West Ham United 3 - 1 Everton
Oumar Niasse gave Everton hope at 2-1 but the Blues were eventually beaten for the first time by a David Moyes team
Everton closed out a season to forget with a deserved 3-1 defeat to their former boss and West Ham at the London Stadium.
Two goals from Mario Lanzini and a thumping finish from Marco Arnautovic handed David Moyes his first win over the Blues while Sam Allardyce, barracked off and on by both sets of fans during the game, might have overseen his last match as Everton manager.
With Wayne Rooney injured and Allardyce seeking to match the Hammers' formation, he opted for a five-man back line and two up front with Ramiro Funes Mori and Oumar Niasse returning to the lineup.
Tom Davies was preferred to Davy Klaassen in central midfield but the Dutchman would play the second 45 minutes after Allardyce reshuffled his team after going a goal down.
The Hammers had started the game in confident fashion, playing much the better football and they almost went ahead when Jordan Pickford made an excellent save to dent Mark Noble.
Joao Mario then missed by barely an inch with a low shot before Niasse was presented with a gift to try and open the scoring just after the half-hour mark. Seizing on an error by Angelo Ogbonna, he found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat but he was foiled by Adrian.
Niasse tested Adrian with another effort from further out as Everton periodically threatened but the home side got their reward for largely controlling the contest six minutes before the interval.
A loose ball skidded through Everton's back line and Lanzini latched onto it, driving into the box to slide his shot past Pickford into the corner of the goal.
Little changed after the break despite the introduction of Klaassen and then Theo Walcott for a visibly angry Cenk Tosun and West Ham doubled their lead in the 63rd minute.
Arnautovic rolled Michael Keane to open up space for a dipping shot that rocketed past Pickford from 20-plus yards.
Niasse came close to pulling a goal back in the 73rd minute when he rifled a shot from the angle that Adrian pushed into the post but the Senegalese striker's hard work and opportunism paid off a minute later.
He pulled a Phil Jagielka header down with his back to goal and turned smartly to smack the ball home from close range.
But any hope of a comeback by the Blues was put to bed when Lanzini curled a shot into the top corner via Pickford's glove to make it 3-1 with eight minutes to go.
Walcott had the ball in the net but had been correctly flagged offside while Adrian made a double save in the closing stages to deny the winger with his legs before batting away Niasse's follow-up shot.
Leicester City's defeat at Tottenham in a wild encounter at Wembley that finished 5-4 ensured that, despite losing, Everton finished in eighth place, five points behind Burnley and a massive 51 off champions Manchester City.
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1 Posted 13/05/2018 at 14:07:45
2 Posted 13/05/2018 at 14:09:29
3 Posted 13/05/2018 at 14:12:43
Looks very attacking to me.
4 Posted 13/05/2018 at 14:13:09
I would like to think that when Baines and Coleman go forward there will be bodies in the box for crosses but that would be an aberration given the evidence of this season.
Anyway we shall see. Hopefully we shall get the win against a poor West Ham team.
5 Posted 13/05/2018 at 14:29:08
Well see how the game develops but I aint holding my breath.
6 Posted 13/05/2018 at 14:38:40
7 Posted 13/05/2018 at 14:54:43
8 Posted 13/05/2018 at 15:34:01
9 Posted 13/05/2018 at 15:37:07
10 Posted 13/05/2018 at 15:39:21
12 Posted 13/05/2018 at 16:54:42
Goodbye season 2017-2018.
It's been emotional.
13 Posted 13/05/2018 at 16:58:32
14 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:03:19
I would not lose any sleep if we sold all of them.
I have no love or emotional attachment to any of them unlike in years gone by when selling Rooney in 2004 was gut wrenching or losing fan favourites like Tim Cahill or Arteta left me feeling deflated and sad.
But this lot ?
I just hate them to be honest, they are not worthy of wearing the Blue shirt.
15 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:05:31
If Moshiri doesn't address every facet of this tribute act of a football club, then he deserves to lose every penny invested.
16 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:05:58
Are you physic?
Actually I would have agreed with you anyway.
No need to wait until tomorrow, get rid now.
He could then make his way home on his own, because he will only blame the players for his demise.
Thank you Sam, you did what you were asked to do.
