West Ham grabbed three points from Everton on New Years Day in a trivial affair, giving head coach David Moyes his first win against the Toffees since leaving Goodison Park in 2013.
A 45-minute pedestrian opening saw neither team able to take control of the game when it was open enough for both teams to strike with a bit more urgency. The best half-time chance came in the dying minutes when Bernard tested Darren Randolph with a volley that, frankly, was comfortable for the goalie.
Intensity levels rose somewhat after the break as the second half progressed and substitutes were introduced, but the quality was still lacking. Declan Rice tried to boost the Irons and sparkled a teasing ball across the box as Aaron Cresswell approached a daring free-kick, but no luck was ever enough to really test Jordan Pickford.
Tomas Soucek broke the deadlock after 86 minutes by reacting well at the back post to shoot home with a deflected shot, giving West Ham a delay but huge Three points.
In an admittedly disappointing New Year’s Eve clash, here are the ratings from your Goodison Park players.
Jordan Pickford (GK) – 5/10 – Barely had his gloves dirty in the first half.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – 6/10 – The skipper grew up in the game and showed a higher level of intensity than many of his colleagues, trying to bomb forward and push Bernard higher.
Yerry Mina (CB) – 5/10 – Lack of real intensity or urgency of depth that sets the tone for the whole team.
Mason Holgate (CB) – 5/10 – Similar opening 45 minutes to his partner; lack of intensity or desire to pop the ball out and cause a spark.
Ben Godfrey (LB) – 6/10 – Sometimes there was an attempt to venture forward, which made it clear that the left-back was not quite Godfrey’s natural stance. Strong defensively, however, and treated well with Bowen and Coufal.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 5/10 – Unusually poor day at the office for Doucoure, who only seemed to threaten to advance in stages.
Tom Davies (CM) – 7/10 – A confidence-inspiring first half for Davies who read the game well and worked hard to quell the danger from West Ham. The best midfielder in the Toffees.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CM) – 4/10 – I didn’t see enough ball in the danger zones to make a real impact and was too hesitant in possession. Not enough risks taken by Sigurdsson.
Bernard (RW) – 4/10 – Bernard looked lacking in confidence and spent too much time with the ball at his feet, which naturally saw him replaced by James Rodriguez.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) – 5/10 – I did some solid races in the canals and tried a movie or two with his teammates, but it was a calm performance for the scoreless man in his last five games.
Richarlison (LW) – 4/10 – I tried to switch wings halfway through the first half, but that didn’t mask a badly missing performance. Richarlison watched the beat as he returned to the side.
André Gomes – 7/10 – Seemed energized from the bench and added an improved quality level of depth for Everton, knitting together playing with single passes.
James Rodriguez – 6/10 – The Colombian barely influenced the game on his return from injury.
Cenk Tosun – 5/10
Darren Randolph (GK) – 6/10 – A late change before kick-off saw Randolph thrown into the XI for just his third league start for West Ham. He stood, turning his thumbs between the sticks until the end of the first half when he reacted well to deny Bernard.
Vladimir Coufal (RB) – 6/10 – The levels of effort are beyond reproach in the Czech, but sometimes it lacks precision in the future.
Craig Dawson (CB) – 5/10 – Dawson fell injured after 15 minutes but recovered and continued to play as he had very little to do.
Angelo Ogbonna (CB) – 6/10 – Made some decent interceptions but enjoyed an easy first half. Led the charge again as the intensity slowly increased and commanded West Ham’s box with 7 clearances.
Aaron Cresswell (LB) – 6/10 – Very quiet 45 minute opening for Cresswell but kept Richarlison quiet and forced the Toffees to switch wings. Impressed in the second half and came close to a free kick.
Declan Rice (DM) – 7/10 – Perhaps West Ham’s only bright spark and one of the few players on the pitch to look alive. Rice tried to push his teammates, but a lack of quality around him limited his impact.
Tomas Soucek (DM) – 7/10 – A relatively calm game for Soucek who couldn’t find the full set up until late when he proved the West Ham game winner once again.
Jarrod Bowen (RM) – 6/10 – Bowen was much more confident working the right flank and made both short and long clean deliveries in the first half. Make way for Andriy Yarmolenko who was a little unhappy.
Said Benrahma (AM) – 5/10 – He looked brilliant on and off the ball for West Ham in the first half and led the press, but failed to show up after the break and his performance levels faded.
Pablo Fornals (LM) – 5/10 – Fornals worked hard off the ball and was constantly there to help Aaron Cresswell on defense down the left flank, but offered little on offense.
Sébastien Haller (ST) – 4/10 – The Ivorian sometimes lacked high quality services but, truth be told, could have asserted himself much more. Far too static and often watching the ball, which saw him hooked on time.
Michail Antonio – 7/10 – Immediately looked more menacing than Haller when thrown after an hour and moved well to create space. Lack of sharpness of the match, but adds much needed energy.
Manuel Lanzini – 6/10
Andriy Yarmolenko – 5/10