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English FA Cup

Tuesday, 6 January 2015,

Everton
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Kickoff: 20:45 BST, live coverage on BT Sport
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  • Stadium: Goodison Park
  • Attendance: 22,236
  • 91' Romelu Lukaku
  • 56' James Collins

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Martinez eyes goalkeeping solution

Everton manager Roberto Martinez's targeting of a long-term goalkeeping solution in January would appear to put the future of Joel Robles in doubt.

The 24-year-old Spaniard is currently deputising for Tim Howard, who is sidelined for six weeks with a calf injury, and while the Toffees boss will look for additional cover while the transfer window is open he is not considering a quick fix.

Both experienced United States international Howard and Robles have three years remaining on their contracts, with the former signing a two-year extension last April and remaining first choice even though Martinez signed Robles, with whom he had worked at Wigan on loan from Atletico Madrid, when he took over at Goodison Park in the summer of 2013.

Robles potentially has a few weeks to convince his manager he can do a job for him but Martinez is already looking at alternatives.

"Tim Howard is going to be out for six or seven weeks so we are a little bit exposed in that department as there is only Joel in the squad with any experience," he said.

"The other two young players (Jindrich Stanek and Russell Griffiths) at the club have terrific potential but it would be unfair to put them in a situation where they have to win games.

"I don't think it would be positive for any youngster to have to cope with a debut, they need to play league football before they can be thrown into first-team action.

"You want the young players to be ready and we will give them opportunities but now we have to be relying on experience and that is why we will look into that situation.

"There are a couple of options I feel could fit really well but I wouldn't just bring in anyone who stops the development of a youngster.

"I would rather make it a long-term signing. I don't think short-term would be a solution for us now."

Robles will continue in goal against West Ham on Tuesday, an FA Cup tie in which Martinez admits his side need to put in a performance to silence the doubters.

His team have lost their last four matches and have just one win and a draw in nine games, a run which has seen some fans begin to question the Spaniard's suitability.

"I think it is completely normal," added Martinez.

"As a club we have all been disappointed by the results. We now have three games at home and it is really important we support each other.

"We need to get that positive result which would trigger our season and a bit of momentum, which I don't think we have had this season.

"The message to the fans is very clear - we are all together and when we face adversity we need to react in the proper way."

Meanwhile, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes as things stand there will be "no future" for defender Winston Reid at the club past the end of the season.

The 26-year-old New Zealand international is out of contract in the summer, and as yet has failed to agree new terms with the Irons.

Allardyce now feels the player has decided to further his career elsewhere, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United having been touted as possible destinations.

"There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham United at the moment because his contract finishes on June 30," said Allardyce, who maintains there had been no contact from any clubs so far in the January window.

"He hasn't said he is going to sign and he hasn't said he isn't, but you would err on the side that he isn't by the feel and the look of it at this moment in time, by the know-how in the football world I have been talking to - other managers and so forth about the situation.

"So I would say it is highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign for us based on what people are saying to me."

West Ham are continuing to assess the extent of the back injury suffered by forward Diafra Sakho against West Brom, which could prevent him from being able to join up with Senegal at the African Nations Cup.

Midfielders Cheikhou Kouyate and Alex Song have both left for international duty, while defender James Tomkins, who was suspended for the 1-1 draw with West Brom on New Year's Day, faces a fitness test on an ankle problem.

Allardyce admits he has few options of player rotation, but the likes of Ricardo Vaz Te and Matt Jarvis are expected to feature at Goodison Park.

91'+4

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

91'+3

Diego Poyet clears the ball from danger.

91'+3

Romelu Lukaku crosses the ball.

91'+3

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

91'+2

Winston Reid crosses the ball.

91'+2

Steven Naismith clears the ball from danger.

91'+2

Stewart Downing crosses the ball.

91'+2

Bryan Oviedo clears the ball from danger.

91'+2

Carl Jenkinson crosses the ball.

91'+2

Bryan Oviedo clears the ball from danger.

91'+2

Carl Jenkinson crosses the ball.

91'

1 - 1

Goal!! Romelu Lukaku hits a left footed shot to the lower right corner from the centre penalty area and scores!! The game is now tied at 1

91'

Romelu Lukaku hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: goal

91'

That last goal was assisted by Bryan Oviedo

91'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

91'

Joey O'Brien clears the ball from danger.

91'

Aiden McGeady crosses the ball.

