PHOTOS: Best pictures of the game as Everton beat West Ham United 2-1

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Everton saw off West Ham in a spiky encounter at Goodison Park on Saturday, winning 2-1.

West Ham have made a great start to the season whilst Everton have been indifferent compared to last season's fifth place finish, but it was the Toffees who came out on top when the two sides met on Saturday.

It was a bad tempered affair at Goodison Park, and with controversial moments aplenty, here are some images to tell the story of the game...

Everton took the lead in the first half, but it came in controversial circumstances. Ross Barkley took the ball down on the edge of the box and hit a shot towards goal, but the ball was deflected through to Belgian international Romelu Lukaku.

He chested the ball down and drove it past Adrian in the West Ham goal, but he looked at least a yard offside, but the goal was given - much to West Ham's dismay.

The encounter was a spicy one to say the very least, and the first fractious moment coming at the end of the first half, when Everton midfielder James McCarthy committed a poor challenge on West Ham's Morgan Amalfitano.

Hammers defender Winston Reid was incensed, demanding that the Irishman should be sent off, but referee Mark Clattenburg handed out just a yellow after the ensuing brawl.

West Ham struggled without dynamic front two Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, but were sparked into life when Mauro Zarate was introduced from the substitutes bench.

The Argentine has recently been linked with a move away from Upton Park, but proved his worth to Sam Allardyce by hauling West Ham level just five minutes into his appearance, with his deflected long range shot looping over Tim Howard and into the net.

The second unsavoury moment of the game came when Kevin Mirallas hacked down Amalfitano, which led to West Ham defender James Tomkins squaring up to the Everton star.

What followed was nothing short of comical; Mirallas pushed Tomkins in the chest, only for the West Ham centre back to go down holding his face. Both players were booked in another unnecessary confrontation.

However, Everton did grab the winner with just 17 minutes to play, as Romelu Lukaku broke down the right hand side and found Samuel Eto'o, who crossed for Leon Osman to slide in for the winner.

Osman was making his 400th appearance for Everton, and marked it in fine fashion with the winning goal, taking Everton up to ninth and West Ham down to sixth in the Premier League table.

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