West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who has had an excellent season so far in the Premier League, produced another fine display in goal, including a penalty save, for the Hammers away at win Goodison Park and played a massive part in his side’s 3-1 victory making it back to back wins in the Premier League for West Ham.

Late strikes from midfielders Tomas Soucek and Edson Alvarez helped the Hammers seal all three points at Goodison Park yesterday, building on the momentum from the victory at home against Brentford and making it two wins on the bounce in the Premier League. Areola, who has produced a number of outstanding displays for David Moyes’ side this season, was perhaps the standout performer for West Ham on their trip to Goodison Park.

The French international made a number of superb saves, including one from the penalty spot against Everton striker Beto just before halftime.

The away end were in full voice at full time, showing their appreciation for the French shot stopper by singing and chanting his name. When asked about the fans singing his name post match, Areola said: “It was brilliant, the most important thing for me is the win for the team, but it is really nice.”

According to WhoScored.com, Areola’s performance against Everton, which saw him given a 9.74 match rating, is the highest match rating by a goalkeeper in the Premier League this season. Reflecting on his performance after the game, Areola told the club’s official website: “Of course I’m happy to do my bit and help the team out.

“That’s my job and why I’m here, and when you match good performances with good results you just have to enjoy it.” Reflecting on the back to back Premier League wins and looking ahead to West Ham’s next match, the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 tie against Freiburg,

Areola said: “It’s great to be where we are now, after a tricky few weeks. Now, we’ve got to be ready to go again because we’ve got a tough game against Freiburg on Thursday in the Europa League.”

Written by Finlay Jackson