West Ham United’s ambitious hopes of challenging for the top six this season were dealt a crushing blow as they went down 2-0 at Everton.
The Irons were outfought and outclassed by the Toffees, who started today’s game in the relegation zone but were worthy winners at Goodison Park.
Goals from Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson secured the victory as West Ham endured a day to forget on Merseyside.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was bitterly disappointed and, after replacing Felipe Anderson with Andriy Yarmolenko at half-time, claimed: “In that moment, if I could make 11 changes, maybe I do.
“In the first half we didn’t shoot once at goal. Everton dominated the game. They had six or seven chances.”
It was only the excellence of Roberto who, despite being questionable for the opener, produced a couple of world class saves to keep the score down.