Everton 1-0 West Ham Utd

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 18th September 2022

A fifth defeat of the season against Everton at Goodison Park has left West Ham firmly entrenched in the Premier League's bottom three.

Neil Maupay's 53rd minute goal was enough to condemn the Hammers to yet another domestic defeat, even though David Moyes' side enjoyed statistical superiority.

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The manager suggested before the game that today's game, if not a "must win" was very much a "must not lose" against an Everton team who, along with bottom-of-the-table Leicester City were one of only two without a league in the win yet this season.

Yet Moyes will now have to face serious questions as to the reasons behind the continued underperformance of his squad, boosted in the summer by no fewer than eight players at the cost of more than £150million.

While few if any of his recent acquisitions are yet to shine in the Premier League - none more so than £50million record signing Lucas Paqeuta, who currently resembles a fish out of water - the drop in form of his more seasoned players is equally, if not more alarming.

And even though they enjoyed more shots in general and on target than today's hosts, Everton reserve goalkeeper Amir Begovic - playing only his third competitive fixture in five games - didn't have a save of note to make during the match.

Jordan Pickford's replacement was only beaten once during the game, that effort coming from the lively Said Benrahma whose curling effort rebounded off the inside of the post and to safety 16 minutes form time.

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But that was the only time West Ham ever really looked likely to counter Neil Maupay's first ever goal for his new club.

The former Brighton forward has started three games against West Ham in the Premier League since making the move to the Amex Stadium and has scored on every occasions.

He struck today from the edge of the box eight minutes after the half time interval with what was Everton's only decent effort of the game - but it was enough to secure all threee points.

Moyes and his players can now look forward to a fortnight's break ahead of their next Premier League outing against Wolves at the London Olympic Stadium on 1 October.

There will be no European fixture prior to that one so at least they should be fully fit as they preapre for what will almost certainly be a "must win" game, with a season that promised much at the outset little more than a month ago now threatening to become yet another relegation battle.

West Ham Utd: Fabiański, Coufal, Kehrer, Zouma, Cresswell (Emerson 90+2), Souček, Rice, Fornals (Cornet 61), Lucas Paquetá (Benrahma 61), Bowen, Antonio (Scamacca 70)

Subs not used: Areola, Dawson, Downes, Lanzini, Ogbonna

Booked: Scamacca (90+5)

Everton: Begović, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Onana, Gueye, Iwobi, Gray (Doucouré 81), Gordon (McNeil 75), Maupay (Rondón 89)

Subs not used: Jakupović, Coleman, Keane, Davies, Vinagre, Garner

Goals: Maupay (53)

Booked: Coady (28), Gordon (62), McNeil (90+4)

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 39,298

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