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West Ham snatched three points from Everton on New Year’s Day in an uninspiring affair, giving head coach David Moyes his first win against the Toffees since leaving Goodison Park in 2013.
In a 45-minute pedestrian opening, neither side was able to control the game even though it was open enough for both sides to attack with a little more urgency. The best chance of the break came in the closing minutes when Bernard tested Darren Randolph with a volley that was truly comfortable for the goalkeeper.
Intensity levels increased a bit after the break as the second half began and substitutes were introduced, but quality was still lacking. Declan Rice tried to spur the Irons on and threw a taunting ball through the area while Aaron Cresswell came close to a daring free throw, but neither opportunity was enough to put Jordan Pickford to the test.
Tomas Soucek broke the deadlock after 86 minutes when he reacted well at the back post to shoot home from a deflected shot, giving West Ham a delay but huge Three points.
In a certainly disappointing New Years clash, here are his Goodison Park player ratings.
Jordan Pickford (GK) – 5/10 – He barely got his gloves dirty in the first half.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – 6/10 – The captain grew up in the game and displayed a higher intensity level than many of his colleagues, trying to bombard forward and push Bernard higher.
Yerry Mina (CB) – 5/10 – He lacked a true intensity or urgency from deep within that set the tone for the entire team.
Mason Holgate (CB) – 5/10 – Similar 45 minute opening to your partner; lack of intensity or desire to get the ball out and cause a spark.
Ben Godfrey (LB) – 6/10 – From time to time he looked to venture forward, making it clear that left-back is not Godfrey’s natural position. Solid on defense though, and he coped well with both Bowen and Coufal.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 5/10 – An unusually poor day at the office for Doucoure, who only seemed to threaten to advance in phases.
Tom Davies (CM) – July 10 – Confidence-inspiring first half for Davies, who read the game well and worked hard to eliminate West Ham danger. The best midfielder of the Toffees.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CM) – 4/10 – He didn’t see enough ball in dangerous areas to make a real impact and he was too hesitant in possession. Not enough risks have been taken from Sigurdsson.
Bernard (RW) – 4/10 – Bernard seemed lacking in confidence and spent too much time with the ball on his feet, which naturally saw him replaced by James Rodriguez.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) – 5/10 – He did some solid runs on channels and tried a movie or two on his teammates, but it was a quiet performance for the man without a goal in his last five games.
Richarlison (LW) – 4/10 – He tried to switch wings midway through the first half, but it didn’t mask a seriously poor performance. Richarlison looked out of rhythm on his return to the side.
Andre Gomes – 7/10 – He seemed energized from the bench and added an improved level of quality from deep for Everton, weaving the game with single passes.
James Rodríguez – 6/10 – The Colombian barely influenced the game upon his return from injury.
Cenk Tosun – 5/10
Darren Randolph (GK) – 6/10 – A late trade before kickoff saw Randolph enter the XI in his third league start for West Ham. He was on his feet toying with his thumbs between the sticks until the end of the first half when he reacted well to deny Bernard.
Vladimir Coufal (RB) – 6/10 – The effort levels couldn’t be criticized by the Czech, but he occasionally lacked precision in the future.
Craig Dawson (CB) – 5/10 – Dawson was injured after 15 minutes, but recovered and kept playing, admitting he had very little to do.
Angelo Ogbonna (CB) – 6/10 – He made some decent interceptions, but enjoyed an easy first half. He led the charge again as the intensity slowly increased and he expertly dominated the West Ham area with 7 punts.
Aaron Cresswell (LB) – 6/10 – Very quiet opening 45 minutes for Cresswell, but he kept Richarlison quiet and forced the Toffees to switch wings. He impressed in the second half and came close to a free kick.
Declan Rice (DM) – 7/10 – Perhaps West Ham’s only bright spark and one of the few players on the field who seemed alive. Rice was trying to pressure his teammates, but the lack of quality around him limited his impact.
Tomas Soucek (DM) – 7/10 – A relatively uneventful game for Soucek, who couldn’t find the full squad until later, when he proved himself the winner of the West Ham match once again.
Jarrod Bowen (RM) – 6/10 – Bowen was much more confident working down the right flank and made some clear deliveries both short and long in the first half. He made way for Andriy Yarmolenko, who was a bit unfortunate.
Said Benrahma (AM) – 5/10 – He looked brilliant on and off the ball for West Ham in the first half and led the press, but did not appear after the break and his performance levels waned.
Pablo Fornals (LM) – 5/10 – Fornals worked hard off the ball and was constantly present to help Aaron Cresswell defensively down the left flank, but offered little in attack.
Sebastien Haller (ST) – 4/10 – The Ivorian was hungry for high-quality service at times, but honestly, he could have claimed so much more. Too static and often staring at the ball which saw him hooked on time.
Michail Antonio – 7/10 – He immediately looked more menacing than Haller when he put it on after an hour and moved well to create space for him. It lacked match sharpness, but added some much-needed energy.
Manuel Lanzini – 6/10
Andriy Yarmolenko – 5/10