West Ham United vs Everton: Premier League Matchday 38: Live From London Stadium
6:00 PM: Unfortunately, that concludes our live coverage from London Stadium, where goals from Lanzini and Arnautovic have given David Moyes’ West Ham United a 3-1 victory over Sam Allardyce’s Everton, whose only highlight was a Niasse consolation, as both managers have now stopped speaking to the press.
A closing three points ends a rocky campaign on a high for the Hammers as they advanced up to 13th in the final standings, finishing with a three-game unbeaten run which included two wins. The future or Moyes may still be uncertain, but the club as a whole can now start to look forward to the 2018/2019 campaign.
Meanwhile, a loss to end a tough season for the Toffees was enough for them to cling on to eighth position, given Tottenham Hotspur’s remarkable 5-4 triumph over Leicester City at Wembley Stadium. They are in a similar boat with regards their manager Allardyce, whose future is unclear as he booed by the away fans, things will become clearer for both teams in the next few weeks.
As for us, firstly, we would like to thank you for joining our much more positive live coverage of this season-ending contest and hope you enjoyed it, we also thank you for joining our other Live Blogs throughout the season, it’s been a hell of a ride. We hope to provide you with the same next season, but we will have to wait and see. Please stay across all our platforms in the next few days for further reaction to today’s emphatic win for the East Londoners. I’ve been your Host Reporter Luke Glanville for one final time this term, thank you very much, goodbye and see you again in the future.
On The Future Of Himself And Wayne Rooney At His Club:
“It’s up to Wayne and his representatives, there is no problem between me and Wayne.”
“Contract for next year.”
On The Decision To Disallow Walcott’s Late Goal:
“Theo had a goal disallowed, it was marginally offside.”
On The Brilliance Of The Hammers And Adrian:
“They punished us with two very good goals.”
“Adrian was outstanding today.”
5:29 PM: His opposite number Allardyce has quickly followed him here in the Press Conference Room, live quotes to follow…………..
On Everton Fans’ Reception For Their Manager Allardyce:
“I can only ever talk good about Everton and their fans.”
On Star Man Arnautovic:
“He’s looking a real, real handful.”
On His Future And When His Contract Runs Out:
“I’ve had a really good relationship with the board, since I came here.”
“I think midnight, I’ll take my suit off at midnight.”
On The Improvement Of The Team Under His Reign:
“The improvement in the players, when I came in, they said that wouldn’t run around.”
“I think we’ve shown that we’re trying to improve.”
On The Meeting With The Owners Over His Future And His Team’s Performance:
“We’ll talk and meet next week.”
“They were very good today, the players.”
“I thought we played really well with the ball.”
5:20 PM: Hammers boss Moyes has arrived to speak to us here, live quotes to follow…………
5:15 PM: While we wait here at London Stadium, a quick glance at the Premier League table shows us that the Hammers have ended the season 13th, moving up two places, with the Toffees remaining eighth, stay with us.
5:10 PM: We have swiftly arrived down here in the Press Conference Room, where we are awaiting the arrival of Moyes and Allardyce, when they do get here, we will have live quotes for you.
5:00 PM: The referee blows his whistle to a loud cheer at London Stadium as the Hammers end the season on a positive note, as the players begin their tradition lap of appreciation, stay on this Live Blog for reaction from both managers in their post-match press conferences.
4:51 PM: Full-time: West Ham United 3-1 Everton.
90+2: One last run from Zabaleta to win a corner.
90+2: The Irons win a free-kick as Lanzini is rightly-awarded Man of the Match.
90: As two minutes are added on, Arnautovic has a strong penalty appeal turned down.
90: Arnautovic is pulled up for a foul as he breaks, 3-1.
89: Whether or not he is given a new contract, Collins will always remember that moment, goosebumps.
88: A special moment for Collins as he takes to the field to raptures, possibly for the last time in Claret & Blue, coming on for Cresswell.
87: Everton’s attack is stopped by substitute Bolasia giving away a foul on the near side.
86: Lanzini leaves the field to a standing ovation, and rightly so, Obiang returns from injury to take his place.
85: Stunning! Wonderful double-save from Adrian to keep out Walcott and then Niasse, the Toffees should have scored there.
84: Walcott has the ball in the net for Everton, although the flag had been up below me for some time.
82: Lanzini gets his second and that’s surely game over, what a strike from the left edge of the box and into the far top corner, the Irons restore their two-goal lead!!
82: GOAL!! West Ham United 3-1 Everton.
81: The Toffees now look for a late leveller, the home defence denies them.