91'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

91'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

91'

End of the game

91'

The referee has signaled the end of the second half

90'

Seamus Coleman hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

90'

Bryan Oviedo crosses the ball.

90'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

90'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

89'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Defending)

89'

Throw-in: Joey O'Brien takes it (Attacking)

89'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Defending)

89'

Mark Noble clears the ball from danger.

89'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

88'

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Free Kick at 88'

88'

Carlton Cole

88'

Carlton Cole commits a foul on Gareth Barry resulting on a free kick for Everton

88'

Throw-in: Carl Jenkinson takes it (Attacking)

88'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

87'

Bryan Oviedo hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

87'

Aiden McGeady crosses the ball.

87'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Attacking)

87'

Kevin Nolan clears the ball from danger.

86'

Samuel Eto'o crosses the ball.

86'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

86'

Romelu Lukaku hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

85'

Joey O'Brien clears the ball from danger.

85'

Diego Poyet clears the ball from danger.

85'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

85'

Everton makes a sub: Aiden McGeady enters for Muhamed Besic. Reason: Tactical

84'

Adrián makes the save (Parry)

84'

Ross Barkley hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

84'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

83'

Ross Barkley crosses the ball.

83'

John Stones (Everton) Free Kick at 83'

83'

Carlton Cole commits a nasty foul on Phil Jagielka resulting on a free kick for Everton

83'

Mark Noble clears the ball from danger.

83'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

83'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

82'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

81'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Defending)

81'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

80'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

80'

Adrián (West Ham United) Free Kick at 80'

80'

Romelu Lukaku

80'

Romelu Lukaku commits a foul on Winston Reid resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

80'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

79'

Mark Noble (West Ham United) Free Kick at 79'

79'

Steven Naismith commits a foul on Mark Noble resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

79'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Defending)

78'

Aaron Cresswell clears the ball from danger.

78'

Throw-in: Seamus Coleman takes it (Defending)

78'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

78'

West Ham United makes a sub: Joey O'Brien enters for Morgan Amalfitano. Reason: Tactical

77'

Morgan Amalfitano crosses the ball.

77'

Throw-in: Carl Jenkinson takes it (Attacking)

76'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

76'

Bryan Oviedo crosses the ball.

76'

Bryan Oviedo (Everton) Free Kick at 76'

76'

Mark Noble commits a foul on Samuel Eto'o resulting on a free kick for Everton

75'

Throw-in: John Stones takes it (Defending)

75'

John Stones clears the ball from danger.

75'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

74'

Adrián (West Ham United) Free Kick at 74'

73'

Romelu Lukaku commits a foul on James Collins resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

73'

Joel Robles takes a long goal kick

73'

Winston Reid hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

73'

Stewart Downing crosses the ball.

73'

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) Free Kick at 72'

72'

Muhamed Besic commits a foul on Aaron Cresswell resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

72'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

71'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

71'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Defending)

71'

Everton makes a sub: John Stones enters for Sylvain Distin. Reason: Injury

69'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

69'

Joel Robles takes a long goal kick

68'

West Ham United makes a sub: Diego Poyet enters for Matthew Jarvis. Reason: Tactical

68'

Stewart Downing curls a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

67'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

67'

Bryan Oviedo clears the ball from danger.

67'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

67'

James Collins (West Ham United) Free Kick at 67'

66'

Samuel Eto'o

66'

Samuel Eto'o commits a foul on Mark Noble resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

66'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

66'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

66'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

65'

Everton makes a sub: Samuel Eto'o enters for Kevin Mirallas. Reason: Tactical

65'

Romelu Lukaku hits an impressive right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

64'

Carl Jenkinson clears the ball from danger.

64'

Phil Jagielka (Everton) Free Kick at 64'

63'

Carlton Cole commits a foul on Phil Jagielka resulting on a free kick for Everton

63'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

63'

Adrián (West Ham United) Free Kick at 63'

62'

Romelu Lukaku commits a foul on Aaron Cresswell resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

62'

Aaron Cresswell clears the ball from danger.

62'

Seamus Coleman crosses the ball.

62'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

61'

Bryan Oviedo crosses the ball.

61'

James Collins blocks the shot

61'

Romelu Lukaku hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

61'

Aaron Cresswell clears the ball from danger.

60'

Adrián (West Ham United) Free Kick at 60'

60'

West Ham United makes a sub: Carlton Cole enters for Enner Valencia. Reason: Tactical

59'

Romelu Lukaku commits a foul on Aaron Cresswell resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

59'

Gareth Barry crosses the ball.

