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Upton Park | 8th November 2009 15:00

West Ham v Everton

Everton won their Remembrance Sunday match against West Ham in clinical fashion, defeating the Londoners 2-1 at Upton Park.

After a minute's silence the game was underway but it remained a quiet affair until Louis Saha gave Everton the lead 27 minutes in with a typically accurate shot from the edge of the box. The Hammers made most of the running but Dan Gosling doubled the lead on the hour with a smart finish on the counter attack.

It was never comfortable for David Moyes' side though, with Tony Hibbert putting the ball into his own net when trying to clear - just moments after Gosling's strike.

The remaining moments were tense ones as West Ham pushed on, but the Everton players fought manfully to ensure their travelling fans returned to Merseyside happy.

After seven minutes a good passing move from the home side saw Julien Faubert drill in a low cross that Guillermo Franco couldn't turn goalwards.

Louis Saha is congratulated by his team-matesLouis Saha is congratulated by his team-mates

Scott Parker forced Tim Howard into a save after bursting past Joseph Yobo but chances were at a premium.

The home side had more of the possession but it was Everton who took the lead in the 27th minute with their first effort on goal.

The in-form Saha drilled in from the edge of the box after an exchange of close range passes with Cahill.

The goal didn't really set the game alight though and the closest West Ham came was a deflected free kick five minutes before the break.

For Everton, Gosling sent a speculative volley harmlessly over and Saha glanced a corner wide.

In trying to clear the danger, Tony Hibbert puts the ball into his own netIn trying to clear the danger, Tony Hibbert puts the ball into his own net

Ten minutes into the second period Yobo was required to deny Jimenez when he got behind the defence and shortly after his compatriot Yakubu was summoned from the bench to replace Saha.

The action was mainly at the end Everton were defending though and Scott Parked drifted a shot wide after Distin had sliced a clearance over his own bar.

Half time substitute Junior Stanislas fired just wide from the edge of the box just after the hour mark but then, probably against the run of play, the Blues doubled their lead.

Yakubu and Cahill were the architects and Gosling was the scorer, beating Rob Green at his near post after the England keeper had saved his original shot.

But the Hammers immediately replied, Stanislas dinking the ball past Howard and Hibbert slicing his attempted clearance into the net.

In trying to clear the danger, Tony Hibbert puts the ball into his own netIn trying to clear the danger, Tony Hibbert puts the ball into his own net

Alessandro Diamanti curled an effort over and Zavon Hines squandered two chances as the home side sought to complete their comeback.

Everton's counter was to introduce ex-Hammer Lucas Neill to bolster the defence.

Pressure increased and Howard repelled the troublesome Diamanti's free kick before watching another effort from the Italian go wide.

There were a few heart-in-mouth moments as the game unfolded but Everton held on for three vital Premier League points.

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