80: Arnautovic looks for Lanzini at the back post, he can’t quite get his shot off, however.
79: Mario has his ankles clipped by Davies, free-kick in the final third.
78: It falls back to the same region and Noble punts the ball wide.
78: It comes to Fernandes who is urged to strike, his effort is blocked for another corner-kick.
77: The away fans have woken up a bit now, as the Irons break and Arnautovic wins a corner.
76: What a chance Arnautovic as he volleys from yards out, inches wide, so close!
74: There is a scramble in the box and Niasse turns and finishes, Adrian no chance, game on.
74: Goal!! West Ham United 2-1 Everton.
73: The visitors attack and Niasse strikes, what save from Adrian to tip it onto the post, corner.
73: Arnautovic does very well to bring down a Rice long ball, although Mario can’t capitalise.
72: Rice cleans up from a Zabaleta error, superb defending.
71: Seeing replays of Arnautovic’s strike, take nothing away from him, Pickford should probably do better.
70: As Harewood critiques my typing style, Everton fail with an offensive.
69: Arnautovic thinks he’s scored again, but the flag was up, replays on my monitor show it was tight again.
68: Brilliant from Kouyate as he races forward and wins a free-kick, this is a chance.
67: The Toffees then get a free-kick, Davies’ cross is cleared by the first man.
66: The home fans are enjoying watching the visiting ones leave early, as the Irons break but cannot make the most of it.
65: He scored one, and then he nearly assisted one, just being flagged offside on the left byline, Arnautovic is on fire here.
64: It’s Arnautovic to double the Hammers’ lead in glorious style, peeling away from defenders and smashing home from range, his 11th of the season in the PL!!
64: GOAL!! West Ham United 2-0 Everton.
63: A terrific through-ball nearly finds Lanzini, Pickford is there first, Arnautovic can’t be picked out a little later.
61: The set-piece is wasted while Newcastle United doubling their lead over Chelsea means that the hosts are unlikely to go tenth, even if they do win this one.
60: Lanzini battles hard to keep the ball and win another close free-kick, Allardyce replaces Tosun with Walcott, the Toffees fans don’t like that.
59: As I type, Klaassen tests Adrian, an easy catch for him.
58: West Ham are starting to dominate this second half, looking very comfortable ahead.
57: The Hammers knock it around nicely in the centre for Kouyate to win a free-kick.
56: Cresswell decided to have a go, bending it over the bar, that looked a better angle for Lanzini in truth.
55: There is nothing wrong with Cresswell’s cross, but it’s cleared away, the hosts win a threatening free-kick in the aftermath.
54: Superb Zabaleta work wins Moyes’ men their first corner in this period.
53: Another Everton attack fails, the Irons have defended well to this point.
52: On the pitch, there is very little to speak of, 1-0 it remains.
51: Forget the football, I have Carlton Cole, Marlon Harewood and Anton Ferdinand debating fashion senses next to me up here in the Press Box, very entertaining.
50: Adrian ends up claiming with relative ease.
49: Davies’ work wins the visitors a corner.
48: Moyes’ men now attack but Arnautovic is unable to bring the ball down.
47: The Toffees have started this half on top, unable to level, however.
46: Visiting boss Allardyce opted for a change at the break, bringing Klaassen on for Funes Mori.
46: Davies gets this second period underway for the Toffees and we have restarted!!
4:01 PM: A quick half-time pie in the Press Lounge and we are back to bring you this second half live here at London Stadium, where West Ham lead Everton by a goal to nil via a Lanzini 39th minute strike, can they hold on?
3:49 PM: Half-time: West Ham United 1-0 Everton.
45+3: This half is very much winding down now as the fans head for the exits.
45+2: Arnautovic weaves into the box, though he is soon stopped.
45+1: Cresswell delivers but it is headed away.
45: Four minutes have been added on to this half as the Irons win their second corner.
45: The heat wasn’t off for long but Davies shoots over to end the Toffees offensive.
44: Cresswell does something similar, this time with a pass to relieve pressure.
43: Arnautovic looses it but Cresswell is able to gently nod back a long ball to Adrian.
43: Everton win the ball and look to play Tosun through, Adrian beats him to it.
42: Arnautovic and Pickford meet again and the shot-stopper clears, the away side get a free-kick in the middle.
41: Niasse heads just wide for the Blues on the counter-attack.
40: West Ham look for another as Arnautoviuc chases a long ball, Pickford gets there first but the Hammer of the Year is hurt.
39: I was just about to tell you that he had come back onto the pitch and he finishes expertly from the edge of the area with his weaker foot, the Hammers lead!