However, if you stay (god forbid) I will never go to a game home or away again (and I do quite a few away games) until you and the other hangers on are gone.
18 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:10:28
19 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:12:26
No Cup run.
A disgrace in the Europa League.
Minus 14 goal difference.
Most appalling embarrassing diabolically unbalanced Everton midfield Ive seen for years!
Absolutely appalling season and if Moshiri has anything about him hell show this standard should never be tolerated or seen at Everton again!!
20 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:14:46
21 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:15:58
There really does need to be major changes at just about every level of the club. I hope and pray this will happen, but Ive a horrible feeling that this hasnt bottomed out yet.
22 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:16:12
23 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:17:03
24 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:19:25
25 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:20:32
These lads will score 8 or 9 goals sporadically across the season but they are not 20-25 goal strikers nor do they possess the hold up and technical qualities required and seen by the strikers at the top clubs.
26 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:25:52
27 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:26:42
I remember when many on this forum used to argue about the relative merits of Lukaku.
28 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:27:55
I have to agree with you.
There have been a lot of lows, however, being an Evertonian since 1964 this is the lowest I have ever felt.
Moshiri, you probably havnt got a magic wand, but whatever you have got wave it before we disappear into oblivion.
30 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:35:43
32 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:40:12
The problems run deep, but the biggest one for me, is that the spine of the team, hasn't even got a spine!
33 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:47:43
34 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:47:43
35 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:50:46
36 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:53:22
For a clear out of this messed up squad and a manager with vision.
37 Posted 13/05/2018 at 17:54:16
No leadership qualities ( Phil Jagielka tries but age catching up and a lack of a Sylvain Distin or Lescott figure in his pomp beside him means its useless now).
The midfield possesses not one drop of creativity nor pace.
The days when we could call upon leaders like Carsley or Phil Neville or creators like Pienaar and Arteta or goal grabbers and nuisance factors like Cahill or Fellaini are now replaced by brain dead sideways crabs and circus acts like Bolasie out on the wing.
The goal machine of Lukaku and pace and power has never been replaced and we are back to the days of honest toiler strikers that get a goal here and a goal there but not enough to get you sitting up thinking we have got a deadly marksman.
I dont know where Everton start this summer but there are many many areas that need addressing and not just brushed under the carpet once a new manager is in place.
38 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:01:24
39 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:01:30
40 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:03:48
41 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:04:23
He now has the responsibility of starting the clear out beginning with Allardyce and his backroom staff, then get shut of Walsh, Elstone and buy out Woods and Kenwright. Show the evertonians what you have said you actually mean and start being ruthless and getting this club back to being competitive and bringing back some respectability, otherwise it won't be too long before the fans are on your back to sell up and move on.
42 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:09:41
43 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:10:58
44 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:13:08
45 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:14:28
He will go. The long Everton tradition of sentimental, cruising underachievement will remain. Its going to be a challenge to find another scapegoat quite so perfect as Sam.
46 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:17:26
Being based in the USA I've seen just about every Everton game live on TV and judging our performances many other games I've seen concerning the rest, we are easily the poorest team in just about every category.
If we start next season with this lot in place we must surely be relegation certainties.
As we all agree, a major change and clear out will be required starting now.
47 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:17:49
And when he's gone take a pat on the back all those that stood up or hired a plane to get rid of the Giant Blood Sucking Leech,but please let us all be alert if a similar imposter takes his seat in the future.
Onwards and upwards we can all but hope (yeah and pray !)
48 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:27:16
We may have the worst players in the league or play the worst football but our players were obviously motivated enough or whatever it was to achieve way, way more than WBA, Stoke and Swansea.
We're dire, but we're only the 13th worst in the league.
49 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:27:42
Ray Smith @28 I only joined in 1966 but I agree that for some reason this feels worse than any other era.
50 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:31:45
What a mess we are as a football club - amateurish, rudderless, leaderless, dispassionate
First baby step to recovery: make Seamus captain
51 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:33:42
52 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:39:04
53 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:40:45
55 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:53:34
56 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:54:54
Worst team in years and Moshiri has a very big task in a very short time. I agree with most that a complete clear out is required from top to bottom.
Far too much dead wood like Jon Woods and Bill Kenwright who should retire to a backseat position. With Elstone going, we need new blood, new ideas, new directorship – and many of those players have to go. They could have played openly since safety and most have been indifferent to prove their worthless.
