David Moyes made a comeback to Goodison Park to see his former team lose to his current squad. West Ham’s Tomas Soucek left the pitch with blood on his face!
Everton were unable to keep their great winning form to hold onto the 5th English Premier League (EPL) position as they lost to West Ham 0-1. West Ham were the underdogs in this game considering their inconsistent performances in the last few matches and the fact that they played away from home. But it seems like West Ham manager David Moyes found that extra bit of motivation to beat his former team which he coached from 2002 to 2013.
Both squads focused on careful defensive play, awaiting any mistake from their opponents. West Ham kept hold of the ball a lot more than The Toffees, but they were unable to create any dangerous chances because of a lot of passing inaccuracies.
Tomas Soucek could have scored the first goal of the game in the 34th minute but unfortunately, the referees found him offside. Pablo Fornals then had another good chance 6 minutes later but he missed the net.
Everton missed their injured attacking duo of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, dearly. Alex Iwobi was simply not up to it in the offense. He fluffed a certain goal-scoring chance standing unmarked right in front of an open net as he missed the ball altogether. One has to wonder how such a player cost 30 million pounds. Demarai Gray was a standout for Everton, making solid runs, creating chances, crossing well, but he needed more help from his teammates to turn the chances into goals.
The only goal of the game came in the 74th minute. West Ham won a corner, Jarrod Bowen crossed it right onto the head of defender Angelo Ogbonna who neatly tipped it in to give his team the win. Michail Antonio kept the Everton defence on their toes throughout the whole match with his tough attacking style of football, while Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice kept the midfield well organised. All in all, West Ham deserved the win.
Tomas Soucek left the pitch in the 79th minute with a bloodied face, but hopefully he will be fine to play Tottenham next week.
The Hammers have jumped in front of Everton in the EPL table and they now sit in 7th place with 14 points. Everton are right behind them also on 14 points.