59'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

59'

Romelu Lukaku crosses the ball.

58'

James Collins blocks the shot

58'

Gareth Barry hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

58'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

58'

Stewart Downing crosses the ball.

58'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

57'

Joel Robles makes the save (Parry)

57'

Enner Valencia hits a good header. Outcome: save

57'

Mark Noble crosses the ball.

57'

Muhamed Besic clears the ball from danger.

57'

Stewart Downing crosses the ball.

56'

0 - 1

Goal!! James Collins hits a header to the lower right corner from the right 6 yard and scores!! West Ham United now leads 1 - 0

56'

James Collins hits a good header. Outcome: goal

55'

That last goal was assisted by Morgan Amalfitano

55'

Sylvain Distin blocks the shot

55'

Stewart Downing hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

55'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

55'

Morgan Amalfitano crosses the ball.

54'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

53'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

53'

Mark Noble (West Ham United) Free Kick at 53'

52'

Steven Naismith commits a foul on Winston Reid resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

52'

Throw-in: Carl Jenkinson takes it (Defending)

51'

Carl Jenkinson clears the ball from danger.

51'

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.

51'

Bryan Oviedo clears the ball from danger.

51'

Aaron Cresswell crosses the ball.

51'

Aaron Cresswell hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

51'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

50'

Joel Robles makes the save (Parry)

50'

Carl Jenkinson hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

50'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Defending)

50'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

49'

Kevin Mirallas hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

49'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

48'

Throw-in: Seamus Coleman takes it (Defending)

48'

Carl Jenkinson crosses the ball.

48'

Bryan Oviedo clears the ball from danger.

48'

Throw-in: Carl Jenkinson takes it (Attacking)

47'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

47'

Morgan Amalfitano crosses the ball.

47'

Bryan Oviedo clears the ball from danger.

47'

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.

47'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

47'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

46'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

46'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

46'

The second half is under way

46'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

46'

Bryan Oviedo crosses the ball.

46'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

46'

The referee has signaled the end of the first half

45'

Muhamed Besic clears the ball from danger.

45'

Matthew Jarvis clears the ball from danger.

45'

Carl Jenkinson clears the ball from danger.

45'

Ross Barkley crosses the ball.

44'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

44'

Adrián makes the save (Fumble)

44'

Romelu Lukaku hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

44'

Joel Robles takes a long goal kick

43'

Morgan Amalfitano hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

43'

Phil Jagielka blocks the shot

43'

Morgan Amalfitano hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

43'

Aaron Cresswell crosses the ball.

43'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

42'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

41'

Seamus Coleman clears the ball from danger.

41'

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.

40'

Bryan Oviedo clears the ball from danger.

40'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

39'

Throw-in: Muhamed Besic takes it (Defending)

39'

Enner Valencia clears the ball from danger.

38'

Kevin Nolan blocks the shot

38'

Kevin Mirallas hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

38'

Adrián takes a short goal kick

37'

Kevin Mirallas crosses the ball.

36'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

36'

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.

36'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

36'

Throw-in: Carl Jenkinson takes it (Attacking)

36'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

35'

Aaron Cresswell crosses the ball.

35'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

35'

Carl Jenkinson crosses the ball.

35'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Defending)

34'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

33'

Joel Robles takes a short goal kick

33'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Defending)

33'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

32'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Defending)

32'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

31'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

31'

Muhamed Besic clears the ball from danger.

31'

Muhamed Besic blocks the shot

31'

Stewart Downing hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

30'

Morgan Amalfitano hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

30'

Matthew Jarvis hits a right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

30'

Stewart Downing crosses the ball.

29'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

29'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

29'

Gareth Barry crosses the ball.

29'

Throw-in: Carl Jenkinson takes it (Attacking)

28'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

28'

Bryan Oviedo crosses the ball.

28'

Throw-in: Seamus Coleman takes it (Attacking)

28'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Defending)

27'

Steven Naismith hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

27'

Throw-in: Seamus Coleman takes it (Attacking)

26'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

26'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

26'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

26'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

26'

Romelu Lukaku curls a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

25'

Seamus Coleman clears the ball from danger.

25'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Defending)

25'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

24'

Aaron Cresswell clears the ball from danger.