What we've seen is very bad and Moshiri could do with help - maybe the Arsenal connection will hold out an olive branch.
57 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:55:15
Back to May and Trump for me!
58 Posted 13/05/2018 at 19:20:22
For all the millions and ongoing celebration the Premier League is a poorer competion by a mile. Great at the top but shite from 7th down
59 Posted 13/05/2018 at 19:20:52
60 Posted 13/05/2018 at 19:28:55
61 Posted 13/05/2018 at 19:40:32
We need not just a manager, but a structure within the club that allows for growth. Bye, Bye, Bill, go away, Sam and let's start again. And that's before we start on the players, the ones who've been good, but are past it, the ones below par and the ones who are not living up to expectations. Whoever the next manager is it's a massive and a long-term task.
62 Posted 13/05/2018 at 19:43:15
63 Posted 13/05/2018 at 19:55:56
In my view the starting set up today was the recipe for defeat.
No lessons learnt from previous sad dabbles with is set up and basically the team plays like an ale house team on Sunday mornings.
Time for Deliverance, and the hope of better times mus5 come soon.
64 Posted 13/05/2018 at 20:02:43
65 Posted 13/05/2018 at 20:11:27
66 Posted 13/05/2018 at 20:14:19
67 Posted 13/05/2018 at 20:21:12
68 Posted 13/05/2018 at 20:29:17
69 Posted 13/05/2018 at 20:35:25
What he sent out today was the same old same old failures of the season and guess what ? They played the same old way, ineffective.
Only Funes was new today so it's unfair to point a finger at him.
What was the point of Walcott on the bench if he wasn't match fit when there are others who are fit ?
This man Allardyce has to go right now !!
70 Posted 13/05/2018 at 20:39:05
71 Posted 13/05/2018 at 20:42:18
72 Posted 13/05/2018 at 20:44:18
73 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:06:27
They were both totally powderpuff today. and with the exception of Niasse and Davies the rest werent much better either.
I hope whoever comes in gets proper backing and not interference from Kenwright as we need wholesale changes to the squad and coaching.
74 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:06:46
Big Sam is a one-trick pony, with one old out-of-date trick.
75 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:08:49
76 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:17:15
That might be the most pathetic statistic of the campaign. Even Swansea - who just got relegated - managed to beat Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley in a four-match stretch.
To Allardyce's supporters in the media, I would ask - can you point to a single signature performance during his tenure this season? The closest was probably the draw at Anfield - a match in which we conceded 80% of the possession and basically prayed for a penalty. Inspiring stuff.
77 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:32:35
Getting rid of Allardyce is not the answer to our problems its just the beginning for our great club.
Sadly I have no faith in the board to do the right things.
23 years and counting.
Thanks Bill, good job your the greatest ever Evertonian.
78 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:34:35
Huge decisions now have to be made both on and off the field. Allardyce his cronies, Steve Walsh and Kenwright all have to go as do at least 8 first-team squad members. But who will buy them, having seen the shite we have had to put up with all season? I for one wouldn't. So we could be stuck with most of the garbage players we have unfortuneatly.
Whoever takes over the helm from fat Sam – Presuming he is given the bullet – has a fucking mountain to climb to even get us competing again. I wish him well whoever it is because they are on a hiding to nothing at this club. Its a bigger posioned challice than the England managers job.
Lets hope Moshiri gets it right this time because I don't know if I can take anymore of this soap opera called Everton Football Club. We are a fucking disgrace and our fans deserve better.
Please, Mr Moshiri, get it right this time and possibly get your mate Mr Usmanov on board and lets see where we go next season. Onwards and upwards hopefully...
79 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:40:43
80 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:47:21
81 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:53:23
82 Posted 13/05/2018 at 21:57:55
The stench in the GP boardroom, needs sanitising now. The clubs board has made a mockery of the team and has no genuine respect for supporters.
The club is years behind the top 6 and in a rapidly changing world EFC cant live on its past glory.
At least no match day suffering for a couple of months, but the club has got to rebuild in the board room and build a new team. Gonna take time and patience.
Nice one Paul K.👍its gonna take a miracle as the rest will grow stronger.
