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West Ham boss David Moyes said his players showed a change of mind after overcoming a tough showdown with Everton and claiming three points.
Midfielder Tomas Soucek showed home a late winner from close range for the Hammers to claim their first Premier League win in five games.
In fact, the victory denied their Goodison Park hosts a chance to move second in the table with a victory of their own.
The three points took West HamPoints total five during the festive period, after draws with Brighton and Southampton.
Talking to BT sport After the game, Moyes praised the fitness of his players amid the busy schedule.
When asked what impressed him the most about the game, he said: “The players, they have played three games in six days.
“They’re amazing, I don’t think you would have said there was any difference in how fitness looked or how they were.
“A big credit to the players for the way they have done it. Look, that’s a big change in mindset at West Ham and they’ve shown it in games. “
SoucekThe goal was his eighth in 30 appearances for West Ham since arriving from Slavia Prague in January.
Asked about the importance of the Czech, Moyes insisted that he could have played better.
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“It was very important. I think he played better than he did tonight, but if he continues to score goals, I will be more than happy.” the scotch said.
“But we had very good performances and we had to do it. Everton have a chance to finish second in the league tonight, so it was important for us to make sure we get something out of this game.
“And again, that was our third game in six days. We asked the players to do it and they did it brilliantly. We’ve been playing games with no major players, so we’ve been juggling trying to find the right balance.
“Tonight we had a good balance and it gave us a lot of chances to win.”
West Ham’s next game will see them face Stockport County in the FA Cup third round.