Everton 1 – 0 West Ham United
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is not involved
Everton secured their first win of the season over relegation strugglers West Ham United thanks to a fine strike by Neal Maupay for his first goal in an otherwise difficult match that was full of errors and could far too easily have gone the other way.
Injury problems continue to plague Finch Farm with Jordan Pickford the latest casualty, who joins Godfrey, Mina, and Townsend in the recovery room. But massive expectation surrounded the possible return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose fame as a lethal striker knows no bounds after scoring the dramatic goal against Crystal Palace that kept Everton in the Premier League last season.
Only he fails to make the squad. Gana Gueye is preferred over Tom Davies, while Begovic steps up in goal, with new stand-in keeper Eldin Jakupovic making his first Everton showing on the bench as Andy Lonergan is injured.
The visitors kicked off but Antonio soon strayed offside and Everton laboured to play out from the back until Onana was fouled. Patterson made a poor giveaway that led to a West Ham counter and corner, successfully defended.
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It was ponderous at best from Everton trying to move forward until Patterson looked a deep cross to Fabianski. Maupay did very well to steal of Suofal but Iwobi could not Myko got beaten so easily and the cross almost forced a Coady own goal, the corner swung in but cleared.
At the other end, a great pass from Onana put Gra into space to cross but it evaded Gordon. Better pressure saw Patterson’s cross put behind for an Everton corner that seemed to be falling for Onana, then Paqueta commits and trips Gray wide right for a free-kick and a free header for Onana, who jumped too early.
Paqueta was allowed another poor challenge, this one on Gueye, but the free-kick was poorly overhit by Gray. Gueye then stood on Bowen’s ankle as West Ham countered quickly again. Gray involved again but his distribution was poor.
Onana brushed off Declan Rice with a deft shuffle and Mykolenko swung in a decent cross but it was cleared and Paqueta was almost played in but for a good interception by Coady. But a string of West Ham corners had to be defended.
Another Gray delivery wasn’t good enough, with Mylenko wildly lashing a shot well wide.
Everton broke through Gray but he kept the ball a fraction too long yet again, and last the ball. Everton’s next attack was a little more fluid until Maupay this time delayed things then Gray let the ball run out.
Everton were tested with yet another corner, Begovic saving the header easily. Coady took out Antonio and earned the first yellow card. Mykolenko was next with a silly shirt pull on Paqueta but escaped a card. Everton tried to build again but the pace of the move was lacking and the lack of passing accuracy ultimately saw the move break down.
Another half-decent Everton build-up and Gray’s cross looked good but it was cleared. Continuous Everton pressure ensued but Zouma was a rock getting his head onto most crosses coming in. Zouma then took out Maupay but escaped a card.
Onana started to get a bit sloppy with his passing but Everton won the ball back and Gordon got a corner. But the balls in were not smart enough and kept coming back out with Fabianski still to make a save or see a shot on his goal.
Gordon went down easily but won a free-kick. Gray delivered it over everyone, Onana not jumping for it. Gordon made a good strong tackle on Fornals that was much appreciated by the crowd but the Everton build-up again was far too ponderous.
Yet another turnover and Tarkowski needed to put in a strong tackle on Antonio, but it led to another West Ham corner that was half cleared, Cresswell’s ball in glanced at Begovic by Zouma. And that ended a half off stalemate where both teams had successfully cancelled each other out.
A quicker forward move after the restart looked s if Gray had a chance but he didn’t really, and the Everton corners were headed clear. At the other end, Bowen should have at least got his shot on target from a very smart pullback off Fornals.
Gray drove in and fired at Fabianski – the first shot on target! But straight at the keeper, when he really should have laid it back. Gordon seemed out of sorts as he passed well behind Onana. Would anything bring this game to life?
The answer was Yes, and the answer was Maupay, who turned in traffic to lash a brilliant pass from Iwobi between Fabianski and his near post, a fine strike! Antonio tried to beat Begovic but couldn’t and Everton surged into attack again.
