. Their next two games are at home to league leaders Arsenal and away to Merseyside rivals Liverpool, hardly the ideal introduction for the new manager. And whoever takes over will find themselves in the middle of a civil war between the fans and the club’s executives. ‘A Board Full of Liars,’ one sign prominently displayed in the Everton end said. ‘No Communication, No Plan, No Vision,’ said another.

The inventory of problems at Everton is too long to mention here but it includes not replacing star striker Richarlison, who was sold to Spurs last summer, losing their last three home games to Wolves, Brighton and Southampton, players being chased down the street in their cars by fans outside Goodison Park and posting losses of £372.6m in its last three sets of financial accounts. Something’s got to give and it won’t just stop at Lampard. He is likely to be the first sacrificial lamb and others may follow.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright was in attendance after missing Everton’s home clash last week

In the circumstances, it was hardly surprising both teams started as if they had a lot to lose and not an awful lot to gain. Some described the opening stages as tentative, which was generous. There was a flutter of excitement at one end when Jordan Pickford miscontrolled a backpass and had to clear hurriedly. There was an alarm for West Ham when Everton appealed for handball against Angelo Ogbonna. It was waved away by referee Stuart Attwell.

It was 28 minutes before either side mustered a shot on target. It came from West Ham when Michail Antonio laid the ball off to Said Benrahma on the edge of the box and Benrahma let fly with his right foot. The ball was dipping and swerving in the air and Pickford had to arch his back acrobatically to tip the shot over the crossbar. Enlivened, West Ham pressed for the opener.

Six minutes later, their pressure paid off. A ball was lofted in to the Everton area from the left, Kurt Zouma rose highest in a mass of bodies to flick it on and Jarrod Bowen ran on to it and prodded it past Pickford high into the net. Bowen ran to the crowd and shoved the ball up his shirt in a nod to his girlfriend, Dani Dyer, who is pregnant with twins. There is one happy story, at least, amid all the gloom surrounding these teams.

Alex Iwobi was Everton’s brightest outlet in the game but could not inspire a win for his side

Four minutes before half time, Bowen scored again. This time, the goal owed much to some shocking defending by James Tarkowski, another strand of Everton’s cursed recruitment strategy. Tarkowski was shepherding Antonio towards the corner when, inexplicably, he dived in to try to tackle him.

Antonio squirmed away from him and Tarkowski’s desperate efforts to regain his ground only resulted in him deflecting Antonio’s cross in to the path of Bowen. Bowen rammed the ball past Pickford again from close range. Now he had a goal for each twin.

At the other end, Alex Iwobi saw a shot deflect off Declan Rice and bounce to safety off the foot of a post. It was all Everton had to show for an utterly insipid first half performance. That they looked so far adrift of another team in the bottom three does not bode well for the rest of their season, whoever the manager is.

At half time, they played ‘If the Kids are United’ over the loud speaker system, which may have resonated with the Everton fans, too. ‘They can lie to my face but not to my heart,’ one of lyrics goes, which would have struck a chord with those who feel they are at war with the club’s board.

Everton did improve at the start of the second half. With a little more composure from Demarai Gray, they might have pulled a goal back soon after the interval. They came close again just before an hour had elapsed when Idrissa Gueye fizzed in a low shot that was creeping inside the post before it was diverted wide by the finger tips of Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham almost put the game out of reach midway through the half when Emerson burst down the left and was allowed to advance on Pickford’s goal. He unleashed a rising drive that was bound for the roof of the net until the Everton goalkeeper touched it on to the top of the crossbar.

Everton huffed and puffed but never looked like getting back into the game. In fact, Rice came close to putting his side 3-0 up when he rolled a shot past Pickford but just wide of the far post. For all the money they have spent, Everton do not have a player remotely in Rice’s class. There are no happy flowers at Goodison any more. Neither on the pitch, nor off it.




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