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On This Day – September 21st 2013

A hard-fought win for Everton against a West Ham side then managed by Sam Allardyce, with the Blues coming from behind twice to take all three points.

The Hammers went ahead on 31 minutes after a shot from Ravel Morrison was deflected off Phil Jagielka, leaving Tim Howard stranded. Blues’ boss Roberto Martinez changed things at the break, bringing on new signing Romelu Lukaku for Nikica Jelavic and James McCarthy for Steven Naismith, and the visitors were immediately on the front foot. Just after the hour mark, the improvement from the Toffees was rewarded when Leighton Baines curled a free-kick into the top left-hand corner and from there it seemed the Blues must go on to win.

But Allardyce’s side were awarded a penalty fifteen minutes from time when Everton sub James McCarthy tripped Kevin Nolan and referee Lee Mason pointed to the spot, Mark Noble converting from twelve yards. Five minutes later, though, and Noble’s afternoon took a turn for the worse as he was booked for a second time after a foul on Ross Barkley and was dismissed.

From the resulting free-kick, Baines produced another magnificent effort which hit the inside of the post on its way into the net and ten minutes later Lukaku scored his first goal in an Everton shirt as he converted a cross from Kevin Mirallas. The Belgian striker was clattered by defender Joey O’Brien while scoring and both players had to temporarily leave the pitch for treatment, but the Blues safely saw the game out.

Lukaku had joined the Blues on a season-loan on the last day of the transfer window and at the end of the campaign had amassed 15 goals in 31 league matches to help Roberto Martinez’s side to fifth spot in the Premier League. Not surprisingly, Everton signed Lukaku on a permanent basis in July 2014 for a club record £28 million.

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