Neil Maupay opened his account at Everton with a superb goal as they beat West Ham 1-0 to claim their first Premier League win of the season.
Mubay stunned West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski when he fired in a half-volley from inside the area in front of Gwladys Street End (53), much to the delight of fans who suffered from a monotonous first half.
There was fear for Everton when substitute Said Benrahma hit West Ham in the second half, but they kept a clean sheet in the league for the first time in more than a year.
West Ham produced another disappointing performance as they struggled to keep up with Everton’s energy after Thursday night’s 3-2 win over Denmark’s Silkeborg in the European Conference League and remaining 18th in the table.
Everton: Begovic (6), Patterson (7), Tarkovsky (7), Coady (6), Mikulenko (6), Goi (7), Onana (6), Gordon (6), Iwobi (8), Gray (8), Mobay (7).
Subs: McNeill (6), Duquery (6), Rondon (unknown).
West Ham: Fabianxi (6), Koval (5), Zuma (6), Kehrer (7), Creswell (6), Suchek (5), Rice (6), Bowen (5), Paquita (5), Fornals (6), Anthony (5).
Subs: Skamka (5), Cornet (5), Benrahma (5), Emerson (unknown).
man of the match: Demari Gray.
How Mubay ignited the Everton season
Both teams entered this match knowing that defeat would spend the next two weeks in the relegation zone during the international break, but despite their best efforts, the first half was marked by a clear lack of quality in the final third.
West Ham produced the best opener as Jarrod Bowen’s defense seemed certain to put Michael Antonio in just six yards for Conor Coady to make a save in what was the visitors’ only real threat moment before the break. , while the hosts failed to hit the target.
- Asmir Begovic replaced Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as he was knocked out due to a thigh injury
- Idrissa Gaye made his first game for Everton since returning from Paris Saint-Germain
- West Ham coach David Moyes rotated on the side that beat Silkeborg on Thursday and made six changes
The match required a goal to give a much-needed boost to the actions, and Mubaye delivered decisively as he received Alex Iwobi’s pass on the edge of the penalty area and produced a quick lap and rebound to leave West Ham goalkeeper Fabianski helpless.
Jarrod Bowen’s low shot, from inside the box, was well saved by Everton’s James Tarkowski, who also got a vital touch from Ben Rahma’s long-range effort to drive the ball to the post with just over 15 minutes left.
Bowen got another chance but fired from around the penalty spot after a pass by Pablo Fornals, while Tomas Suczyk headed in from a long corner kick as West Ham failed to make the most of 14 attempts.
Substitute Maxwell Cornet had the best chance of equalizing in the last minutes after a run led by West Ham captain Declan Rice, only for the touch that let him down when he came face to face with Everton goalkeeper Asmir Beogvic, ensuring the Hammers make it three league games without a win and stay with four points.
Moyes: The players I know have let me down
West Ham chairman David Moyes speaking to Sky Sports:
“We weren’t very good. We went a little further after they scored. I think the first half was a really bad game in all respects, the number of times the two teams turned the ball.
“We had a game on Thursday night and you have to take that into account as well. We’re also putting in new players and trying to find out more about them. Today we found out a few more details, but it was the players I know who are basically around – the ones who let me down for poor play in general.
“We’re showing signs we’re going to come back to it, we didn’t do that today. We couldn’t put three passes together and when we got anything in the final third it was always the wrong decision.
“In the last 20 minutes we had some chances at worst to get an equalizer, so if you really analyze the end of it, we missed some big chances.”
Lampard: Everton are starting to reflect the fans
Everton manager Frank Lampard speaks to Sky Sports:
“It’s important to enjoy it. The truth is we’ve worked hard this season and maybe we deserve more in some games. We had to hold on, fight and dig. We showed a lot of parts of our game today and we will definitely improve. It’s important to celebrate when you beat a team at West Ham’s level. We were. We are looking to win, we haven’t lost in a while but we didn’t win, and we fought for it.
“This team has to be a reflection of the fans. The passion of the fans means that they are demanding things and we now have players on the team that give that – personalities on the team and strength. We want to build from the back and strength. The backbone of the team because that is where we struggled a little bit last year and we did that. With people and work.
“Hopefully our football gets better, there were some nice lanes to play today. Hopefully the fans are happy but no one gets carried away. There is a good feeling about the place but we have a long way to go.”
Maupay: You need this goal
Everton striker Neil Maupay speaking to Sky Sports:
“I needed that goal because I haven’t played much in the last months; in the end at Brighton I wasn’t playing and then I came here very late.
“It was only my second game this season, I needed this. I know everyone at the club wants me to do well and score goals.
“I’m here to help and I trust my teammates will put me in the positions to score. Today I got the rewards.”
After the international stop, Everton travel to Southampton (3pm), while West Ham host Wolverhampton Wanderers live. Sky Sports Premier League (5:30 p.m.), with both games taking place on Saturday, October 1.