West Ham produced a once again accomplished and professional performance to claim a big win away at Everton, despite a questionable performance from the officials.

 

In what was a hard fought encounter it must be said Moyes’ Irons were deserved winners in a display which deserved more goals however play in the final third was at times lacking in quality.

The opening exchanges saw West Ham take firm control of the game, and could have been rewarded when Cresswell fired a low cross just beyond the chasing Antonio.

However despite the early dominance it was Everton who should have taken the lead after good work from Gray troubling Ogbonna on the wing to squared to the waiting Iwobi only for the former Arsenal player to completely miss the ball on what should have been a goal to the home side on 15 minutes.

Despite this, West Ham continued to dominate the proceedings and were unfortunate not to take the lead as Bowen produced a superb save from Pickford and the rebound was smashed home by the quick thinking Soucek however it was correctly ruled out for offside.

The Irons marched into the second half in the same manner as the first and continued to dictate the proceedings, with the once again excellent Declan Rice dictating play in the middle of the park.

In spite of the dominance it did feel like a game that could slip away with the final ball in our play continuing to be wasteful and this was on top of a very poor performance from the officials with very inconsistent decisions being made to what seemed to favour the home side on most occasions.

West Ham however were finally not to be denied a deserved lead.

Antonio was again a handful for the opposition and competed fairly with Pickford which the keeper managed to clear for a corner. Everton however felt the challenge from Antonio was one that warranted a foul, however the referee opted to award the corner to West Ham.

The resulting corner from Bowen was met by Ogbonna to head home and send the travelling fans into delirium. It was a goal that was fully deserved and one West Ham pushed to add further to and see out the game.

A second did not arrive however the match was seen out in a very professional manner to see our Irons leapfrog the hosts into 6th. Spurs’ victory later in the day saw West Ham sit at 7th however.

All in all a very good day at the office as West Ham continued a fantastic run of form away from home. Up next West Ham host KRC Genk in the Europa League on Thursday night prior to the mouth watering London derby in the Premier League against rivals Spurs on Sunday.