Irons throw it away

Everton 1-1 West Ham

West Ham simply threw away a victory that would have seen us advance into the fourth round of the FA Cup, yet now a replay is what lies ahead.

It was a game that should have been done and dusted early on, as the Irons faced a very much wounded Everton side that looked vulnerable from the first minute.

There is no doubting that West Ham were the better side from the off, looking dangerous on the attack, yet it was clear although we had much of the possession, it was the killer instinct that was missing.

Enner Valencia was played as a lone striker, behind the lively and creative Stuart Downing – but Valencia’s clear lack of weight in this league was evident again, as he was simply pushed off the ball every time he ran at Everton.

His continuing nature to find himself offside is also a real cause for concern.

West Ham were however better than the home side – and it wasn’t until the second half that we were rewarded for our better play.

On 56 mins Jame Collins headed the Irons ahead, and it looked game set and match.

But West Ham, yes West Ham had other ideas – because for some reason we went into meltdown.

It was all Everton from then on, and as the clock ticked down it seemed we might see the game out – and probably deservedly so.

But on 91 mins, Everton levelled. Thanks to some horrendous panic defending from the overall-excellent Winston Reid, and the looking-lost Joey O’Brien.

A heart breaking ending, one that really should have been avoided. But at least we are still in the competition, and Everton will tonight will be thanking their lucky stars that Kevin Nolan was in the starting lineup for West Ham tonight.

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