Saturday, December 15, 2007

West Ham 0 Everton 2

West Ham looked in control for most of the first half with Parker at the centre of everything.

The Irons had three excellent opportunities to take the lead. In the fourteenth minute a deflected ball off the Everton defence put Ljungberg clean through but from nine yards out the Swede shot tamely at the keeper when it looked easier to score.

In the 21st minute Parker bravely won the ball in midfield with a diving header stealing the ball off Cahill's feet. Solano pumped a long ball forward over the defence. Ashton ran into the box, watched the ball arrive over his right shoulder and tried a delicate lob over Howard from nine yards but put the ball just wide of the right hand post.

In the 36th minute the ball fell to Collins unmarked in the five yard box from a corner. Collins tried to volley the ball but his effort ended up flying off in completely the wrong direction.

Everton had been restricted to hardly any scoring opportunities but just before the half time whistle West Ham failed to clear their lines and Cahill was able to head a deep cross into the six yard area where Yakubu had an easy header from two yards to give Everton the lead.

In the second half Everton sat back and defended deep and West Ham, despite having most of the possession, had neither the composure nor the creativity to break the Toffee's down. In fact when Curbishley took off Solano it was difficult to see where West Ham were going to conjure a goal from.

With West Ham increasingly committing men forward as the half continued it was Everton who looked the more likely to score on the break. The goal did come for Everton in the dying seconds as a pumped clearance was misheaded by Upson and Johnson had a free run at the West ham goal. Green came out and Johnson lifted the ball over the keeper to wrap up the game for the visitors.

3 Comments:

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous greendressinDUBLIN said...

Ed, do you by any chance know where in the States that academy is located?

Have a Merry Christmas and thank you so many for all of the terrific commentaries on your wonderful blog.

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger ed said...

Someone on the KUMB forum said it was in Atlanta and that does seem to ring a bell.

 
At 3:49 AM, Anonymous greendressinDUBLIN said...

thank you very much Ed.

 

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