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Leighton Baines scored two magnificent free-kicks as Everton claimed a 3-2 win over 10-man West Ham United on Saturday.
Midfielder Ravel Morrison gave West Ham the lead at Upton Park in the first half as his shot took a significant deflection, but Baines drew the visitors level in the 62nd minute with the first of his sublime set-piece goals. A Mark Noble penalty looked to have secured a win for the home side with 14 minutes remaining, but the midfielder was then dismissed after picking up a second yellow card and Baines fired in the resulting free-kick before debutant Romelu Lukaku headed home the winner.
Sam Allardyce, whose side have not won since the opening day, was forced into one change from the side that drew 0-0 at Southampton in their last fixture as the injured Guy Demel was replaced in defence by debutant Razvan Rat, a close-season signing from Shakhtar Donetsk. Everton beat Chelsea 1-0 on September 14 for their first win of the season and Roberto Martinez felt no need to upset the rhythm of his team as he named an unchanged side.
The visitors began the match confidently and after a well-weighted pass from Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas cut in from the left before unleashing a stinging shot that Jussi Jaaskelainen palmed away. The hosts registered a shot on goal, only their seventh of the season, after 31 minutes and it handed them the lead. Matthew Jarvis cut inside from the left with purpose and shaped to shoot before laying the ball off to Morrison, whose effort was taken past the helpless Tim Howard thanks to a big deflection off Phil Jagielka.
Martinez reacted at half-time by bringing James McCarthy and Chelsea loanee Lukaku on for Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic. He was soon forced into another change as Bryan Oviedo replaced the injured Leon Osman. Baines found his range just past the hour as Barkley won a free-kick just outside the area and the 28-year-old stepped up and curled a magnificent strike into the top corner of the goal.
Everton were not level for long, however. McCarthy tripped the rampaging Kevin Nolan in the penalty area 15 minutes from time and Noble converted from the spot. A few minutes after being the hero, Noble found himself walking down the tunnel. A wild lunge on Barkley saw him given his marching orders and it proved costly as Baines again stepped up and fired the free-kick home after 83 minutes. Just two minutes later, Mirallas broke free down the right and crossed for Lukaku, who powered a header past Jaaskelainen to take Everton up to fourth.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "I think we are all well aware of the quality that he Baines has and the first free-kick would show you that.I think that where Leighton takes his quality level into a next step is that he's capable of taking another free-kick with a world-class goalkeeper with the experience that Jussi Jaaskelainen has and score.
"There are many footballers around the world that have a really good quality to take those free-kicks but when you put Leighton Baines into that situation the second time, and to be able to do that I think it's quite unique."
"We made it hard for ourselves, but I think you have to credit West Ham, they wanted to stop us from playing. It was a little bit forceful our play, and the first time we were able to get through them we created a really good chance that we should have scored.
"We defended really well. We stopped West Ham being a threat. I don't think we were as good as we can be on the ball but clearly with the amount of chances we created in the second half and the quality that Leighton brought in dead-ball situations.
"It was a well-deserved win in the end.”
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "With our defensive ability, I thought we would see it out at 2-1 but it is really frustrating for us that, not only was Mark sent off but we were punished again by them putting ball in the net straight after we went ahead."
"They imposed themselves on the game. Last week's result took a bit of energy out of a few individuals, but the strength in our squad is very encouraging.
"To score three goals with the individual quality Leighton and Romelu showed is very, very pleasing.
"I'm delighted with the attitude and mentality we have showed in every performance this season. I'm proud at being unbeaten so far - now we need to work even harder to become better and make sure we keep improving."
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:
"With our defensive ability, I thought we would see it out at 2-1 but it is really frustrating for us that, not only was Mark sent off but we were punished again by them putting ball in the net straight after we went ahead."
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