December 13 2013 Latest news:
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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce identified Romelu Lukaku as the difference as his side lost 3-2 at home to Everton, but also felt that Mark Noble’s red card was a turning point.
Leighton Baines may have struck twice with two brilliant free-kicks in the second half, but it was the half-time arrival of debutant Lukaku that transformed Everton into match-winners.
The 20-year-old, on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season, nodded home the 84th-minute winner but his overall contribution was just as crucial.
But shortly after firing West Ham ahead with a penalty, Noble was sent off for hauling down Ross Barkley, giving Baines the chance to drill home his second free-kick.
“Right up until Mark Noble getting sent off I thought the players were great. We played against a very good side and we matched them,” Allardyce said.
“But we found a different Everton side once Lukaku came on - he made a huge difference to them.
“We had to make sure we controlled that situation, which was Everton getting more and more in the attacking mould because playing off him was more difficult for us to cope with.
“It is frustrating as we are disappointed to have lost it. It’s easy for me to say Mark Noble played the ball, but I think he did.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.