Everton Is Sunk By Ogbonna’s Slick Play As West Ham Gives Moyes A Triumphant Return

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David Moyes has not had a warm welcome back to Goodison Park since his departure eight years ago, but this was a visit to remember for the former Everton manager, as indicated by his clench-fist salutes to a raucous West Ham support after the final whistle. Angelo Ogbonna’s second-half header gave West Ham the victory, and the team resembled what Moyes had established at his old club in many respects.

Everton were second best for extended swaths of a game decided on a technicality, with Jordan Pickford alleging he was fouled in the buildup to Ogbonna’s winner, and were without the injured offensive duo of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. However, there was no denying West Ham’s triumph and the quality of their performance. Michail Antonio was a thorn in Everton’s side all afternoon, ably assisted by Jarrod Bowen, while Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek made a strong central midfield unit once again. What a thrill it must have been for Moyes to beat Rafael Bentez.

The visitors were impressive right away, but they were unable to convert their control and easy possession into a clearcut opportunity. However, with Declan Rice and Soucek in center midfield, West Ham were the more disciplined and dangerous unit, even if their eventual lead was marred by controversy.

When Pickford was under pressure to deal with a Bowen shot that looped up off Godfrey, he put the loose ball behind for a corner, he felt he had been fouled by Antonio. Attwell was unconcerned about his protests. Ogbonna rose in front of the Everton central defender and steered a deft header past the enraged Englishman from the resulting set piece, drilled in with accuracy and pace by Bowen.

source : Guardian sport

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