Equally inevitable was that – like so often this season – it came at the death…in injury times with the Irons hanging on desperately
The only other players to have achieved such a feat were the legendary Dixie Dean (twice, against Preston and Derby County), Joe Royle (Wolves, 1967-69) and Jimmy Husband (West Ham, 1967-69).
Just as he had against the Irons on his debut last season, the big Belgian striker scored a late winner to see off the lack lustre Irons.
It means he has scored every time he has played against us including two FA Cup goals and the first in the 2-1 win at Goodison Park this season.
You couldn’t write a script like that – nobody would believe it. But this Sam Allardyce West Ham team simply cannot see games out and the shocking reality was that nobody was truly surprised at the outcome.
Lukaku’s winner was far too simple. The bloke was simply allowed to nod home from close range from Aiden McGeadey’s cross as the Hammers season ended with another disaster.
We had in fact taken the lead when Stewart Downing drove home in the 62nd minute from an Alex Song through ball.
Five minutes later, however, Leon Osman who fired home from Lukaku’s cross before the Belgian sealed the points.
Oncce again there had been very little goal threat in the first half although Alex Song saw a shot go wide and Enner Valencia had an effort saved. Noble also fired wide before the ever threatening Lukaku fired over.
Everton dominated at the start of the second period but Downing’s breakthrough gave some brief hope before Osman levelled and the Merseysiders became a real threat.
Inevitably it was Lukaku who caused most panic, when a left foot shot was saved and both Miralles and Jagielka saw chances go begging.
Lukaku though was coming closer and closer, nodding one effort just wide and seeing another saved. But there was no way back for the Irons when he finally found the net to send us all home as miserable as its possible to get – even at the end of a season like this one.
The first text from a ClaretandHugh follower and friend rapidly followed. It simply read: “Hope that’s it for Sam!
If it’s not it will be a total and complete disaster.