39: GOAL!! West Ham United 1-0 Everton.
37: Lanzini is now down off the ball, this looks like a repeat of his injury from earlier in the campaign.
36: Lanzini is next to try his luck from range, shooting well over the crossbar.
35: Niasse shoots from the box’s edge, easy for Adrian to save.
35: Little is made of the set-piece, a waste.
34: It is well-worked to Arnautovic who wins a corner, he may have had a handball case there.
33: The Hammers are now able to win a free-kick in the Everton half, a chance to launch one into the box.
32: End-to-end! Moyes’ men break and Arnautovic just can’t pick out Lanzini, what a chance.
32: Ogbonna gets into some trouble and Niasse pick-pockets him, Adrian saving the one-on-one.
31: The ball is worked to the left with Arnautovic, but he cannot hit the target.
30: Results at other grounds are not going the Hammers’ way in their quest for the top half at the moment.
29: There is a tad of needle between Adrian and some visiting players, it came after the ‘keeper was awarded a free-kick, Niasse bumping into him on the edge of the area.
28: Once more, Arnautovic is inches from being clean through, a late tackle stopping a forward ball.
27: Noble looks to set away Arnautovic down the left, although the Austrian was flagged offside, that was tight.
26: Lanzini draws a foul in the centre of the park, it allows Mario to break and fire inches wide with his weaker foot, nearly!
25: Meanwhile, the visitors come forward and are thwarted by the home defence.
24: It hasn’t taken the home fans very long to taunt their ex-boss Allardyce.
24: Arnautovic is tackled in a dangerous area for the Hammers, they come again and are unsuccessful once more.
23: The stoppage may have killed the tempo of this match slightly.
22: Fernandes will be known be the Toffees fans due to his cousin Manuel plying his trade at Goodison Park for a period.
21: Moyes makes the change as Fernandes replaces the injured Masuaku.
20: It looks like I spoke too soon with the DR Congo man going back down, a substitute appears to be on the cards.
19: Masuaku is now OK to continue, Niasse breaks again for Everton but Rice is there to hoof the ball clear.
18: As I mentioned earlier, there is a real party atmosphere as play gets back underway.
17: This does not look good for the wing-back as he still receives treatment.
16: Baines’ ball causes few problems as Masuaku wins himself a free-kick on the break, he remains down nursing his ankle.
15: As I type, Niasse gets forward and wins his team a threatening free-kick.
14: Moyes’ men are looking more dangerous, they are just lacking a final ball at the moment, however.
13: There is a cracking atmosphere inside London Stadium, much of it coming from the home fans early on.
12: Arnautovic isn’t happy after being out-strengthed by Jagielka as Adrian ends up with the ball from a Toffees attack.
11: The game has just duied down a little after that moment, a bright start by the home side.
10: Close! Twice! Arnautovic has a volley somehow blocked before Noble is denied by Pickford from close-range, how are the Hammers not ahead?
9: Cresswell crosses from the left, a promising delivery is cut out, the Irons are on top here.
7: Arnautovic breaks for the hosts and seems to have the beating of the defence, only to be stopped at the last second.
6: The ball is worked into the box and clears, Kouyate’s long-range effort gets easily blocked, 0-0.
6: Masuaku wins an advanced throw on the far side.
5: The Hammers are threatening here as Arnautovic just can’t find a final ball.
4: This one falls for Coleman in the box and he fires over.
3: It is taken low and Noble clears for another corner.
2: West Ham should be ahead in all honesty in trademark Claret & Blue while Everton sport an all-blue strip and come forward and win a corner.
1: Great chance for Lanzini in the first minute as the ball comes to him in the box from a Mario cross, but he can’t quite got a shot off, goal-kick.
3:00 PM: Noble gets the game underway and we are off for the final time this season!!
2:56 PM: The players have just walked out to an electric chorus of “Bubbles” and are about to start shaking hands, a reminder to stay with us over the next 90 minutes for live text commentary, it’s almost kick-off time!!
2:45 PM: The atmosphere is building nicely here in London Stadium and the ground is filling up more and more by the minute, there is that special end-of-season feeling in the air, it could be a special afternoon for one of these clubs.
2:40 PM: With 20 minutes left until the start of today’s eagerly-anticipated contest, why not head over to @WestHamMatters_ on Twitter to vote in our last-minute score predictions poll?
2:35 PM: The fact that we have under a half-hour until we get underway in this Top-Flight season finale means that it’s time to check out some match statistics to get you in the mood.
- Current Everton manager Allardyce has not defeated West Ham United since leaving the club in 2015.
