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West Ham Utd
Campbell (45')
Hutchison (og:52')
Gravesen (56')
Watson (75')
Radzinski (79')
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Everton v West Ham:
Prior League Games
 Overall  
 Everton 32
 West Ham Utd 9
 Draws 7
 Premiership
 Everton 6
 West Ham Utd 1
 Draws 1
 Last Season:
 Everton 1-1 West Ham

 
Tomasz Radzinski finally made his long-awaited and much anticipated full debut for Everton, but the big surprise was to see Alan Stubbs on the bench!  Ferguson and Gemmill missed out through injury; Unsworth and Tal didn't even make the bench.

The match started with tremendous excitement after just 11 seconds when Kevin Campbell really should have scored.  And just a few minutes later a superb run by Radzinski had the Goodison crowd on its feet screaming.

But the mood turned around completely on 6 mins when Gascoigne tried to chase Kanouté and ended up tackling a part of the field, twisting his knee in the process.  Despite a brave attempt to get back on the field after extensive treatment, Gazza was despairingly withdrawn after just 9 mins.

Pembridge, however, was a revelation, as he become the fulcrum of everything positive from Everton.  Chances, shots, corners and penalty claims came thick and fast in a very lively first half as Everton played some good football on the ground!  And Pembo nearly scored direct from one of three excellent consecutive corners before Gravesen fluffed the fourth.  

Just before half-time, a great Everton move finished with a beautiful cross from Alexandersson in to Campbell who dodged in front of Song and headed it in.  YES!

After the break, another great ball in from Mark Pembridge had West Ham floundering with the ball going in off Hutchison.  Thanks Don!!!  West Ham came right back and hit the bar.  Then, a tremendous solo effort from Mad Dog Gravesen, who ran from the half-way line and drilled it into the bottom corner.  3-0!

Everton then sat back confidently, content with the good work done by the hour mark.  But that didn't stop Gravesen having another poke with a daring volley.

Steve Watson then joined in the fun, scoring a fourth after 75 minutes.  And the goal Everton had been waiting for finally came on 80 mins when Pembridge got the ball through to Radzinski who rounded the keeper and slotted it home.  5-0!!!  Davey Weir then clears the ball off the line!

A great day, finally, for Evertonians everywhere to celebrate!!!



M A T C H    F A C T S
  Match Info  
  FA Premiership 2001-02, Game 7
3:00pm  Saturday 29 September 2001
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: Paul Durkin
Att: 32,049
Position: 10th
Full Debut: Radzinski
Line-ups Subs not used
Everton: Gerrard; Watson, Xavier, Weir, Pistone; Alexandersson, Gascoigne (9' Pembridge (83' Hibbert)), Gravesen, Naysmith; Radzinski (83' Moore), Campbell.  Simonsen, Stubbs.  
Unavailable:  Ferguson, Gemmill, (injured); Nyarko (loan) 
West Ham Utd Hislop, Winterburn (65' Soma), Dailly, Song, Schemmel, Courtois (77' Byrne), Carrick, Hutchison, Sinclair, Kanoute (79' Kitson), Di Canio.  Foxe, Forrest.
Playing Strips Formations
Everton: Royal Blue shirts; white shorts; blue socks. 4-4-2
West Ham Utd: Claret & blue shirts; white shorts; white socks 4-4-2
  Yellow Cards Red Cards
Everton: -- --
West Ham Utd: -- --


Premiership Scores
Midweek
Newcastle 1-0 Leicester
Saturday
Bolton  0-2 Sunderland
Charlton  2-0 Leicester
Derby  0-2 Arsenal
Everton  5-0 West Ham
Middlesbro  1-3 Sotton
Tottenham  3-5 Man Utd
Sunday
Aston Villa  2-0 Blackburn
Fulham  1-1 Chelsea
Ipswich  1-2 Leeds
Newcastle  0-2 Liverpool


Premiership Table
Pos Team Pts
1 Leeds 17
2 Arsenal 14
3 Man Utd 14
4 Aston Villa 12
5 Bolton 12
6 Liverpool 12
7 Sunderland 12
8 Newcastle 11
9 Chelsea 10
10 Everton 10
11 Blackburn 9
12 Charlton 8
13 Tottenham 8
14 Fulham 7
15 Middlesbrough 7
16 Southampton 6
17 Ipswich 5
18 West Ham 5
19 Derby 5
20 Leicester 5
As of 30 September 2001
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David Catton Goodbye Duncan
Julian Cashen Can We Play You Every Week?
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Match Preview

Among the delights in store this weekend for faithful Evertonians visiting Goodison Park is the possible and long-awaited full debut of Canadian striker and saviour pro-tem, Tomasz Radzinski... unless Walter holds him back in favour of another ultra-defensive home line-up.  Gemmill and Pembridge miss out again, but Pistone and Watson are reportedly fit, barring last-minute training-ground mishaps.

