90 min There’ll be four added minutes, and when Coleman crosses from the right, Zouma blocks superbly from Gray.
90 min We see a replay of the Antonio/Pickford challenge that yielded the corner that yielded the goal, and the officials got it bang-on: Antonio headed through Pickford’s hands.
89 min Since scoring, West ham have looked more likely to score a second than Everton have to find an equaliser, and here’s Antonio in the centre of the box, spreading to Bowen, who opens his body to curl, forcing Pickford to tip away well. Unusually, the corner comes to nowt.
87 min West Ham send on Lanzini for Benrahma, who’s had a decent game today – he’s not been electrifying, but he’s looked his team’s most likely font of creativity.
86 min West Ham win another corner and again the delivery is very good, the ball fizzing about inside the box before Keane deflects Ogbonna’s cross behind. This time, Cresswell’s outswinger is cleared to the edge, and Rice shanks somewhere towards Selhurst Park (wherever that is).
84 min It helps to have players who can make it work, but it amazes me how bad most teams are at set-pieces. In the maelstrom that is a game of football, restarts are a rare area over which there’s some control, and a well-taken corner is extremely difficult to defend. Being good at them is not cheating or unsophisticated, but a very smart move.
83 min West Ham are now playing 3-5-2, Dawson slotting into the centre of defence with Benrahma behind Antonio.
82 min Everton win a corner down the left which Gray swings towards the far post, where Godfrey arrives. But the ball’s too low to head and too high to kick, so he leaps to thunk a volley over the top.
81 min Our Newcastle v Spurs blog is underway; follow all that here.
80 min Gordon, who was unlucky to be benched, replaces Iwobi, who was lucky to start, while West Ham send Dawson on for Soucek.
78 min“Isn’t the Newcastle situation very similar to the Chelsea one in the good old Ken Bates days?” asks Rick Harris. “I seem to remember massive opposition from Blues fans to Bates’ ownership of the club and massive relief when Abramovich took over. Chelsea’s massive cash injection coupled with the arrival of the Special One also blew apart the two club United – Arsenal dominance of the PL and then we had the City takeover. Historically speaking this country’s human rights record is not great so perhaps we should concentrate on telling our own truth before we start judging other countries.”
Nah, I can’t have that. We need to fight all forms of oppression rather than turn a blind eye because this country has acted appallingly in the past (and present).
76 min Immediately, Everton attack down the right, Townsend’s cross blocked behind. But on the other side of the pitch, Soucek is down – he was on the ground tussling with Rondon, who clipped coupon with heel as he tried to power away. Soucek is bleeding, so disappears down the tunnel to get himself sorted.
GOAL! Everton 0-1 West Ham United (Ogbonna 74)
Bowen swerves in a brute of a corner, flat and fast, and at the near post, Ogbonna is up early, above and in front of Godfrey, using the pace of the ball to touch into the far corner! Can Everton respond?
73 min Pickford leaps for a loose ball with Antonio and fingers it wide for a corner – which he is adamant was a goalkick.
73 min Iwobi moves left to find Townsend, who feints to swing in with his left and swings out with his right, and Rondon head a quarter-chance wide.
71 min Antonio goes down after Keane comes through and around him to see the ball away, treading on his tootsies. That looked a right sair yin, so he has a little rest while it smarts.
69 min West Ham have Vlasic, Yarmolenko and Lanzini on the bench; I wonder if we might see one fairly soon.
67 min West Ham are edging back into this, Benrahma – who looks their likeliest – weaving in from the left, opening the angle for the curler. But instead, his slides a disguised reverse-pass the other way for Antonio, whose shot it blocked at source by Keane. That’s excellent behaviour all round.
66 min Tangentially, is Soucek a decent shout for the league’s hardest player? Who else is in the mix?
65 min Benrahma wriggles outside Coleman, leaves him, then checks back the other way, sending a cross spitting towards the back post, where Keane does just enough to jump Soucek out of it. He’s playing a little deeper than last season to allow Rice to play further forward, but if he keeps making those runs, the goals will follow.
64 min “With the new Spurs ground, at least there is an atmosphere that can quickly turn both ways. Some who have been to both stadiums say the new one is the same but bigger. Some say they would take White Hart Lane any day. At least the stadium location is the same.”
Yup, I’m told that the noise there is quite something, and they’ve built it to ensure that that’s the case.
62 min Ahahahaha! When the corner isn’t properly cleared, Doucoure marches onto the loose ball and misses his kick, then Allan and Townsend miss their kicks, colliding, after which Iwobi thrashes wide.
62 min Rondon runs the channel and wins a corner off Ogbonna, but this is beginning to stench of 0-0.
60 min “The Highbury Library soubriquet was bestowed when the new North Bank stand was built,” informs Ian Macpherson. “The prices went up (plus bonds) and it became all seater. There is a moral there somewhere.”
There is, but what a gaff it was.
58 min That Newcastle chat I was on about earlier: dearie me yourselves through this, if your stomach can take it.
57 min Again, Everton counter from a corner, Doucoure, who’s so good in these situations, finding Townsend. But with Gray inside him, his square pass is just behind, and Rice, charging back, intercepts.
55 min Everton pour forward again, Coleman opening angle and body for a far post curler that shrieks just wide.
54 min And they win a corner, which goes towards Soucek as the back post; he’s got two men on him, which allows Pickford to flick behind; this time, Benrahma shoots high.
53 min There are lots of ways of breaking down a football match, but I often think of one simple line from Graeme Souness: you have to get to the ball first, and the team that does usually wins. Well, Everton are doing that now, getting “in and around” Rice and Soucek.
51 min Everton are winning the ball high up the park now, Iwobi roving across the front line form centre to right and allowing Townsend to take over, bending a luscious cross into the middle that the diving Rondon can only guide wide of the far post. West Ham haven’t started this half yet.
50 min This is much better from Everton, Digne lanking down the left and cutting back for Iwobi, who retrieves from behind him via Zidane spin (sort of), then drags a shot that Ogbonna, his feet twisted, does brilliantly to block.
47 min “Re Emirates removing the atmosphere from Arsenal games,” tweets Roc McEvoy, “Highbury was known as the Library.”
It was – but as Lee Dixon pointed out, the rhyming aspect was a significant factor there. And it was set-up for atmosphere – square and steep with fans close to the pitch – while the Emirates is rounded, shallow and with fans miles away, the upper and lower tiers separated by execs in the middle.