Everton Merseysiders beat West Ham United to end winless run
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.
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku supplied an assist for Barkley to double the lead in the 75th minute. Action Images.