Then there is the return of one Dirty Don – The Hutch, now with West Ham – who's recent transfer shenanigans have confirmed in many people's eyes the wisdom of Walter's decision to get shut when he was at his peak with us two seasons ago.

This match could be considered a critical mid-table six-pointer now that West Ham have dragged themselves off the bottom of the table with an impressive win over Newcastle and now stand just behind The Blues in the mediocre middle ground of the Premiership standings. 

After last week's expressions of frustration from the travelling contingent at Blackburn, who were unusually unsympathetic to Walter Smith's inspired substitutions, this game might be viewed as a critical one for the Everton Manager.  He has been given a lot of slack by those who can discount the three years of stagnation which have prevented the otherwise inevitable drop to the Nationwide.  But with four successive defeats, matched by insipid performances in at least three of those games, the need for a change in our fortunes has never been greater.  

How will that happen?  Will Walter employ the talents of wingers who can make full use of the narrowed confines on Everton's wings?  Will the remarkably uncreative midfield suddenly start to supply useful ground-balls forward?  Will the front pair actually be mobile enough to reach those defence-penetrating passes?

Sadly, the sight of such football from an Everton side seems to be a dim and distant memory.  We seem to have been waiting for the turnaround of a new dawn for many a long year...  But you can never say never in football.  It COULD happen with THIS game....

But then again...



Goodbye, Duncan...

by David Catton

If the first point of amazement was the dropping of Alan Stubbs, the second was the realisation that Campbell can actually be quite a good target man and that Radzinski could "read" him - a bit like Jeffers really – although this was only their first full game together.  What will the future hold when they've got a few more games under their belts? 

Not only did Campbell win the ball in the air, it always seemed to be going to a place where Radzinski either was or shortly would be - and that was usually a good 20 yards or more away and not the 6 feet that has generally separated Campbell and Ferguson during matches so far this season. 

One glancing header from a Gerrard kick-out found Radzinski bearing down on the West Ham goal and could so easily have been in.  Ferguson has proved totally incapable of doing anything like that - neither the glancing header to a colleague moving into space nor being in a position to pounce on a header from Campbell.  So, Duncan, you are the weakest link.

The anti-Walterism has to be, "Why on earth did he (and/or Archie) think that the Campbell - Ferguson partnership could ever function in a competitive match if he'd watched them in training?"  And why did they persevere with it for so long?  I appreciate that Radzinski hasn't been available but it must have been worth considering someone - anyone - else before now.

As for Gazza, it was pitifully sad to see him go out like this.  He came on pumped up for the game.  He was puce (the colour of boiled shite for those who don't recognise the word) in the face and spent the first 3 minutes trying to win the ball single-handedly every time it went near a West Ham player.  Almost inevitably he injured himself and then had a tantrum when he refused to accept that he couldn't continue.  On came Bilbo Baggins to play like a Brazilian - "Marko" he should be called after this.  I remarked that Gazza would probably be pissed by half-time.  I hope I was wrong and that he's in for treatment today but I wonder.

Gravesen scored a great individual goal and another dipper would have been the goal of the season if it had sneaked in.  A good committed performance and he should get better as he gets to full fitness.  As Gravesen carried on running to score the third goal, a voice behind me was imploring, "Pass it you greedy bastard!"  Oh how we chuckled after that.

Marko Pembinho: The ghost of Andy Hinchcliffe!  We haven't seen accurately whipped-in corners like that for many a long season!  He played bloody well yesterday.

Alexandersson was NOT brilliant; his understanding with Watson is negligible and he drifts inside far too much.  His cross for the first goal was excellent, however.

Xavier was brilliant and I just wish he could/would stay at centre back but who knows with Walter?  After he did well at the back against Crystal Palace (the only one who did?), he was moved into midfield for the derby and might just as well have been a spectator for all the involvement he had while he was on the field.

Gerrard = ditherer.  He comes out, stops, comes a bit further and then goes back.  It must be a nightmare to play in front of him no matter how good he may be at shot-stopping.  There don't appear to be any calls, either.

Pistone seems to have class but doesn't want to work too hard to prove it.

Watson = endeavour and commitment.  There are lots better players in his position but he keeps slogging away.  He drifted into the centre a lot yesterday and a better left winger than the one playing for West Ham could have made Everton pay dearly before we got an unassailable lead.

