In a 1-0 win over Everton in a dreary New Year’s Day match at Goodison Park, Tomas Soucek scored the late winner for West Ham in a 1-0 win over Everton.
And this is from me on that. Soccer wasn’t a masterpiece, but your emails and expectations for 2021 were fantastic. Thanks for all your business tonight. Without you, these MBMs are just nothing! Again, happy New Year, and see you soon.
Here’s the game post, from Andy Hunter at Goodison, hot off the press:
(@JacobSteinberg) (in German)
What a West Ham win. What a role is there for David Moyes.
If you don’t give him credit now, you’re never going to give him #whufcc
1st January, 2021
With Jacob, I believe.
There was a lot of mocking of Moyes there.
And plenty of people who aren’t supposed to ridicule Moyes.
Everton looked slow didn’t they? They need players back – like a match-fit James, along with Digne and Allan.
Calvert-Lewin is brilliant, but could also use better support, as he’s not quite as strong as he used to be.
A priority for this window?
Matchwinner Soucek speaks, “It’s a great win, we’re happy because it’s important to start the year as we should continue.
Maybe we created more chances, but they had more of the ball.
Maybe the draw was deserved, but we showed our fighting spirit, we wanted to win for the whole 90 minutes.
“Normally I have three weeks off [in December, when he previously played in the Czech Republic], but I love playing at Christmas time, three games in six days.”
No one said 2021 would be better than 202o right off the bat, did they? West Ham probably deserved it overall, though – they never let Everton play and took their chance when it came. Fair play to Moyes and co.
That was awful – but West Ham won’t care! Soucek’s late winner keeps them in tenth place, but ensures they are one of *six* teams with 26 points. Everton missed a great chance; they just didn’t get going.
90+3 min: It would have been two if Mina hadn’t done enough to stop Antonio from converting after running through … and indeed this gets a VAR check as everyone seems to have been falling over each other.
Decision: no penalty.
But probably no effect on the result.
90+1 min: Three extra minutes for Everton to find something they never really seemed to find.
90 min: It was Soucek’s fifth goal of the season; not bad for a deep central midfielder. He’s an incredibly impressive player, even if he’s had better performances overall than this one.
89 min: Quickly the blanket assessment changes from “most boring stalemate ever” to “away game masterclass from Moyes”.
I can’t believe it! No, really, I don’t believe it. We’ve had a goal here and probably a winner.
Soucek does well at first as he intercepts a high ball from Yarmolenko and Pickford saves. The ball comes to Cresswell, who pulls off from 25 yards, and the ball bounces back off Mina to Soucek. He shoots in from six yards and the Hammers are in the lead!
84 min: “I wish the offside rule was based on foot position, not armpit hair. That way, timing a run to avoid the offside trap would be doable and easy for the VAR. The current rules are just soul destroying,” writes James Wanstall.
I have received several such letters! Authorities, take care!
83 min: A Soucek pass out of play after the breaking Lanzini had to stop a run towards the penalty area due to lack of support pretty much sums things up.
81 min: Another good free kick chance for Everton on the left.
Can anyone make anything of it? There’s been a couple already. James crosses … and West Ham head away, Ogbonna again, I think.
Mina heads wide as the ball comes back in.
79 min: Calvert-Lewin, who looks a little banged up at the moment, is replaced by Tosun.
78 min: Doucoure finds Coleman who crosses dangerously from the touchline, but the rock solid Ogbonna nods the ball away.
Davies then gets a yellow card for a rough foul on Antonio.
75 min: “I would like to see a European Super League in 2021,” writes Luke Jones, and I’ll let him continue, even though I’m starting to feel sick, because we all know what problems echo chambers can cause.
“The current system has so many problems! It produces too many boring games and predictable league results. The best players almost never meet on the field. There is almost no room for great players to get involved in anything other than the ten or so consistent Champions League part