24'

Ross Barkley (Everton) Free Kick at 24'

24'

Kevin Nolan commits a foul on Ross Barkley resulting on a free kick for Everton

24'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

24'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

24'

Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free Kick at 24'

23'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

23'

Offside called on Enner Valencia

23'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

23'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

23'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

23'

Joel Robles takes a long goal kick

22'

James Collins (West Ham United) Free Kick at 22'

22'

Gareth Barry commits a foul on Morgan Amalfitano resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

22'

Joel Robles (Everton) Free Kick at 22'

21'

Offside called on Enner Valencia

21'

Gareth Barry clears the ball from danger.

21'

Winston Reid blocks the shot

21'

Kevin Mirallas hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

20'

Adrián takes a long goal kick

20'

Steven Naismith hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

19'

Throw-in: Seamus Coleman takes it (Attacking)

19'

Aaron Cresswell clears the ball from danger.

18'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

18'

Aaron Cresswell clears the ball from danger.

18'

Seamus Coleman crosses the ball.

18'

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) Free Kick at 18'

18'

Steven Naismith commits a foul on Mark Noble resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

18'

Aaron Cresswell clears the ball from danger.

18'

Joel Robles makes the save (Catch)

18'

Matthew Jarvis hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

18'

Carl Jenkinson crosses the ball.

17'

Throw-in: Carl Jenkinson takes it (Attacking)

17'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Defending)

17'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

17'

Gareth Barry clears the ball from danger.

17'

Morgan Amalfitano crosses the ball.

17'

Seamus Coleman clears the ball from danger.

16'

Bryan Oviedo clears the ball from danger.

16'

Carl Jenkinson crosses the ball.

16'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

16'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Attacking)

15'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

15'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

15'

Seamus Coleman clears the ball from danger.

15'

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.

14'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

14'

Steven Naismith clears the ball from danger.

14'

Morgan Amalfitano crosses the ball.

14'

Joel Robles makes the save (Parry)

14'

Stewart Downing hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

14'

Mark Noble (West Ham United) Free Kick at 13'

13'

Gareth Barry commits a foul on Morgan Amalfitano resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

13'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

13'

Adrián makes the save (Fumble)

13'

Kevin Mirallas hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

13'

Adrián makes the save (Fumble)

13'

Romelu Lukaku hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

13'

Throw-in: Seamus Coleman takes it (Attacking)

13'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

12'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

12'

Muhamed Besic crosses the ball.

12'

Throw-in: Seamus Coleman takes it (Attacking)

12'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

12'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

12'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Attacking)

11'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

11'

Joel Robles takes a long goal kick

11'

Winston Reid hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

11'

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.

10'

Muhamed Besic clears the ball from danger.

10'

Sylvain Distin blocks the shot

10'

Morgan Amalfitano hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

9'

Ross Barkley clears the ball from danger.

9'

Steven Naismith clears the ball from danger.

9'

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.

9'

Muhamed Besic clears the ball from danger.

9'

Seamus Coleman clears the ball from danger.

9'

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.

8'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Defending)

7'

Winston Reid clears the ball from danger.

7'

Bryan Oviedo (Everton) Free Kick at 7'

7'

Carl Jenkinson commits a foul on Steven Naismith resulting on a free kick for Everton

6'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

6'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

6'

Joel Robles (Everton) Free Kick at 6'

6'

Enner Valencia commits a foul on Gareth Barry resulting on a free kick for Everton

6'

Bryan Oviedo clears the ball from danger.

6'

Carl Jenkinson crosses the ball.

5'

Muhamed Besic clears the ball from danger.

5'

Gareth Barry clears the ball from danger.

5'

Mark Noble crosses the ball.

5'

Throw-in: Carl Jenkinson takes it (Attacking)

4'

Carl Jenkinson clears the ball from danger.

4'

Phil Jagielka clears the ball from danger.

3'

Throw-in: Aaron Cresswell takes it (Defending)

3'

Aaron Cresswell clears the ball from danger.

3'

Romelu Lukaku crosses the ball.

3'

Throw-in: Bryan Oviedo takes it (Attacking)

3'

James Collins clears the ball from danger.

3'

Romelu Lukaku crosses the ball.

2'

Joel Robles (Everton) Free Kick at 2'

1'

Offside called on Enner Valencia

1'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

1'

James Collins (West Ham United) Free Kick at 1'

1'

Gareth Barry commits a foul on Kevin Nolan resulting on a free kick for West Ham United

1'

Sylvain Distin clears the ball from danger.