Everton won a corner that caused momentary panic but they had to be careful when they lost the ball as West Ham flooded forward with pace, Gordon having to play last man at the expense of a corner.
Tarkowski then had to make a crucial block as West Ham kept coming forward.
Cornet came on for Paqueta and was immediately fouled – yellow card for Gordon, who got wide but his cross was overhit. Gray again advanced and crossed between forwards and goal.
More corners for West Ham, Soucek so close with a glancing header that flew across goal, Mykolenko stooping to avoid contact at the far post but another corner given, this time a Zouma header was blocked.
More West Ham corners needed defending but when the ball broke for Gray, he just stopped dead, and any momentum was lost. McNeil replaced Gordon, but it was almost constant West Ham pressure, with painfully slow breakouts by Everton on the turnover, a poor one from Gana leading to a tremendous shot from Benrhama, smacking the far post with Begovic frozen.
Gray had another great run in and was tackled, Iwobi firing just over the bar. But Everton were living dangerously as West Ham continued to search for an equalizer. Onana needed treatment for a knock on his thigh as Doucouré replaced Gray.
Cornet overlapped dangerously and fired a good shot that forced a good save from Begovic. Benrhama messed up the corner, much to the annoyance of David Moyes. Everton tried a dangerous game of keep-ball until Iwobi was tempted into a wild shot off-target.
Cornet came very close to scoring, Patterson and Tarkowski getting the finest of touches to push him to the byeline and the side netting, as Rondon replaced Maupay. Into the last minute of real time and more keep-ball from Everton to try and run down the clock.
Into 5 minutes of added time and a very anxious Goodison park craving for the win, but filled with silent trepidation when West Ham attacked. Doucoure with a chance to make a break played his pass straight path the West Ham player nearest to him.
West Ham came back, Bowen forcing a fingertip touch over for yet another West Ham corner. Tarkowski headed it on to Rice when sent it back to Tarkowski and into the hands of Begovic.
Scammacca then leapt aggressively into Gueye, causing a bit of a handbag session which added another minute until the final whistle came on a precious first Everton win of the season.
Everton: Begovic, Patterson, Tarkowski, Coady [Y:28′], Mykolenko, Iwobi, Gana, Onana, Gray (81′ Doucoure), Maupay (89′ Rondon), Gordon [Y:62′] (75′ McNeil [Y:90+4′]).
Subs not Used: Jakupovic, Keane, Coleman, Davies, Vinagre, Garner.
West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Kehrer, Zouma, Cresswell (90+3′ Emerson), Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Fornals (62′ Benrahma), Bowen, Lucas Paqueta (62,’ Cornet), Antonio (70′ Scamacca [Y:90+5′]).
Subs not Used: Lanzini, Downes, Areola, Dawson, Ogbonna.
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Surprised Tarkowski wasn’t given the armband.
A draw is a must.. a win a bonus.
I thought DCL was going to be available this week? Or have I missed a meeting…
Jimmy, I think Coady may have out-gobbed Tarkowski.
Gives DCL another 2 weeks to get him totally match fit. Let’s hope that ends his horrible run of injuries.
Think most would as Coady is on loan but seems to be a certain signing with the terms of his loan.
Tarkowski or Coady, either will do for me. Both appear to be better leaders than we’ve had for the last 28 months. COYB
Should be enough to win this COYB UTFT IFWT💙
Get Iwobi off and play Doucouré.
Phil, not on current form surely?
He’s out for 5 more weeks apparently.
Thought DCL would be on the bench, maybe at Southampton, if not then perhaps this injury is lingering on more than first anticipated?
We need to turn in a power-packed performance.
It’s one thing doing it againt Liverpool but until we reach a level of consistency there will remain questions.
Here we are a week later, and he doesn’t even make the squad. Feels ominous. We’ve been down this road before.
