This afternoon the Premier League saw some enthralling encounters with goals flying in left, right and centre. There were some shocks too, as Liverpool were defeated 1-0 at home against Southampton – this defeat bringing Liverpool’s unbeaten run to an end and sending Southampton up to 6th ahead of both Manchester clubs. Elsewhere there were wins for Aston Villa, Hull City, West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea.
However the match that i have picked as my ‘Match of the Day’ is West Ham’s 2-3 defeat against Everton at Upton Park. This match not only had 5 goals but also had the drama and controversy all so common in the Premier League. It was fast paced, end to end football with both sides going all out for the victory. West Ham will undoubtedly feel that they deserved more than to go home empty handed, but all credit is due to Everton, who persevered and eventually got the win.
The first half an hour was filled with momentum, as both sides attempted to grab an early goal to send their team in front, however the 30 minutes saw few chances with Kevin Mirallas’ low shot on goal the only real attempt to break the deadlock. The hammers began to look lively and eventually scored the opener – Matt Jarvis surged inside from the left and found Morrison, whose effort from just outside the area flew in off Phil Jagielka.
Roberto Martinez’s side showed no signs of giving up and the Spaniard made two attacking substitutions at the break with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, and James McCarthy being brought on. Soon after a final substitution was made as the injured Leon Osman hobbled off and was replaced by Oviedo. Everton piled on the pressure, and with West Ham barely able to escape their own half, Everton equalisesd through a sublime free-kick by Leighton Baines. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce decided to meet fire with fire by introducing two strikers in Mladen Petric and Ricardo Vaz Te, and it paid off when Nolan drew a foul from McCarthy after superb work from Petric – Noble dispatched the penalty.
Despite this, things took a drastic change for the worse from West Ham’s perspective, as goalscorer Mark Noble received a second yellow card and was dismissed after a challenge on youngster Ross Barkley. Leighton Baines converted the freekick with superb technique, joining Sebastien Larsson and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to score two direct free-kicks in a single Premier League match since 2008-09.
The match was fought fiercely by Everton and debutant Romelu Lukaku secured the win on 85 minutes when the Belgium international started a move before finishing it with an emphatic header from Mirallas’s centre.
All in all the match was an amazing display with Everton coming from behind to take the victory after a well fought battle from West Ham.
Final Score: West Ham United 2 – 3 Everton