• English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Upton Park
  • Attendance: 35,005
West HamWest HamvEvertonEverton
  • Carlton Cole, 14
  • Anichebe, 64
  • Pienaar, 73

live commentary

93 mins:FULL-TIME: WEST HAM 1-2 EVERTON: The Toffees take all three points on a highly dramatic afternoon but it's the referee who has provided the most talking points.

91 mins:Another strange decision from the referee as he sends off Gibson for a high foot, none of the players can quite believe it.

90 mins:West Ham go up the other end and Nolan shoots just wide from close range.

89 mins:Osman shoots goalwards and Jaaskelainen makes the save, pushing it out to Jelavic who puts the ball in the side netting.

88 mins:Jack Collison makes his return from injury, replacing Jarvis.

88 mins:Bryan Oviedo is on for Pienaar.

86 mins:The ball is punted up the pitch by West Ham but Jagielka is able to clear.

84 mins:Steven Naismith replaces Phil Neville.

82 mins:Kevin Nolan shoots just wide from inside the area.

80 mins:Allardyce brings on Jordan Spence for Joey O'Brien.

78 mins:Anichebe shoots wide, they're keen to get the third goal which should wrap up the match.

76 mins:Pienaar goes for goal from the edge of the box but Jaaskelainen makes the save.

74 mins:Pienaar is putting in a man of the match performance in the second half.

72 mins:GOAL: WEST HAM 1-2 EVERTON: Osman crosses into the area and there's a goalmouth scramble with Pienaar eventually claiming the goal.

70 mins:Everton are streaming forward now.

68 mins:The momentum is all with Everton now.

66 mins:It's all happening at Upton Park - Cole catches Baines with a high boot and is very harshly sent off.

64 mins:GOAL: WEST HAM 1-1 EVERTON: Pienaar takes the free-kick and Anichebe finds some space and nets with a powerful header.

63 mins:Maiga is booked for pulling back Pienaar.

62 mins:Baines aims a teasing ball into the area but there's no team-mate there to meet it.

61 mins:Everton seem to be trying to go a little more direct but the Hammers defence looks pretty solid.

59 mins:West Ham counter and Noble finds Maiga but his effort is just wide.

58 mins:Gary O'Neil is replaced by Modibo Maiga.

57 mins:Jelavic fires wide when he might have been better trying to find a team-mate in the area.

55 mins:Everton are still in this game but just can't find that killer touch.

53 mins:Everton win a free-kick which is taken by Gibson, but he curls it just beyond the post.

52 mins:Decent pressure from Everton but there's no-one in the box to meet Jagielka's cross and the move breaks down.

50 mins:Jelavic is offside again, this is getting frustrating for Everton.

48 mins:A good opportunity for Jelavic from close range but he loses his balance and his shot is straight at Jaaskelainen.

47 mins:Jelavic is caught offside.

46 mins:West Ham get the second half underway.

45 mins:HALF-TIME: WEST HAM 1-0 EVERTON: The Hammers take their lead into the break but Everton have shown they are not out of this game.

44 mins:West Ham are putting some pressure on as the half draws to a close.

42 mins:Anichebe gets into the box but is eased off the ball by Collins.

40 mins:Darron Gibson fires a free-kick goalwards and it's tipped over the bar by Jussi Jääskeläinen.

38 mins:Another corner for West Ham which this time is punched away by Howard.

36 mins:West Ham win a corner and the ball pings around the box before Everton have a free-kick thanks to a Cole handball.

35 mins:Jelavic puuls an effort wide.

33 mins:Everton come forward again but this time Anichebe is offside.

31 mins:Lovely move from Everton but Jelavic is offside.

30 mins:The game has become very open, there'll be more goals in this one.

28 mins:Cole gets a header on target but it's saved by Howard, the West Ham striker is having a good game.

26 mins:Eveeton win a corner which is cleared by the West Ham defence.

24 mins:The goal seems to have fired up the Everton players who are desperate to get back on terms.

22 mins:Pienaar curls an effort from distance but Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a good save.

20 mins:West ham have a free-kick in a dangerious position but Howard does well to claim the ball two-handed.

18 mins:Taylor is flagged offside.

16 mins:David Moyes is looking angrily on, he will feel his side should be ahead.