And this all started from a stupid broken toe, not football related. He must feel desperate.
Or should we repeat the mistake that fool Benitez made by rushing him back only for him to break down again?
I can see a red card in this match… hopefully for the Hammers.
DCL just a precaution according to Lampard – keeping him under wraps for a few more weeks post-International break. Makes some sense to be careful I spose.
Doucoure blows hot and cold, especially under Frank and is not yet match fit. Why on earth would you take off our fittest and most in-form player for him? It’s all about opinions and I must respect yours but still it seems a strange shout.
If the Doucoure was to return, I would push Iwobi into an even freer forward role in the place of Gray. I suspect your boy Doucoure will soon find himself behind Garner as well as Iwobi.
More ridiculous rumours, Frank is giving him an extra two weeks to get fit, which makes sense.
I see Branthwaite has scored for PSV.
Steve… equally daft comment suggesting moving Iwobi forward into a position he failed at – from a deeper role where he has excelled.
We need to start getting men forward otherwise we’ll never score any goals at this rate.
Only concern for me is Tarkowski. Continues to be caught out of position quite a lot.
Need to keep the effort up and this us there to be won.
I see Iwobis getting stick from the usual airheads on the Live Forum. 🤦🏼♂️
Unpopular opinion… Gana slows down play too much. Great to have a solid defensive base but if we hesitate in that position then there’s a very well drilled team ahead of him getting themselves organised.
We’ve probably been the better side, yet West Ham have looked more dangerous.
Alan J Thompson
However, at times our defence looked a little asleep, disorganized while at the other end nobody seems to want to put their head in where it hurts. Maupay looks like a short centre-half who is lousy in the air and has been pushed forward to make up the numbers. We could and should have done better with some of those attacks while we still have trouble putting in decent crosses, and corners, we should have a plan by now.
Frank needs at least some stern words at half time if not a boot or two up some backsides.
Industrious is a good word to describe us but our front three look to have little cutting edge.
Gordon has to start attacking the fullback, he has been totally ineffective in the first half.
Retract my earlier comment! Really good goal – let’s get another.
Neal before him.
Dean… that’s the first thing I said when Maupay scored.
Worrying though that Frank moved Iwobi to the wing to accommodate a less than impressive Doucoure… not sure why Gray got hooked either.
Fair play to Maupay, he took that goal superbly.
But great win and green shoots… a relegation battle was never a reality this season.
Great result… shocking performance.
Once we scored we went straight back into the safe mode we played the first half in. Plenty of the ball but too happy to play the easy pass backwards. As a result, we end up with the fullbacks having plenty of the ball and the wingers not having much to work with.
We were the better team, and West Ham were pretty poor. That didn’t need to be as tense as it got.
Won’t judge Doucoure too much given how little he’s played but Ciaran’s ‘less than impressive’ is probably a bit generous!
Gana was immense, Iwobi and Gray very good as were the centre-halves. Gordon had an off-day and should have got hooked earlier.
We deserved to win.
A win with a clean sheet at home. Keep this momentum up!
I think it’s wise to get Doucouré match fit again fast. Even though now we have Onana and Gueye, with the press and intensity we’re playing, another player who brings energy and ground coverage is always welcome.
And happy with Maupay’s strike. Maybe he wouldn’t score 2 digits in a season. But what an important goal it is!
You can allow for a performance like that when it’s your first win, we desperately needed it.
Terrific goal from Maupay, made up for him.
Alan J Thompson
The goal looked a nice move but more impromptu rather than practised while their keeper didn’t seem to have his positioning right, another “Well who’d have thought he would shoot from there?”
Again, I couldn’t follow the substitutions, maybe McNeil was like for like when I thought an extra, more mobile midfield man would have been better and why Rondon with 2 minutes + extra time to play?
Still, an important win over a club below us in the Premier League.
