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Sunday 21 September K.O. 16:00



Boleyn Ground | 21st September 2013 15:00 | Attendance - 34952

West Ham v Everton

A brilliant brace of Leighton Baines free-kicks and a fairytale debut goal for Romelu Lukaku secured Everton a dramatic win at West Ham.

The Toffees weren't ahead until the last five minutes with two sensational second half direct free-kicks from Baines equalising Ravel Morrison's deflected opener and then Mark Noble's penalty.

Noble had seen red for the foul which led to the second leveller meaning the Hammers were a man short when Lukaku rose to plant a header powerfully into the net.

It had been a first half severely lacking in goalmouth action and which had promised much more after Kevin Miralllas had brought a splendid save from Jussi Jaaskelainen six minutes in.

Leighton BainesBaines strikes at goal

The flying Belgian galloped down the left and cut infield before curling an effort towards the far post.

Jaaskelainen clawed it away and the ball was inched from being headed in by Steven Naismith.

After that the home side were largely in control, breaking down Everton's possession and getting forward swiftly at every opportunity.

It was from one such surge that they took the lead when Jarvis dribbled infield and squared for Morrison, with the youngster's shot hitting Jagielka and wrong-footing Tim Howard on its way into the goal.

Despite the goal Everton stuck to their patient passing approach but the crispness and accuracy of recent games wasn't yet apparent.

Romelu LukakuLukaku on the ball on his debut

It was a situation which Roberto Martinez clearly wasn't prepared to accept as he made two changes at the break, introducing James McCarthy and handing Lukaku his debut.

The striker's impact was instant as he spun away from James Collins and sent Mirallas through with a deft pass.

Everton were soon forced into a third change when Leon Osman limped off with Bryan Oviedo making a first league appearance this term.

The new men were all involved as Everton carved out several opportunities in quick succession just before the hour mark, with Baines' final cross too high for Mirallas.

Opportunities began to increase and when Ross Barkley was scythed down on the edge of the box by James Collins, Baines' 63rd minute free-kick was inch perfect.

Roy Hodgson, looking on from the stands, must have been impressed - but that was only an appetiser.

Everton looked the more likely side to grab a winner but Mohamed Diame did glance a header a yard or so wide for the home side.

Baines' deflected cross required Jaaskelainen to save at the other end but soon the Blues were behind again.

After substitute Mladen Petric had retrieved what looked like a lost cause, Kevin Nolan induced a stray foot from McCarthy and Noble did the rest from the spot.

Ross BarkleyBarkley surges away from his marker

Everton had 14 minutes to find another equaliser and their chances improved when Noble was sent off for a second yellow card when he felled Barkley on the edge of the box.

Brilliantly, Baines punished West Ham immediately with another direct free-kick, this time beautifully flighted into the opposite corner to his earlier strike.

Now, with seven minutes left Everton were very much after a winner and it swiftly arrived when Mirallas centred and Lukaku headed powerfully into the goal.

In scoring the goal the forward collided with Joey O'Brien and was unable to celebrate as he lay prostrate on the pitch.

He eventually and somewhat groggily went off but happily was able emerge to help his teammates see out the game and secure their status as the Premier League's only unbeaten side.



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