For West Ham coach David Moyes, the 1-0 win at his ex-club Everton was special as it was the first triumph after four losses at Goodison Park as an opposing coach since Moyes left the Toffees in 2013 (88th minute).
It was just the second victory in seven games, but the Hammers climbed to third-placed Leicester in 10th position in the table within three points. “I love playing soccer at Christmas time. We’ve had three difficult games in six games, so it’s good for us to finish with a win tonight!” @tomassoucek28 gives his verdict after the late winning goal! Pic.twitter.com/Gu7pI8Eb8Z- West Ham United (@WestHam) January 1, 2021 Moyes said on the anniversary of the first game of his second spell in charge, “I think it’s always special to go back to your old clubs,” I had a wonderful time here, great years, but that’s what I want to replicate at West Ham, and that means going to the other clubs and winning,”I had a brilliant time here, great years, but I want to repeat that at West Ham and that means going to the other clubs and winning there,” It was really important to come here tonight and win: Everton is in a fantastic moment, have played well, had great results and had a chance to finish second, so you can’t underestimate what it would mean for Everton – and in six days we were coming off our third game. He emphasized that it wasn’t because Ryan Fredericks tested positive for Covid-19 that ruled him out of this game, but admits it’s going to be going to. “The only reason for that is so we can get another cleaning and keep people out, we weren’t told to do that and it’s not because of the one Covid player we have. “It’s just because we want to give a break to the players, and that means we’re trying to do whatever we can. “We want to take responsibility for everyone. Everton missed the opportunity to move to Liverpool within a point of league leaders after four straight victories. “Not a good result, we didn’t deserve to win, we didn’t deserve to lose,” said Coach Carlo Ancelotti. Carlo Ancelotti saw the winning streak of his side come to an end (Jan Kruger/PA) “They were lucky the game was deflected, we lost it and we’re fading. In the game, we didn’t have a lot of opportunities, but because West Ham defended very well, too. Ancelotti denied rumors about a reunion with Sami Khedira, his former Real Madrid midfielder, saying, “The only truth is that the market is open. We don’t talk about it because we are focused on bringing back the players who are not available at the moment,” he added.