Final whistle! The goal glut continues as Everton have won 4-1 and are now through to the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup. It wasn’t all that easy at times, but with the Blues’ best players all in good form, we’re rolling along merrily. Top that off with a dominant win for the Everton Women who are now into the FA Cup Final, and these are heady times indeed for Blues everywhere.
90’ - Yarmolenko races through and tries to chip an onrushing Pickford, but it’s wide. And he was offside anyway.
There’s no mercy rule from the ref, who has added three minutes here.
83’ - 4-1 now!! DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN HAS HIS HAT-TRICK! Iwobi to James to Sigurdsson through the exposed and weak West Ham underbelly, plays in DCL who peels away from Rice and slots home easily. He is in absolutely inspired form right now!
78’ - Iwobi has time in the box to control and shoot, beats Randolph and the ball comes back off the far post.. GOAL! There’s DCL reacting quickest to pop home the rebound! 3-1!!
75’ - Haller does brilliantly to control a cross with his chest and then his scissor kick is straight at Pickford who parries well (this time!) for a corner. Shot blocked for another corner.
This one is cleared and Doucoure can run away with it. Nkounkou wins a corner on the left, suspicion of handball on that blocked cross.
74’ - West Ham have their tails up now as Everton look a bit stunned with all their injuries. All three subs used up now, so no breaks for James or Delph now.
72’ - Awful giveaway from Doucoure in the final third allows the Hammers to charge forward with the Blues stretched. Felipe Anderson is foiled by Coleman, and then Yarmolenko is not allowed to shoot. Woof.
71’ - Delph better be ready to play a full ninety on Saturday, because Allan did not look good. We do have the international break immediately after to recover.
67’ - West Ham the better side since the Blues have gone ahead. Now Snodgrass duels and beats Allan to the corner flag, crosses into the box and Pickford comes out to collect.
More worryingly, Allan has pulled up lame, Looks like he’s pulled a groin muscle in his left thigh. Disaster for the Blues. Abdoulaye Doucoure now on.
63’ - Close for the Hammers. Snodgrass allowed to cross into the box, Yarmolenko heads towards goal and it flashes across Pickford’s box. Lanzini slides in unmarked but is late to it and it goes wide.
Everton Women have capped off a dominant performance with another goal and it’s all over at Damson Park, 3-0 to the Blues.
60’ - Richy came back on, but is now back down. He’ll be going off, and Alex Iwobi is coming on.
58’ - Oh no oh no oh no. Richarlison went sliding in for a challenge and his left foot looks to have caught in the turf and twisted his ankle. He is down and in some discomfort, but eventually hobbles off. He’s testing it gingerly on the sideline.
56’ - GOAL!! Richarlison gets his! He cuts in from the left and fires off a shot with his right foot, goes off the back off Declan Rice and wrong-foots Randolph going the wrong way. 2-1 Blues.
55’ - Sigurdsson with a chance to make amends in the box, his awkward left footed shot is saved well by Randolph.
53’ - Everton controlling play again now, looking for an opening. Sigurdsson loses the ball and Haller is streaking away... but Allan saves the day!
50’ - Good reaction from Everton after conceding the goal. Richarlison open on the left now and his grasscutter comes back off the base of the post.
46’ - Second half underway, and just like that it’s now 1-1. Robert Snodgrass waiting unmarked at the edge of the box, and his outswinger beats Pickford all ends up.
Check out Sigurdsson’s reaction after the ball goes in.
It’s Everton up 1-0 at the half. Both sides have had their chances but the Blues can rightly claim they deserve to be ahead.
The Everton Women meanwhile are leading 2-0 now at the hour mark, go check out that article for the goals (scroll down to the comments).
45’ - Dangerous cross from Aaron Cresswell and Lanzini’s flicked header is wide of the far post.
It’ll be just two minutes of time added on despite the injury delay. No more drama though and we go in the break with the Blues ahead.
