Tuesday, April 16

West Ham beat Everton with late Soucek winner

A late goal from Tomas Soucek gave West Ham United a 1-0 victory at Everton. During the warm-up, the Hammers lost goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to injury.

But his substitute Darren Randolph hardly had a save to make as Everton battled to break down their rearguard. It took until just before halftime for either side to record a shot on target. Everton’s Brazilian winger Bernard fired a fizzing drive goalwards. But Randolph was alert to the danger and got down smartly to keep the ball out.

The introduction of Mikhail Antonio as a 59th-minute substitute provided a much-needed shot in the arm for West Ham. And they had a flurry of chances in quick succession around the hour mark. But it was Soucek’s late strike that sealed it.

Cresswell got plenty of power on his shot but got a heavy deflection. But it fell perfectly for Soucek to stab it home from close range. Soucek’s goal gave West Ham boss David Moyes his first victory at Goodison Park since leaving Everton in 2013. Win leaves West Ham in 10th position with 26 points while Everton sit at 5th with 29 points.

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