14 mins:GOAL: WEST HAM 1-0 EVERTON: Carlton Cole is allowed space in the area and blasts the ball into the bottom corner, a great response from West Ham.

12 mins:Leon Osman puts the ball in the back of the net but it's been ruled out and the Everton player is furious.

11 mins:Joey O'Brien intercepts an Everton attack and the Toffees have the first corner of the match.

9 mins:Great chance for Everton fromn a Leighton Baines free-kick, Sylvain Distin has a free header but can't find the target.

7 mins:A good spell for West ham, Taylor finds Noble in the area but he can't find a team-mate.

5 mins:Leon Osman makes a strong appeal for a handball in the box by a West Ham defender but the referee isn't interested.

4 mins:Both sides are just settling into the game at the moment.

2 mins:Neville's early return is a welcome boost for David Moyes at the start of the busy festive period.

1 mins:Everton kick off the match and are immediately on the attack.

Phil Neville makes his Everton return but the Toffees are without Marouane Fellaini as he starts his three-match ban.

West Ham will be hoping to improve on their last home game in which they they were beaten by Liverpool, while Everton are looking to maintain a top-four push.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Upton Park
  • Attendance: 35,005
West HamWest HamvEvertonEverton
  • Carlton Cole, 14
  • Anichebe, 64
  • Pienaar, 73

match report

Second-half goals from Victor Anichebe and Steven Pienaar saw Everton beat West Ham 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground to go fourth in the Premier League.

But referee Anthony Taylor was the pantomime villain in this match before Christmas as two needless red cards spoilt the game.

Taylor all but handed the Toffees three points after controversially deciding Carlton Cole had left his foot in on Leighton Baines midway through the second half.

The official evened up the red-card count in stoppage-time, finding Darron Gibson guilty of a similar offence on Mark Noble.

Earlier, Sylvain Distin missed a sitter to put the Toffees ahead from a free-kick from Baines, but the unmarked defender nodded it into the ground and over the crossbar.

Baines produced another special three minutes later for Leon Osman's disallowed goal, his corner headed home by one of the smallest players on the pitch but ruled out seemingly for Anichebe's block on Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The Everton players were furious and their ire only increased when Cole fired West Ham in front soon afterwards, the striker cutting inside the recalled Johnny Heitinga far too easily before cracking in a low drive from the edge of the box on 14 minutes.

At the other end, Everton continued to probe, prompting West Ham boss Sam Allardyce to replace Gary O'Neil with Modibo Maiga just before the hour mark, a move that almost paid off immediately when the Malian scuffed Cole's cross wide.

And that was when it all went horribly wrong for the hosts. Maiga got himself booked for pushing Pienaar over in the 64th minute and, from the resultant free-kick, the ball was worked left to the South African, whose cross was glanced home brilliantly by Anichebe.

Three minutes later, Taylor made the call that swung the game. Cole hung his leg out in a bid to control a dropping ball and definitely made contact with Baines but it looked anything but a reckless lunge. To Cole's horror, Taylor thought otherwise, brandishing a straight red card.

The momentum was all with Everton and they completed their comeback six minutes later, Osman's cross inadvertently played against Pienaar by Kevin Nolan before trickling into the net.

There were chances at either end before Gibson then saw red in stoppage time for an almost identical challenge to Cole's on Noble, although this one was slightly less debatable.

team line-up

22Jussi Jääskeläinen
19James Collins
17Joey O'Brien81
2Winston Reid
5James Tomkins
16Mark Noble
32Gary O'Neil58
7Matthew Jarvis88
14Matthew Taylor
9Carlton Cole
4Kevin Nolan


30Raphael Spiegel
27Jordan Spence81
10Jack Collison88
43Sebastian Lletget
42George Moncur
11Modibo Maiga58
23Alou Diarra


Anthony Taylor

team line-up

24Tim Howard
3Leighton Baines
15Sylvain Distin
5Johnny Heitinga
6Phil Jagielka
22Steven Pienaar89
18Philip Neville86
4Darron Gibson
21Leon Osman
28Victor Anichebe94
7Nikica Jelavic


27Apostolos Vellios
1Ján Mucha
20Ross Barkley
8Bryan Oviedo89
16Thomas Hitzlsperger
14Steven Naismith86
34Shane Duffy94


Anthony Taylor

match stats

possession %3762
shots on target27
shots off target38
tackles won1012