42’ - Underway again after that injury delay. Both DCL and James have given the ball away cheaply at times, but it is nice having Allan for cover in those areas.
38’ - Kenny is in some distress blocking a corner, but looks like he’s fine. Overhit and goes out for a goalkick.
Nope Jonjoe is down again, The ball caught him on his supporting ankle and looks like his evening is done, and Seamus Coleman is now coming on.
35’ - Nkounkou took a little nibble at Yarmolenko, getting some studs on his boot and the Ukrainian forward goes down screaming. The assistant referee right next to him is unmoved.
30’ - Richarlison has now switched to the right side, and is teed up by James, his shot is blocked for a corner. James had a couple of chances to take that himself.
James corner is deep, Delph hits it first-time and it’s wide.
28’ - The Hammers have had a lot more of the possession in the last few minutes, and a couple of searching balls into the box have just evaded West Ham players.
23’ - West Ham win a couple of corners that come to nothing.
22’ - GOAL.. no! Ooh, marginal offside call there as James finds Richarlison behind the defence, and the Brazilian neatly nutmegs Randolph for the goal.
17’ - Delph goes forward now and tries a speculative shot from outside the box but is blocked.
Richarlison with a lovely move and alone with the goalie, but Randolph does well to push it over.
15’ - Lanzini goes down in the area and claims a penalty, but is adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up
10’ - GOAL! Michael Keane with a nifty spin move, goes Route 1, finds Dominic Calvert-Lewin streaking behind the backline and a beautiful finish! 1-0 Blues.
6’ - Been all Everton so far, passing the ball around comfortably. Does look like Fabian Delph is the holding midfielder with Allan playing further forward than normal.
1’ - Underway at Goodison.
Carlo Ancelotti has made two changes from his side against Fleetwood Town with James Rodriguez and Allan both in the starting XI, and persisting with Lucas Digne alongside Michael Keane. No Moise Kean in the squad is puzzling, while we understand that Anthony Gordon is ill.
The Hammers have a strong-ish lineup too, with Mark Noble in the middle, Declan Rice, Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Andrei Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller also in the side.
My personal thoughts on Haller vs Digne is that is not a favourable matchup for the Blues. Allan and Delph both in the side is interesting. Noble is going to get a right roughhousing today, and I’m with Carlo on having them both in to nullify Felipe and Lanzini. Expecting the Hammers to go 4-5-1, so I’d expect to see Doucoure on in the second half too.
Everton are riding high after a perfect start to the season with five wins out of five across the Premier League and Carabao Cup competitions. Today they host West Ham United at Goodison Park (behind closed doors, still) in the Fourth Round of the League Cup, with a spot in the quarter finals beckoning.
Carlo Ancelotti appeared to take no risks against Fleetwood Town last week, naming a pretty strong side for the lower league opposition having clearly stated that this competition remains important to him and the club.
The Hammers, after a poor start to the season and being hit by the coronavirus, have reined it in with an impressive thrashing of Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend and David Moyes (through Alan Irvine, while he remains in isolation for a positive COVID test) will likely name a stronger matchday squad for this game as well.
Competition: Carabao Cup Fourth Round
Date and start time: Wednesday, September 30th at 11:45 a.m. PT / 2:45 p.m ET / 7:45 p.m. BST
Capacity: 39,572 (Behind closed doors)
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The Blues last played the Hammers in January in a dour 1-1 draw with Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting the Blues goal. Moyes has not had happy homecomings at Goodison after leaving the Toffees, and his most recent sojourn in October 2019 saw his side succumb to a Bernard wondergoal with Gylfi Sigurdsson putting the cherry on top with a late strike in a 2-0 defeat.
The last time the two sides played in a cup competition was in the Third Round of the FA Cup in January 2015, with a replay needed that then ended in a marathon penalty shootout that the Hammers eventually won 9-8. Current Carabao Cup rules dictate no replays and no extra time either, with the fixture proceeding straight to spotkicks in case of a draw at full time.