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West Ham Utd 3-1 Everton

Filed: Sunday, 13th May 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham ended the 2017/18 season in 13th spot following a comprehensive last day defeat of Everton at the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers finish the campaign with 42 points - the same tally with which they were relegated from the top flight by a record score 15 years ago - after goals from Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini (a brace) scored the goals that helped brush aside Sam Allardyce's side.

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And the two places gained courtesy of today's final day success is worth an additional 4million to the club - double the bonus David Moyes earned for keeping the team in the division.

Should Moyes rather bizarrely find himself out of a job within the next 24 hours, despite leading the club to a mid-table finish, he can at least remember his tenure with some affection following today's win.

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West Ham, playing with the kind of freedom afforded to a team no longer in fear of losing their Premier League berth produced one of their best performances of the season in defeating the Blues - offering perhaps a glimpe of what a Moyes side not fighting for their lives could produce.

Argentine World Cup squad member Lanzini opened the scoring six minutes ahead of the half time interval with a well-taken effort, just moments after West Ham had been denied a penalty following a fairly blatant hand ball by a Blues defender.

And the Hammers doubled their lead 18 minutes into the second period when Arnautovic's vicious strike was allowed to slip past England prospect Jordan Pickford, who initially appeared to have the Austrian's swerving effort well covered.

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West Ham thought they'd gone three ahead shortly after but Arnautovic's well-taken header was ruled out for an earlier offside. And just as some of the away fans were starting to leave early, Everton halved the deficit through Oumar Niasse, scoting his first goal for three months.

However any concerns that the Toffees would stage a late comeback disappeared when Lanzini added his second and United's third eight minutes from the end of normal time, ensuring West Ham ended the season in 13th place - five spots higher than when Moyes arrived at the club last November.

There was also time for Moyes to offer James Collins - who is set to leave the club this summer following the expiry of his latest contract - the opportunity to sat goodbye to Hammers fans, coming on as he did as a late substitute in the closing stages of the game.

All in all, it was a fine end to an horrific season for Hammers fans.

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West Ham Utd: Adrian, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell (Collins 88), Zabaleta, Noble, Kouyate, Masuaku (Fernandes 21), Joao Mario, Lanzini (Obiang 86), Arnautovic.

Subs not used: Hart, Evra, Carroll, Hernandez.

Goals: Lanzini (39, 82), Arnautovic (63).

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Funes Mori (Klaassen 46), Jagielka, Baines, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies (Bolasie 83), Niasse, Tosun (Walcott 61).

Subs not used: Robles, Martina, Kenny, Holgate.

Booked: Funes Mori.

Goals: Niasse (75).

Referee: Graham Scott.

Tickets sold: 56,926.

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