It was five minutes after half-time when the West Ham fans in the lower tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking stand felt safe enough to turn to and serenade the Everton supporters in the next section of London Stadium. “You’re about to cry,” they sang. The Everton fans stared at her blankly and absent-mindedly. Cry? And the rest. Crying and screaming and howling and cursing and mourning what’s happening in their club and what might be to come.
What Everton would give to be the kind of “Happy Flowers Club” Pep Guardiola so disparagingly called Manchester City last week. Everton doesn’t have a single happy flower, not a single splash of colour. Dragged deeper into trouble by that 2-0 loss to relegation rivals, they’re stuck in the last three, a great old side suffocated by thistles and nests, lost in the undergrowth of their self-loathing.
They didn’t earn anything from this game and they didn’t get anything. At the end of a game called El Sackico because both managers’ jobs were in jeopardy, it is hoped the result will spare David Moyes the ax at West Ham because he is a good manager who has done a good job and who a convalescence will take over supervision if he is allowed to stay.
Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring in the 34th minute in a tense east London encounter with Everton
Bowen scored his second goal seven minutes later to make it 2-0 at the London Stadium
Bowen’s goals saw the Hammers record home wins against Everton for the first time since 1986
Both managers came on under heavy pressure but it was Frank Lampard’s side who lost again
But the defeat will almost certainly spell the end for Everton manager Frank Lampard. This was the unhappiest return to the club where he began his playing career. He has now suffered 11 defeats in his last 14 games and while the club’s underlying problems are not his fault, his position is seen as untenable.
Westham (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Zouma, Aguerd, Ogbonna; Coufal, Rice, Lucas Paquetá (Soucek 71′), Emerson (Johnson 80′); Bowen, Benrahma (Downes 80′); Antonio (Ings 71′)
Substitutes: Creswell, Fornals, Lanzini, Areola, Kehrer
Goal: Bowen 34′, 41′
Yellow card: Paqueta
Managing Director: David Moyes
Everton (3-4-2-1): Pickford; Mina, Coady, Tarkovsky; Coleman (45′ by Davies), Onana, Gueye, Mykolenko (45′ by McNeil); Iwobi, Gray; Calvert-Lewin
Substitutes: Holgate, Gordon, Begovic, Maupay, Vinagre, Simms, Price
Yellow card: Tarkovsky 67′
Managing Director: Frank Lampard
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Stadium: London Stadium
It was a sign of the dysfunction that has engulfed Everton that members of their board can attend a game in London without fear for their safety but have been warned the dangers are too great to watch their club at Goodison Park could. It was a further sign of their dysfunction that, as their owner Farhad Moshiri took his seat in the directors’ box this afternoon, he saw Everton play live for the first time since October 2021.
The suspicion was that he had only come to sack Lampard personally, although he, managing director Denise Barrett-Baxendale and non-executive director Graeme Sharp, all targets of the fans’ ire, left ten minutes from time. Only Bill Kenwright, the chairman who loves the club to the core but has been vilified more than anyone, stayed in his seat and watched another bitter setback unfold before him.
Everton’s prospects are bleak. The next two games are home to leaders Arsenal and away to Merseyside rivals Liverpool, hardly the ideal introduction for the new manager. And whoever takes over finds himself in the middle of a civil war between the fans and the club’s management. “A board full of liars,” read a prominent sign at the Everton end. “No communication, no plan, no vision,” said another.
The inventory of Everton’s problems is too long to mention here, but it also includes not replacing star striker Richarlison, who was traded to Spurs last summer and lost his last three home games against Wolves, Brighton and Southampton, with Players were chased down the road in their cars by fans outside Goodison Park and with losses totaling £372.6m in the last three financial accounts. Something has to give way and it won’t just stop at Lampard. He will likely be the first sacrificial lamb and others may follow.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright was in attendance after missing Everton’s home game last week
Under the circumstances, it was hardly surprising that both teams started out feeling like they had a lot to lose and not much to gain. Some described the early stages as tentative, which was generous. On the one hand, there was excitement when Jordan Pickford miscontrolled a back pass and had to hastily clear it. There was alarm for West Ham when Everton took on Angelo Ogbonna for handball. It was waved off by referee Stuart Attwell.
It took 28 minutes for both sides to score a shot on goal. It came from West Ham when Mikhail Antonio put the ball to Said Benrahma on the edge of the area and Benrahma flew off with a right foot. The ball dipped and swayed in the air and Pickford had to arch his back acrobatically to tip the shot over the bar. Lively West Ham pushed for the opener.
Her pressure paid off six minutes later. A ball was shot into Everton’s area from the left, Kurt Zouma rose highest in a mass of bodies to pull it on and Jarrod Bowen ran towards it, knocking it past Pickford high into the net. Bowen ran to the crowd and tucked the ball into his shirt to nod to his girlfriend Dani Dyer, who is pregnant with twins. There is at least one happy story amidst all the darkness surrounding these teams.
Alex Iwobi was Everton’s smartest valve in the game but failed to bring about a win for his side
The loss brings Lampard’s side to another week in the bottom three as they sit in 19th place
Four minutes before half-time, Bowen scored again. This time the goal was largely thanks to a shocking defense by James Tarkowski, another strand of Everton’s cursed recruiting strategy. Tarkowski led Antonio to the corner when he inexplicably dived in to try and tackle him.
Antonio squirmed away from him and Tarkowski’s desperate efforts to regain his ground only ended in deflecting Antonio’s cross down Bowen’s path. Bowen rammed the ball past Pickford again from close range. Now he had a goal for each twin.
At the other end, Alex Iwobi saw a Declan Rice shot deflected to safety at the base of a post. It was everything Everton needed for an absolutely bland first-half performance. That they drifted so far away from another team in the bottom three doesn’t bode well for the rest of their season, whoever the manager is.
Mikhail Antonio made life difficult for James Tarkovsky (R) throughout the game, dodging him to set up the second goal
At half-time they played “If the Kids are United” over the PA system, which perhaps resonated with Everton fans. “You can lie to my face but not to my heart,” reads one of the lyrics, which would have struck a chord with those who feel they are struggling with the club’s board.
Everton improved early in the second half. With a little more composure from Demarai Gray they might have conceded a goal just after the break. They closed again just before the hour was up when Idrissa Gueye fired a low shot that crawled into the post before being deflected wide by Lukasz Fabianski’s fingertips.
West Ham nearly put the game out of reach mid-half when Emerson burst down the left and was allowed to advance on Pickford’s goal. He unleashed an ascending drive that headed for the roof of the net until the Everton keeper touched it up on the bar.
Everton huffed and puffed but never looked to get back into the game. In fact, Rice nearly made it 3-0 for his side as he rolled a shot past Pickford but narrowly missed the far post. For all the money they’ve spent, Everton don’t have a player even remotely in Rice’s class. There are no more happy flowers at Goodison. Neither on the pitch nor off it.
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