83 Posted 13/05/2018 at 22:02:19
I am not a kenwright fan but I find it hard to blame him for the shite we are witnessing at the moment. He didnt want Alardarse but was overruled by moshiri so shouldnt the anti Alardarse venom be directed at him in fact isnt that when it started to go from bad to worse when he got involved
84 Posted 13/05/2018 at 22:10:19
Dont get me wrong I do not doubt that he loves Everton but sadly he lives in a delusional world where everything is a potential new play for the theatre.
He has accepted mediocrity whilst we want to dream of better.
If Allardyce goes things wont improve without a clear out of the way the club is run and the spineless players who pull on the royal blue jersey.
85 Posted 13/05/2018 at 22:21:32
If he is at fault could you please give reasons and facts as to why
86 Posted 14/05/2018 at 00:43:38
Time to pay off Allardyce, get in Silva or Fonseca & offload some of the deadwood. Bring in a couple of key signings but let the new manager have a full pre-season to work with what we have here. Instead of turmoil we need some stability.
I think the keys to Allardyce stabilising the club was his back to basics with defence & organization & settling on a first team & giving them a run of games together. Under Koeman there was far too much chopping & changing & too many players to bed in, though at the time it looked like decent business.
87 Posted 14/05/2018 at 02:02:48
Niasse missed one or two chances but didnt seem to do too badly overall. Looked brighter than some of the others around him.
88 Posted 14/05/2018 at 02:06:20
Fittingly I fell asleep in the first half and won't be rushing to watch a replay. It feels horrible to just not give a shit about a game. The only thing worth waiting up for is the announcement regarding Allardyce's removal and the exciting change I'm hoping we're about to commence.
Thank God this season's over.
89 Posted 14/05/2018 at 03:02:34
90 Posted 14/05/2018 at 03:23:29
Im assuming Everton will be firing Sam at 9:00 a.m. BST, letting hime gather his items and belongings, and announcing his firing around 3:00 p.m. BST.
At 10:00 a.m. on my watch tomorrow morning I expect TW to be alight with rapturous posts about a New Dawn and hope for 2018-2019.
91 Posted 14/05/2018 at 03:49:16
Those who say that Kenwright isn't responsible for 20 years of mediocrity need to do some serious thinking.
92 Posted 14/05/2018 at 04:14:48
We loan out Besic and play Davies.
We loan out Lookman and sell Lennon and play Bolasie.
Keane was crap for Burnley when they played us but we paid more for him than Leicester payed for Maguire, a real footballer.
We don't need to pay managers and DOF 5 mil+/year for this. The average fan would make better decisions
93 Posted 14/05/2018 at 05:28:02
Koeman wasted Moshiri's money on many useless players. Koeman started the decline and now we have Allardyce helping bad players play even worse than they already are.
Evertonians have been cheated. We need a massive change starting with a much disliked, charlatan of a Manager. I just hope that we are still able to sign much needed "GOOD" players, and that we have somebody in charge who knows who are the right people to sign I live in hope.
I have been watching for seventy seasons since my dad took me to my first game in 1947. For a number of reasons this is just as disappointing as 1951 when we were relegated. Without a major overhaul it could happen again.
94 Posted 14/05/2018 at 06:01:11
But the worst performer of all was the manager, who cluelessly played 3 at the back but started with 7 out of 10 of the outfield players all being defensively minded. Sam - last game of the season that we needed to win, in case Leicester did! Are you surprised that most of us think you are past it or an idiot or both?
95 Posted 14/05/2018 at 06:23:36
96 Posted 14/05/2018 at 06:55:27
If he continues in this vein and fails to act swiftly and with determination in firing Allardyce, he will lose what little respect I and a growing number of others, current have for him.
A saviour? Not yet, I'm afraid, and a very long way to go in proving he can make things happen to improve our status withing the premier league. Appointing Allardyce has put us back at least a year or too, so it's time he showed some guts and determination and acts swiftly to eradicate that mistake,TODAY, if he really cares about the football club.
97 Posted 14/05/2018 at 07:30:34
I am worried that none of this is happening.
Someone tell me I am wrong?
98 Posted 14/05/2018 at 07:39:04
99 Posted 14/05/2018 at 08:53:16
100 Posted 14/05/2018 at 09:29:37
101 Posted 14/05/2018 at 09:36:18
"BREAKING NEWS "Everton sack manager Sam Allardyce"
The look on his face would be tremendous.
