Angelo Ogbonna’s glancing header simply over quarter-hour from time earned West Ham a deserved 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
It wasn’t a traditional at Merseyside by any stretch of the creativeness as either side struggled to carve out clear-cut probabilities. However there was all the time a way that West Ham had a bit extra within the tank, they usually have been rewarded for a spirited show when Ogbonna rose highest to look dwelling Jarrod Bowen’s very good in-swinging nook.
The primary half was comparatively devoid of motion, although it was the Hammers who loved massive spells of possession and appeared the extra more likely to rating.
They may, and maybe ought to, have taken the lead when Bowen had loads of time to drive a low shot previous Jordan Pickford. However he could not beat England’s primary goalkeeper from the sting of the world, and Tomas Soucek’s subsequent rebound – which did discover the again of the online – was dominated out for a transparent offside.
Pablo Fornals must also have performed higher for the Hammers when nicely positioned on the sting of the field, however the half’s most obvious miss – and Everton’s solely actual alternative – got here from Alex Iwobi.
One way or the other, the 25-year-old missed his kick from six yards out after Demarai Grey had performed nicely to beat Ogbonna and sq. from the byline.
Rafa Benitez’s Everton have been a bit faster out of the blocks after the break, however the continued absence of each Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison was noticeable because the Toffees lacked any sort of leading edge.
Lukasz Fabianski barely had something to do in West Ham’s objective, and as a substitute he watched on from the opposite finish of the sector as Ogbonna bought up above Ben Godfrey to go away Pickford groping at skinny air – scoring the one objective of the sport within the course of.
Here is how each units of gamers rated…
Jordan Pickford (GK) – 6/10 – Saved well from Bowen halfway by means of the primary half, additionally acrobatically palming away an effort from him late on. May do nothing to cease Ogbonna’s header.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – 6/10 – Stable sufficient on his return to the aspect, maintaining Benrahma quiet for essentially the most half.
Ben Godfrey (CB) – 5/10 – Was crushed too simply within the air by Ogbonna and panicked in possession at occasions – simply clearing his strains with out assessing what was round him.
Michael Keane (CB) – 6/10 – Coped with the bodily menace of Antonio, additionally making a very good block to disclaim his goal-bound effort,
Lucas Digne (LB) – 6/10 – Wasn’t in a position to get into the sport in any respect. The shortage of tempo and rhythm to Everton’s play did not assist.
Andros Townsend (RM) – 5/10 – Unusually wasteful together with his remaining ball, although he did put in a few develish crosses into the penalty space.
Allan (CM) – 5/10 – Busy sufficient in midfield, congesting play and shutting down any area that Antonio appeared to drop into. That stated, not the efficiency of any person used to enjoying continental soccer.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 6/10 – Did not have a lot happening in entrance of him, however an honest box-to-box exhibiting.
Alex Iwobi (LM) – 4/10 – It is by no means good to see gamers going by means of a disaster of confidence, however actually what sort of participant is Iwobi meant to be? Not a goalscorer, that is for certain.
Demarai Grey (SS) – 6/10 – All the time optimistic in possession, seeking to drive at West Ham’s again 4 every time he may. Starved of the ball for essentially the most half.
Salomon Rondon (ST) – 4/10 – Would not have the mobility or gusto of Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison. His aerial menace was nullified by the sturdy Zouma-Ogbonna mixture and he appeared sluggish.
Anthony Gordon (CM) – N/A
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 5/10 – Exhausting to earn a better ranking when you’ve got actually nothing to do. Nonetheless, caught the solar for a very good quarter-hour.
Ben Johnson (RB) – 6/10 – Filling in for the energetic Vladimir Coufal was all the time going to be difficult, however Johnson did nicely.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – 7/10 – Had one unsure second within the second half when the ball dropped over his shoulder, however in any other case Zouma was tremendous. A colossus within the air.
Angelo Ogbonna (CB) – 7/10 – Was bizarrely written off by some after a nervy efficiency towards Brentford two weeks in the past. None of that right here, Ogbonna was strong and gained the sport with a terrific leap.
Aaron Cresswell (LB) – 6/10 – May have provided extra going ahead, given the quantity of possession West Ham had. Did okay on the entire.
Declan Rice (CM) – 8/10 – Dictated play from deep, setting the tempo for West Ham as they dominated the ball. Broke up play in addition to he all the time does, and appeared a reduce above.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – 6/10 – Restored to a box-to-box midfielder position, Soucek appeared a bit brighter than in latest weeks. Bought caught in and had a objective dominated out for offside.
Pablo Fornals (CM) – 5/10 – A quiet show from the Spaniard. Ought to have hit the goal when left with area to shoot within the first half, however bent his effort broad. Booked.
Jarrod Bowen (RW) – 7/10 – Buzzed round within the first half as West Ham noticed loads of the ball, finally producing an outstanding set-piece for Ogbonna to look dwelling.
Michail Antonio (ST) – 6/10 – Did not ever get a sight of objective however that did not cease Antonio from working extremely exhausting. Infectious work-rate
Mentioned Benrahma (LW) – 6/10 – Considered one of Benrahma’s quieter shows this season, however did take the chance to run with the ball when he may.
Craig Dawson (CB) – 6/10 – Changed Soucek after he took a blow to the face, shoring up West Ham’s defence in a again three.
Manuel Lanzini (CM) – N/A