Weir seemed a lot happier than he has been alongside Stubbs but has some way to go before he's back to his best.

Campbell and Radzinski?  Watch out the rest of the League - if these two stay fit, Walter and Archie may yet make me eat that humble pie.  I certainly hope so but in the meantime, I'll carry on breathing.



Can We Play You Every Week??

by Julian Cashen

Well, after missing the first three games on a family holiday - it's a buzz when a text message comes through to say we've won - I've been too depressed to send in any match reports till now.  Still, this result shoved one right up the Walter out brigade, eh? eh?

Well, of course it didn't.  This one result doesn't make Walter a good manager any more than the previous four defeats made him a bad one.  Let's not forget we 'ammered the 'Ammers 4-0 at their place two seasons ago only to go on to draw two and lose three of the next five, including a humiliating reverse to Coventry.  

Blackburn wasn't described as the last straw because it came on the back of three defeats including the traditional hapless exit from the Worthless Cup, but because it was seen as encapsulating seasons of mind-numbing mediocrity and worse under Smith.  

And while we're on the subject, since when has losing to Liverpool become an inevitable defeat to a better team?  I seem to remember that, prior to last season, we were pasting the bastards regularly.  OK they might have improved but just as surely we have gone backwards.

But I digress.

Smith Rolls the Dice Again

Another day, another surprising line up.  I have to confess that it took me a long time to figure whether we were playing a back-four, or three at the back with Watson and Naysmith as wing backs.  

Personally I was delighted to see Pistone in the team.  He's an elegant defender, calm and comfortable on the ball.  He has his share of detractors though - mostly the fans of Unsie style 'commitment, who think you're not trying if you can't wring a gallon of sweat out of your shirt after the match.  Whatever, the surprise of Pistone's inclusion was who made way for him - the 'returning hero', Alan Stubbs. 

I thought this a little harsh, especially as Xavier (whoever compared him in the salmon pink kit to a slice of battenburg had a moment of true comic genius) kept his place after some dodgy performances, albeit out of position.

Up front an extremely welcome first start for Radzinski.

The Gazza Enigma

Our game plan was undermined after a couple of minutes when Gazza, having survived one horrific attempted tackle on Hutch, tried to boot someone out of the ground and instead performed a great haymaker into empty air that did his ligaments.  It's all very well whingeing when you have to go off but when, when, when will Gazza learn to turn his pre-match intensity into something constructive rather than self-destructive?

The answer of course is 'never'.

Anyway, enter the Welsh Dragon.  OK, well, a little ginger Welshman came on and to my utter astonishment performed excellently and has clearly been working on his delivery of set- plays.  Ironic that the first game Ferguson misses we get some real quality into the box at last.  Good for you Pembo. 

Mind you, it has to be said that the first half was fairly turgid fare, with the 'Ammers coming perhaps closer to scoring than we did when di Canio slid one just wide of the post with Gerrard well beaten.

But we all know when's the best time to score.  Right on cue, a move which seemed to have died was resurrected down the right flank and some decent interplay sees Alexandersson in position to deliver an excellent cross.  The execution is perfect, Super takes one step to get away from the immobile ex-red Song, and glances in the perfect header.  YES!!!  And as one of his doubters, if not his knockers (oooerrr!!) I take my hat off to the Captain's four goals in eight league games.

From Famine to Feast

The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of West Ham and we were treated to the rare spectacle of an Everton side well on top, full of confidence, and playing football as it should be played - on the ground.  It has to be said though, we were helped by some truly miserable defending by the 'Ammers who on this form will really struggle this term. 

Hutch's own goal resulted from a brilliant, wickedly curling free kick by Pembo, played into the area between keeper and back four that is so difficult to defend.  Gravesen's was a decent effort but an absolute calamity for West Ham who allowed him to go on unopposed from just inside his own half.  He seemed to run out of steam towards the edge of the box but the defence opened up so obligingly that he managed to trundle on for another couple of yards before squirting one into the corner.  

Full marks to him for an excellent second half, and the moment of the match was surely his half-volley from 30 yards that was prevented from being goal of the season only by the desperate fist of the frantically back-pedalling Hislop.  

With the Hammers in complete disarray Watson got the fourth, left footed from close range, but the goal we were waiting for was the fifth. Radzinski capped a hugely promising full debut by once again taking advantage of dithering by the Hammers rearguard.  He seemed to have taken it too wide round the keeper but spun round and snuck it in from a tight angle. 

