Ev­er­ton Merseysiders beat West Ham United to end win­less run

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

LON­DON / Romelu Lukaku’s 50th league goal for Ev­er­ton put them on the way to a de­served 2-0 vic­tory over West Ham United on Sun­day, end­ing a run of four league games with­out a win.

It kept the Merseysiders sixth in the ta­ble, main­tain­ing an un­beaten home record in the Pre­mier League un­der man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man, who re­placed Roberto Martinez in the close sea­son.

West Ham have now lost four of their five away games and could drop into the Pre­mier League’s bot­tom four af­ter Stoke City’s game with Swansea City on Mon­day.

With only one shot each on tar­get dur­ing that open­ing 45 min­utes there was lit­tle to match the drama of the cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture last sea­son when West Ham trailed 2-0 in the 77th minute but won 3-2, Dim­itri Payet scor­ing the win­ner in added time.

Goal­keeper Adrian pro­duced one fine save be­fore the in­ter­val to deny Ross Barkley, but five min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion he could only parry Sea­mus Cole­man’s drive and Yan­nick Bo­lasie re­acted quick­est, giv­ing Romelu Lukaku the eas­i­est of fin­ishes or his sev­enth goal of the sea­son.

It con­tin­ued his run of reg­u­lar goals against the Lon­don­ers and although Adrian de­nied him an­other, the Bel­gian in­ter­na­tional sup­plied an as­sist for Barkley to dou­ble the lead in the 75th minute.

/REUTERS

Ev­er­ton’s Romelu Lukaku sup­plied an as­sist for Barkley to dou­ble the lead in the 75th minute. Ac­tion Im­ages.

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