Everton 2 West Ham 0
West Ham had the better of the first half, which was reflected in a corner count of 12-3 in West Ham's favour. Their best chance of the half fell to Bowyer in the 17th minute. The move started when Mullins won the ball in his own half and laid the ball off to Reo-Coker. Reo-Coker then played a quick one-two with Etherington before sending Tevez away down the right wing. Tevez's cross found Bowyer clean through five yards out. Unfortunately Bowyer shot straight at the keeper, when really he should have scored.
Tevez in particular looked lively in the first half. In the eighth minute he set up Mullins on the edge of the area, but his shot was blocked. In the 28th minute he had a shot himself from just outside the area saved by Howard. In the 30th minute he created another shooting opportunity for himself on the edge of the area but his curling shot was straight at Howard.
For Everton Van der Meyde created a lot of problems for Etherington and Konchesky. In the 34th minute in particular he turned Etherington inside out and then beat Konchesky, who was forced to bring him down on the edge of the area. Luckily for West Ham McFadden wasted the resulting free kick. Everton's best chance came in the 37th minute when a ball was chipped into the West Ham area but Green bravely saved at Beattie's feet.
Having dominated midfield in the first half West Ham started losing possession in the middle of the park in the second. In the 51st minute Beattie crossed from the right wing, Collins tried to clear the ball with a backwards header but Osman ran into the area and scored with a half volley.
West Ham seemed unable to offer much in reply until Zamora was replaced by Harewood and Sheringham came on for Bowyer in the 68th minute. In the 70th minute Konchesky crossed from the left wing but Sheringham completely missed his attempted header from five yards out. A minute later Harewood received the ball inside the box. He made room for himself and shot from six yards but Howard saved. In the last ten minutes West Ham kept possession of the ball and got the ball into the opposition penalty area on a number of occasions without really creating any chances.
Then in the 92nd minute Everton hit West Ham on the break and Vaughn shot low from just inside the area to make the final score 2-0.
A poor second half by West Ham leaves them only just outside the relegation zone and Pardew perhaps in a shaky position. Magnusson has been full of praise of the West Ham manager since the club has been taken over, but the consortium will surely see Premiership survival as essential to protect their investment. If West Ham don't pick up points in the next couple of games Magnusson may feel that if the club is about to spend £10-20 million in the transfer market it would be better to have a new manager in place before that investment is made, so that a new manager would have an input into who is purchased.