West Ham beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park in the Premier League’s first game of 2021.
It was a match that had a lot riding on it. Everton could have gone second with a win, while West Ham knew they could climb up to fifth with all three points.
But for the majority of the game both sides cancelled each other out. The first half was devoid of any real chances, both sides seemed to be suffering from a real lack of creativity, as they looked for the simple passing options of left to right.
The first clear chance came at the end of half when Everton’s Bernard attempted a quick snap shot from outside the box, but Darren Randolph did well to get down quickly and make the save.
The second half continued in the same fashion until both managers made changes with Rodríguez and Antonio being introduced.
But it was Tomás Soucek that was the match winner for the Hammers. He was quickest to react to a deflection off Mina to grab all three points for David Moyes at his old stomping ground.
Next up for Everton is an FA cup tie with Rotherham followed by an away trip to Molineux to face Wolves in the Premier League.
While West Ham play Stockport County in the FA Cup and then host Burnley in the Premier League.
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