Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his second hat-trick of the season as Everton booked their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after beating a much-changed West Ham.
Calvert-Lewin put the home side in front with a well-taken 11th-minute effort after Michael Keane had picked him out with an excellent chipped pass over our defence. The England forward sealed victory with two goals in six minutes near the end, taking his tally in what is turning into a superb season to eight.
Richarlison had earlier put Everton back in front with a deflected shot after Robert Snodgrass had briefly pulled us level just after half-time.
It was the second and final game manager David Moyes had to control from home, where he is isolating following his positive coronavirus test. The situation is far from ideal, despite the 4-0 win over Wolves at the weekend.
At one stage, coach Stuart Pearce appeared to be covering his mouth as he spoke on the phone even though he was wearing a mask. On paper, we had some top quality players. Yet, as has so often been the case, they failed to show their true abilities.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson were both guilty of conceding possession needlessly with their side in positions of promise. Rice showed his versatility by playing in central defence and is evidently someone we want to keep but Moyes’ continuing search for defenders underlines where he views our weakness to be.
West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine: “It’s a very disappointing result. There were some good things about it in the first half but we conceded three really poor goals in the second-half, all preventable. The result is not a fair reflection. At 2-1 we felt we were in the game, the third made it a real struggle.”
On Moyes’ absence: “We have replacements for players but nobody has a replacement for the manager. We want him back as soon as possible.”
On transfer activity: “Nothing happening at this moment that I am aware of. David has been looking at players and has asked us to look at a few but I have no detail about where we are with that.”