Get in there my son!!! Let's hope it's the first of many many goals for Rad.

Wally - in, out, shake him all about

Let's not get carried away - West Ham capitulated in the most craven of manners, and if we've been annoyed at the lack of effort from those in the Royal Blue, you have to wonder how the West Ham fans are feeling after this shambles.

On the other hand it is encouraging that we have so far seemed capable of beating all the likely mid- to lower-table finishers.  Indeed the surprise of the season so far is, despite all the money around, how many really poor teams there are in the Premiership.  I notice that Derby for example are so hard up that they cannot take anyone even on loan. 

The new Leicester manager will have no money to spend.  Charlton are £20M in debt.  It's the economics of madness and perhaps the fact that we have been cutting our shirt according to our cloth, or whatever the bloody expression is, for longer than the rest, may just stand us in good stead...

I'm no convert to the school of thought that Smith is doing a good job.  His bizarre team selections, unfathomable formations, and his penchant for throwing defenders into the fray when we are chasing games, all count against him.  He seems to bear grudges against players and his sidekick's 'motivational' half-time punch-ups are straight from the Sunday League.

On the other hand, as I said in my season preview, if there was no sign of improvement by Christmas, I expected him to go.  The corollary is that, having made as good a start as could reasonably be expected, we have to give him some credit and get off his back at least for now.

Next up - the Tractor Boys

We were mugged well and truly by Ipswich last year.  This season they appear a little below the standards they set, and are not scoring anywhere near so freely.  It will still be a tough one, but I put us down to get a point out of this.



Gazza injury woe as Everton run riot

by Jonathan Northcroft, Sunday Times

THE end, or merely the beginning of the end?  Three weeks ago, Walter Smith said something quite moving about Paul Gascoigne.  Smith expressed not only his own wish for the midfielder but a truth which should touch any football fan who has been given any pleasure by Gazza down the years.  It does not matter how you judge Gascoigne, old gladiators deserve to go out on their shields.  "It would be good for him to finish his career playing," said Smith.  "Rather than having to give up for other reasons."

Booze, cigarettes, stupidity.  You could fill a book about Gascoigne.  But if there was one consolation for the player yesterday, it was that Smith's noble hope might be realised.  Gascoigne exited Goodison in tears after damaging his knee ligaments in a third-minute challenge with Frederic Kanouté.

"Hopefully he'll be out for two, or at maximum three weeks," said Smith.  But his words were the same when Gascoigne suffered a similar injury last season and ended up absent for 11 months.

Gascoigne's injury took the wind out of Everton's supporters but by half-time when their side led through a Kevin Campbell header, they had recovered.  At the finish, with four more goals added, they were quite carried away.

Last week they chanted that Smith did not know what he was doing.  Yesterday they sang how the manager has produced " the greatest team the world has ever seen".

Everton's second-half performance was full of a verve and technique previously thought to be dead at Goodison which quite demolished West Ham.

As the minutes ebbed, Tomasz Radzinski completed their joy by taking the ball round Shaka Hislop and dinking it into the far corner for the fifth goal.

Radzinski departed to a standing ovation.  Gascoigne also did as he limped from the arena after just eight minutes.  He was on the field for only three of these, having gone down, fingers clenched grimly round the knee, after stretching into that challenge on Kanouté.

Crowds love Gascoigne as much for his enthusiasm as his skill yet, just as in the 1991 FA Cup final, his enemy was eagerness.  Then he changed the course of his career when he snapped his cruciates lunging at Gary Charles.

Here his joy at being able to play again saw him begin the game charging after the ball like a dog in pursuit of a stick.  Within minutes he leapt knee-high at Paolo di Canio.  His challenge with Kanouté was also too urgent.

Gascoigne's replacement, Mark Pembridge, troubled Hislop from distance three times and seemed the likeliest first scorer until Campbell intervened.  His goal was outstanding.  Niclas Alexandersson bent in a cross and Campbell's glanced header, after muscling in front of his markers, was perfect.

West Ham at least made Everton work to take the lead but spent the second half actually helping their opponents.  It was 2-0 when Don Hutchison inexplicably nipped in front of Hislop to steer Pembridge's free kick into his own net.

Everton's fourth goal came when Hislop spilled Steve Watson's low centre, allowing the wing-back to knock in the rebound.  Their third was at least all their own work when Gravesen barrelled his way into the box before hitting a fine shot in off the posts.

Glenn Roeder declined to say what he spent an hour telling his players behind a locked dressing room door but spoke of "diabolical defending" and "letting the fans down".

© Times Newspapers, Ltd



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