Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Eggert Knows Now Why He Must Splash the Cash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Eggert Knows Now Why He Must Splash the Cash

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Byline: MICHAEL HART

Everton 2 (Osman 51, Vaughan 90) West Ham 0

THE No1 priority for new West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson will almost certainly be team-strengthening in the January transfer window.

The 59-year-old Icelandic tycoon saw for himself the gathering threat of a prolonged relegation fight as West Ham slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Everton.

Magnusson, in the director's box at Goodison, is keen to develop the longterm youth programme at West Ham but recognises the importance of first securing the club's Premiership status.

He has told manager Alan Pardew that money will be made available for reinforcing the squad "We need to discuss his needs and the investment that may be required," said Magnusson.

Just one point above the relegation zone, West Ham share with Charlton the dubious distinction of possessing the worst away record in the Premiership.

Both have taken just one point from eight away games.

West Ham have scored only twice in those games - both in August - but should have improved that record on a wet and windy afternoon on Merseyside.

Alan Pardew said: "We looked like we were going to score. That's been the story of our season in away matches. We peppered the target and I can't fault the players for application or effort."

Taking full advantage of the blustery conditions, West Ham dominated the first half but for all their possession - they forced 12 corners - could not find a way past Tim Howard.

For long periods Carlos Tevez showed his pedigree creating chances for others and testing Howard. "His contribution was one of the highlights," said Pardew.

In the 17th minute the Argentina bustled along the right flank before cutting a superb ball back into the path of Lee Bowyer. He wasted his side-foot volley, shooting directly at the Everton keeper. "It might have been a different story had that gone in," groaned Pardew.

West Ham were to rue their squandered opportunities within five minutes of the second half. Again, it was persistence that triumphed on an afternoon when the weather made quality football almost impossible.

When others might have quit, James Beattie chased a long ball down the right reaching it just before it ran out of play. …

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