Everton 0-1 West Ham: Toffees unstuck by late Soucek winner

Tomas Soucek’s late goal gave us a 1-0 Premier League victory against Everton at Goodison Park following another disciplined Hammers display.

Aaron Cresswell’s shot deflected off Everton defender Yerry Mina into the path of Soucek, who tapped home in the 85th minute of a largely uneventful game.

To say the first 85 minutes lacked creativity would be an understatement. Neither side were able to dominate going forward, with the first shot on target coming on the stroke of half-time.

Moyes and Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti have built their teams around defensive stability.

Soucek’s goal was only the second Everton have conceded in five league games, while we have now kept two consecutive clean sheets.

We had the pick of the chances, Cresswell forcing Jordan Pickford into a smart save and Michail Antonio having a drilled effort kept out in the second half.

We also proved difficult to break down and were playing the better football when midfielder Soucek netted his fifth goal of the campaign.

Although we picked up a third away victory in five games, there were areas of concern.

Right-back Ryan Fredericks dropped out of the squad after testing positive for Covid-19, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was injured during the warm-up. Back-up keeper Randolph was rarely tested by Everton.

“Coming here tonight and winning was really important. Everton are in a great moment, have been playing well, getting great results and had a chance to go second, so you couldn’t underestimate what it would mean to Everton. And we were on the back of our third game in six days.”

West Ham manager David Moyes

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