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There was lots to celebrate on Merseyside on Sunday night in the Premier League with Everton climbing to 4th place in the table courtesy of two late goals to seal an excellent home win against Tottenham Hotspur, while Liverpool finally returned to the top-half of the table with a very entertaining win over West Ham United at Upton Park.
Everton 2-1 Tottenham
It was the late late show for the home fans at Goodison Park as Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic scored within 88 seconds of each other in injury time at the end of the game to help the Toffees overturn a 1-0 deficit after Clint Dempsey's deflected long range effort in the 76th minute had put Spurs on the verge of victory.
Everton were good value for their win, playing some good football, but Tottenham had dealt well with everything thrown at them. But a terrific cross from Seamus Coleman was matched by an excellent late run from Pienaar, whose downward header bounced over the hand of Hugo Lloris, before Jelavic left Goodison Park rocking by anticipating Apostolos Vellios knock on (which was actually a miskick), before finishing authoratatively.
West Ham 2-3 Liverpool
An entertaining affair at Upton Park saw three former West Ham players score against them as Liverpool overturned a 2-1 half-time deficit to pick up a massive win despite the absence of top scorer Luis Suarez, who was suspended.
Liverpool started the brighter, going ahead after just 11 minutes from a delightful long range strike from Glen Johnson. The Reds continued to dominate the first half hour, but West Ham drew level from a fortuitous penalty with Joe Allen deemed guilty of handling the ball from a Guy Demel strike. Mark Noble stepped up and tucked away the spot kick. A Steven Gerrard own goal as a result of his collision with Daniel Agger in attempting to keep out Matt Jarvis' cross put the Hammers ahead in the game just 2 minutes before the break.
West Ham though lost their midfield general Mohamed Diame midway through the second half, and unsurprisingly shortly after the lead. Former Upton Park favourite Joe Cole rolled back the years and buried a left-foot shot into the far corner to draw Liverpool level in the 76th minute.
Three minutes later, Jonjo Shelvey, playing as the focal point of the Liverpool attack, made the points safe with the help of a deflection off James Collins, which took his near post jab over the keeper.
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