Moyes out with a bang as Hammers whimper

Posted by Peter Thorne

Paul Thomas/Getty ImagesJoey O'Brien and West Ham offered up very little resistance as Steven Pienaar and Everton rolled to victory in David Moyes' Goodison farewell.

Following the news that Everton's David Moyes was to take over for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United next season, there was only ever going to be two headlines after this match.

One saw Moyes bidding an emotional farewall to Goodison with a display of the type of attacking football associated with his team's since his arrival on Merseyside 11 years ago. The other saw a downbeat Everton, worried about their uncertain future, waving goodbye not only to their manager but, more than likely, to a couple of their better players who are almost certain to follow the boss to Old Trafford.

- Match report: Everton 2-0 West Ham

As Everton romped to a 2-0 win, I think it's fair to say the former occurred -- and then some. The home side were in irresistible form, West Ham merely spectators and punch-bags and the only compliment you can really gift Sam Allardyce's men was that they somehow -- mainly due to another inspired performance from Jussi Jaaskelainen -- managed to keep the score to a reasonable level. Not many clubs have won at Everton this season, true, but this could quite easily have been a demolition of six or seven -- so superior were the men in blue.

Two goals from Kevin Mirallas were enough to earn the victory; the first coming after only five minutes following an excellent move involving Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar that allowed Mirallas to score from just outside the box. The second was a long-range shot to the top left hand corner just under the hour.

Tim Howard did make a brilliant save from Kevin Nolan on 30 minutes after Everton had squandered some further chances to extend their lead, but otherwise the visitors looked a desperate second-best causing Allardyce to look grumpily on at what his team were doing.

Aware that his side were lucky to still be in the game, the manager decided to change the shape at halftime bringing on Carlton Cole for Mo Diame and electing to play two up front. It didn't work. Everton continued to pull West Ham apart at will as the atmosphere turned into carnival mode, the home fans singing the name of their departing boss and the players responding by producing some football to match.

Sadly, these type of performances are often the result of mid-table sides with nothing to play for away from home and it did look as if some West Ham players already had their minds on a sun bed, a stunning blonde and a handily-placed pina colada. But football can't be played when someone decides to just turn it on, and I'm sure Allardyce will have some strong words for his team.

Another disappointing away day then, and in what has otherwise been an encouraging season, Allardyce will need to draw a deep breath and investigate why the Hammers have been so inept away from Upton Park. If they continue in this vein next campaign and hit an early blip with their home form, West Ham could struggle. The Irons need to find a way to attack and cause home fans to worry more than they do. Too often this season -- beautifully shown in this game -- they become little more than claret-and-blue cannon fodder in a football exhibition.

Odd to think that some seasons back, before Alan Pardew eventually took over at the Boleyn, the name of the then barely known David Moyes was one of those bandied about as a replacement manager for West Ham. I suspect both parties would be in a different state had that move ever come to fruition; as it is we all move on and look forward -- hopefully anyway -- to a more successful future. Time will tell.

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