TOMAS SOUCEK struck 4 minutes from time to earn West Ham the win and significantly expose Everton’s claims to be prime 4 contenders.
Midfielder Soucek touched house because the Toffees defence have been caught on the heels to safe gritty win for David Moyes in opposition to his former membership for the primary crew since he left Goodison Park.
Tomas Soucek scored a late winner for West Ham at EvertonCredit score: AP:Related Press
West Ham rejoice their last-gasp win at Goodison ParkCredit score: EPA
It was the form of end result and efficiency from the Hammers which reveals simply how a lot they’ve moved on underneath the steerage of the Scot.
However for Everton, it brutally displayed simply how missing they’re in comparison with their rivals of their declared ambition to qualify for the Champions League.
There will be no excuses of fatigue after the festive period, courtesy of their cancelled recreation in opposition to Manchester Metropolis.
This was only a stunning show from a aspect which reveals how missing in high quality they’re when James Rodriguez and Andre Gomes are usually not within the aspect.
It’s alright counting on the targets of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, however now his targets have dried up there’s no-one else stepping as much as take accountability.
Recent from per week’s break, Everton have been anticipated to exit and set concerning the Hammers from the off – particularly when the guests suffered a significant blow earlier than a ball had even been kicked.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi, such an vital participant for them, suffered an damage within the heat up and Darren Randolph was known as in at quick discover to make his first league begin of the season.
However placing it mildly, the Toffees have been a significant disappointment. Put one other method, they have been appalling.
Pablo Fornals has a header at aim for West HamCredit score: AFP
David Moyes returned to Everton as supervisor of West HamCredit score: AFP
There was nothing on provide from a aspect boasting one of the best a part of £100million in artistic signings within the form of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison because the Hammers loved a far simpler problem than they little question would have anticipated.
Everton merely had no clue the best way to open up the effectively organised unit David Moyes had put out in opposition to them, and solely within the last minute of a turgid opening half did they actually take a look at back-up keeper Randolph for the primary time.
A nook was half-cleared to the ft of Bernard who fired in a dipping volley which the Republic of Eire worldwide simply turned across the submit.
Not that the Hammers have been significantly better, although in equity with simply three days since their draw at Southampton they maybe had extra of an excuse.
Now not are the boys from the East Finish a pushover for anybody, although organisation and dedication has at instances come at the price of aptitude and creativity.
The difficulty for the guests in an attacking sense was they may as effectively have been taking part in with ten males, such was the dearth of impression from their toiling striker Sebastien Haller.
Seamus Coleman and West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph collideCredit score: AFP
Bernard goes down holding his leg in a painful secondCredit score: Ian Hodgson – Each day Mail
Absolute banger of a scissor kick apart, Haller has been an abject disappointment given an prolonged run within the aspect with Michail Antonio injured for the previous two months.
At £45m, Moyes and the Hammers have a proper to anticipate extra and there comes a time when it’s important to say the ahead may simply not be adequate.
The Scot has been counting down the times till Antonio acquired again, and although there are nonetheless considerations his hamstrings are usually not fairly prepared, by the 58th minute there was no choice however to throw him on instead of the abject Haller.
A minimum of by that point the match had proven glints of stirring into life, extra notably within the form of West Ham than the house crew.
Declan Rice was the primary to trigger unrest within the house defence with a depraved low cross from the left which was begging to be touched house however Haller was too gradual to attempt to take benefit.
Aaron Cresswell then whipped in a free-kick which Jordan Pickford parried away with ease, then Pablo Fornals examined the keeper from 25-yards.
Seamus Coleman then shot low at Randolph in a uncommon foray ahead from the house aspect, and even the introduction of Andre Gomes and James Rodriguez did not spark them into life.
Of the 2 sides who seemed the more than likely to interrupt the impasse it was West Ham, and 4 minutes from time they lastly got here up trumps.
Soucek had seen his preliminary present overwhelmed away by Pickford, however the Czech was the one man on the transfer to react and switch into the web as Cresswell’s comply with up shot deflected off Yerry Mina.