1'

Game on!

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Possession

53%
47%
  • Everton
  • West Ham United

Shots

18
17

Shots on target

6
6

Fouls

12
7

Corners

0
0

Yellow Cards

2
1

Red Cards

0
0

Head to Head

Everton1 - 1West Ham
Everton2 - 1West Ham
Everton1 - 0West Ham
West Ham2 - 3Everton
Everton2 - 0West Ham
West Ham1 - 2Everton

Everton

  • 1Joel Robles
  • 6Phil Jagielka
  • 8Bryan Oviedo
  • 23Seamus Coleman
  • 15Sylvain Distin
  • -> John Stones
  • 17Muhamed Besic
  • -> Aiden McGeady
  • 20Ross Barkley
  • 11Kevin Mirallas
  • -> Samuel Eto'o
  • 18Gareth Barry
  • 14Steven Naismith
  • 10Romelu Lukaku
  • Subs
  • 9Arouna Koné
  • 29Luke Garbutt
  • 45Russell Griffiths
  • 27Tyias Browning

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 3Aaron Cresswell
  • 19James Collins
  • 18Carl Jenkinson
  • 2Winston Reid
  • 7Matthew Jarvis
  • -> Diego Poyet
  • 4Kevin Nolan
  • 11Stewart Downing
  • 21Morgan Amalfitano
  • -> Joey O'Brien
  • 16Mark Noble
  • 31Enner Valencia
  • -> Carlton Cole
  • Subs
  • 12Ricardo Vaz Te
  • 5James Tomkins
  • 20Guy Demel
  • 22Jussi Jaaskelainen

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Romelu Lukaku earns replay for Everton against West Ham with late leveller

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku's added-time equaliser in the FA Cup tie against West Ham eased some of the mounting pressure on his manager Roberto Martinez.

The Belgium striker's smart turn and finish - his fourth goal in as many matches for the Toffees against the Hammers - earned a 1-1 draw and at the very least postponed another inquest into what is going wrong at Goodison Park.

Lukaku's first in seven matches ended a four-game losing streak and ensured they live to fight another day in the competition after James Collins' 56th-minute header had exposed the Toffees' defensive Achilles heel - only QPR have conceded more in the Premier League this season.

West Ham were on the verge of their first victory in 15 attempts since 2007 against their perennial bogey side.

Everton's current figures do not make for much better reading. They have won just once in the last 10 matches and their last clean sheet came against Europa League opponents Wolfsburg in late November immediately prior to their current slump.

The goal was the least Lukaku, in his first start in three matches, deserved.

It looked like the rest had done him some good as he twice forced Adrian to fumble shots, the West Ham goalkeeper recovering once to deny Kevin Mirallas on the rebound and then being bailed out by Winston Reid.

The Belgium striker also rolled an effort wide of the far post after he was picked out in the inside-left channel by an eye-of-the-needle pass from Ross Barkley, who appeared to lurch from brilliant to dreadful and back again in the first half.

Lukaku has been criticised for not playing like a B£28million striker but he was offering plenty to the team, with his brilliant ball over the top picking out Steven Naismith, who shot from such a narrow angle it beat Adrian but eventually rolled out for a throw.

Seamus Coleman, who just failed to connect at the far post, and Mirallas both had efforts before Barkley showed the best and worst bits of his game as a 60-yard drive at the West Ham defence ended with him passing tamely into the path of Reid as he tried to pick out Lukaku.

The visitors were not without their chances with Stewart Downing, who drifted effectively across the pitch, forcing Joel Robles to tip over and Morgan Amalfitano firing wide.

Everton's opportunities began to dry up in the second half as, for all Lukaku's good early play, the side were lacking runners to get beyond him.

The visitors sensed their chance and after defender Carl Jenkinson had driven through the left of Everton's defence, only to be denied by a good, low near-post save by Robles, they took the lead.

Sylvain Distin, whose scalp did just enough to divert wide Downing's drive, was partly to blame after losing Collins at the resulting corner but the Wales defender was still allowed to get between Naismith and Muhamed Besic to head in at the near post.

Robles, deputising for the injured Tim Howard with his own position under threat, reacted well to tip over Enner Valencia's header while Lukaku's own header was ruled out at the other end as he had climbed all over Aaron Cresswell to get to the ball.

Martinez had labelled the match as the most important of their season so the significance of Lukaku pouncing on Bryan Oviedo's cross late on could not be underestimated.




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