West Ham steal all three points in scrappy start to the New Year

David Moyes returned to Goodison with his West Ham side to claim his first victory there since he left the Toffees in 2013. His new charges played very like the Everton side with which he made his name, being hard to beat and securing a scrappy win by a late goal.

It was the perfect way to mark his one year anniversary of taking charge of the hammers for the second time, the winner coming courtesy of Tomas Soczek who scored the first premier league goal of 2021, and his 5th goal in ten games, making him the top scorer at the East London club.

Football was back behind closed doors and the game lacked the energy and spark of recent weeks, goalless at half time with only Everton managing a shot on target, and that really was the only highlight.

Even with a few more chances in the second half the pattern of the game remained the same until the 86th minute when a goalless draw looked all but guaranteed.

Aaron Cresswell’s mis-hit shot deflected off Yerry Mina and into the path of Soucek, who reacted first to claim all three points.

One negative for David Moyes was the injury goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski picked up during the warm-up which saw him replaced by Darren Rudolph before kick-off.

The table is so tight that the win still left the Hammers in 10th place, albeit just three points behind third-placed Leicester.

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