RUN DONE: Everton lose home win run
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Everton came up short to West Ham in Sunday’s early kick-off as David Moyes’ side fought a hard battle and picked up all three points.
This game on paper, before kick off looked promising to be a tough game, which most would’ve predicted to end in a draw.
A hard fought battle, it certainly was. The game saw few chances for either side, with just the one goal enough for West Ham to leave Goodson Park victorious.
Defender Angelo Ogbonna’s 74th minute flicked header inside the six-yard box was enough to beat England international keeper Jordan Pickford.
David Moyes’ Hammers showed a dominant display in the first half but just couldn’t seem to get things to work in the final third.
A fizzing attempt from winger Jarrod Bowen was palmed away by Pickford, and although Tomas Soucek had thought he’d given his side the lead, his goal was flagged offside.
Alex Iwobi will be kicking himself after he missed a sublime opportunity to put Everton ahead, after he failed to make contact with ball only six yards out.
The Nigerian forward also had a chance later on in the game, but his attempt was blocked.
Everton tried, but couldn’t seek out an equaliser after Ogbonna’s header, meaning their winning run in the league under Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park, has ended.
The win for The Hammer’s saw them leapfrog Everton in the league, taking them up to sixth, where them impressively finished last season.
The touchline rivalry between Moyes and Benitez was a familiar sight in Merseyside, with Benitez at Liverpool and Moyes amidst his 11-year stint at Everton.
The victory will have been sweet for the Scot, as Benitez, during his Liverpool days bested him on most occasions.
Benitez, however, has got off to a good start with Everton, with this latest defeat, only being his second league defeat this season.
Whilst Benitez didn’t have much transfer funds to play around with in the summer, the remarkably cheap incomings of Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have worked wonders for the Spaniard.
New forward Salomon Rondon has struggled to replicate his impressive form he displayed in his last Premier League stint, on loan at Newcastle United.
Which is a concern for Benitez, as key forwards Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison continue to struggle with injuries.
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