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Sunday 21 September K.O. 16:00



Goodison Park | 12th May 2013 15:00

Everton v West Ham

David Moyes' final game as Everton manager at Goodison Park ended in fitting fashion with an excellent win over West Ham.
Moyes may be leaving for Manchester United at the end of the season but this Everton performance illustrated what a dynamic and driven set of players he's leaving behind to begin a new chapter in Blues history.
On this occasion it was Kevin Mirallas' brace which made certain of sixth place in the league and provided Everton's best home record in the Premier League era.

David Moyes WaveDavid Moyes waves to the fans as he takes his seat in the dugout ahead of kick-off.
Phil Neville was also bidding farewell to Goodison after eight years but the club captain's only involvement would be an emotional lap of honour with his team-mates and manager after the final whistle.
Mirallas set the home side on their way early in the first half when he converted following a fine move, with the forward making it safe after the break with the aid of a deflection
Moyes had said during the week that he believed Everton now played a more attractive, expansive game - and that was certainly evident in the first goal, which arrived inside six minutes.
The Blues swept forward down the left before working the ball infield a series of astute one-touch passes. The final recipient was Mirallas who stroked home from the edge of the box.
Mirallas CelebrateMirallas celebrates his first goal of the game.

That set the tone for an opening 45 minutes full of energy and invention which helped Moyes charges carve out several decent opportunities.
Darron Gibson, Victor Anichebe and Leon Osman all had chance inside 15 minutes as the home side sliced through the Hammers at will.
The lead probably should have been doubled 25 minutes in when Mirallas dribbled past half the West Ham team before miscuing a shot which Anichebe could only hammer at Jussi Jaaskelainen from point blank range.
West Ham had offered nothing up to this point but Kevin Nolan changed that, first with a skiddy left foot effort that Tim Howard plunged to his left to save.
The ex-Bolton man then sent another effort past the post to keep Everton on their toes.
Marouane Fellaini had been operating deep to help quell the threat of Andy Carroll but the gain Belgian soon managed to pop up and see a volley deflected off James Collins.
Sylvain Distin headed the corner wide and Mirallas saw another shot blocked before the break.
The flying Belgian was at it again in the second half, lashing Anichebe's lay-off wide. Osman turned Baines' teasing cross back across the face of the goal and Gibson lashed over as Everton drove forward again and again.
Mirallas was off target again after another good move but on the hour mark he did have his second.
Gibson drove though the middle of the pitch and found his teammate - there was still plenty to do as Mirallas stepped in-field and found the back with the slight aid of a touch off a visiting defender.

Mirallas Second GoalMirallas makes the score 2-0 with his second strike of the game.
Osman tested Jaaskelainen twice after that with the Finn producing a pair of saves, the second better than the first.
Everton poured forward and Collins prevented Pienaar making it three with a heroic block.
The South African then set up Osman with a beautifully deft touch but again visiting custodian Jaaskelainen was up to the task.
Carroll headed against the post late on as West Ham threatened to make it interesting but in the end all that was left was for the Everton players to lap up the adulation from the Goodison faithful.



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