102 Posted 14/05/2018 at 09:44:46
103 Posted 14/05/2018 at 09:59:35
104 Posted 14/05/2018 at 12:48:09
105 Posted 14/05/2018 at 12:58:32
Think Allardyce gave his situation away with his "no smoke without fire" comment yesterday when asked about his position. If he'd already had assurances wouldn't he have dismissed the rumours?
106 Posted 14/05/2018 at 13:27:25
108 Posted 14/05/2018 at 14:19:13
The “new “ Everton is the Club that is more interested in soup kitchens, yoga for the elderly, Unsworth spending nights out sleeping rough, anything but doing what it was set up for in 1878, play entertaining football and win trophies.
I have watched us as fans be slowly kidded along by Kenwright, the courtroom jester, for nearly the last twenty years and now the thought of Allardyce staying is too much. I for one am not interested in DVDs celebrating us beating Liverpool or for even finishing seventh (a few years back). Or sad songs churned out “ if you know your history“. Nor do I want ex-players, leeches on the gravy train, all towing the party line.
No, I want rid of them all – Unsworth, Jeffers, fucking Jose Baxter, Ferguson... P45s for the lot of them please. Then the likes of Sharp, “Snods”, Diamond” who try and brainwash us how great things are. They can go too.
Then there are the players. The worst bunch assembled in royal blue I can remember. If I owned Everton I would point blank refuse to pay them. Not one of them would get a game of a Sunday, the wankers.
I want Moshiri to come in and wield the biggest fireman's axe over the lot of them, write the lot of them off and start again. If he means business this is what he must do.
109 Posted 14/05/2018 at 15:05:50
In hindsight, that wouldn't have been a bad thing, but can someone explain to me what happened Pickford when Arnautovic scored? Did he duck out of the way or was the ball flying every direction? From my view he ducked .
110 Posted 14/05/2018 at 15:45:22
I think there is a board meeting midweek so they will release a statement soon after.
I will write it for them.
The board Everton FC have decided to part ways with Sam Allardyce with immediate effect. It has been decided that Sam is not the manager to take the club forward over the coming years.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam and his team for their hard work and professionalism in taking the club to 8th position and wish him every success in the future.
111 Posted 14/05/2018 at 17:33:30
112 Posted 14/05/2018 at 17:39:26
He still hasn't been sacked.
I have a horrible feeling...
113 Posted 14/05/2018 at 17:40:10
Neither Niasse or Tosun have not really shown they can be part of an Everton revival next season.
Quicker players are needed especially coming from midfield and what they have at the moment doesn't give me confidence.
Some of the other lads, Vasic, Baningame and Davies may come on better under a better manager.
Allardyce is not going to do it.
114 Posted 14/05/2018 at 17:40:21
115 Posted 14/05/2018 at 17:56:34
Despite the mediocrity over the last 20 yearss we are 6th in the all time premier league points table.
City are below us but rising rapidly since 2008 (wonder what happened then. LOL) so it shows we can get there if we spend heavily and wisely starting with the coaching staff.
116 Posted 14/05/2018 at 18:27:53
117 Posted 14/05/2018 at 19:01:30
118 Posted 14/05/2018 at 19:07:09
119 Posted 14/05/2018 at 19:17:35
What he did this season was no different than what Tony Pulis did with West Brom or Mark Hughes did with Stoke last season. Being content to tread water in mid-table mediocrity quickly leads to stagnation and a potential downward spiral. He has to go.
120 Posted 14/05/2018 at 19:21:16
121 Posted 14/05/2018 at 19:24:47
122 Posted 14/05/2018 at 19:36:56
123 Posted 14/05/2018 at 19:45:00
Coincidentally Rooneys decision will be made on Wednesday. Hopefully Wednesday is the day for big positive announcements on many fronts.
124 Posted 14/05/2018 at 19:53:56
125 Posted 14/05/2018 at 20:00:06
126 Posted 14/05/2018 at 20:10:51
127 Posted 14/05/2018 at 20:28:55
I agree that he did look very uncomfortable when asked about his future and sweating like a stuck pig. Hopefully Wednesday is the day.
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