- The last encounter between these two at London Stadium resulted in a 0-0 draw, let’s hope for more entertainment this time around.
- Current West Ham boss Moyes spent 11 years at the helm of the Blue Boys of Merseyside between 2001 and 2013.
- The two sides faced off in Moyes’ third game as Irons boss back in November 2017, the Toffees winning 4-0.
- A victory today for the hosts could see them finish the campaign in tenth position, while the visitors are playing to keep hold of eighth place.
2:25 PM: As you can see from the picture below, both sets of players have now taken to the field to complete their pre-match warm-ups, not that they will need much of one, it is far from cold here in East London.
2:20 PM: As the clock ticks down to kick-off here at London Stadium, you will be fully aware that there are nine other Premier League fixtures kicking off at the same time as this one, many of them will have an impact on the final position of both these clubs, so we will try to keep you updated with what is going on elsewhere throughout the afternoon.
2:15 PM: To elaborate more on the Toffees team news for you, ex-Hammers manager Allardyce has made two changes to his side from the draw with Southampton at Goodison Park, Bolasie and Nikola Vlasic drop out for Niasse and Funes Mori.
2:10 PM: Here is this afternoon’s full teamsheet, which includes Allardyce’s visiting starting Xl.
2:05 PM: Nice and simple from the Hammers boss Moyes once again as he names an unchanged team from Thursday’s draw with Manchester United here at London Stadium, but Collins and Chicharito do return to the squad from injury, full teamsheet to follow………..
2:00 PM: West Ham United starting Xl to face Everton: Adrian (GK), Zabaleta, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Noble (C), Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic.
Substitutes: Hart (GK), Evra, Collins, Obiang, Fernandes, Hernandez, Carroll.
1:55 PM: We apologise for the lack of updates over the past 15 minutes due to the recording of a special episode of the West Ham Matters Podcast with the Yellow Advertiser’s Brian Jeeves, you can catch that on Friday afternoon, a must-listen for Hammers. We are now just five minutes away from team news, how will the two teams line up? Find out next.
1:40 PM: The stunning London Stadium scene is set here this afternoon, the Sun is even coming out for us.
1:35 PM: The man that we were able to prize a score prediction out of is an ex-player that wore both West Ham Claret & Blue and Everton Blue during his playing career, none other than Hammers legend Tony Cottee, who I recently interviewed for this website, you will be able to read that over the summer months. Anyway, here is what he thinks and if you want to get involved by casting your own prediction, you can do so on our Twitter page.
Tony Cottee: West Ham United 2-1 Everton.
1:30 PM: Now, those of you with better memories will recall that I promised you a score prediction from a notable that we have managed to catch up with here in the Press Lounge, and once again, we have not disappointed, but first, I’m going to tease you with my own score prediction below:
Luke Glanville: West Ham United 1-1 Everton.
1:25 PM: West Ham’s Claret & Blue Army are fittingly the cover stars of today’s matchday programme, they have followed their team through thick and thin this season and will be hoping to finish on a high against the Toffees.
1:20 PM: So, now that food matters have been attended to, we can start turning our attention to the real reason we are all here in Stratford this afternoon, the football. To get you up to speed on today’s season-ending encounter, why not check out our Match Preview? Simply click on the link.
1:15 PM: And for afters, a very tasty chocolate tart, they have treated us well here at London Stadium this season.
1:10 PM: A lovely tradition chicken roast dinner for main course here in the Press Lounge, thoroughly delicious.
1:05 PM: Here is what today’s Match Accreditation looks like, I will be bringing you live text commentary a little later, from my favourite B1 spot.
1:00 PM: Good afternoon from a gloomy London Stadium and welcome to our live coverage of this Premier League season finale between David Moyes‘ West Ham United and Sam Allardyce’s Everton, from which we will be bringing you live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction. I’m your Host Reporter for the afternoon Luke Glanville and I would like to thank you very much for joining us and inform you that you can follow me on Twitter @Glanville_Luke and the site @WestHamMatters_.
What a day of football we have ahead of us here in East London on the final day as the Hammers go head-to-head with the Toffees, with the possibility of finishing anywhere between 10th and 17th in the Top-Flight standings, facing off with former manager Allardyce in the process. Kick-off is at 3 PM BST. Before that, we will have the first word of team news for you in around an hour’s time at approximately 2 PM, but make sure you stay with us between now and then as we will have more than your fair share of exclusive build-up, including some score predictions, we hope, from some of the ex-Hammers and journalistic personalities that surround us here in the Press Lounge, don’t go anywhere.