Hammers End Campaign BY Crushing Toffees
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 14 May 2018 16:52:00
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At the end of last season, West Ham United secured a final day win at Burnley and on Sunday afternoon, they ended the 2017/18 campaign with their first home win over Everton since April 2007, as they beat Sam Allardyce's Toffees 3-1.

David Moyes stuck with the same team that played out the goalless draw with Manchester United three days earlier which meant Mark Noble made his 400th start for the club, while Javier Hernández who had missed the last two games with a knee injury was back on the bench.

The Hammers could have gone ahead with just 45 seconds on the clock but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a superb save.

Marko Arnautovic wanted to get back amongst the goals after failing to score in West Ham's last two matches and had an early chance to do just that but his effort was blocked by Michael Keane.

Noble scored a wonderful goal against Leicester City last weekend and tried something similar here but for an equally brilliant save by Pickford.

Moyes was forced into an early change on 21 minutes when Arthur Masuaku went off injured and was replaced by Edimilson Fernandes. 

Even that didn't deter his side as they continued to pile the pressure onto their opponents. João Mário then went close to breaking the deadlock but his low left-footed effort went inches wide.

Shortly after, Angelo Ogbonna got caught in possession and was thankful to Adrián for saving his blushes by making his first top save of the afternoon, as the Spaniard blocked with his feet.

Despite squandering good chances to score, the home side finally had the ball in the net on 37 minutes.

There were loud cheers from the majority inside the stadium when Manuel Lanzini sent the ball past Pickford and Everton were staring down the barrel at another away defeat.

Three minutes of stoppage time were added and although the Hammers continued to have chances, they were not able to extend their advantage and referee Graham Scott blew the half-time whistle.

The hosts showed no sign of slowing down when the second-half got underway and they could have extended their advantage on a number of occasions before it was left to their top scorer to add another strike to his already impressive amount for the campaign.

Arnautovic easily ran past Keane and his shot hit the back of the net, giving Pickford no chance.

Last summer's record signing had the ball in the net again moments later but unfortunately, the effort was disallowed for offside.

Having survived that scare, Big Sam's men then applied the pressure and nearly gave themselves hope, as Oumar Niasse hit the post. However, the resulting corner provided the visitors with a route back into the game when the former Hull City striker netted with fifteen minutes to go.

The Toffees were unlucky not to equalise and instead the Irons could have made the game safe had Pablo Zabaleta not sent his effort well wide of the target.

Hope of a comeback from Allardyce's men soon evaporated when Lanzini came up with something special to claim his second goal of the encounter. He sent a curling effort screaming past Pickford to make the game safe.

That being said, Everton thought they had reduce the deficit again but this time Graham Scott had given an offside decision against the visitors.

Despite suggestions that they could have both started the game, James Collins and Pedro Obiang were included amongst the substitutes and the Spaniard was first to enter the fray in place of Lanzini on 86 minutes as Moyes made a double change. He was followed two minutes later by the popular defender who replaced Aaron Cresswell. 

Upon his appearance from the bench, Noble gave the Welshman the armband.

A further two minutes of time were added at the end of the game and when the final whistle had blown, it meant delight for Moyes as he had ended West Ham's long run without a win against his former club which had seen them finish in thirteenth place in the Premier League table.

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