It wasn’t the most competent performance — lots of missed passes — but it was certainly a passionate and organized one. Everybody worked their socks off, did their jobs, covered for each other. And one excellent moment by Iwobi and Maupay won it.
It does look a great, well-balanced midfield but I can’t see where the goals are coming from.
At last, a striker that can finish. Defence outstanding and midfield much improved. I thought Doucoure could have upped a bit. Byrne a great signing.
Goodison respectful to the Queen.
Keep it going, lads!
Gray and Maupay put in a shift but Gordon was poor, but how George could say it was a shocking performance, extreme to say the least.
Much needed win. They all battled and fought. But we can’t expect to score 1 and hang on for 30 mins every game. Lampard needs to work out a formation that creates more.
The lack of firepower and goals in this side is still a concern.
Shame the few shithouses couldn’t shut their mouths for one minute.
We are starting to look like a decent team, just need the game time to get the players used to playing with each other. Still frustrating at times to see forward runs only for the ball to be back in our own half – you don’t score from there.
Overall, a decent game and it will give us the momentum to push on up the table. UTFT COYB IFWT NSNO
That said, I think something is happening here. Slowly but surely we are becoming a team – not a bunch of individuals, a team of fighters, triers and no divers.
The midfield was the first time they have played together today from the start. A lot of new players to bed in, but there is cohesiveness, intent, fight, spirit and 2 clean sheets in a row – 5 undefeated in a row.
Whisper it – things are a-changing. A young manager, decent coaching staff, a togetherness in the players and fans… something not seen for a while. Plus options: McNeil, Doucoure and Rondon (yes, Rondon) are not bad options to bring on – compared to say when Ancelotti had 2 keepers on the bench.
The ball is moved faster, the defenders contemplating better, players talking or berating each other.
Yip – I see progress, major progress.
Also, I can watch Everton without the feeling of embarrassment as there were no theatrics today – my real bane of the modern game that has all but switched me off from it!
Gueye is a great signing.
These are extremely fine margins to live on, but the hope is that, as Calvert-Lewin is eased back and the side continues to gel and grow in confidence, more goals will come. The important thing is that we’ve got that first win in the bank, the monkey’s off our back, and now we can kick on.
Pretty it wasn’t, but you can’t fault the effort. Creativity was limited, but Iwobi was immense, he was always available and was my man of the match — something I never thought I’d ever say or write!
I said ‘shocking’ because, once we scored, we sat back and let them come at us. Better teams than West ham will take advantage of that.
I think we’re at our best when we’re on the front foot. And McNeil and Doucouré were poor when they came on and that put more pressure on us.
Dean & Ciaran – not taking anything away from Maupay – it was a good finish and maybe DCL wouldnt have scored it – but when Gray hit that cross shot moments later across goal my thoughts were that DCL would have got on the end of that.
Surprised no one made much of the incident when Gray went down, it seemed a clear penalty to me as the defender missed the ball and tripped the player.
Importantly, we now seem to be hard to beat, which is a good starting point.
George, that is a problem that needs working out. Been that way too many times and so nearly cost us again today. Hopefully the belief will grow in the team and Lampard to stop this over-safety stuff as we improve.
Brilliant just Brilliant all round, a real team effort and teamwork. Couldn’t say that before this season could we. We sprayed the ball leftvto right at times, Iwobi and Gray outstanding knitting it all together. Thought Gordon off the pace as we need more from him in the final 3rd. Other than happy days. We’ll done Frank with the complete overall in a short space of time, didnt think it possible but made up with every signing so far.
Overall I thought we did well controlling the game in midfield, looking composed on the ball and always posing a threat on the break. A good win which lifts us into mid-table.
Were still learning to play when we have possession. Im sure its difficult for Frank to find the right balance of pragmatism and risk. The team doesnt look comfortable trying to kill off a game and that has to change. That said, we are improved and improving. Weve signed proper Everton players, men with character and a little bit of shithousery to them. Its a good base for Frank to build from.
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