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RAPIDHAMMER: Everton 1-1 West Ham

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Everton 1-1 West Ham

West Ham earned a well-deserved draw against Everton at Goodison Park.
Yakubu's powerful finish gave Everton the lead after eight minutes and he had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside seven minutes later.
But West Ham came back strongly, with Dean Ashton missing a glorious chance before heading home Lucas Neill's cross after 68 minutes.
West Ham substitute Freddie Sears then struck a post in injury time.
The Hammers' teenage debutant James Tomkins almost made a dream start to his career in the fourth minute when he met Mark Noble's corner with a firm header only to hit the bar.
Sadly, his lack of experience was quickly exposed when he was turned by the wily Yakubu, who showed pace and power to race clear and fire an emphatic finish past West Ham keeper Robert Green. (BBC)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley:"We came here today and I asked them to pass it around - we were disappointed we didn't take all three points.
"Freddie Sears came on and he gave our side a lift - he could have scored a goal late on.
"We have been on top in games but don't get enough goals to finish off teams."

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Arteta, Carsley, Cahill (Fernandes 10), Osman, Yakubu, Anichebe.
Subs Not Used: Wessels, Hibbert, Gravesen, Nuno Valente.
Goal: Yakubu 8.
West Ham: Green, Neill, Ferdinand, Tomkins, McCartney, Ljungberg (Solano 80), Parker (Spector 82), Mullins, Noble, Boa Morte (Sears 50), Ashton.
Subs Not Used: Walker, Cole.
Goal: Ashton 68. (Video: here)
Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

Highlights: here.

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